7 wedding hair ideas for bridesmaids

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by Lulu & Bass No Comments

It’s your big day, you’ve had your hair done, make up perfected and now, it’s the bridesmaids turn. You want them looking beautiful, elegant, and complimenting the color pallet you’ve chosen but you want them looking subtler than you so that they don’t steal the show. What should you do? Well here are a few tips and ideas to spark your imagination:

Our first thought is to turn to Pinterest, this website of course has thousands of ideas from “how-to”, DIY and even extravagant locks for the professionals. There are also over a dozen bridal magazines with options for your wedding day and sometimes step-by-step instructions on how to get the look. We think that no matter what path you go down, an up-do to a daring side parted “Katniss” braid, there is a style that’s perfect for your bridal party.

One of the most classic looks for a bridesmaid is the messy bun. Many brides have chosen this look for their wedding because of the versatility of it’s style and elegance. It compliments an outdoor and indoor wedding with keeping the bridesmaids’ hair out of the face and because of the long lasting hold through the photo-shoot and all night dancing. Changing the height of the messy bun also adds variety amongst the bridesmaids.

Next, we love how a sleek ponytail can be done in little to no time. This look compliments bridesmaids with medium to long hair best. A sleek ponytail can be achieved for those DIY-ers who are also in a time crunch on the day of. Teasing comb, clear elastic band and hairspray are about all you need to complete this simple yet powerful look.

Now, if the bride is having her hair up for her wedding, sometimes it’s best to stick with the same theme for the bridesmaids. This twist knot bun looks great on just about everyone. To glam up this look for the bride, you can add a tiara or jeweled headband or even have a fishtail braid to stand out against the bridesmaids. The hairstyle for the bridesmaids can be as simple as just the twist knot bun or more sophisticated with a pearl clip or real flower tucked into the back, the possibilities are endless on what to do.

For those of us who grew up with our mothers doing our hair for school picture day year after year, this look of half up-half down can get old. But never fear, we’ve got some ways to update this timeless, classic look so that it can be loved again. We like adding a braid, bejeweled headband or flowers to our brides and bridesmaids hair. Adding a little volume, curls or flat-ironed hair are just a few of the options that can boost the diversity of your bridesmaids so that they are individually different and yet almost the same.

If you’re having a professional come in on the day of the wedding, a classic down-do with curls is best done by the stylist. Curls can be tricky and often fall out after the first two hours if you do them yourself, so with having a professional stylist complete the look of this hairstyle, the bridesmaids will be sure to look nothing short of spectacular through the ceremony and on into the late evening. This hairstyle for bridesmaids compliments those with shorter to longer hair. And the bonus is, the hairstyle looks great with any dress and color pallet by adding your own personal touches such as a gift you gave the bridesmaids like a decorative bobby pin or hand made flower pin.

This daring voluminous up-do for the maid (or matron) of honor can add depth and variety to any bridal party. Accenting the hairstyle with pearl pins or a petite tiara, to make sure she’s noticed, can be the icing on the cake. Stylists also have a lot of experience with adding curls or braids to this hairstyle so that the personality of the bridesmaid shines through.

Ah, the classic, sexy and sophisticated low chignon. Many have tried to master this look at home but few have concurred it’s multitude of options. A stylist can aid the bridesmaids on what they think the best way to accomplish this hairstyle. Adding a thick elastic hair tie with sparkles or braid around the base can create dimension and personality to everyone in the bridal party.

There are so many options when it comes to hair, sometimes this can be the most stressful situation on a bride’s wedding day, figuring out which bridesmaids hairstyle to choose. But, in the end, bridesmaids are always welcome to speak up when it comes to styling their hair on the wedding day, after all, they style their hair every day and some styles may look better on one than another. Happy styling!

* Bonus: If one (or several) of your bridesmaids has shorter hair, here are some of our favorite options for the wedding day:


Sleeked back (pin straight)

Deep part on the side (either loose curls or pin straight)

Flapper curls (styled behind the ear with a clip)