Bride in Braids: Hair Styling Ideas for Your Walk down the Aisle

If you rock a casual, bohemian style, braids are the perfect hairstyle for your wedding day look. Whether you opt for a fully braided crown or just a few accent braids here and there, these styles are a great way to incorporate your personal style in a romantic, timeless way.

Twisty Braided Updo
This versatile look is perfect if you want a style that will look as great during the last dance as it does when you walk down the aisle. Start by parting your hair and creating a French braid on each side of your head, starting right above each ear. When you reach the nape of the neck, begin weaving the braids together. When you reach the end, simply coil them around each other, pin up into a bun, and finish with your hairspray of choice.

Polished Cornrows
This sophisticated look is perfect for the bride who loves the braided look, but is going for the more black tie affair than beachy island wedding. Create a side part, then create three cornrows along the forehead all the way to the nape of the neck. Follow it up with two more that travel down each side of the head to the nape of the neck. Gather all five braids into a low ponytail, then wrap around your hand to create a polished bun. Secure the whirled knot tightly with pins and finish with hairspray.

Loose Cascade

If you have thick, voluminous hair, capitalize on your mane with a loose French braid that's perfect for a destination wedding in a beach locale. Simply create your normal French braid but with larger chunks of hair than usual to create a cascading, undone effect. For maximum bohemian appeal, tie the end off with twine or scraps of ribbon. 

Braided Crown

Look like a princess with an elegant, romantic braided crown that frames your face perfectly. Start off with completely detangled and flat ironed hair, then create a fishtail braid by starting at one side of the head just over the ear and braiding along your forehead to the other side. Braiding under instead of over with small sections creates a neat, tight look that sits atop your head rather than getting lost.

Inverted Topknot Braid
Get a regal look with an inverted braid that travels from the nape of your neck, ending in a glorious topknot. The perfect look for those who want to highlight their back and shoulders, this style starts with the bun. Separate your hair into two sections by creating a horizontal line that travels from ear to ear. Then, sculpt the top section into a structured topknot. With the bottom half of the hair, weave an inverted French braid (again by braiding under instead of over) that travels from the nape of the neck to the crown. 

Regardless of which of these five amazing braids you choose, you'll get the best staying power if you start with slightly dirty hair. Check out other options and mom fashion tips for your flower girls at As you can see, there is a braid to match ever wedding day aesthetic.

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