Beach wedding hairstyles you’ll want to wear all summer round

All Things Hair | 23 July 2016

Got a seaside ceremony to attend? Here are some ideas on what to do with your hair. 

With wedding season well and truly upon us, we’ve no doubt your diaries are jam-packed for the next month or so. And we’re also 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 look super elegant but won’t sink into the sand – hair is probably the last thing on your mind right now. But don’t worry, we predicted as much, so we thought a little help on the beach wedding hairstyles front would surely come in handy.

Want to see which gorgeous and appropriately-exotic looks made our favourites list? Keep scrolling to discover 7 of the best beach wedding hairstyles, guaranteed to impress your fellow guests, below.

7 Beach wedding hairstyles


blonde bun with French braided back
Upside down French braided bun. Credit: Dvora.

Upside-down French braid bun

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. This look is particularly good for beach weddings in hot destinations as it will help you to overcome any potential frizz, plus the upside down plait has brilliant staying powers, too!

Don’t forget to read our article on how to create an upside down French braided bun to help you nail the look!

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Dutch braided crown

Dutch braided crown

This on-trend twist on the classic milkmaid braid is the perfect bohomian 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!

Want to know how to create this pretty Dutch braided crown? Click here for our step-by-step tutorial!

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Ethereal half-up fishtail do.

The half-up fishtail

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?

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Casual beach waves. Credit:

Casual beach waves

Surely, no round-up of the best beach wedding hairstyles 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. Seriously, even if you have a short crop, this look is still very much achievable (see it for yourself here!).

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?

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Reverse French braid (AKA Dutch braid)

Reverse French braid

Reverse French braid, Dutch braid – whatever you like to call it – is undoubtedly one of the simplest beach wedding hairstyles on our list, though that’s not to say it’s any less effective in terms of keeping your hair neatly off your face and out the way when those coastal winds blow. Most effective styled on medium to long locks, try it with a backless slip dress for best effect.

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Experiment with floral accessories.

In full bloom

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.

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Textured pony.

The textured pony

The best beach wedding hairstyles 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!

Adding lots of texture and movement to a classic high ponytail can instantly give it a beach-ready twist, so try it if you’re wearing a halterneck or strapless dress, and complement the simplicity with bold jewellery to make the look after-dark appropriate.


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