If you’re going ‘up’ for the big day, here are 17 of the hottest looks we’ve spied at real-life weddings. Which one will you be taking to the salon?

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How you wear your hair on the big day is a huge deal! It can make or break your entire look, so the most important thing is to get the right look for you. And if that look is an updo, we’ve got some great inspiration for you right here!

A classic updo is ideal for showing off the detail on the shoulders or the neckline of your wedding dress. It will also help to keep you cool in the hot summer months. Formal updos, though, are a thing of the past.

Side-swept chignons, boho-style braided updos or retro curls framing the face are all photo-worthy looks for this year and next. Height at the crown is a must – as seen here on the Ian Stuart catwalk at this year’s White Gallery.

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The trick with updos is not to wash your hair on the morning of the wedding if at all possible. Dry shampoo is a wonderful thing – a wedding beauty essential, we say – that will give your hairdresser a lot more flexibility.

When it comes to accessories, traditional tiaras have all but disappeared from today’s real weddings. Instead, think pretty hair pins, statement side headbands, hair vines or even real flowers – a big trend for both brides and bridesmaids as we go into 2015.

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We’ve chosen just 17 of our favourite looks from real-life weddings here – you’ll find many more every month in the magazine, so why not subscribe?

17 elegant updos from real weddings

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