33 of the Best (and Easiest) Wedding Guest Hairstyles

With wedding season hopefully back on track for the latter half of 2021 and more intimate ceremonies underway right now, we've been busy cherry-picking the best wedding guest dresses and deciphering the biggest bridal trends for the rest of the year. What can we say? We're in the mood for love. But what about those finishing touches? More specifically, I'm talking wedding guest hair.

Having personally experienced the panic of trying to secure a pearl hair clip when you're meant to be jumping in a taxi for the church, I am all about putting as much thought into special-occasion hairstyles as I would my dress. (After all, nobody wants to be the person who arrives at a wedding after the bride—especially when you've only got a hair accessory to blame.) So to prevent you from reliving my own last-minute hair panic, I've rounded up a whole lot of wedding-guest hairstyle inspiration so that you can plan ahead.


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To keep things super straightforward, I've identified a few simple styles that will take just minutes to do and work for all hair types. Think buns, twisted updos, and ponytails. Keep scrolling for 33 of the best (and easiest) wedding guest hairstyles for a stress-free wedding season.

Buns and Updos


Aysha Sow
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This elegant bun will keep your hair off your face all day and is also the perfect hairstyle for showing off your wedding guest earrings.


TyLynn Nguyen
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Even short hair can make a bun work, as TyLynn proves. Just wear yours low at the nape of your neck, and team it with statement earrings for added impact.


Lindsey Holland
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A simple low bun takes seconds to do, is perfect for keeping your hair off your face during a summer wedding, and looks even more stylish when you leave a few strands loose around your face—see above. (A definite plus if you aren't the best at styling your own hair!)


Nnenna Echem
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Nnenna takes the low bun to the next level with her covetable hair-clip stack. I love how she's teamed the eclectic accessories with a printed dress for a maximalist approach to wedding guest dressing.


Johanne Jessen
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Even simpler than a bun is this two-minute twist demonstrated by Johanne. Simply pull your hair back like you're going to tie it into a ponytail, and then twist it upward from the nape of your neck. Secure in place with a statement butterfly clip, and you're good to go.


Imani Wilson
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Proving that topknots aren't just for casual weekends, Imani twists her curls right on top of her head for a statement style. If you've got a fringe, leave this loose for a cool-girl finish.


Peony Lim
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All of our fashion friends are wearing hair scarves right now, and when they look as elegant as Peony's, it's easy to see why. Tie one around a high bun, and leave the ends loose for a romantic wedding guest look.


Stephanie Broek
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A more modern take on Johanne's butterfly clip, Stephanie's disheveled hair twist is all about the statement hair clips. Leave some hair loose around your face, and let the ends of your hair poke out for a boho vibe.


Lucy Williams
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The half-up, half-down hairstyle takes approximately 30 seconds to do and genuinely looks great on everyone. It's a great option if, like me, you prefer wearing your hair down but want to try something a little different for a special occasion.


Ada Oguntodu
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What's better than one bun? Two, of course. Ada's high bunches look as cute as a button and are a great option for a unique wedding guest hairstyle.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
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Rosie is the queen of simple red carpet dressing—and her hairstyles are no exception. Unlike some of the buns above, this one is all about that sharp middle parting and sleek strands. So elegant.



Cassandra Klatzkow
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Cassandra's low ponytail not only looks super luxe but also draws attention to the back detailing on her slinky orange dress perfectly.


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Cool girls like Elif are opting for simple plaits kept in place with neutral hair ties. Love it.


Aude-Julie Alingué
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Aude-Julie's super-high ponytail plait is giving me major '90s vibes, and I'm here for it. So fresh.


Beatrice Gutu
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Switch your hairband for an oversize clip like Beatrice's for the chicest way to wear a low ponytail this wedding season.


Jill Wallace
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A voluminous ponytail like Jill's manages to be both practical and cool.


Jennifer Lopez
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There's a definite risk of upstaging the bride if you went for this full J. Lo ensemble, but this sleek ponytail will look stylish whatever wedding guest dress you're wearing.


Justine Marjan
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Justine's Chanel ribbon is so damn chic.


Laura Harrier
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I'm in love with Laura's bouncy ponytail. The wavy ends create a really glam look that is perfect for the evening wedding reception.


Delilah Koch
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For me, weddings are a great occasion to experiment with accessorizing. Go for a more-is-more approach to your ponytail with tons of hair accessories. 


Victoria Beckham
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VB keeps it classic as always with a skinny twist of black ribbon to secure her swept-back pony.


Jorja Smith
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High ponytails are clearly having a moment, which is why they're a perfect wedding guest option. Jorja Smith keeps things sleek at the root and volumized through the ends.

Hair Down


Michelle Drumm
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For relaxed, boho weddings, a statement braid pairs perfectly with beach waves like Michelle's.


Emmanuelle Koffi
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Make like Emmanuelle and jazz up a down 'do with double the hair clips.


Frédérique Harrel
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Opt for a deep side parting like Freddie's to transform your hair-down game for wedding season.


Holly Willoughby

Holly's beachy waves plus embellished hair clips equal the dreamiest wedding guest hairstyle.


Monikh Dale
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Celebrities are going wild for headbands, and so are the fashion set, as demonstrated by Monikh. 


Yara Shahidi
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The combination of a side parting and a hair clip seems to be the way that cool girls like Yara are embracing special-occasion hairstyles this year.


Brittany Bathgate

Jazz up a simple hair-down style by adding in some cute hair clips on either side of a center parting like Brittany did. It's still within your hair comfort zone but has a special-occasion edge.


ASOS Lotte
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So sleek. So simple. Lotte's straight bob is anything but basic with this embellished hair slide. This would look great with literally any wedding guest outfit.


Emily Ratajkowski
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Sometimes you just want to go glam, and EmRata's voluminous retro waves are simply perfect.


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Make like the French girls and keep your hairstyle simple and your headbands sleek, just like Chloé did.


Selena Gomez
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Selena's vintage waves and hair slide would pair perfectly with a tea dress for the prettiest of wedding guest outfits.

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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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