wedding hairstyles 2021

On trend Wedding Hairstyles in 2021 will continue in the beautiful relaxed vibe of 2020.

Soft relaxed half up styles are going to be as popular as ever this year.

Partly because they exude the perfect combination of ‘I haven’t tried too hard’ and ‘I’m naturally this beautiful’.

As wedding hairstyles go, the half up style is definitely a classic.

In the 25+ years I’ve been working as a bridal hairstylist I’ve created hundreds of half up bridal hairstyles.

Over the years they have changed, from being smooth and sleek with barely a hair out of place to the soft relaxed tousled hairstyles we see on Instagram today.

Having said that, soft relaxed curls seem to have been in fashion forever. And they continue to be so today.

Wedding natural makeup and bridal hair in a half up hairstyle for a bride. By Pam Wrigley wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist, in Richmond London.

timeless wedding hair styles

I created this gorgeous half up bridal hairstyle over 10 years ago, and as you can see it looks just as beautiful today as it did on Sarah’s wedding day.

So, if you’re looking for a timeless hair style, the half-up style definitely fits the bill.

Of course, styles have changed, we might now incorporate braids or beachy waves to give the style a very different feel.

Half up Wedding hairstyles

The half up style is super versatile. So, whatever your face shape or hair type you will be able to find a style that suits you.

If you have very fine hair you can always add a couple of clip in hair extensions to give your hair a bit of extra oomph.

Just speak to your bridal hairstylist and they will be able to guide you in the right direction.

Natural bridal makeup and bridal hair down hairstyles for brides with medium length hair. Plus makeup by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley in London.

The Bridal Hair trial

A trial run is key. Even if you have your heart set on a relaxed half up/half down style, you will still need to try out a few ideas.

However, whichever version of the classic half-up style you opt for, you can be sure that you will look gorgeous on your big day.

Have a look through the half up half down bridal hairstyle gallery. And see if you can see a hairstyle you love!

If you’re not sure about what to do with your hair or

you’re worried about what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

wedding makeup and bridal hairstyles for mature brides, mother of the bride and mother of the groom by Pam Wrigley

Wedding Makeup for Mature Brides

I love creating wedding makeup and bridal hairstyles for my mature brides and older ladies. So whether I’m working with the bride, mother of the bride or mother of the groom, it’s always a pleasure.

It’s undeniable fact that as we get older, our hair and skin changes.

So it is essential that your bridal hairstylist and wedding makeup artist is used to working with mature skin.

They will have to have the right knowledge and techniques to know how to get the best results.

As we approach menopause things definitely start to change.

So even if your hair is thinning or you’re in the midst of hot flushes, don’t worry – I understand!

From selecting the right products to showing you a variety of different hair styles, I know just how to make my mature brides look and feel amazing!

Whether you are a mature bride or mother of the bride or mother of the groom, there is no time limit for the trial run.

This means you’ll be able to try different looks for both wedding hair and bridal makeup.

I normally hate having my photo taken you did my hair and makeup exactly how I had hoped. It made me feel so much more relaxed and confident on the day!!

Philippa

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make-up for mature brides on the wedding day

Whatever your age, you can have a smoky makeup if you want one!

Some of my older brides worry about either having too much makeup or not enough.

There is no right or wrong.

What is important is that your makeup is right for you. I

If you’re not used to wearing makeup don’t be fobbed off with “you need heavy makeup for the photographs’. Because you don’t.

You may need to wear a touch more makeup than usual. However, in the right hands, your makeup should feel natural, not heavy or caked, and you don’t want to end up look like someone you’re not.

Chat to your makeup artist before the trial run so you can get a feel for the way she works.

The right makeup products definitely help and when it comes to makeup for mature skin you can’t beat cosmetics à la carte.

wedding makeup and bridal hairstyles for mature brides, mother of the bride and mother of the groom by Pam Wrigley

Wedding makeup & bridal Hair for Older Ladies & Mature Brides

You might want to wear your hair up or down, as we age our hair tends to get thinner and can become a bit coarser.

In the right hands you’ll be amazed at what can be achieved.

Trial Run

It’s probably best to have your hair clean and dry for your trial run, so your stylist can have a proper look at your hair and work out which styling method will be best considering your hair type.

It’s all in the prep

Your wedding hair stylist may opt for a blow dry, curling tongs or even heated rollers. I confess – I do love a heated roller – you’ll get root lift, oomph and a gorgeous sexy va va room to your wedding day hair style.

Don’t be in a Rush

Allow plenty of time for your trial run so you can try different ideas, if you have your hair accessories for the day it can be helpful to take them with you to the trial. Your stylist will there to offer advice and help you find the right style for your wedding day.

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wedding Makeup and Hair for Mother of the Bride

No pressure. . . but you are one of the most important people at the wedding!

Not only do people look at the brides mum to see how the bride will look in the future, but roles have changed, nowadays lots of my MOB’s walk their daughters down the aisle.

So you want to feel confident and look your best.

Beautiful wedding makeup and bridal hair isn’t just for the youngsters getting hitched, it’s for all of you gorgeous mother of the brides too. Wedding hair and bridal makeup for mature brides and older ladies is a specialised skill – one that I am very proud to possess!

Read my blog, created especially with older ladies, mature brides and Mother of the Bride in mind

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wedding Makeup and Hair for Mother of the Groom

It takes two to tango.

A wedding day isn’t just about the bride and her family. . . it is the grooms day as well, and your chance to shine, but without all the pressure!

I’ll help you feel confident and look beautiful on your son’s big day.

You may get an offer to join the bridal party for hair and makeup on the big day, but this if often not the case.

Even so, you might not want to spoil the surprise and break with tradition, by not seeing the bride until she walks down the aisle.

Beautiful wedding day makeup and fabulous hair aren’t just for the bridal party, mother of the grooms can shine as well.

If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

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Braids & wedding hairstyles

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braids + Hairstyles = Wedding

Whatever the hair length, braids make a fabulous addition to lots of wedding day hairstyles.

Braids never seem to go out of fashion they just evolve.

So, if you had planned to have a braided hairstyle for your wedding in 2020 but your plans were disrupted, one thing that needn’t change is your hairstyle.

Braids can be created in any hair length and hair type, straight or curly, long or short.

And because braids add depth and volume, they also work beautifully in fine hair.

The beautiful wedding hairstyle in this photo by Gemma Chase shows a bridal hairstyle that incorporates braids and hair extensions.

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Half-up hairstyles & Braids

Introducing the half-up wedding hairstyle.

There is no limit to the variations of this all-time wedding classic.

Whether you opt to keep your hair straight or opt for soft curls, braids will add just that little bit extra.

So you’ll be sure to look totally gorgeous, yet still have that “I haven’t tried too hard’ kinda feel.

The combination of beachy waves with a pull-through braid keeps this wedding day hairstyle looking soft and relaxed. The perfect vibe for a summer wedding.

Brides of any age can carry off a half-up hairstyle and look gorgeous. However, I find my mature brides generally opt for slightly softer twists in the hair rather than braids.

braided hairstyles for flower girls

Every little girl I’ve ever met loves braids.

So, to help keep your flower girls happy and sitting still in the stylist chair, offer them the chance to have a braid or 2.

I have lots of braid tutorials on my YouTube channel, why not take a look!

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braids, wedding hairstyles & buns

The bun, another wedding hairstyle classic that has a dizzying number of options.

So, whether you opt for a high or low bun, your wedding day hairstyle will be as individual as you are.

The addition of braids into your low bun will give a little bit of extra interest, even in dark hair.

However, a quick note of caution. Braids can easily get lost in dark hair, particularly if the hair is all one solid colour.

Therefore, if you want your braids to be part of the main attraction it would be worth speaking to your hairdresser about having highlights or lowlights put in.

If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

Bridal Hairstyles for fine hair

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bridal hairstyles for very fine hair

Where fine hair is concerned, whatever your hair length, doing a Google search for bridal hairstyles can be a bit disheartening.

This is because lots of bridal hairstyles seem to have been created on models with seemingly long hair – and lots of it!

But don’t despair, a lot of the bridal hairstyles on Instagram have been created with the help of extensions.

Bridal hairstyle smoke & mirrors

Hair extensions are used extensively (excuse the pun) in lots of bridal hairstyle images out there.

But, although they can look great, they are by no means essential.

A lot of my brides, whether they have fine hair or not, prefer not to use extensions in their wedding day hairstyles.

This isn’t a problem at all, as with the right bridal hairstyle know-how, some of the most beautiful bridal hairstyles can be created with fine hair.

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beautiful bridal hair styles

By using the right hair prep your bridal hairstylist will be able to work with your fine hair.

And they’ll make it appear fuller and thicker.

So it will be perfect for creating a wide range of bridal and wedding day hairstyles.

It’s best to allow plenty of time for your hair trial and what’s more, your hair will need to be squeaky clean.

This is because fine hair has a tendency to get greasy easily. And if there is one thing that can make fine hair look even thinner it’s a layer of grease.

hair products for fine hair

If you are a DIY bride, it’s important that you don’t over load your hair with product. And go very sparingly with serums and leave in conditioners.

The problem with these products if that they can over load and weigh down your fine hair.

With the result being hard-to-manage hair and a bridal hairstyle that could’ve been so much better.

If you have fallen into this bridal hairstyling trap, all is not lost.

You can rescue your ailing fine hair with a generous spray of dry shampoo.

The batiste brand has 2 great options, with one for dark and one for fair hair.

wedding makeup and hairstyles for mature brides and older brides by Pam Wrigley

The best bridal hairstyle products for fine hair

With the right hair styling products, you’ll be able to get the best out of your fine hair for your wedding day hairstyle.

Soft, silky, fine hair can be given extra oomph and volume by using a texturising product such as Fudge Urban Sea Salt Spray.

You’ll be able to get extra volume and texture, which is just what you’ll need to achieve your perfect bridal hairstyle.

taming fine flyaway hair

What’s more, this product works like magic when it comes to taming fine flyaway hair.

And what’s more, it is super lightweight so it won’t weigh down fine hair.

Even better, it can double up as a finishing product so you can get an extra shine to your wedding hairstyles.

In short, having fine hair, whether it’s long, short or in between won’t stop you from having a totally beautiful bridal hairstyle!

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If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

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HAVE A LOVELY WEDDING DAY!

Wedding Hairstyle Ideas

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Hairstyle Ideas for your big day

This page is dedicated to wedding hairstyle ideas, so I can offer you a little bit of inspiration for your big day.

Whatever the length of your hair you’ll be able to find the perfect wedding day hairstyle.

And, although there are lots of style ideas and inspiration to be had on Instagram, finding a hairstyle that will be right for you on your wedding day is another story altogether.

wedding hair trial run

That’s where the trial run comes into its own. I always suggest my brides do a bit of research in advance of the trial, that way you can start to narrow down your style ideas a bit.

Having a few images to look at on the trial will also be really helpful for me as well. Because I will get a rough idea of the sort of wedding hairstyles that you like.

Your wedding hairstyle ideas may vary widely, and that’s no problem.

Don’t worry, it will help me to get a feel for you and the sort of looks that you might potentially go for.

Having said that, the images are just a starting point. When choosing the right hairstyle we’ll also need to consider your dress, jewellery, hair accessories and your venue.

So, there are lots of things to consider before I even put a comb through your hair.

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clean or dirty hair

It is a myth that dirty hair is better to work with when it comes to creating wedding day hair styles.

Well, I suppose it depends on your definition of dirty.

Perhaps it’s better to say greasy hair is never good to put up!

I usually recommend my brides arrive for their trial run with clean, dry hair.

You can either wash your hair the day before the bridal trial or if your hair gets greasy easily you can wash it on the morning of the trial run.

One point to note however, I always ask my brides not to use any leave-in products, deep conditioners or serum.

Certain leave-in products can make the hair super soft and slippery, as a result, they can be a bridal hairstylists nightmare!

Curly hair brides can, however, disregard this rule!

Because the rules regarding leave-in products do not apply if you have naturally curly hair.

The starting point is always slightly different when coming up with wedding hairstyle ideas for naturally curly hair, and it will be different for each curly hair bride.

Please get in touch to discuss your individual curl requirements!

Wedding Hair Style galleries

I have worked with quite a few brides over the last 25+ years, and each person has had something different. No two brides are the same, and neither is their hairstyle.

So please, peruse my hairstyle galleries below to get lots of wedding day ideas.

What’s more, my portfolio isn’t limited to these bridal hairstyles, I can create any style!

If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

Bridal hairstyles for short hair

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Bridal Hair styles for Short Hair

When it comes to choosing bridal hairstyles for short hair you might be surprised just how much choice is available.

Over the last 25 years working as a bridal hairstylist I’ve created beautiful wedding hair styles for many brides. And I have worked with all different hair lengths and hair types.

And short hair, whether it’s straight or naturally curly, can be surprisingly versatile. What’s more, you won’t have use hair extensions, unless you want to.

short, gorgeous, healthy Hair

Keep your hair in tip-top condition on the run-up to the wedding, with regular visits to your hairdresser for a trim. Always use good quality shampoo and conditioner. I love Sexy Hair products, because whilst they leave the hair residue-free, they are still nourishing for the hair.

If you have a colour on your hair it is particularly important to use a heat protector, to make sure you keep your locks looking glossy and gorgeous on the wedding day.

I love Silhouette Style & Care Lotion and use it before I style the hair as a heat protector, and also as a finishing product to banish flyaways and give the hair a gorgeous glossy finish.

Wedding Hairstyles for Short Hair

You’ll be presently surprised at just how much choice is out there, once you start looking for wedding hairstyles for short hair.

So, if you’d like your hair up, a messy or neat bun, half-up style, beachy waves or a vintage wedding hair style al la Audrey Hepburn, you might be surprised at what you can achieve with your wedding hairstyle.

When your choosing a wedding hair style there are a number of things to consider, not just the length of your hair and your face shape.

The venue, your wedding dress and choice of hair accessories also need to be factored in when it comes to choosing the right wedding hairstyle.

Bridal Hair Styles for short hair

The wedding venue.

When looking at wedding hairstyles for short hair there are as many options as there are brides with short hair!

Think about your venue, if you are keeping your wedding low key, with a civil ceremony in your local registry office or you’re opting for black tie event in a Mayfair hotel it’s your big day and your moment to shine.

So, whether you have chosen a simple chic wedding dress of something more extravagant, you don’t really want your dress to be the main feature of the day.

It’s all about you, so make sure your wedding day hairstyle looks fabulous too!

Bridal hair styles for short hair

If you have a fabulous pixie cut or the perfect short bob – a blow dry might be the best option for your wedding day hairstyle.

Alternatively, you can opt for a beachy wave to give your wedding day hairstyle for short hair with a bit of a twist.

curl the hair & keep the length

The beachy wave is a great way to give your short hair volume and movement on your wedding day.

And, because this curl can be created on even a short bob, it is definitely one of the styles you can add to your list of potential bridal hairstyles for short hair.

What’s more, the beachy wave look is easily achieved but best to try it out when you have a trial run, just to make sure!

Less is more with the beachy wave bridal hairstyle, so have a chat with your hairstylist to make sure your short hair doesn’t look over-styled.

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Bridal hairstyles for short hair – working with extensions

If you have difficulty getting your short hair to grow long enough to get the bridal hair style of your dreams, don’t worry.

Hair extensions are the perfect option if you’re running out of time or if your hair refuses to grow. 

So, if your hair is a little shorter than you would like, you can still have the wedding hairstyle of your dreams.

Clip-in extensions for short hair

You can use as many, or a few hair extensions as you like in order to achieve your desired bridal hairstyle.

So, having a few clip-in extensions to hand for your bridal hairstylist will mean they’ll be able to be a bit more creative when it comes to conjuring up wedding day hairstyles for short hair.

The downside to hair extensions is that you absolutely cannot wing it! Getting it wrong can lead to some big hair disasters and that is the last thing you want.

Hair extensions are a great addition to any bridal hairstylist’s kit but knowing how to use them (and use them well) is a must.

Whilst they can be fantastic for adding much-needed volume and length to finer hair or for secretly cheating hairstyles with multiple braid layers.

Remember Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones – how could we forget!

However, hair extensions they will only work well if your wedding hairstylist knows how to handle them.

Visible hair extensions, loose hair extensions or mismatched hair extensions are a bride’s nightmare.

Just remember, whether you opt to use hair extensions of not, it is definitely more than possible to create beautiful wedding hairstyles on short hair!

If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

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Summer is always my busiest time of year, filled with fabulous weddings that go on long into the night with those extra hours of daylight (and warmth, if we’re lucky!) that always keeps everyone going; and that can only mean one thing – my brides need gorgeous hair and makeup that won’t budge.

 

If you’re a bride-to-be, the best hair and makeup inspiration you can get is that of real brides, so that’s why I like to do regular updates featuring the lovely ladies I have very recently had the pleasure of working with on my blog page, throughout the year.

 

Photo-shoots are fabulous of course, but as it is a photographer’s job to make everyone look their absolute best (sometimes with a little extra tweaking on the edit) and a model’s job to look gorgeous, it can be difficult to get a true representation of what a bridal hair and makeup artist really has to offer. I love sharing my real brides with you (no fancy photo shoots on these blogs, these are all just quick snaps taken by me on my I-pad!), as it allows you all to see how truly stunning my real brides are as they prepare themselves to walk down the aisle into newly wedded bliss!

Here is just a small selection of my beautiful real brides and some of their gorgeous bridesmaids and mothers of the brides too, over the last few months:

real brides. Natural make up for Asian bride by wedding makeup artist Pam Wrigley. Plus a beautiful brides hair down hairstyles created on long hair by bridal hairstylist Pam Wrigley, in London

Maneshka got married only last Saturday at an incredible venue in Weybridge. I adore her lovely tea dress wedding gown!

 

I met Maneshka earlier in the year for her trial day, as I do with all of my brides, and we decided up a simple but elegant half up half down hairstyle with fresh makeup and light smoky eyes.

real brides. Smokey makeup for mother of the bride bride by wedding makeup artist Pam Wrigley. Plus a beautiful brides hair down hairstyles created on long hair by bridal hairstylist Pam Wrigley, in London

Maneshka’s bridesmaids all stood by her side looking beautiful in blue, all wearing matching tumbling over the shoulder Grecian hairstyles – one of my favourites!

real brides. real brides. Smokey makeup for mother of the bride bride by wedding makeup artist Pam Wrigley. Plus a beautiful brides hair down with braids hairstyle created on long hair by bridal hairstylist Pam Wrigley, in Surrey

Lucy tied the knot in Berkhampstead, with her handsome prince arriving in style in a helicopter fly-by! What an incredible entrance that was!

 

She looked amazing in her long fishtail wedding dress with floor length veil which I fixed into her loose curls with braided vine detailing.

real brides. real brides. Smokey makeup for bridesmaids by wedding makeup artist Pam Wrigley. Plus a beautiful brides hair up, high bun hairstyle created on bridesmaids by bridal hairstylist Pam Wrigley, in London

Her bridesmaids all went for individual updos – braids, buns and chignons all round with flawless makeup.

real brides. Smokey makeup for mother of the bride by wedding makeup artist Pam Wrigley. Plus a beautiful brides hair up, high bun hairstyle created on long hair by bridal hairstylist Pam Wrigley, in London

Lucy’s mum also looked absolutely incredible – have you ever seen such a glamourous mother of the bride?!

real brides. Smokey makeup for a bride by wedding makeup artist Pam Wrigley. Plus a beautiful brides hair up, high bun hairstyle created on long hair by bridal hairstylist Pam Wrigley, in London

Stephanie was a real classic beauty at her wedding in Syon Park, with a retro inspired silk wedding dress and a sleek Audrey Hepburn style to match.

 

Chic, sophisticated and totally timeless!

real brides.Smokey makeup for a bride by wedding makeup artist Pam Wrigley. Plus a beautiful brides hair up, high bun hairstyle created on long hair by bridal hairstylist Pam Wrigley, in London

I loved creating Inga’s summery look for her glorious July wedding!

 

That pop of pink of her cheeks brought out a gorgeous fresh and youthful appearance and the over the shoulder curls worked beautifully too.