Six Ways to Match Your Bridal Hair to Your Wedding Theme
The color palette. It’s something brides (and some grooms!) obsess over, making sure the blue of their table linens perfectly matches the blue on the invitations. But where do wedding hairstyles fit into the matching game?
No, we’re not talking about dyeing your hair navy to match your bridesmaids’ dresses. (Though, come to think of it, that could actually be pretty cool.) We’re talking about considering the theme of your wedding when deciding on a 'do. Is it a laid-back affair? Then maybe a perfectly polished updo isn’t the way to go. A black-tie event? Save the boho braids for your honeymoon in Bali.
Scroll on for six gorgeous wedding hairstyles inspired by the ceremony’s theme.
The Beachy Ballerina Bun
Sure, messy beach waves are great when you’re just chilling out with your buds, some beers, and a bottle of DIY salt spray. But that tangled, windblown look might not be what you want for your big day. Try this bun-braid hybrid—it’ll keep your hair from blowing into your face during the ceremony and has a piecey look that still matches a beach wedding’s casual vibe.
A barn wedding is hardly buttoned-up. So let your hair down (literally!) with these loose curls, complemented by a country-tinged braid. If you’re doing your own hair, simply braid a 2-inch section, pin it back, then gently pull the plaits outward to make the braid look thicker.
The Garden-Party Flower Crown
This look is a no-brainer. And the best part of a flower crown? It can dress up hair of any length and texture, worn up or down. Whatever your hair type, we suggest embracing your natural texture (or creating some with a curling iron) to stay rooted in the outdoorsy vibe. You can even have complementary crowns made for your bridal party.
Glamour with a Hint of Vintage
There are a lot of ways to rock a vintage-inspired 'do. Barrel curls, like those pictured above, feel like a softer, more modern interpretation of victory rolls. Shorter hairstyles, on the other hand, look adorable with finger waves. Whatever style you choose, add a jeweled hair ornament and a red lip for maximum glamour.
The Black-Tie Chignon
For this most formal of affairs, consider this twisted update on the traditional chignon. Pulling a few strands out around the hairline keeps the style from feeling too stuffy while still showing off an heirloom necklace or earrings. It also looks great with or without a veil.
The DIY 'Do
DIY weddings aren’t just about budget—half the fun is in the rustic, handmade aesthetic. Don’t undercut that charm with a too-polished 'do. Instead, try this half-up, half-down style, a low-maintenance look that benefits from natural texture and doesn’t take long to create. Besides, the less time you spend on your hair, the more time you’ll have to triple-check the spelling on your handwritten placecards.
Check out Groupon’s Weddings board on Pinterest for more inspiration.
Kelly's first concert was Fleetwood Mac and her first career was in the beauty industry. Now a style and music writer, she loves Project Runway and her dog, Watson.