An updo is basically a hairstyle created when hair is pulled up from the neck and artistically arranged on the top or back of the head. Choosing an updo hairstyle for your wedding day requires a great deal of research and planning. There are a wide variety of different styles, and choosing the right one can be a little overwhelming, but I promise you won’t be disappointed!

When looking for ideas one important factor is the shape of your face. The basic shape faces we have are round, oblong, heart or square. Each facial shape will require a certain style to properly frame the face. For example, creating a style for a round face will require some height on the crown to soften the face.

Once you have decided on your updo you can then have fun and play around with hair accessories. The beauty of having your hair up is there are no boundaries when choosing what to put in your hair. A single fresh flower can give a modern twist, or place a beautiful diamanté comb for elegance. A silk hair band is fitting for a ballerina bun, or try a birdcage veil to complement a vintage updo hairstyle.

Whether structured or relaxed, an updo hairstyle is timeless and elegant and will suit any wedding. My top five bridal updo hairstyles are…

Ballerina Bun

Bride with Ballerina Bun Hairstyle Sitting in Chair

From the red carpet to walking down the aisle, ballerina buns are here to stay. There are so many variations brides will be spoilt for choice, but one of my favourites is the high chic bun; it oozes elegance and sophistication.

Relaxed Side Bun

Bride with Relaxed Side Bun Hairstyle

The relaxed side bun offers softness and romance. Allow a few strands of hair to fall delicately around the face.

Classic Bun with Braid

Bride with Classic Bun with Braid Hairstyle

Creating a classic bun at the back and adding a braid to the front or side displays a whimsical princess feel.

Modern Beehive

Bride with beehive hairstyle

Modern beehive hairstyles can range from smooth and sleek to relaxed and messy. You can tease the hair as little as you want, or as much as you dare!

1920’s – 30’s Wave

Bride with 1920's - 30's Wave Hairstyle

Finally, a glamorous 1920’s – 30’s wave, perfect for anyone who loves vintage.

Guest post by Severin Hubert of The Hepburn Collection

Images from…

Ballerina Bun: Jenny Sun Photography

Relaxed Side Bun and Modern Beehive: Nobu Yamaguchi

Classic Bun with Braid: Sarah Aires Photography

1920’s – 30s Wave: Annamarie Stepney Photography