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Regency Wedding hair styles

Updated on August 24, 2017

Regency Wedding Day Hair

This is a companion piece to my A Regency Wedding Day lens. What I want to do is to help anyone who wants to put on a Regency style wedding for themselves. This Lens will help you pick out what type of hairstyle is best for your wedding day and the Regency theme.

Regency was the era of the up do. Each one is good for a wedding, because they are fairly simple, but very elegant. You may also find a certain hairstyle in your favorite Jane Austen movie and find a photo of it online, recreate yourself or take the photo to a hairstylist and ask them to give you that hairstyle for your wedding day.

All of the artwork featured here is my own. There are youtube videos showing you how to recreate the looks.

Many different looks

These are just a few sketches of a different sorts of hairstyles that you could consider wearing. I recreated this from an image that I found on the web.

The first is simple curly bangs and curly ponytail and bun. The Second is the 18 century version of the side ponytail. The third is a puffier bun and the last is a girl in a hat.

Messy or not

This look is a tad to messy for my taste. Basically loose curls framing the face, a bun with loose curls a gold headband and a white veil hanging behind the woman. Anyone with naturally curly hair could easily recreate this look. Section out your hair leaving the parts in front to frame your face. Place your headband on and put the rest of your hair in a bun, use a curling iron to further define your curls if desired.

I've seen this look cleaner and instead of a band, you could use a crown or tiara and place your veil directly over it.

I recreated this look from a classical painting.

Emma's Hair

Emma sections her hair by splitting it down the middle using bobby-pins to hold it in place and then places a rather large ribbon over it and pinning that into place. She places the rest of her hair in a lower ponytail and then twist it up and pins it into place, so all of her curls are on the top of her head. She has no real bangs, so she curls her baby hairs to frame her face.

Regency Braids

This is an elegant, but fairly simple look to pull off. Section out your into three sections. Put the large section into a puny-tail using a hairband that matches the color of your hair. Braid all the way down, placing a second hairband on the end, wrap into a bun, tuck the ends away to hide your work and use a few bobby-pins to hold it in place. Braid each of two smaller sections. You can place a ribbon under the braids like you see in other photos and on Jane Austen movies. Use bobby-pins to hold it in place. Crisscross your smaller braids and tuck them into the bun to hide your work, hold in place with a few more bobby-pins. If you have bangs or fringe, you can either leave them hang down or curl them with a small to medium curling iron, so the ringlets will frame your face.


This is for shorter shoulder length hair. All you have to do is curl your hair with a small curling iron, put it in a ponytail using a hairband that matches your hair or that has jewels on it if you have one and then curl your bangs and spray with hairspray.

In the Regency Era they would have had to either use a rod that they had placed in a fire. You can see this in Little Women. They would also have had to cut strips of cloth and they would have tided up their hair as they slept. Emma Thomson sported this look during Sense and Sensibility 1996


This braided look is not strictly Regency, but it did exist. It is closer to what they used in the Tudor time. This is a great look for extremely long year. This is a thick double braid. You can also do a single braid across and a bun in the back.

If you have medium length hair, you can find a braid fake hair band that matches your hair and pin up the rest of your hair with Bobby pins.

Miniature veil bonnet

They might have worn a veil bonnet it would have been styled after what a few people might have worn in the time frame. I love bonnets, but I do not think they are refined enough for a wedding day.

You can also do a long veil, you can even wear a crown if you like. You just want to pick something that goes with your dress and hair.

Heavy Lace

This veil is long and made of heavy old lace. Though pretty, if you have it over your face it would be rather hard to see out of. I like them clear and long with lace trim and a tiara. I also like them shorter with feathers accents.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sopping by to love this again....

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Oh how fun! Great photos and writing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like to do simple and natural things with my hair.