How to Choose Hairstyles for Wedding Guests

While it’s a great honor to be a guest at a romantic event like a wedding, choosing the attire and hairstyle to wear can be stressful.

The following tips and step-by-step guide will save you a lot of stress and disappointments, so you show up for those nuptials looking meticulous.

How to Choose Hairstyles for Wedding Guests

Experiment with Looks Beforehand

As an invited guest to a wedding, you are expected to go all out on your look for the big day. Instead of spending a lot of money on your hair and not feeling expensive on the D-day, you can try out different hairstyles prior.

Since your final look will be affected by other factors such as the time of the year, your hair type, your dress, and accessories, you can create a look-board online where you put up different hairstyles and share them with your hairdresser.

Consider Your Attire

The hairstyle you choose should ideally match your wedding attire. If you’re going for a simple, contemporary look, a bun or sleek back ponytail with flamboyant accessories will deliver an elegant finish. If you’re settling for a formal attire like a chiffon dress, you can go for a loose chignon and let some trailing tendrils on your face or you can go for unstructured curls.

Choose a Hairstyle Based On the Length of Your Hair

Unfortunately, you cannot change your biology when it comes to your hair.

If the wedding is in a few months or weeks and you have short locks, you cannot expect your hair to grow long enough in time for long-hair styles. Even if the wedding is super formal, go for a glam and sexy short hairstyles like the Mini barrette. If you already have long hair, you can go for a chignon teased to the sides using a fine-toothed comb.

Plan with Accessories in Mind

Will your dress have details or fabric corsage you want to match with accessories on your hair? How long or how short will your dress be? What accessories will you have on your neck and what type of earrings (if any) will you wear?

If you can’t settle on a particular look to go for, or accessories to go with you can go for a fancy but effortless hairstyle like a curly twisted updo or a braided Crown Bun. Timeless hairdo’s like a sleek topknot or wet look waves are best matched with an equally stunning accessory like earrings and necklace.

The Time You Will Have the Hair

When choosing a wedding guest hairstyle, also have in mind the length of time you will wear the style. Certain styles like Piled-high curls and thickly curled updo may look great but could be a challenge to maintain for long after the wedding day. You want to get value for your money so the style you choose should be something you can flaunt for more days after the wedding event has happened.


The hairstyle you choose to rock as a wedding guest ultimately depends on what you’re comfortable with. Avoid making drastic decisions like coloring or cutting your hair as you may not be comfortable with a completely new look.

It’s also best to work with a hairstylist to come up with a style that not only matches your attire and accessories but also your personality.