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Classy Updo Hairstyles for Brides with Veils and Tiaras

Updated on December 16, 2016
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Natasha Pelati has published three books of poetry and writes on real-life experiences with the help of psychology.

Keep it simple with a little detail
Keep it simple with a little detail

A beautiful hairstyle is a great way to complete your wedding attire. As a bride, you need something that will last for the entire day, compliment your dress and make-up, and keep you feeling confident and comfortable.

There is nothing worse than having to spend hours in the bathroom on your wedding night trying to remove all the sprays and pins left in your hair, leaving you looking like you have just come off a rollercoaster!

A hairdo can either compliment your features or make you look and feel like something crazy. So it is very important to find the style that suits your face and compliments your dress and veil.


Many of us like to experiment with color or styles and cuts, but NEVER try it on the day of your wedding. Make sure that if you have a color or cut in mind that you do it months before your big day to avoid tears and disappointment. You might not like the color or the cut, and it will spoil your entire day.

Don't change the style on your wedding day. If you have already had practice runs for your hair than don't change it on the day as it will not be the success you dreamed it to be.

Don't have huge hair pieces or big accessories if you are wearing a veil or if you have a lot of beadwork on the top of your dress.

Don't forget to wash your hair at least three days before. Washing it the night before a style can make it very difficult to hold up for the entire day.

Don't have tight pulled back hair. You will have a headache before the night is over!

Don't pull out any pins at the wedding. You will have hair looking like a bird's nest and there will be no time to fix it.


Do wash your hair 3 days before.

Do have many practice rounds before you decide on the right style for you.

Do allow yourself 2 hours for your bridal hairdo.

Do ensure that you have extra clips and a mirror to check yourself out before the photos.

Do find a comfortable look that will make you feel confident and comfortable all day.

Up or Down?

Veils: Should you choose to wear a veil than make sure that your stylist works around that to avoid messy hair at the wedding, especially if it is a veil that goes over your face.

Veils that are set on the back of your head can be kept on throughout the wedding and an upstyle hairdo is great for this.

Tiaras: If you are going to wear a tiara or hair accessory for the entire wedding than keep your style simple to accentuate the acessory.

An upstyle is very uncomfortable if you are wearing a tiara because you will have the feeling that it is going to fall off the entire time. Ensure that you have a hairstyle that fits in with the tiara in order to avoid being uncomfortable.

Off-the-shoulder dresses: Leave your hair down for this type of dress because if there is not much accentuation on the top of your dress than the focus can be on a beautiful hairstyle.

A few wavy curls away from your eyes can look amazing with this dress and if you want to keep your hair straight than make sure you have some sort of design to it.

Short hair can also look great with a slick style and accessories to go with your gown. Choose a veil or tiara to wear the entire day.

Sleeved dresses with high collars: An upstyle is best suited for this type of dress in order to see the detail and to avoid getting your hair caught in any beadwork.

Low back dresses: Naturally you will want to see accentuate your back so keep your hair away from that area buy having it down with a side sweep or up with an accessory.

Styles to Suit Your Face

If you have a round face than keep your hair down and if it is short than wear an accessory or veil to give it contour in photographs.

Square jaw: Can get away with many things up or down!

Long Chin: Keep your hair down and try using ribbons or flowers to accentuate your hair.

Curly Hair: Keep it out of your eyes for the photographs.

Straight Hair: Try to give it some volume and get your stylist to lift it for a full look.

Short Curly Hair: Avoid tiara's and veils that come over your face and try a half veil instead.

Short Straight Hair: Choose a tiara or full veil to give you a full look.

Blonde Hair: Use bold accessories.

Dark Hair: Luckily for you any color you choose will show up with white.

Red Hair: Use silver or diamond accessories, and opt out of gold.

Long straight hair - Volumised
Long straight hair - Volumised
Long straight hair
Long straight hair

Hairstyles With Tiaras

Accentuating the tiara is the aim here so avoid having other things in your hair. Keep it simple and choose a style that will compliment the tiara instead of take away focus.

You can opt for a full tiara (compliments short hair or very straight hair.)

Or you can use a half tiara that sits at the back of your head which will allow you to have a half up or half down style.

Don't add flowers or any other accessories into your hair if you are wearing a tiara.

Make sure that the tiara is fitted on to your head to avoid it falling off all the time.

Hairstyles for Veils

Should you choose to wear a veil for the entire wedding than just keep your hairstyle simple. An upstyle is a good idea or a half veil for long hair.

If your veil has a lot of detail on it than keep your hairstyle simple enough to allow the detail to be emphasized.

Veils that are plain can have a hairstyle that has a lot of detail.

Remember that if you have long hair and you are wearing a veil than it could make you feel warm and sweaty. Think about an upstyle for this.

Wearing your hair down needs to be kept simle with a veil or tiara not both
Wearing your hair down needs to be kept simle with a veil or tiara not both

Explore Your Options

There are so many things to do with your hair on that special day. Romantic is what it is all about and if you have long locks than keep them soft and create a romantic feel by giving it a slight curl or wave. Plaits and flowers, designs to suit your dress can all be created by a stylist. Don't try to do your hair on your own if you are not sure how. Get a professional to help you create that magical hairdo for your memorable day.

Short hair can also be creative if you use an accessory or a curling iron and if you have curly hair than you can either emphasize it or keep it smooth for your wedding.

Long hair that is put up should not just be put into a big ball on your head, get creative and use magazines or pictures to give you a nice romantic and modern style.

Additional Ideas

Short Hair can look good
Short Hair can look good
Half veil with emphasis on the hair
Half veil with emphasis on the hair
Half veil with upstyle hairdo and accessories
Half veil with upstyle hairdo and accessories


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    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you! Some good ones to choose from

    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you!

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      Amanda Jones 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful ideas......thanks! Voted up!

    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      thank you!

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      6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice hub.

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      Janice S 

      6 years ago

      Cute ideas here! I wish I would've put more thought into my wedding hair but nothing you can do about it now ;)

    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Have a photoshoot day and try them just for fun!

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      6 years ago from United States

      I love them! Though I'm not about to be married I still would like to try some of the hairstyles. Thanks for posting! :)

    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you very much! It's great to get a man's opinion on this too!

      Thank you for being inspired. There are so many to choose from!

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      6 years ago

      Nice Hair Styles !


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