Braided wedding hair ideas for brides-to-be

French or Dutch, tight or loose, up or down...there are endless ways to play with braids for your big day. Guaranteed to exude beauty, discover our collection of braided wedding hairstyles.

Braids are a bride’s best friend. Romantic and timeless, choosing a braided hairstyle for your wedding promises an ethereal look you’ll love. Weaving your locks into an elegant braided style can work for all hair types, no matter what your length.

Intricate braided wedding hairstyles don’t just look gorgeous, they’re enduring too. Using innovative stylers and products from ghd, a plaited hairdo can last the entirety of your big day – from putting on your dress to dancing into the early hours.

Discover your bridal style with our guide to braided wedding hair.

Waterfall braid

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Waterfall braid

A chic waterfall braid illustrates a contemporary plaited style. Made for a modern bride, this gorgeous look is a new take on the half updo. Simply braid a section of your hair and leave the rest to cascade in beautiful fashion. Blend with curls, waves or straight tresses – anything goes with a versatile waterfall braid.

Crown Braid

Perfect for long-haired brides, a crown braid embodies bohemian luxe. Tresses are woven and wrapped until they become an accessory themselves.

Tip: For a unique bridal style, weave fabric or a length of ribbon through your crown braid.


This glamorous style is taking over aisles, adored for its elaborate and ultra-luxe feel. Worn down your back or over your shoulder, a fishtail braid will instantly ramp up your bridal look.

Tip: Loosen strands to frame your face and gently curl using the ghd curve® soft curl tong.

Twisted braid

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Twisted braid

Rival Rapunzel with a charming twisted braid. Blending plaits and arcs, this look has taken braided wedding hair to a new level. A twisted style is perfect for making maximum impact on your big day, so flaunt it with confidence.

Tip: Create body and volume in your twisted braid with ghd volume total foam. Apply to damp hair before blow-drying.

Upside down braided bun

Turn plaits on their head with an upside down braided bun. This look blends a classic bun with a French braid for a subtly edgy feel. Providing a different look from the front to the back, it’ll definitely make waves at your wedding.

Tip: Glossy locks are every bride’s dream. Make it a reality by misting ghd final shine spray over your braided style.

Braided Ponytail

Make a statement with a braided ponytail, pulled high for maximum impact. No longer saved for off-duty chic, this woven updo is beautiful. It’s a match made in heaven if you want a perfectly undone look that’s both effortless and elegant.

Tip: Use your fingers to gently loosen and tease your pony.

Side braid

Let your locks steal the limelight with a side braid. Dress it up with a fishtail technique, play with a tousled three-strand style or give it a French feel starting at your parting and working its way to the ends.

Tip: Add an extra dimension to this style by embellishing with an accessory. Fresh flowers, delicate vines and vintage hair combs will all have a dreamy effect.

Sleek blow-dry

Smooth shiny hair is one of the most coveted bridal options and a blow-dried hairdo embodies the look. This style is easy to achieve on short hair - all it takes is a soft blow-dry to achieve glossy wedding day tresses.

Tip: Embellish the style with a glamorous hair comb for a pretty finishing touch.

braided updo

Command the attention of the room with this gorgeous braided updo. Plait, tuck and pin your locks, sweeping your hair off your neck in sophisticated fashion. It’s perfect for keeping your tresses out of your face and makes for a long-lasting do.

Tip: Add extra romance to the look by loosening tendrils at the front to frame your face.

Braided Half Updo

If you can’t decide whether to let your locks flow loose or pulled up into a dramatic style, opt for a half updo on the big day. Pairing a section of braided tresses with romantic waves offers the best of both worlds.

Tip: Boho bridal waves are the perfect partner for this style. Use the ghd curve® creative curl wand to curl sections in alternate directions and create sumptuous texture.

Double Braided Updo

Double braided updo

An updo is even more feminine when it’s accented with matching plaits. Show off your wedding dress by pulling your hair into this double braided look – it exudes a laid-back yet polished vibe.

Tip: Use a Dutch technique for this style, turning braids inside out to fake thicker tresses.

These chic plaited hairdos will have you walking down the aisle and saying ‘I do’ feeling like the most beautiful bride in the world. Handpick your favourite braided wedding hairstyle for the ultimate bridal look.


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