The best 39 of our survey-search for ways you may not have thought to wear your hair on your big day
Classic French braid
Try it with its tail tucked between its legs, schwooped around to one side, or just hanging loose. Skunky highlights optional.
Messy French fishtail
Dutch halo braid with side knot
A quickie request for pretty much any stylist or go ahead and do it yourself.
Crown of braids
This one calls for longer hair (or extensions) split into two low pigtails braided to their ends and then wrapped and pinned around the head. Anyone for edelweiss?
Image: Stilfehler/Wikimedia Commons
Bilateral French braids with pony
Just like you always wanted as a kid. Goes great with a long white dress OR a tux.
Large shell curl bun
Circumbraided donut bun
Circumbraided or not, it’s timeless and, since the advent of the sock technique, super-easy. (If you haven’t already been riding the sock-bun train, climb aboard immediately. Really. Don’t even wait for your wedding.)
Single fat braid bun
Nota bene: there’s no shame in turning to add-in hairpieces to achieve a single fat braid of this kind of singular fatness.
Half-shell chignon with braided accents
No, not a new smug hipster brunch food.
Ponytail with side-swept bangs
Bouffant with wispy curls
Classic bouffant, pinned at the crown
Bilateral French braid with chignon
French rope braid writ huge
The occipital nest
Probably best to use other language to describe this to your stylist, but is beautiful, no?
Get it? It’s a PONYtail, but topped with a most excellent (and fancy!) bouffant.
Finger waves (whether they culminate in a chignon or not) are manifestly retro but not in that creepy, fetishistic way, and definitely DIY-able, too.
Old-timey lady traveler
Gibson roll with a bouffant crown.
It’s hard to say in prescriptive terms exactly what’s happening here, but the effect is beautiful and clean and decidedly special-occasion and only a vaguely Jurassic.
Something glam for the shorter-tressed, and yes, I appropriated that name from the punctuationiverse.
For brides who’re drawn to ice sculptures but, say, marrying someone who’s averse to ice. Prolly best to enlist a hair professional to undertake something like this on your head, unless you yourself are a hair professional. Or a landscaping professional.
Don’t forget this one!
Curl hair (or just let it dry naturally, if that’s how your DNA rolls), pin it up and/or back and you’re done.
Braided topknot with bangs