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Wedding guest hairstyles: A-list inspiration

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Being a wedding guest can be tough with all the must-follow rules of engagement.

You're not allowed to overshadow bride, can't wear white, nothing too short, nothing too sexy - and that's just your wardrobe rules. Lucky enough when it comes to the hair the ‘tress’ code is a little blurred, so you can go as big, beautiful and bridal as you like. Elegant chignons never fail to fit the bill for nuptials and newly-weds whilst a fishtail braid or a dainty doughnut will make the photos look forever glamorous.

The red carpet is the perfect source of wedding guest hairspiration whether you’re stalking a fancy updo or a glam and glossy finish. Celebrities know just how to style their hair for a special occasion so who better to consult than Diane Kruger, Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley et al.

There’s no style too overdone for wedding guest hair so leave your beach waves by the wayside and your bedhead hair behind, now is not the time for undone ‘dos. Instead, make like a Middleton with a royal braided updo or fix your hair like Miss Theron with ethereal waves and a picture-perfect accessory.

Think romantic tendrils, soft twisted chignons, faux bobs and wonderful waterfall braids.

Don’t be afraid to add a touch of texture to your wedding guest hairstyle as this is often the key to giving your updo staying power and a stronger hold.

No one wants a wedding wilt on their hands. If you haven’t been gifted in the nimble fingers and plenty of patience department, don’t lose your hat, there’s plenty of A-list approved tricks and flicks for you to master. Cue Emma Watson’s hair tuck, Gwyneth Paltrow’s pulled down pony and Anne Hathway’s hair accessory and go.

Check out our wedding guest hairstyle edit for all the tiara-topped tresses and bridal guest braids you could dream of.

Updated: August 2013 by Lareese Craig

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