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Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

Updated on October 18, 2011

Congratulations on the engagement! Luckily, with your long hair, it shouldn't be hard to find the perfect hairstyle for your special day. Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and the hairstyle you choose plays a big role into how you look and feel.

Three of the most important things to consider first: your hair type, what style is most flattering for your unique facial features, and what's fitting to your personality. Those are the most important, but you might also want to consider the formality of your wedding, the weather, and what type of wedding dress you have chosen.

Loose and tousled side bun
Loose and tousled side bun
Thick side bridal ponytail
Thick side bridal ponytail

Thick Long Hair

Now, some of you with with that thick head of hair might consider your unruly locks to be a curse, but I see it as a blessing! You certainly have more wedding hairstyle options with thick hair, from a classic bun to a retro beehive.

My personal favorite wedding hairstyle is the classic bun but with a modern touch. In order to make your bun a little more fun, consider having it placed on the side and wear it a little loose and tousled. You can add to this more natural look with a white feather hair accessory or a large flower, such as an anemone or gardenia. Keep your hair accessories to a minimum though, choosing just one large detail.

Side ponytails can also be made to look very elegant for a wedding. Just use an off-center part and put lots of big curls in the ponytail. Finish the look off with a large flower accessory attached at the band.

Obviously, with your thick hair, you are going to end up with a thick up-do, one of the most flattering hairstyles for just about any bride. Your hairstylist will be happy to have such full hair in creating these styles. And, the new bridal trends are calling for large up-do's. Thick and long hair makes this much more attainable - just think lots of volume!

Classic Glamorous Wedding Up-do
Classic Glamorous Wedding Up-do
Wavy and Loose Wedding Bun
Wavy and Loose Wedding Bun
Wavy Long Wedding Hairstyle
Wavy Long Wedding Hairstyle

Thin to Medium Long Hair

For those of you with thinner and shinier locks, why not wear it down? This looks especially well if you are wearing a strapless wedding dress or a gown that is very open in the back. It is also very fitting for a more casual or beach wedding.

Not that you can't get away with wearing your hair down with thicker locks, but thinner hair is easier to manage and is more likely to stay in place throughout the ceremony and reception. Try loose glamorous waves with maybe a few pieces of hair bobby pinned to the side. Again, keep the accessories simple for a timeless look.

A great way to make your hairstyle look bigger is to wear it half up and put lots of volume in the crown. This way you get the best of both worlds - long flowing waves and body that you can't create with your hair down. The half up style also makes it easier to incorporate in a trendy hair accessory.

I used these books to help style my own hair for my wedding:

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