There’s this dichotomy that comes with being a bridesmaid. On one hand, there’s the stress of planning the hen party and finding the right wedding gift — not to mention figuring out how to pay for everything. But, on the other hand, there’s the joy you feel when you’re actually standing at the altar — feeling beautiful in your one-shoulder dress and perfectly-tousled, half-up hairstyle.
When you’re tearing up as your best friend, sister, or soon-to-be sister-in-law walks down the aisle, it’s easy to forget all the hardships of the prep. And to help remove one more thing from your very long pre-wedding to-do list, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to bridesmaid hairstyles. Whether you’re the Type-A maid of honour or the begrudging bridesmaid who’d rather skip to the reception, scroll through for styles that are sure to please everyone in the bridal party — even the fickle bride.
Celebrity hairstylist Bridget Brager makes the case for simple tousled waves, as seen on the stunning, and freshly blonde, Kate Bosworth.
There’s something romantic and fun about a slick updo on model Venita Aspen, with curls bouncing around the crown.
Celebrity stylist Jennifer Yepez used the Kérastase Mousse Bouffante to perfect model Soo Joo’s polished, wet-looking style.
We’re pulling any and all formal occasion hair inspo from Laura Harrier — and this glossy bun with face-framing tendrils may be our favourite.
Stop just sort of a topknot with a softly textured, high bun à la Nicole Richie, created by hairstylist Gregory Russell.
With short hair, you can add dangly earrings and a sexy one-shoulder gown, like Leah Grace.
No matter what dress you’re wearing, you will elevate your look tenfold by adding flowers to your hair and finding a lipstick shade to match it. This style was created at White Rose Collective.
Another White Rose Collective creation, three perfectly-placed jewel hair pins are all you need to add a touch of sparkle to an otherwise ordinary updo.
We will never tire of the chic simplicity of a middle-parted, low ponytail, dreamed up by hairstylist Cash.
Slick back your hair in the front, tease it in the back, add a glossy red lip, and you might accidentally upstage the bride. We love this look by hairdresser Sunnie Brook.