Bridesmaids Hairstyles and Bridal Accessories – What to consider.

Image of bride and bridesmaids – Lisa Carpenter Photography

Bridesmaids Hairstyles and Bridal Accessories – What to consider

Planning your own wedding you may have a very clear picture of how you want your own hair styled. But if you have more than one bridesmaid, choosing a style to suit all your maids can be more difficult.  You want everyone to be happy, and ensure you are being true to your wedding and style. 

So, what do you need to consider when deciding on your bridesmaids hairstyles and bridal accessories? And how easy is it to keep your bridesmaids happy, and style to ensure your wedding day is how you envision it to be? 

1. are all your bridesmaids having hair up bridal hairstyles?

This is one of the most popular trends for bridesmaids hair, so I felt it should be discussed first.  There are a few reasons why it is popular. It can be a seamless way to bring cohesion to your wedding day.

If all your bridesmaids have a similar hairstyle you can easily choose the same bridal hair accessories for them and it is one less thing to worry about for your big day. After all you have a lot of decisions to make.  It is also an excellent choice for durability. Your bridesmaids can dance the night away knowing their hair is secure.  It can also bring an elegance, and a more polished look to the occasion. 

There are so many different styles to choose from it gives you the freedom to have everything you want.

Bridesmaids Hairstyles and Accessories

Rhianna and her Bridesmaids wearing their hair up.
Daffodil Waves Photography

A soft relaxed bun with the Alabaster hair pins

2. You don’t have to be too stuck on one bridesmaid hair style.

Unless all your bridesmaids have quite similar hair – in length or texture for example – then consider adapting each bridesmaids hairstyle slightly. Sometimes it is better that the style is suited to each bridesmaid than all looking the same. They can still all wear their hair up, but perhaps a chignon would suit one maid, while a side bun might be better for another. 

This is an area that you can have a little fun with. Why not consider a slightly different hair style for each of your bridesmaids, and they each have a slightly different bridesmaid dress? 

Shoulders and back of the head view of a bride. She stands in front of a stone wall. Her hair is dark and she has a curly bridal hair bun with Statement crystal wedding hair comb in.

Curly textured bun hairstyle – Goldfinch Comb
Iris and Ivy Photography

Iris and Ivy Photography

3. You can Match your bridesmaids bridal hair accessories

If you do feel you want your bridesmaids to match, why not choose the same hair accessories instead.  Each of your lovely maids could wear the same pins or combs to create harmony.

Perhaps you could request a smaller version, or adapt what you might be wearing as the bride. This might be a lovely way to bring cohesion to your bridal party.

Violet hairpins

Violet Hairpins to complement Clematis Hairpins

Bride stands outside among trees in the country

4. consider your wedding Location and Weather.

It is advisable to consider where your wedding location is and what weather you might have. Perhaps your location is mainly outside, or on a rugged coastline; you’re having a fun festival style, or more traditional farm wedding. Maybe you’re having a destination wedding, and your ceremony will be at the beach. 

A messy, twisted updo with flyaway tendrils could look just the ticket, if you are outside. And if a gust of wind blows your way, no one will notice the odd flyaway hair. If you are indoors for most of the day, then you have a greater choice of more polished hairstyles.

Liberty Pearl Photography

Pendrell Hall

Clematis Hairpins

5. bridesmaids and bridal Hair Braids.

Hair braids are perfect for soft, romantic styles of wedding. Braids add texture and interest.  They are also ideal for all hair types; whether your bridesmaids have fine hair, afro hair, or dead straight hair. 

There are a plethora of accessories to choose from for braids.  I particularly love small delicate hairpins like the Poppy garden hair pins or the Baby’s breath pins that can be scattered through curved plaits. Even flowers can be popped in there if you don’t choose hair accessories. 

Stone wall in background. Woman standing with her back to the camera in a low back, lace wedding gown and long loose braided hair with Small dainty blossom bridal hair pins scattered through.

Poppy Garden pins scattered through an undone braid
Iris and Ivy Photography

6. A recent trend for bridal hairstyles has been the ponytail. 

It is a style most women know well. But there are ways to jazz it up perfect for a wedding, and it’s a great informal style for bridesmaids to wear.

Why not give your bridesmaids a low knot ponytail, and embellish with a few pins like the Crystal Barley hair pins or Faith pearl hair pins – the darker the hair the more dramatic the accessories will look.

You can pop hairpins that have decorative florals in, or a flash of diamante such as the Dragonfly hair pins for a more formal event wedding.

Combs are a good choice also, and there are options for harmonising your bridesmaids with your own hairstyle. Why not choose something like the Woodland comb or Juliette comb and pair it with the Dancing Bee tiara or Paloma crown


Image of woman with dark hair in a low pony tail wearing modern minimalist leaf wedding hair pins

Low wrapped ponytail decorated with Crystal Barley Hairpins
Sophie May Photography

Bridesmaid Ponytail idea

Higher textured ponytail with Stardust Headband
Nellie Photography

6. You may be set on your bridesmaids wearing their hair down.

Whether you want that back garden, no effort vibe; or a more polished shiny Hollywood waves approach, there is a hair down style to suit many bridesmaids.  For those strands that always manage to get in the way, you can choose to pin sections around the face back with a suitable headdress for dual purpose. Why not consider Eglantine or Xanthe where your hair stylist can use bobby pins to secure those flyaways you are worried about. 

A word of caution if you are spending a lot of time outdoors.  If your hair stylist has spent hours creating those bouncy waves, or sleek straight locks then a touch of rain or wind can soon undo all the hard work. So consider this before you choose. If in doubt, your hairstylist can give you the very best advice.


bridesmaids hair down idea

Loose waves hair down and styled with the Clematis Hairvine

bridesmaids hair down idea

Unstructured hair down loose waves with Ivy Hairvine
Nellie Photography

7. And last but not least – do your bridesmaids have Short Hair?

There are so many ideas for bridesmaids short hair. A sleek bob, incorporating a braid around the front that curves to the back – this can be a great idea to add a comb for interest. Why not consider Juliette. Many hair stylists can replicate an updo by adding some extensions, or just working with a slightly longer short style.

A pixie cut can be jazzed up with a delicate hairband or hair vine like Juniper or Primrose  or a crocodile clip. Ombre is a popular trend to add interest to shorter hair. Or add volume with some waves.

So many choices are out there with a bit of research and finding the right hair stylist for you.

 Eglantine hair pins ideal for short hair

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