The 20 Best Hairstyles for Any Wedding
The bells are officially ringing for wedding season! Whether you’re a spouse-to-be, a maid of honor, a guest, or even a Pinterest-addicted aspiring bride, these matrimony-appropriate looks are sure to bring out your inner celebrity on the big day.
By Christiana Molina (Elle Magazine)
Inspired by Grace Kelly on her wedding day, Emmy Rossum’s tiara-topped braided chignon imparts a polished elegance. Rick Gradone, the hairstylist behind the showstopping ‘do, explained how to pull off a crown in the twenty-first century: “The sleekness of this look keeps it more elegant and contemporary, whereas softer and fuller styles make tiaras look more prom queen or pageant-like. The look has to be as clean and kempt as possible.” Gradone also recommended following the shape of the headpiece for maximum impact. “Since this Chopard tiara was angled into a v, I drew a middle part that directly paralleled its peak and allowed me to sculpt the hair into a similar silhouette,” he said. “Then I crafted the braid at the nape of the neck so that the end of the tiara met right at the middle of the bun, which gives the eye a nice line to follow.”
With its tousled and organic framework that flows into a more carefully crafted low chignon, Jennifer Lawrence’s updo provides the best of both worlds. “It is still formal, but fun and romantic,” said Jen Atkin, who counts Lawrence as a client. “This look would be great for a fall wedding or for a modern bride who isn’t afraid of playing with texture in her hair.”
“A fresh and cool braid offsets a powerful and more mature ball gown,” said hairstylist Andy LeCompte, referencing Liu’s voluminous dress that she wore to this year’s Golden Globes. “It makes the whole style look edgy rather than lady.” What’s more, such intricate plaits still tie in the decadence of a statement-making gown without turning it fussy. To get the look, LeCompte constructed a reverse French braid around the head on both sides of the part, “which gives hair more volume and also helps to show off the dimensions of the braid on dark hair.”
Hair guru Giannandrea conjured up a refreshing take on the classic French twist with Watts’ deconstructed and windswept version at the Oscars. “I wanted to pull the hair away from the face without it looking too constricting of too coiffed,” he explained. “Its height and softened texture give the style a more womanly sensibility.”
Nicole Kidman’s elaborate updo proves hairstylist Mara Roszak is more than just a one-trick pony: the twisted bun placed off to one side paired with the faint braid and the gilded pin give this look interest from every angle. “Nicole’s dress was very sexy and glamorous and I wanted to contrast that with a cool, textured updo that was a bit tousled,” Roszak said of her inspiration.
Reese Witherspoon channeled an old-Hollywood movie star at the Oscars this year with Veronica Lake-esque waves, which were made modern with brushed out, loose curls instead of stiff and cramped coils. “It’s pure beauty and glamour and just perfect for a special occassion,” said Campora, who was responsible for giving Witherspoon the vintage-inspired mane. “Hair pulled all to one side shows off the neck and earrings, and at the same time it both opens and frames the face.”