Like wedding fashion, wedding hairstyle trends are ever-evolving. Sometimes they even circle back to older trends. From celebrity red carpets to the runways of Paris, marriers have always taken cues from the current trends to inspire their wedding day hairstyles.

We rounded up the best wedding hairstyles for 2023 ideas for LGBTQ+ brides, grooms and marriers:

Sleek ponytails and slick-backs

Salons are buzzing that 2023 is the year of the “model off-duty” look, both on and off the runway. From celebs like Hailey Bieber to Emma D’Arcy, we’ve seen slick and sophisticated styles that are inspiring marriers this year. The best part of a sleek ponytail or short-hair slick-back is the versatility for any gender: pair a heavily gelled look with bold liner or opt for a high pony with tamed flyaways to give your wedding day ‘fit the centerstage.

A black-and-white photo of two brides dancing. One has a sleek bun and the other has a slicked back ponytail with cascading curls.
Photo by MoHo Photo


Short and asymmetrical hair is en vogue this year, and an undercut or artfully shaved partial buzz makes for a crisp, edgy aesthetic to complement the soft glow of romance on your special day. If you’re going for a shaved look, be sure to schedule time the day before or morning of your wedding, or consult with your stylist to make sure the detailing will be optimal when you say “I do.”

This dreamy styled shoot on an organic flower farm was designed to celebrate LGBTQ+ acceptance | Honey and Lux Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine
Photo by Honey & Lux Photography

Elegant, high updos

A wedding day updo is always in style, and high updos are all the rage now, thanks to Kim Kardashian’s (recently engaged!) stylist Chris Appleton, bringing back the ’90s with her “glam Barbie” inspired red carpet looks this spring. This year, we’re also seeing more grooms and gender non-conforming marriers going for intricate braided and swooping looks. No matter how short or long your hair is, try something new with a twisted bun or coiffed aesthetic that will add to the elegance of your nuptials.

Romantic garden wedding inspiration with black and pink suits | Nadya Vysotskaya Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine
Photo by Nadya Vysotskaya Photography

Center parts

In tandem with the sleek “model off-duty” vibe, center parts are all the rage. Whether you make your middle part the focal point of a cropped hairstyle or pair it with loose waves and tucked bangs, this aesthetic brings clean lines and an of-the-moment feeling to any look. Center parts with slicked hair are having their moment on the runways, but we’re also seeing plenty of brides, grooms and marriers going for soft looks that bring volume and curls to their center parts.

Two white marriers, one in a white and black suit with short brown hair, and another in a white gown and long brown hair with a center part and headband, stand facing the camera.
Photo by Olivia Yuen Photography

Hollywood waves with pearl or rhinestone clips

Side-swept Hollywood curls are a timeless red carpet and wedding staple. From miniature finger waves to flowing Rita Hayworth curls, this aesthetic brings to mind soft glamor and a bit of nostalgia. We’re seeing more marriers opting for this glamorous retro look with a contemporary upgrade: pearl or rhinestone clips. Luxury brands are bringing statement barrettes and clips to the top of the accessory charts, the perfect modern addition to a classic look.

A Black bride with a fitted corset and ombre auburn hair looks down over her shoulder, showing off loose Hollywood waves and a rhinestone and pearl pinned hairpiece on her right side.
Photo by Jocelyn Voo, Everly Studios

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