Big Day Do's: Bridal Hairstyles for Every Personality

Your wedding day is one of the few days in your life where you have free reign to express your style personality to the fullest--just make sure your hairdo matches your gown! From a retro glamour coif to an edgy chic updo, we rounded up our favorite Big Day hairstyles based on your individual style sensibility.
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 20, 2010

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Is Dorothy Dandridge your ultimate beauty icon? Do you drop everything when AMC shows Casablanca or The Imitation of Life? If so, then “Vampire Diaries’” actress Katerina Graham’s Old Hollywood hairdo is the bridal style for you.

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If your Honeymoon fantasy involves you lounging poolside at some divine Ibiza resort, rocking a gauzy Matthew Williamson cover-up, piles of gold bangles and khol-smudged eyes, then you’d love Zoe Saldana’s breezy, upscale bohemian hairstyle on your Big Day.

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If you’re planning to wear a flirty, playful wedding day look—like a flippy white minidress—top it off with Syesha Mercado’s cute-as-a-button hairstyle. To do, rock your natural curls (or coily-textured extensions), create a deep side part and pin hair back on the shallow side.

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Wearing a wood nymph-y bridal gown with soft draping? Ask your stylist to replicate Padma Lakshmi’s Grecian goddess-inspired updo.

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Kerry Washington’s loosely cascading, romantic-as-all-get-out waves would be the perfect compliment to a princessy bridal gown.

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If you’re partial to body conscious, sultry silhouettes that play up your come-hither curves, then Niecy Nash’s loose side-bun is your perfect bridal hairstyle. So hot.

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Sanaa Lathan’s sleek princess bun is all elegance, all the time. Perfect for a classic, sweeping wedding gown with a dramatic veil.

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If you’re into an envelope-pushing aesthetic, you’d look fabulous in Shingai Shoniwa’s edgy natural updo. Plus, it’s shaped like a heart—so perfect for your wedding day!

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On your wedding day, salute your patchouli-wearing, Jimi Hendrix-loving inner flower child by wrapping a crystal headband around your head, like Zoe Kravitz.

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Your wedding day is one of the few times you’re allowed to be a high-maintenance diva! Celebrate with a teased, fluffed, honey-streaked hairdo like Beyonce.


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