If you're a soon-to-be bride who hasn't turned to Pinterest to plan your wedding, you're among the minority. Our friends at the major inspo-serving website tell us there are over four billion (yes, with a B) different pieces of wedding content for you to sift through, so it might be worth checking out.
Pinterest's 2018 trend report found that most users are opting for less opulent, extravagant affairs and are paring down their special days—couples are forgoing arches and letting nature serve as their backdrop; nixing large, ornate cakes for smaller, minimal designs; and many are even opting to skip a formal wedding altogether (searches for courthouse weddings are up 129%). In the beauty realm, wedding-day looks are following this same carefree, low-maintenance theme: The most-searched hairstyle is "messy updo," with searches up 1247% year over year. We're seeing the same look mirrored on the red carpet—gone are the days of perfectly structured "prom hair" as we make a large shift into undone, piece-y, pinned-back styles. (Plus, if the weather isn't cooperating, it will only add to the look's whimsy.) Take a look at some of our favourite celebrity-inspired messy updos below.
This loose, wavy low bun on Jessica Alba is one of the first to pop up when you search messy updos on Pinterest. It's slightly parted in the middle with small sections pinned back on either side for a modern Victorian-era vibe.
This simple messy bun is proof that you can wear a casual 'do and still look polished. By keeping the sides sleek and pulling out a few pieces around the crown (and two parted tendrils at the very top of the hairline), an otherwise errand-running style is made wedding-ready.
For shorter hair, you can do an abridged version of the first style and tightly roll the bottom half with several bobby pins to keep the style in place.
Katie Holmes's loose bun is pulled taut on the sides, but the top of the crown is left loose and piece-y for more volume. Try spritzing Herbivore Sea Mist Coconut (£18) on the roots to encourage lift.
RiRi's gathered updo is surrounded by embellished barrettes along the perimeter, a more modern and chicer replacement for a bridal tiara or comb. Try these stunning glitzy clips for your own look.
Emily Blunt's low knotted style was fastened together with thin silver wire by hairstylist Laini Reeves. There was no specific rhyme or reason to the weave—it was tighter and more gathered in some areas and more spread out in others. We love the abstract nature of the look.
Perfect for the boho bride, Vanessa Hudgens's pancaked crown braid (for reference, "pancaking" is when you pull apart the braid to make it wider and flatter) is in part what outdoor garden wedding dreams are made of. Loosely curled pieces pulled out near the temple perfectly destructures the look even further.
Everything about Jourdan Dunn's look—from her romantic low updo to her ombré red lip—has us completely swooning. Part hair in the middle, gather low at the nape of the neck, and then loosely curl the front pieces with a wide-barrel curling iron.
Don't fret about kirby grips popping out on your wedding day—embrace them! Margot Robbie's low knotted style is flanked with visible bobby pins to accessorise and secure the style, and two silver bun cuffs placed on top of each other in opposing directions finish off the metallic-studded 'do.
We're getting Audrey Hepburn vibes from this French twist on Alexa Chung. It's also an ideal style for brides with bangs. Try Ouai Matte Pomade to give your own fringe some grit.
Up next, check out Byrdie's ultimate bridal beauty timeline.