The side bun is a mixture of elegance and sophistication, making it the perfect hairstyle for a bride who wants to display both of these at her wedding. There are a few variations of the hairstyle that will match the design premise of the dress and ceremony to make the bride look and feel her best on her special day.
Twisted or Braided Bun
For a more refined and polished look, ask your hairstylist to braid your long hair after putting it in a side ponytail. You can have all your hair pulled back into the side bun, or ask for a side part to give the style more definition. The long braid should be coiled around the ponytail holder, and secured tightly with hair clips that are close to your hair colour. This pretty and conservative style is ideal for a modest wedding dress, for example one with sleeves or no cleavage.
Loose Side Bun with Bangs
A loose side bun will complement layered side fringe well, and is best for medium or long hair (of course, the bride can also use hair extensions). To achieve this style, create a side part for fringe, and sweep the rest of the hair to one side of the head before securing it with an elastic ponytail holder. Twist the ponytail and roll it into a bun shape, securing the bun with hair pins. Use a flat iron to add definition to the side-swept bang, positioned on the same side as the bun.
Wispy Side Bun with Curls
Ask your hairstylist to create a messy side bun for you, with small pieces of your hair sticking out from the bun for a slightly spiky or wispy look. To complement the slightly informal bun, take a few pieces from the sides of your hair and create loose curls using a large-barrel curling iron. This is an easy-going look that is complementary to a strapless dress, and works well for an outdoor wedding too, as the hairstyle gives the bride the romantic, wind-swept look.
Once your stylist has finished your side bun, add a personal touch to the hairstyle that will make it stand out. For instance, ask your hairstylist to tie a silk ribbon in one of your wedding colours around the bun, or to add jewelled barrettes or hair clips around the bun to add sparkle. You can also stick a real or synthetic flower like the ones in your bouquet in your hair in front of the bun for a pop of colour for an especially feminine accent.