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10 Braided Hairstyles for your Big Day

Plaits, braids… whatever you want to call them, I think they’re ‘heading’ (pun intended) towards being an absolute must for helping you score the most beautiful bridal hair. No more reserved just for Boho brides, I love them woven into classic chignons, threaded with flowers and immersed within an up/down do or cascading over one shoulder, mermaid stylee. My favourite place for Best in Braid inspo is Take a look at my top ten picks….

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1. A chunky plait keeps your hair off your face. Woven into loosely caught up tumbling curls looks carefree and classic. Gotta be close to the top of your trial wish list!



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2.  Chignons are ever elegant and timeless. Adding extra interest with the plaited front looks romantic and will frame your face beautifully.  Officially head-over-heels about the flower crown too.



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3 This is dream wedding hair for me. A ponytail gets my two thumbs up.  I love the added height on top, the curly length and of course, the thin ‘Alice band’ braid. It’s like wearing an accessory without the bling.



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4. I love how the top has been really loosely plaited and the length has been rolled and pinned in a bun shape underneath it. It’s reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour and would look perfect against almost any wedding dress style.



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5. Okay, so there are a lot of hair extensions going on here. But that’s how a lot of brides (myself included) score the volume they crave. I love how the little plaits create interest, as well as shape and help hold the style in place.



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6. Many brides (especially summer ones) love a mermaid braid. It screams laid-back chic and looks fabulous with higher neck or Grecian-goddess-style gowns. I love how it’s kept quite loose on top. 



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7. I call this an undone up do. It’s been French-plaited across the front, teased apart then brushed into a low ponytail with the rest of the length that’s then loosely pinned up. The perfect finishing touch? A delicate diamante hair vine.




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8. A photo-friendly alternative to a traditional side do. For a romantic trip down the aisle, a soft plait through the front and one side meets a curly side pony. Imagine little flowers eased into the plait. Best tressed bride alert!



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9. A lesson in how one woven-in braid can oomph up the look of a regular up do. Add some bling for posh girl preening at its best.



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10. Tumbling curls look far more covetable when a chunky plait across the crown is added. Love, love, love the flower accessory too. is a Los Angeles-based hair and make-up agency who have made over 25,000 brides look and feel a-mazing over the last 11 years. I’ll be adding a few more galleries showcasing Elstile looks to give you inspo for your own Big Day look.

Will you be incorporating braids into your bridal do? Please tell me in the comments below…


Sarah x

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  • Just wish I had enough hair to be able to wear these every day. Thanks for the post. Veronica x

    5 years ago : V103
  • Feeling inspired to upgrade my usual pony now! Chloe x

    5 years ago : Chloe
  • This is great. I can’t wait to see more of estile’s pix on your site x Rachel sanderson

    5 years ago : Rach15
  • Sooooo gorgggggggeous! Lurrrrrrve it. Hope I can do some of them 🤞🏻Gayle

    5 years ago : Gayle33
  • Some of these looks would make gorgeous flower girl styles. I’m forwarding these onto my sister. Jorga johnson

    5 years ago : Jj
  • I tried out no6 for a wedding g last Saturday. Loved it! And the cute waves I had in the morning x

    5 years ago : Ali
  • I’m really into braids, I gotta try these. Thanks for sharing 😘Kendra xo

    5 years ago : Kstu
  • Keeping your hair plaited is a really good way to help it grow longer with less breakage. I run oil through my hair every morning and at night then plait it. Hazel Tibbs x

    5 years ago : Heyhaze
  • Totes love no9. Def trialling it – and the blue eyeshadow too Mickey357

    5 years ago : Mdavis
  • My Venice beach wedding totally calls for a mermaid braid…! Marnie miller xx

    5 years ago : Millergal
  • I wore a similar style for my engagement party to the first one. I had loads of extensions in but it felt great – no chance of moving or slipping. And from the 4am photos taken it looked good all night long. Mitzie xx

    5 years ago : Mbanks
  • These styles are a-mazing. Totes 💜Them all. Unity x

    5 years ago : Uyoung
  • Just WOW! No 3 has been printed and stuck in my ideas folder. I wouldLOVE to look like that xo jo jo

    5 years ago : Jeggert