• Kimberley

Which bridal hairstyle will compliment my wedding dress?

Updated: Jun 9, 2019

Depending on the theme of your wedding from vintage, boho to classic there’s a hairstyle to suit everyone and every length of hair.

After months of searching on Pinterest, Instagram and in bridal magazines narrowing down your choice of hairstyle can be a daunting task.

“What hairstyle should I pick?” is one of the most common questions I am asked. And the answer always lies with your choice of dress, the theme of your wedding and most importantly how you want to feel on your big day.

In this blog I am going to consider a few wedding dress styles and the bridal hair that suits them best.

Where to start?

Your wedding dress neckline is usually the first thing that is considered when meeting your stylist. The dress will often dictate the hairstyle. And so it should! You’ll want everything to fit together seamlessly and compliment each other to achieve that picture perfect bridal look you are after. And it seems a shame if you have picked a dress with stunning back detail to have it all covered up.

High neck lines

Sophistication with a capital ‘S’. To show off this striking neckline your hair will need to be off your face and neck, in a strong updo. High buns will elongate your neck and balance out heavy embellishments around the neckline, but, if a high bun isn’t for you, for a more relaxed feel then a low bun or chignon can look equally as fabulous.

V neck/plunging neck lines

This classic neckline draws the eye vertically and elongates the body (love it!)

V necks are perfect for wearing your hair down with cascading curls to soft romantic waves. Perhaps tying half up and half down if it’s a beach wedding or in autumn months to keep more control over the curls in wind. For a classic look you could choose a classic low Chignon with lots of shine and simple glamour.


This beautiful and timeless neckline shows off a lot of shoulder. It works well with your hair down or half-up half-down to balance the amount of skin on show. You could also consider sweeping curls over to one side and wearing it over the shoulder. If you had your heart on wearing your hair up, then tousled waves falling onto the neck with the rest in a soft curled bun, or chignon will look great.

Off the shoulder, Asymmetric and Boat neck lines

These all look incredibly elegant when teamed with a side swept updo - you can also add a few waves left down to bring softness and texture to your hair. Shoulder length hair or long bobs also work well, skimming the shoulders, perfectly blow dried or curled to create a soft natural look.

Of course there is no one style fits all and the best bit of my role is in helping you to come up with the perfect hairstyle that brings together your whole look. Please ask any questions below or in the comments and I will try to answer them as best I can. Or contact me to set up your free consultation.

The photos were from a styled shoot I recently took part in - for more inspiration from this shoot take a look at the inspiration gallery. Hair is by me Bridal Hair by Kimberley, makeup by Emma Dawson, Flowers by Loubee Blooms, Photography by Matt Willis, wedding dresses from The White Company and it all took place at Barley Wood wedding venue.

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