The Best Bridal Hairstyles for Every Wedding Dress

After purchasing a wedding dress, it’s time to start considering the other details of your bridal look. One of the most important is your hair! How do the two relate? The style of wedding dress you choose will influence the hairstyle your rock on the big day. To help you understand your options and come to a confident decision, here are some of the best bridal hairstyles for every wedding dress!


A strapless wedding dress is a beautiful option, and one of the most popular. It primarily accents the décolletage, which you may or may not want to keep on show. A popular hairstyle for this dress is down or half-up, half-down. This is especially common amongst brides with long hair and lends a slightly more casual look to the style. However, for a more sophisticated look, you might consider a sleek low bun.

Bateau or Boat Neck

This classic and feminine neckline is like a more subtle scoop neckline. It automatically exudes elegance and sophistication, a look you will want to perpetuate with your hairstyle. Consider rocking a sleek chignon or low bun, accented with a braid for some extra flair. Alternatively, go for a braided updo. Any of these styles will accent the neckline and collarbones, for that extra touch of femininity.


Off-the-shoulder wedding dresses give us the most feminine and ethereal vibes. They’re the perfect style for a warm-weather wedding, especially if you want to show off your décolletage without compromising bust support. If you’re going for a more laid-back look, we recommend a half-up, half-down hairstyle. Alternatively, if you want a more regal vibe, go with a sleek updo that accentuates the length of your neck.

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Dramatic Back

Plenty of brides love a dramatic back! What’s not to love, whether it’s intricate or features sheer details? The point is, you want to keep it on show, and that means a hairstyle that remains out of the way. If you want to wear your hair down, keep it to one side and over your shoulder. A similar style that will match the drama of your gown is a braided updo. For an updo, try out a chic bun or textured victorian updo. 

High Neck

More traditional styles like high necklines give us serious vintage-inspired and royalty vibes. A high neckline doesn’t have to be delicate and dainty. It can also be simple and sophisticated for a totally elegant look. Hair that is pulled back will help accentuate your neckline and keep it from looking short. So consider a classy updo that is slicked back or a little more messy and casual. Or even a preppy pony for a more youthful vibe!

Sheer Neck

If you purchased a dress with a sheer neckline, then you definitely don’t want to cover it up. It may feature intricate details or embellishments that lend to the overall look and style of the gown. In which case, you’ll want to keep your hair off of and away from your shoulders. So consider a beautiful updo or even a low bun. You might also try out a braid that cascades down the center of your back.


Easily the most popular neckline, v-necklines are the perfect mix of beautiful and sexy. The best part of this neckline however is that you have countless options in terms of hairstyles. Try out a half-up, half-down style, or keep it all down. Consider a low and messy or high and sleek pony. Or even a classic bridal bun or fun braid. The sky is the limit with this dress, so it might take a bit longer to narrow down the perfect do.

One Shoulder

We love an asymmetric one-shoulder neckline! This style is fun while remaining formal, and perfect for a bride who can’t fully commit to a strapless design. The hairstyle you choose to wear with this style is great for lending balance. You can wear your hair down and swept to one side, or simply pinned back for a more sleek look. If you prefer a pony, keep it low and slick, or tied towards one shoulder.


Scoop necklines give you the depth of a v-neckline, minus the sharp angle. Lending a more delicate yet equally beautiful bridal style. For this type of dress consider going a little more dramatic with your hair. Such as a faux bob with ringlet curls, or a super sleek chignon with a middle part. If you want a more casual look, go with a more wispy low bun, or wear your hair down with simple twists.

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A gown with a strappy bodice or back gives off majorly chic vibes. So you’ll want a hairstyle to match, and that shows off those beautiful details. We recommend a sleek updo or low bun, or even a super preppy high pony. These will lend to a more youthful yet dainty look to match your dress. However, if you want a slightly more casual or ethereal look, let a few strands of hair down.

Low Back

It may seem obvious, but if your gown features a low back then show it off! The easiest choice would be a low bun or chignon, a fun updo, or even a pony (as long as it doesn’t cover the details on the back of your dress). However, if the low back is especially low, then feel free to keep your hair down and free.

Did one of these ideas inspire your wedding day hairstyle? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tell us what type of wedding dress you plan to wear!

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