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Best Wedding Hairstyles of 2023

Our Most Loved Wedding hairstyles for 2023!

Has your google search been looking like this recently “What’s the best wedding hairstyle for 2023?” Are you coming across the same old half up half down hairdo photo on Pinterest? You’re not alone and we are here to help you find some clean cut modern wedding hairstyles that will compliment any wedding dress in 2023!

When it comes to wedding hairstyles, there’s no shortage of beautiful looks to choose from. Many brides begin the journey of growing out their luscious locks out after getting engaged! Having long locks on your special day can be incredibly versatile to style but so can short hair! The options are truly endless on what you can do! With the latest trend of big, voluminous curls and sleek bun hairstyles being hot right now, We have stacked together our top picks for you, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice with our list!


Hair Styles


The Hollywood Wave

The Sleek Bun

The Natural Wave

The Messy Updo

The Low Fuss Ponytail 

The Chignon Bun

The Sleek Hair Tuck

KWH real bride Josey fastening her earrings.

The Hollywood Wave

The Hollywood Wave

Let’s start off with the classic Hollywood Wave! It’s truly a timeless wedding hairstyle. Whether you’re in one of our beautiful bespoke pieces or have chosen something from our elegant Luxe collection, this is the do for you! To achieve this look, start by blow drying your hair in sections using a large round brush then create loose waves by wrapping medium-sized sections of your hair around a 1-inch curling iron. Once complete, gently comb through your hair to soften up the curls before finishing off with hairspray or mousse.

The perfect accompaniment to this hairstyle is an elegant accessory such as a sparkly pearl headband or veil. These delicate pieces are sure to draw attention to your beautiful mane and complete your bridal look.

Whether you’re planning an intimate backyard celebration or a luxurious ballroom event, a Hollywood wave wedding hairstyle is sure to add that extra glamour!

Isadora - karen Willis Holmes - Brydie & Benjamin - Isadora showcasing your figure with a Dublin crepe that drapes dramatically over your curves, a V-Neckline that shows off the perfect amount of skin, delicate feminine straps

The Sleek Bun

An ultra sleek bun is always a great option for the minimalist bride who wants that polished, clean look on their special day, a big perk of this hairstyle is its super easy to achieve!

Start by blow drying your hair straight using a round brush then create a middle part and smooth out any flyaways with a soft brush. If you have long layers, use bobby pins to pin back the front sections before twisting the remainder of your hair into a tight low bun at the nape of your neck. You can finish off this classic style by adding some shine spray or hairspray to keep it looking glossy all night long.

This timeless hairdo can be adapted to fit any neckline and style if you are going for that clean modern simple style take a look at our elope collection!

Shelby-Karen Willis Holmes-Bride has chosen the Shelby gown from ELOPE collection which is for the carefree bride, the effortless beauty that wants something timeless yet modern and a dress that’s all her own and lets her showcase her personal, unique beauty.

The Natural Wave

For brides who love a natural, cool girl look, the natural wave hairstyle is the perfect choice. This easy to style look can be adapted to fit any hair length and texture, from wavy to curly.

Start by washing your hair with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner then apply a generous amount of mousse or gel throughout your lengths. If you want more definition, use a curling wand to create loose waves before gently combing through your locks to soften up the curls. To keep your waves intact for hours, finish off with hairspray or an anti-frizz spray and you’re set for your free flowing hairdo!

If you want to capture some moody motion blur images with your partner on your big day this is the carefree hairdo for you!

Tiffany - Karen Willis Holmes - Bethany & Demon - KWH have designed eight exquisite gowns, all delicate and draped in 100% silk satin, created for the modern woman looking to eclipse the standard bridal look.

The Messy Updo

A messy updo is a great hairstyle for the bride that wants an effortless romantic style. It will complement many if not all dress styles and necklines. To achieve this look, start by generously spraying a texturising spray onto lightly waved hair. Then braid or twist small sections of the hair into a loose bun. Make sure you leave out some pieces to frame the face for a softer look. This versatile style works perfectly for all hair types and is guaranteed to make you feel like an effortless beauty on your special day!

The Low Fuss Ponytail

For long-haired brides looking to show off the length of their locks without it getting in your eyes or stuck to their lippy the low-fuss ponytail is the go-to for you on your wedding day! This chic hairstyle will not only keep your hair out of your face throughout the day, but also give you a polished look that will last until the very end of the night. To achieve this sleek look, start by gathering all your hair into a high ponytail with a brush, making sure everything is nice a smooth and there is none of those dreaded bumps, secure with a hair tie. To hide the elastic, take a small piece from the bottom section of your ponytail and begin wrapping it around the elastic and bobby pin to secure in place.

For extra volume, you can lightly backcomb small sections of bottom of ponytail to create fullness. Be sure to use hairspray to secure down any flyways. With this style, you can feel confident strutting down the aisle that all eyes will be on you!

The Chignon Bun

Chignon buns are a romantic and classy choice for brides on their wedding day. No matter your venue or style of wedding dress this hairstyle will work!

To achieve this gather all of your hair in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Secure with an elastic band and twist into a chignon. Pin it securely with bobby pins to ensure it won’t slip during the reception or ceremony. You can accessorise further with a headband, pearl pins or captivating veil if desired!

Chignon buns are also a great style if you have bangs that you want to show off or frame your face with. Simply pull back the front sections and pin them above your ears before twisting the rest of your hair into the bun.

Nothing is more chic than a chignon bun!

Taryn & Elizabeth-Karen Willis Holmes- Morgan& Nick- Bride Morgan is seen wearing this modern plunging v-neck a-line wedding dress known as the iconic Taryn Camille gown from the BESPOKE collection.

The Sleek Ear Tuck

The sleek hair tuck is an easy low maintenance modern hair style for your big day! You can achieve this look with straight or lightly waved hair. This style will keep your hair out of your face but show of your beautiful mane!

To achieve this look, begin by parting your hair in the middle, separate the top section of your hair into two parts and tuck them behind each ear. Secure with pins or hair comb to ensure sections won’t budge during important parts of the big day. You can also use hairspray for extra hold if desired!

This hairstyle suits almost any dress silhouette, from anything in our bespoke range to our more pulled back simple elopement collection. Add pearly pins or veil to give it an extra touch of elegance!

Perry Gown-Karen Willis Holmes, The bride with her bridal party getting ready for her big wedding day
Brie Gown-Karen Willis Holmes - The bride Steph photographed smiling with bouquet, wearing the beautiful Brie gown from our Wild Hearts collection. Long sheer sleeves with button detail and low deep V back.

If you are still wondering “So how should I style my hair for my wedding day?” “What’s going to suit my dress?”

Do what you’re comfortable with! How you feel is the most important thing, if you’re uncomfortable on your day whether its wearing a dress that isn’t you or styling your hair in a way that doesn’t feel yourself it will show, you are also being photographed all day you don’t want to look back on photos and seeing that uncomfortable look on your wedding day!

There are no set rules of what you can and can’t do for your special day, why? Because it’s YOUR special day and you can plan it however you like! It’s the one day that’s all about you and your partner in crime. There are guidelines you can follow on what hairstyles will suit what necklines but nothing is ever set in stone! Breaking ‘rules’ can be fun! If you have a high neck dress and want to wear your hair down? Wear it down! Just always keep in mind what parts of yourself you want to enhance on the day if that happens to be your back and you have a beautiful low back dress perhaps wear your hair up, or if down maybe have it pushed to the side. Its all a process of elimination just like shopping for your wedding dress! If you’re just starting your wedding planning also check out our guide to finding the right wedding dress for your shape.

Now you’ve got your dream bridal hairstyle sorted, read our article about how to choose bridal shapewear for your wedding day. If your wedding day is approaching soon be sure to also check out our gown care guide: Find out how to care for your gown on your wedding day.

Say ‘I Do’ to the perfect wedding dresses and find yours with KAREN WILLIS HOLMES today.


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