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Braids – Beautiful Bridal Updos

** If you’d like to see more braids, take a peek here at an all new list of 20 beautiful and bride-worthy braids. **

It has been impossible not to notice, and fall in ♥ with the Braid revival that has been occurring of late…..

Lavender Inspiration Shoot with Braid Updo from RuffledLong Loose Braid

The perfect alternative to the formal bridal updo braids are ideal for creating a little interest in long and loose hair, and for creating a relaxed boho bridal style, which would be beautiful for a beach babe……

Waterfall Braids - perfect for the boho beach bride

 Waterfall Braids on Style Me Pretty

Waterfall BraidsWaterfall Braids

Half BraidBraid on Style Me Pretty

Half BraidHalf Braid from Confetti

Or a new take on the floral crown, how about a braided crown weaved with flowers…. could anything be more pretty?…..

Flower Weaved Braid CrownFlower Weaved Braid Crown

Braid Crown with Long Loose HairBraided Crown on Style Me Pretty

Highlighted Braid CrownHighlighted Braid Crown

Half Braid CrownHalf Braid Crown

Cute and a little bit retro braided bands frame the face and look fab with a fringe…..

Braid BandBraid Band from Style Me Pretty

Braid Band

Braided BandBraided Band

Braided BandBraid Band from Wedding Chicks

Braided BandBraid Band from 100 Layer Cake

Now who could forget how chic the Duchess of Cambridge looked at the London Olympic Gala with her ever perfectly coiffed hair in a braided updo, so glamorous and just right for a formal affair….

The Duchess of Cambridge's Chic Braided UpdoThe Duchess of Cambridge’s Braided Updo

Braided BunBraided Bun from Style Me Pretty

Braided UpdoBraided Updo from Style Me Pretty

Braided UpdoBraided Updo on Style Me Pretty

Braided UpdoBraided Updo

Braided UpdoBraided Updo on Style Me Pretty

Braided UpdoBraided Updo on Style Me Pretty

Braided UpdoBraided Updo from Everything Fabulous

Or to show off your luscious locks keep it simple with a long side braid…..

Side BraidBraid from Onewed

Long Side BraidFishtail Braid from Wedding Chicks

Long Fishtail BraidFishtail Braid

Fishtail BraidsFishtail Braids from Bridal Musings

Fishtail BraidFishtail Braid from Project Wedding

Twisted BraidTwisted Braid from Style Me Pretty

From formal finished updos, to fishtails and waterfalls, dutch braids and milkmaids, there are braids galore – something to suit everyone. And if you’re tempted to give this trend a try at home, fashion and bridal blogs are awash with DIY tutorials like these…..

DIY braided updoDIY Bridal Updo

DIY braid haloDIY Braid Halo

They make it look so easy I might even have to try an alternative to my usual pony tail! Don’t panic if you have short hair, Braided Updos are possible for hair shoulder length and longer – this DIY ‘Hot Cross Bun’ from The Beauty Department is for shorter hair…. Braided Updo for Short Hair Which is your favourite style? Are you going to be a braided babe for your big day? Amy x

18 Responses to “Braids – Beautiful Bridal Updos”

  1. September 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I’ve always loved braids… ever since I was a girl trying to compete with my girl cousins who could braid the fastest! The games we played.

  2. September 5, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Beautiful updos!! Loving these :)

    • Amy
      September 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Thanks Chrissy! I agree, long may the braids revival continue :) x

  3. Stephanie
    September 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Thank you so much for the shout out for short hair braids. I chopped my hair off in April and the man proposed in July we set the date for November… Love braids but haven’t seen anything I could pull off for our beach nuptials. Pretty!

  4. Amreen
    September 18, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Beautiful stuff , braids <3

  5. September 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you so much for posting one of my braided creations on this blog! How sweet of you! Please check out more of my work and


  6. Stephanie
    October 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    At the top of your post there’s a man in the ‘Long Loose Braid’ picture… can you find out where that blazer/coat is from? Love the shorties braid at the bottom. I’m going to the salon in a few days to try it out for my final dress fitting as a “hopeful” hairdo! Thank you so much. <3 Love Your Site!!

    • Amy
      October 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Stephanie,
      All the Men’s clothing from that shoot came from a Tweed Mans Vintage in the UK.
      So glad you love CVB :)

  7. March 31, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Nice to stumble upon the wonderful collection of distinctively reviving braids. There are more amazing stuffs to learn here. Love them :-)

  8. August 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Totally stunning collection of Bridal Updos, I wish to have some of these dresses. :)

  9. March 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Gorgeous collection! Braids are totally awesome although I still help with some of the more complicated ones. I’ve been rocking the fishtail and twisted braids on a daily basis and it never fails to get me compliments. :)

  10. August 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you so much. I love your tutorials. I have hair the same length as yours and have been putting up the same boring way for years.

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