14 beach wedding hair ideas you have to try

Our edit of beautiful beach wedding hair ideas to help you look your very best. 

Wedding season is well and truly upon us and we’ve no doubt that your diaries are jam-packed for the next month or so. Whether you’re the bride-to-be, bridesmaid or a guest, we’re willing to bet that at least one of those invites cites a seaside location as the chosen venue.

But with so many things to think about – like what outfit is coast-appropriate and which shoes won’t sink into the sand – beach wedding hair ideas are probably the last thing on your mind right now.

If that sounds like you don’t worry, simply scroll through our gallery above to discover 14 of the best beach wedding hairstyles, that are guaranteed to impress your fellow guests.

1. Crown braid

blonde model with straight hair styled in a crown braid with loose strands for a romantic feel
Let your tresses be your crowning glory. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

This on-trend twist on the classic milkmaid braid is the perfect bohemian option for beach weddings. Not only will it complement a printed maxi dress and jewelled sandals perfectly, it’s also a hairstyle that will stay put all day (and all night) long!

Master this halo braid with our step-by-step tutorial.

Editor’s tip: Keep your look in place all day by misting hair with VO5 Invisible Ultimate Hold HairsprayThis ultrafine hairspray leaves no sticky residue and offers 24-hour humidity protection.

2. Half-up boho braid

brunette woman with a half up dutch braid hairstyle
Boho braids and beach weddings make for a perfect combo.

Want to wear your hair down while adding in a touch of wedding-worthy detail to your look? This Dutch braided half-updo has a romantic, boho feel that’s perfect for a beach wedding and still lets you make the most of your long hair.

3. Beehive

blonde model with straight and smooth hair in high beehive with loose sweeping long fringe wearing sheer floral top and dark red lipstick
Channel retro vibes with a beehive. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Style icons past and present simply adore a beehive hairstyle, and as such, has firmly sealed its fate as one of the most sought-after hairstyles of all time, you just need to turn to modern day muses like Adele for inspiration.

4. Ponytail upgrade

model on bridal runway with long straight dark blonde hair in high ponytail with a white bow at the base of ponytail and another half way down the length
If you like it, put a bow on it. Credit: indigitalimages.com

This look is particularly good for hot destination weddings as it will help you to overcome any potential frizz. Plus the bow detailing will look pretty in all the wedding snaps.

Next readWhy a bubble pony is the easiest way to glow up your old ponytail.

5. Chignon

model with brown straight hair styled ina side chignon updo wearing light purple sher and lace top
Play it safe with a chignon. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Whether it’s church or beach wedding hair ideas you need, you can’t go wrong with the classic chignon. This timeless hairstyle is prom, graduation and red carpet approved making it a hair staple for all formal occasions.

Editor’s tip: Shine spray is a must for any special occasion hairstyle in our opinion. Our favourite? The VO5 Tame & Shine Spray, which adds a glossy shine to the hair while taming unruly strands. Plus, it also contains heat defence to protect your hair from heated styling.

6. The half-up fishtail

dark brown hair half up fishtail braid
Half-up fishtail ‘do also looks fab on short hair.

With its laid-back, mermaid vibes, this twisted fishtail, half-updo couldn’t be more perfect for a beach wedding. If you’re worried about it looking too plain from the front, why not add some flowers to really take this hairstyle up a notch?

Read next: 8 cute ways to wear flowers in your hair.

7. Braided bun

side view of model with straight blonde hair styled in a low bun with a braid detail on the side
Give your casual bun an update with a braided finish. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Beach weddings are no different when it comes to finding a hairstyle to please all your bridesmaids. Which is why we think this simple braided bun will be sure to tick all your bridesmaids’ boxes, no matter their hair type or length.

Next read7 stylish buns to take you through the week in style.

8. Milkmaid braids

blonde model with long straight hair styled into milkmaid braids with loose strands falling along the hairline wearing black floral sheer top
Beat the heat with milkmaid braids. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

When looking for beach wedding hair ideas you can’t go wrong with milkmaid braids. Not only will you beat the heat with this simple updo, we guarantee that you will be the envy of all the guests.

You won’t believe how easy it is to create this look!

9. In full bloom

blonde model with long hair styled in a side braid with flowers placed at the top of the braid
Make use of accessories to spruce up a simple hairstyle.

A beach wedding offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with cool hair accessories, and a flower crown is a great way to make a simple braid occasion-ready with minimum effort.

Discover the latest hair accessories trending right now.

10. Twisted bun

model with brown hair styled into high smooth formal bun updo wearing light coloured floral top
Understated but not underrated. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Sometimes the occasion calls for a style that is more minimal, which is why we love this twisted bun updo. The understated style has no timestamp so you will never look back at photos and question what was I thinking.

Learn how to get this NYFW approved hairstyle, here.

Editor’s tip: Make your bun look super sleek by using the VO5 Frizz Free Serum Wand to slick down any frizz or flyaways.

11. Casual beach waves

blonde model with blonde medium length hair styled in beach waves wearing a pink formal headpiece and light blue floral top
Beach waves for the beach babe. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Surely, no round-up of the best beach wedding hair ideas would be complete without effortlessly casual beach waves! Besides, it’s a super quick and easy ‘do to create on all hair lengths, especially if you’re already benefiting from the salty sea air.

Style tip: Want to amp up your effortlessly tousled look for the evening? Why not dress up your beachy waves with the addition of flowers, ribbons, or glistening accessories?

Have you tried headband curls? They’re the easiest (and heat-free) way to style your hair overnight, FYI.

12. The textured pony

model on bridal runway with long dirty blonde hair in textured high ponytail with ends swept over one shoulder wearing wedding dress
Make your everyday style wedding appropriate by simply adding texture. Credit: indigitalimages.com

The best beach wedding hair ideas are all about texture, so whether you inject some via a few sexy waves or a full-on braid, it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s there!

Have you seen our edit of Instagram-approved textured hairstyles that’ll never go out of style?

Editor’s tip: When it comes to creating textured hairstyles, like this one, the VO5 Dry Texturising spray is all you need to give you the tousled texture this look requires.

13. French twist

side view of model with blonde hair styled into a french twist updo wearing a white top
The classic and sophisticated French twist. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Last but no means least is the hairstyle that is so elegant and polished it will never go out of fashion, we are of course talking about the French twist.

From classic to laidback, you can learn how to create this style, here!

14. Upside-down French braid bun

back view of model with blonde bun with French braided back
Show off your braiding skills with a French braided bun. Credit: Dvora.

If you’re a fan of the messy bun, but feel it just isn’t special enough for a wedding, then this upside down French braided bun could be the perfect solution – giving you chic, beach-ready hair in no time at all.

Read next: Find out how to create an upside-down French braided bun ASAP!




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