Tips for a Stylish Wedding-Day Updo

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Whether your dream ’do is a timeless, polished French twist or a twisty, avant-garde arrangement, updos feel special and lend instant elegance to your big day. Here’s what you need to know.

The Vibe

Is your goal vintage glamour or modern sophisticate? Try variations on poufs and high or low chignons. Prefer bohemian beauty? Think braided twists and knots of cascading curls.

According to Gina Ludwig, owner of, which employs hair stylists across the country and sells coiffure accessories, “undone” updos with lots of soft texture are super hot right now. These popular loose looks create a whimsical, romantic vibe, adds celeb stylist Remona Soleimani of Washington D.C.-based Bridal Hair by Remona. Smooth, refined styles, on the other hand, have a more formal air, Soleimani says, and hair fillers or extensions can amp up the drama.

Practical Matters

If you love the textured looks, keep in mind that hair with highlights and lowlights will give more dimension to the style, says Soleimani, while monochromatic hair colors work best with sleeker hairdos. 

Any type of hair looks great in an updo, says Ludwig, but if your tresses are fine or thin, up-dos also have the advantage of creating the effect of thicker, fuller hair that you probably couldn’t achieve if you wore your hair down. In addition, they’re equally appropriate and practical for indoor and (hot, humid, windy) outdoor events, and with proper products and pinning, you can hit the dance floor for hours without fretting about your ’do going limp.

Complete the Look

Updos won’t obstruct any aspect of your dress, so feel free to pick an on-trend bateau neckline or glitzy back details. But if the gown is big and features lots of flourishes, stick to simpler hairstyles – you don’t want to look overdone and the point of a showstopper dress is that it’s the center of attention.

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