Are you in the midst of planning for your wedding day? Looking for romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair that you can take inspiration from? Well, firstly, we’d like to say congratulations if you’re getting married. That’s SUPER exciting! Secondly, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found you some proper little beauties …
1. MESSY TO THE SIDE HAIRSTYLE
Sometimes the simplest of hairstyles are often the ones that pack the most impact, and that’s definitely the case with this stunning messy to the side hairstyle. If you’re looking for a relaxed, yet romantic and elegant way to wear your hair for your big day, this might just be spot on.
Wearing your hair to the side on your wedding day helps to show off any beautiful features you may have on the back of your dress. It also helps when you’re not wearing a veil too. It’s an old Irish tradition to wear flowers in the bride’s hair rather than a veil. Aside from looking beautiful, it’s a great way to bring costs down, and also helps to bring a really romantic feel to the whole occasion.
2. MESSY BRAID + BABY’S BREATH FLOWER
Gypsophilia is the ‘proper’ name for “baby’s breath” – the beautiful white flower that you can see in this stunning wedding hair. They’re actually related to the carnation, and when used in your wedding hair, or in the bridal / bridesmaids bouquets, elegantly symbolise pureness, everlasting love, and innocence.
A small flower on sprigs, they are perfect for use when you’re wedding planning. They’re also easily woven into your romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair.
3. HALF UP, HALF DOWN STYLE
If you’re looking for a style that is as beautiful as it is simple (and that’s very!), this half up, half down style is definitely for you. You get the benefit of being able to show off your beautiful long locks, while at the same time having an intricate and elegant hairstyle that sets the perfect backdrop for that flower accessorising.
There are so many different ways you could customise your hair, taking this one as inspiration. You could think of French braiding, reverse French braiding, lace braids, fishtail braids, in fact, any kind of braid that you like. The possibilities really are endless.
4. MESSY BUN UPDO
The neckline of your dress is really important when it comes to picking romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair. Firstly, if your hair sits around the neckline, you may find that it irritates you, and as you scratch it, you might leave red marks which will clearly show up in photos.
Secondly, what’s the point in having a beautiful neckline if you’re just going to cover it over with your hair? The finer, more beautiful details of the dress will be ignored, and you need to remember that you PAID for those details. It makes perfect sense to want to show them off.
5. SIMPLE HALF UP HAIRSTYLE
When it comes to asking for what you want, it’s often better to visit your hair stylist armed with a wad of photos, rather than using words such as “bun”, “romantic”, or “waves”. One woman’s “waves” could be another woman’s “curly locks”, and the last thing you’re going to want is any misinterpretation.
By taking photos, you can specifically pinpoint which bits you love from different looks. This helps you both build a picture of your perfect wedding day hair. Communication is key in all relationships, and when it comes to asking for what you want on the biggest day of your life, clear communication is vital. Sometimes it pays to go back to pictures!
6. BRAIDED LOW BUN
With a simple twist, flick, or turn, you could completely transform the look of your braid, as shown by this beautiful braided low bun. The long hair has been worn entirely wrapped up in this romantic look, beautifully swept away from the face. This makes it super easy to maintain your makeup on the big day.
There’s nothing worse than flicking your hair around all over the place. You’ll end up with a greasy face, or your makeup will rub on your hair and make that greasy instead. Not a good look for when you have wavy tendrils, that’s for sure.
7. MESSY BRAID
When it comes to booking the hair, and sitting down to talk with a stylist about what you want for your big day, make sure that you do so in plenty of time.
You should allow for a hair trial first, with enough time to create two or three different hairstyles. Out of these, you can pick your favorite. It also helps to have a few different pictures to take with you has wedding hair inspiration too.
8. SIMPLE BRAIDED HALF UP, HALF DOWN STYLE
Braids are a really big trend right now, and there are so many ways that you can wear them. It makes total sense to consider them when looking at romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair.
These waterfall braids have scooped just enough hair back from the face to show off your beautiful makeup, and any stunning accessories you may be rocking for the big day, and they also give you something to affix floral hair accessories and pieces to also. Now that’s wedding multitasking!
9. BOHO STYLE WITH FRESH FLOWERS
If you have a dress that is off-the-shoulder, or entirely strapless, you need a hairstyle that allows you to show that off, and what better than this half up, half down style?
It’s a style that allows for a number of different styles within it, braids, curls, buns, chignons, and others included, and when worn in a messy boho style just like you can see here, shows off the bits that you really want to show off.
10. MESSY UPDO
With the help of a few pins and grips, romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair are super easy to achieve, especially ones like this messy updo. Starting with a basic low-down ponytail, some back combing at the roots to give you the volume that you can see here, tucking and twisting the hair before pinning will often give you a wide range of results.
Tousel the hair slightly so that you can cover any visible pins, and then add flowers or other head / hair pieces. Simple!
11. MESSY FISHTAIL BRAID
Fishtail braids use four strands of hair, rather than three, which instantly makes them so much harder to do than they are. Most people find these fishtail braids easier to do on their own hair than French braids, so if you’re looking for a way to save some bucks, consider doing your own wedding hair.
Again, it doesn’t take a lot of work, or practice, to achieve a simple look like this messy fishtail braid, and if you start early enough, you have plenty of time to practice. Two braids have been used to create this look – one at the top using the crown piece of hair, wrapped into a messy bun, and the rest braided, pulled out a touch, and then secured so that it falls down the back.
12. SIMPLE UPDO WITH A HAIRPIECE
When you’re working through your romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair with your stylist, make sure you take any hair pieces or accessories along with you.
It’ll be hard for your hair designer to come up with something that works when he / she doesn’t have all the tools that they’ll need to do the job, and your hair piece, veil, or flowers are really going to make a difference to the end look.
13. RUSTIC BRAIDED HAIRSTYLE
If you have highlighted hair, you’re going to need to think about the impact it will have when you have your hair up, even if you’re only looking at having half of your hair up.
If the highlights are on the top of your head, your hair will look much darker underneath, so you might find that the style doesn’t really work with what you’re looking for. There are ways around this, of course, and it doesn’t necessarily mean looking at another wedding hairstyle entirely. You could ask your regular stylist to add a few lowlights, and highlights underneath the regular top-level of hair.
14. SIMPLE BUT EYE-CATCHING
If you want to try something a little outside of what you’d normally try for your wedding day hair, don’t automatically assume that your regular hair stylist is going to be the best person for the job. They may be able to cut, colour and blow dry your hair to what you would want, but are they good with updo’s? Particularly, romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair like this one?
Ask to see a portfolio of wedding day hair before you finally decide on the stylist for you, and don’t be scared to shop around. Your regular stylist shouldn’t get upset with you for wanting the very best on your big day, and not everyone’s idea of romantic wedding hair is the same, you know?
15. ELEGANT UPDO + HAIRPIECE
There is never a better excuse to wear some bling in your hair than on your wedding day, and with the addition of a sprig of flowers, or a diamanté hair clip, your style could be completely transformed.
A veil is traditional for the big day, but when there are so many other ways to style your hair (and head) for the event, it makes sense to consider all of your options first. Styling your hair into these romantic wedding hairstyles, before adding beautiful hair accessories, could be just enough to skip the veil entirely. Who wants to cover their face when they’re wearing such beautiful makeup anyway?
16. LOW BUN UPDO
If you have a very specific hair design in your head, and your hairdresser tells you that they don’t think it’s a great idea, make sure you listen to what they have to say. Remember that they have been doing wedding hair for a lot longer than you have, especially if you’ve gone with a stylist that has been doing the job for a long time, and has a flourishing portfolio of work to show you.
If they’re telling you that something may not work, there’s usually a good reason for it – what you want might not work. What’s the point in ignoring them? Hairstylists are like your mother – they’re always right, even when you don’t want to admit it.
17. FISHTAIL UPDO
When working with braids, don’t just braid your hair, secure it, and then leave it at that. Try a few other things first. Just like the way this fishtail braid has been wrapped around the head and adorned with floral sprigs – it’s a great way of having your hair up, without it being too intricate a look at the same time.
When you have a statement dress, you don’t want to take the attention away from it by having statement hair too. Although it’s YOUR big day, and YOU make the rules, considering wearing your hair up, rather than down, and give your glorious gown the limelight it deserves!
18. SUPER ROMANTIC
It looks like Disney princess hair, which makes it perfect for when you’re on the hunt for romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair. When you have length on your side, it makes sense to use it to your advantage.
You can achieve a million and one more looks than you would have been able to achieve with short hair, so perhaps it’s time to look at some of the alternatives to the free-flowing wavy locks that you traditionally see.
19. MESSY, ROMANTIC UPDO
When it comes to the actual big day, and making sure that everything runs without a hitch, plan hair and makeup so that you have ‘protection time’. This means that you will have plenty of time to get everyone done in case that one person turns up fashionably late … which they always seem to do.
If you plan three hours of hair, allow for four instead. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and although these romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair are relatively simple and quick to achieve, you don’t want to stress yourself out. It’s meant to be the most important day of you’re life, and you won’t enjoy it if you’re worried about your maid of honour not having her hair done in time.
20. BOHEMIAN HALF UPDO WITH BRAIDS AND FLOWERS
If you love flowers, why restrict them to just table centrepieces and bridal or bridesmaid bouquets? Just one or two beautiful buds “stolen” from your wedding day flowers could make the difference between a beautiful wedding hairstyle, and an absolutely outstanding one.
This just goes to show that you can use larger flowers, and not just smaller sprigs such as baby’s breath, in your romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair. It’s not too much, ties everything in with your flowers all around the place, and just adds a little something really beautiful to your hair … don’t you think? This one could just be our favourite!
21. MESSY BRAIDED UPDO
When you’re sitting down with your stylist for your hair trial, get a friend to come with you. You are going to want them to take photos of you from all different angles so that you have a good idea of what you’ll look like on the big day.
You’ll also have a chance to show your makeup artist the hairstyle you’re having, so the two can work hand in hand together. You should book your stylist about six moths before the big day, preferably longer, and the hair trial should be about 4 to 6 weeks ahead.
22. MESSY BRAID WITH FLOWERS
When it comes to trying to recreate that oomph at the crown, something many women find really difficult to recreate, there are a number of tips you can se. Firstly, try practicing on your hair when it’s a day or so old. Clean hair never holds a style as well as few-day-old hair. Sometimes it pays to NOT wash!
Next, blow dry your hair upside down. This helps to add volume at the roots. Dry shampoo can be used with gentle backcombing, and try using an actual backcombing brush if your regular brush doesn’t give you quite the oomph you’re looking for. Don’t be quite as tempted as you would be to reach for lots of hairspray either. This can actually weigh your look down, unless you opt for a super light hold one, and this will cause the hair to fall flat over the day. This doesn’t make for good photos, unless you’re planning on having your hair and makeup girl (or guy) at the big day itself.
23. ROMANTIC BRIDAL STYLE
It might be a good idea to take some photos of your dress when you’re trying it on, getting measured up, and generally shopping around. The reason for this? Well, you’ll need to show your hair stylist the kind of gown you’re going to be wearing to decide on the best romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair that allow you to show everything off.
The last thing you would want, for example, is to hide a beautiful back piece on a wedding gown by wearing your hair loose and long.
When it comes to your wedding day, getting those final details right is important, and often those are the details that get forgotten about in the midst of the big frenzy. Make sure that you leave enough time to get in a trial, and plenty of consultation chats, with your hair stylist, and shop around to find the best one for the ob. Your regular hairdresser might not be the right person for this job, as great as they may be.
Above all else, have a little fun. Let your personality shine through in your romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair. Hopefully we’ve given you plenty of inspiration to do just that!