Vintage Wedding Hairstyles: Retro Looks for Classic Brides
by Leah Walters
Going to the chapel? Celebrate your modern love story with a retro twist by sporting one of these vintage wedding hairstyles. Whether you decide to channel the romance of Jane Austen or the sex appeal of a silver screen siren, a classic hairstyle is a timeless choice you won’t regret.
Sweet and Sparkly Updo
This blinged-out updo is nothing short of regal. The sweeping bangs and low, twisted bun are an inspired take on vintage hairstyles. But the hairpiece is what really makes this look, so make sure you find the accessory of your dreams before your big day.
For a subtly retro feel, a ’40s hairstyle is just the ticket. Plus, this timeless look takes just 15 minutes to complete, so you’ll have more time to enjoy your wedding day. Simply add soft curls, and pin back the front sections of your hair. Jazz it up with a vintage hair accessory, or show off a pair of statement earrings.
Updo with Birdcage Veil
Birdcage veils add a glamorous, vintage touch to any gal’s wedding ensemble. This simple DIY updo perfectly complements the accessory and doesn’t take much time or effort. Follow the step-by-step guide from our friend Beauty for Bloggers, and you’ll be set to wed in style.
Embellished French Twist
This modern spin on a classic French twist is absolutely gorgeous, and that sparkly hairpin is giving us major accessory envy. Take a hint from The Small Things, and try twisting down instead of up—like most French twists—as demonstrated in her tutorial. And don’t worry: This elegant updo will never go out of style, so your wedding photos won’t look dated a few years down the line.
Vintage Half-Updo for Long Hair
Long-haired ladies, this look is for you. Start with a head of curls. Then twist the front sections around your fingers, and secure them behind your head with bobby pins. The stylists at Bobby Glam show you exactly how to pull off the look in this tutorial.
Sweeping Bangs with Updo
This retro updo was inspired by Dianna Agron’s ’50s-housewife hairstyle. The sweeping bangs and pretty, coiled bun are perfect for a vintage-inspired wedding, and recreating the look is simple. Start by teasing a bouffant. Then wrap alternating sections of hair into a circle shape, pinning as you go. Kayley Melissa has mastered the voluminous bangs, so check out her video tutorial for instructions.
Loose Updo with Braids
This romantic updo feels like something out of a Jane Austen novel. To recreate the dreamy look, start with loose curls and a teased crown. Then section off hair on each side, and pull the rest of it into a loose, messy bun at the nape of your neck. You’ll French-braid the reserved sections and incorporate them behind your head. Finish with a pretty hair accessory as seen in this step-by-step tutorial.
Old Hollywood Curls
On your wedding day, all eyes are on you, so you might as well channel your inner Hollywood starlet. These glamorous waves are a soft and pretty nod to the silver-screen beauties of decades past. Begin with a dramatic side part, and use a curling wand to create ringlets all over. Then clip the waves, and set with hairspray.
Glam Gatsby Hairstyle
Give your nuptials the Roarin’ 20s treatment with a ‘do that would make Daisy Buchanan jealous. Get the faux-bob look by brushing your curls into full, bouncy ringlets and tucking the long layers up and under. Top with a period-appropriate headband. Faux bob not your style? Twist Me Pretty also created a Gatsby-inspired updo. Click through for both of these dazzling tutorials.
This elegant chignon hairstyle is fit for a queen, so it’s suitable for a wedding, too. Plus, it’s much easier to achieve than it appears. Just create a half-knot, and secure it to the top of your head with bobby pins. Then wrap the remaining hair around the bottom of the bun. Get the full breakdown in this easy-to-follow tutorial.
Brigitte Bardot Half-Updo
Known for her enviable hair, French beauty Brigitte Bardot inspired this voluminous half-up look. It’s perfect for a wedding because its body and texture will last all day long and it’s easy to dress up with a sparkly hair accessory or veil. Check out Makeup Wearables’ video tutorial for all the details.
Simple Gibson Roll
A Cup of Jo dressed up a simple Gibson roll for a wedding look we can’t resist. All you need to recreate this style for your big day is a clear hair elastic, bobby pins, and hairspray. But for a photo-ready finish, adorn the look with a pretty accessory. To see more photos and the complete instructions, head to the tutorial here.
For something different, try this hairstyle inspired by songstress Billie Holiday. The combination of well-coiffed hair and giant flowers is playful and classic, so it’s perfect for a blushing bride. Swap out the silk flowers in this video tutorial for fresh flowers to make the look even more special.
If your heart is set on casual nuptials, a sweet ’60s look might be just right for you. This classic hairstyle—reminiscent of Jackie O.’s—is fun and low-key and would look perfect with a short wedding dress. Plus, with a little teasing and a healthy dose of hairspray, it’s guaranteed to survive hours of dancing. Do it yourself with the help of this tutorial from Powder Doom.
Bridal Princess Look
This polished updo would make a beautiful bridal style. And despite its complex appearance, it’s so easy to recreate you could do it yourself. Tori Tutorial creates the pretty look by tucking and wrapping hair around a headband, and you can too. She’s broken the style down into an easy step-by-step.