50 Bridal Hairstyle Ideas For Your Reception

Written by Jyotsana Rao

From makeup to hairstyle – you have already planned a lot for your big day. But have you considered planning for the day of your reception? Reception is almost equally important as your wedding and hence, you should leave no stone unturned for looking beautiful on this event too. It might be a bit tough to pick the right hairstyle for your reception that would not outshine your wedding day hairstyle, but make you look stunningly beautiful at the same time. Don’t worry. We are here to help you out. Check out top 50 bridal reception hairstyles that will serve the purpose absolutely right way:

1. Side-swept Curls

The side-swept curls are a simple yet elegant way to flaunt your pretty locks on your big day. Paired with some face-framing wisps, this hairdo will make your natural beauty shine. This style is about sophistication. This definitely a well adopted American wedding hairstyle.

2. Romantic Outward Curls

When it comes to wedding hairstyles, nothing can be more romantic than soft curls cascading the shoulders. This golden blond hair with textured outward curls is just ideal for that quixotic vibes.

3. A Beautiful Bun

Sleek and elegant Bun is another gorgeous hairstyle to for on your wedding. Besides delivering a look of elegance plus allowing you to wear your hair up, a bun will keep your manes in check and won’t let them go and ruin your wedding look. Accentuate your bun with an accessory such as a tiara to hold your wedding veil in place. Messy buns and low-slung buns are also great alternatives.

4. Smooth Low Side Bun

A low bun is the most classic bridal hairstyle of all time. Be it the big day or the day of the reception, this combination of a mini bouffant and a smooth low bun resting at the nape of the neck is always perfect.

5. Braided Updo

You may also want to go for a Braided Updo on you wedding day, especially if you’re a “Boho” bride. It looks simply gorgeous and adds to your feminine appeal besides giving you a modern, bohemian look!

6. Stacked Wavy Bob With Roses

Style your short stacked bob in the most feminine way and look amazing on your reception. You just need to create waves, add texture and adorn the locks with magnificent pearl white roses.

7. Retro Bouffant

Retro Bouffant is another gorgeous and elegant hairdo for American brides. This fabulous beehive look can be the finest hairstyle alternative for retro inspired weddings. Add polka dot accessories and headbands for a true vintage style.

8. Low Bun With Mini Bouffant and Side Sweep

This is quite like the first hairstyle that features a low bun with a mini bouffant. But here, the bun is positioned at the middle and beautified with a neatly arranged side sweep for a precise reception look.

9. Simple Half-Braided Style

This is a simple half hairdo in which the upper section of the hair is braided up to a certain length and then, turned into a hair-wrapped ponytail. Let the rest of your hair embrace your back gracefully.

 10. A Pretty Ponytail

American brides can never go wrong with a ponytail hairstyle. Whether you have thick or thin, long or short hair, a ponytail will look pretty with any wedding outfit. Many celebrities opted for this look on their nuptials as it elegantly puts your best features on display and doesn’t take much time to make you look great.

11. Unique Twisted Loop

This unique and classy loop hairdo can give you an effortlessly beautiful look. Just brush all your hair back and twist it up in order to create the loop. Then, apply lots of hairspray to give it a proper hold.

12.Wavy Side Hairdo With Twisted Side Sweep

Look like a girl-next-door on that very day of reception by opting for this simple hairstyle. Gather all your waves on one shoulder and secure them by twisting as well as pinning the side sweep from that side at the back of your head. Super easy, no?

13. Puffy French Braid With Spiral End

Make your backless reception gown look even more gorgeous by wearing this innovative hairstyle. All you need to do is French braid your hair and give the end a neat spiral shape. A puffy top and multiple lowlights will jazz up the look significantly.

14. Low Volumized Hairdo With Twisted Top

Look like a charming beauty on the day of your reception. Start with adding volume to your hair, especially at the front and the crown. Now, twist up the top hair and create a low bun. Here you go!

15. Messy Twisted Half Hairdo

In this style, the hair is left loose and given a messy finish at first. Then, the two sides are twisted up and secured at the center of the back with bobby pins. Add flowers or accessory to glam up the look.

16. Half Up Half Down Side Bun With Side Sweep

Half-n-half hairstyles go extremely well with bridal outfits. In this picture, the hairdo combines a side bun with a short ponytail and the entire look is spiced up with a long side sweep.

17. Classic Voluminous Curls

Take your hair in very thin sections and curl them up randomly. It should give your shoulder-length bob a highly voluminous look. Now, accessorize your classic curls as you wish.

18. Classic Layered Curls

This is a wonderful example of super curly hair with frequent layers that you can wear even with your attractive reception dress. Dramatic eyes and bold lips would go outstanding with this prominent hairstyle.

19. An Embellished ‘Do

Use of wedding hair accessories such as tiara or any other fancy hair accessory can create a simple and sophisticated yet extremely stunning wedding hairstyle. You can find several adorable fancy accessories at bridal shops to match with your wedding outfit. You can also use veils and tiaras for shorter hair.

20. Twisted and Folded Low Hairdo

Smoothen your long hair and create a ponytail at the nape of the neck. Then, twist and fold it as you wish in order to create a nice low hairdo swinging over the neck. Accessorize it for a proper bridal flair.

21. High Elegant Fishtail Braid

A list of bridal hairstyles remains incomplete without the mention of the fishtail braid. Here, the thick and stunningly beautiful braid has been created at the crown of the head for a perfect glamorous look.

22. Twisted Ballet Bun

Balance off your extremely glamorous reception outfit and makeup with a simple and stylish ballet bun. Just twist your hair at the top of your head and come up with a nice bun.

23. Textured Low Pony With Twisted Pouf

We can’t help but love this textured low ponytail for a striking reception look. The twisted puffy top has taken the hairstyle to a whole new level.

24. Loose Twisted Side Braid With Bangs

This is a thick regular braid which has been positioned at one side of the head and made a bit loose for added style. Wrap the elastic band with hair and let a few strands cuddle your face lovingly.

25. Textured Side Curls With Headband

Add an ultra-feminine touch to your reception look by sporting this awesome hairstyle. Pull your natural curls back together and create a side ponytail with textured curly ends. A nice headband will create an illusion of a pouf at the top, thereby raising your oomph quotient to a great extent.

26. Low Semi-Circular Bun With Pouf

Now, this is what we call a majestic hairstyle that looks equally beautiful on a newlywed bride too. Add volume to the crown area and turn rest of your hair into a low semi-circular bun. The polished finish has helped a lot in defining the hairstyle perfectly.

27. Loose Segmented High Pony With Hair Wraps

If you have super long tresses, go for this segmented ponytail and make your reception hairstyle more dazzling. Create a high ponytail and section it loosely by wrapping with hair at regular distances.

28. Tight Braided Bun With Puff

Though this tight braided bun is a bit time-consuming, it is actually worth the effort. Create multiple braids around your head and turn them into a single semi-high bun. Do not forget to add a little pouf at the top front section.

29. Polished High Bun With Braided Wrap

This gigantic bun is enough to make you the attraction of the event literally. Create it right at your crown, wrap it with a thick braid and give the entire hairstyle a smooth finish to complete your reception look.

30. Princess Ringlets

Owing to their tendency to make the bride look and feel like a princess on her big day, many brides with long hair opt for ringlets or curls in their hair. While most of the curly wedding hairstyles are worn down, they look equally gorgeous if worn up.  Creating the style all by yourself can be challenging so seek services of a professional hair stylist to get the perfect look.

31. Double French Twist With Braided Style

Divide your hair into three sections – top, and two sides. Create two French twists with the side tresses. Now, braid up the top hair and cover the junction of those two French twists with it. An exclusive style to try on your reception!

32. Puffy Low Hairdo With Braided Wraparound

This braided low hairdo is especially meaningful for each and every event of a wedding celebration. Add volume to the crown and turn the hair into a low messy bun. Then, create a braided wraparound and secure it with bobby pins neatly.

33. Royal Twisted Updo With Side Sweep

How about wearing a royal hairstyle on the day of your reception? Check out this huge updo in which the hair is textured as well as twisted in order to create sectioned loops. Make sure that you add those precise side sweeps and complement the height at your crown.

34. Huge Half Braided Bun With Smooth Top

This is a wonderful half updo in which the upper segment is formed by a thick regular braid, while the lower segment contains a semi-high bun. Give the top hair a smooth tight look by applying hairspray generously.

35. Twist-n-Tuck Hair With Mini Bouffant

Create a small side part and make a mini bouffant at your crown. Now, keep twisting the top and side locks separately and tuck them in with bobby pins as you go. Beautiful, isn’t it?

36. Messy Braided Rose Updo With Puff

This messy braided rose updo is very much a bridal hairstyle for reception and hence, you would simply love to wear this on your reception day. That pouf at the top is also needed for giving the style a finishing touch.

37. Fringed Updo With Braided Headband

Skip commercial hair accessories and embellish your bridal hairstyle with a thick braided headband. This updo is mostly suitable for short hair. The front and side fringes make it look even prettier.

38. Low Twisted Side Ponytail With Bangs

Center-part your hair and create a highly twisted side ponytail at the nape of your neck. Also, divide your bangs into two side sections and let them swing over your eyes. You just got a sweet and adorable look for your reception.

39. Curly Low Side Hairdo With Side-Swept Bangs

Give your hair a soft, romantic vibe by choosing this low side hairdo. You just need to curl up the ends of your locks and keep it a bit loose at the crown area. Those sexy side-swept bangs have made the style absolutely graceful.

40. Mishmash of Bouffant and French Twist

Let us blend the traditional bouffant hairstyle with a classic French twist. This unusual yet super chic mishmash is enough to blow the mind of all the guests present at your reception.

41. Rolled Up and Tucked In Bun With Puffy Crown

This is the right choice for sporting a beautiful bridal hairstyle on short hair. Volumize your crown to a great extent and roll up rest of the hair carefully. You may secure their curly ends at the bottom of the bouffant with bobby pins.

42. Low Flowery Hairdo With Twisted Side

This texturized hairdo goes well with both bridal as well as reception look. Create a low flowery bun at the nape of your neck and secure the twisted side into it with bobby pins. A metal brooch will enhance the beauty of this style even more.

43. Twisted Side Hairdo With Bouffant and Bang

Get a huge bouffant at your crown and gather rest of the layered hair at any one of your shoulders. Twist the layers a bit in order to give them a curly effect. Finally, let the side bangs hug your face stylishly.

44. Semi-High Bun With Puffy Textured Top

After low and side buns, it is time for a semi-high bridal bun hairstyle. Tease up the top hair slightly and make a small bun at the middle of the back. Add lots of texture to give the hair a smooth polished look.

45. Textured Wavy Side Ponytail With Bang

Make your highlighted hair look chic and classy in a wavy side ponytail on the day of your reception. Curly side bangs, neat hair wrap and textured finish are some of the specialties of this look.

46. Gorgeous Side Fishtail Braid With Side Sweep

If you are wondering how to look casually beautiful in your own reception party, here is the way for you. Wear this messy yet gorgeous side fishtail braid with long side sweep and hair brooch, and you are all set to sizzle the floor. This is one of the best reception hairstyles for the bride to try.

47. Retro Curly Bob With Dramatic Side Sweep

Go retro on the very day of your reception and look different from all other newlywed brides. All you need to do is add soft curls to your short bob along with the side sweep and texturize them nicely.

48. Long Spiral Curls With Rounded Front Fringes

These soft flowy spiral curls are sure to give you an impressive look on that special day of your life. Intensify your splendor even more with those rounded front fringes.

49. Long Luscious Curls With Coiled Side Bang

If you have super long tresses, give this amazing hairstyle a try for your reception. Delicate luscious curls, curved side bang and brilliant shade will give you a sensational look simultaneously.

50. Textured Loose Hair With Spiral Curls

Create a zigzag part and texturize your hair intensely. Now, curl up the ends of the locks so that they get a beautiful spiral shape. A perfect hairstyle to suit a marvelous bridal outfit, isn’t it?

Hope you liked all these bridal hairstyles. Which one of these would you like to try out? Do let us know by commenting below.

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Jyotsana Rao is an engineering graduate from NIT, Nagpur, who discovered her love for writing during her undergraduate days. She is passionate about writing about everything related to beauty - makeup, fashion, hairstyles, skin care, or hair care. When this social media junkie isn't stalking the world of fashion and glamour, she loves spending her time traveling.