Bridal hair - Gemma's Top 5 updos

Expert hair and make-up artist and Bijou partner, Gemma Sutton, picks her top 5 wedding updos and explains how they can be achieved.

Gemma Sutton is a leading wedding make-up artist in the UK

The popular bridal up dos have really evolved through time with a lot of brides now favouring more relaxed romantic styles over the classic ringlet curls or clean sleek look. Along with choosing either fresh flowers for a youthful romantic bohemian vibe or sparkly tiaras and headpieces for a touch of glamour.

Our number 1 up do is this stunning soft textured low chignon. 
This tousled organic framework carefully crafted into a low chignon is formal but with an element of fun and romance with a less contrived feel which is a favourite for many modern brides who aren’t afraid to play with texture and movement. A twist on this is it worked to one side. The sexy textured tousled hair with defined waves highlight movement and with it pinned to the side it gives a sophisticated elegance. This is a lovely option which gives more interest from the front as it is visible from all angles and works wonderfully with both straps, sleeves or strapless bridal gowns.


Updo 2  

Plaits and twists have been a massive hit this season on the runways and continue to be as popular in the world of weddings. They can be great for a more casual natural looking style for a more laid back, romantic rustic or beachy wedding especially with destination weddings becoming more and more common. Incorporating the plait or twist into the hair at the side of the head, through the bun or across the head with teased wavy textured hair are just some of the popular options chosen.

Updo 3

Hair pulled all back for a real fresh face is a gorgeous bridal option – To keep it feeling modern and to soften the look, a lot of our brides prefer a more deconstructed windswept volume at the front preventing it from looking too constricted or coiffed. With height and the softened texture it creates an effortlessly glamorous A-lister style.

Updo 4 

A style that might be slightly less obvious as a bridal hair up do is the long fishtail braid which has become increasingly popular. Again, this is a cool modern style for a more relaxed Boho chic wedding style and really offsets a powerful dress. It is a little more edgy than a classically bridal style. Decadent without being fussy.


Updo 5

If curls, waves and romance aren’t your thing then this has to be the all time classic updo with straighter hair. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn, with its polished contemporary elegance, the French Pleat is sleek and graceful with an intricate element for interest. It is a winner for brides, bridesmaids and mother of the bride and groom and can easily be worn with a hat fixed to one side.