The Untraditional Updo
Buns have a reputation for being traditional, but they’re also the best way to avoid fussing with your hair throughout the big day. Go with an unexpected messy top knot to offset a classically elegant dress, or a sleek ballerina bun to dress up a more casual frock.
The Trendy Half-Up
It’s been four years since the royal wedding, but Kate Middleton is still our go-to inspiration for balancing modern and classic style. Her half-up look was glamorous-yet-accessible (she saved the drama for her 9-foot train). If you're a fan of that easy-going glamour, try an updo alternative like this Brigitte Bardot bump. It combines sleek lines, sexy volume, and loose romantic waves.
The Unfussy Braid
Braids are classic, yet carefree—perfect for an outdoor wedding. Try a braid crown if a real tiara is too girly for you, or a side braid if you want a casual, feminine way to keep your hair out of your face. Both looks are so simple, you can do them yourself.
The Whimsical Flower Accent
From Frida Kahlo to Marie Antoinette, fresh blooms have a long history of decorating the heads of style icons. While classics like baby’s breath and roses are stunning choices, there are plenty of alternatives for the nontraditional bride. Check out the succulents, berries, and vines that adorn the heads of these bohemian beauties.