Beautiful Beach Wedding Hairstyles You Can Do Yourself
by Leah Walters
You’ve made the decision to tie the knot seaside, but choosing how to style your hair might not be as easy. We’ve rounded up the prettiest beach wedding hairstyles that are simple enough to do yourself. Whether you’re planning backyard nuptials on Martha’s Vineyard or jetting to the tropics for a destination wedding, these looks are sure to complement the beach setting.
This updo looks intricate but takes just a few minutes with a couple of hair ties and some bobby pins. Simply create a lace braid from one side of your head to the other and secure the rest of your hair in a messy bun. This style is sure to stun in front of an ocean view.
A sleek, polished bouffant updo will keep your hair out your face for pictures and, more importantly, vows. This hairstyle puts a modern spin on a retro look with a sweet twist and a low chignon. Add a veil or sparkly hairpin, and you’ll be ready to walk down the aisle — or sandy path.
Twisted, Piecey Updo
If your beach wedding takes you to sunshine and warm weather, sweep your hair back and up off your neck to keep cool. Thanks to this tutorial by Once Wed, the updo is easy to recreate on your wedding day, and because the look is purposefully undone, there’s no pressure for perfection! That’s what we call #FLAWLESS.
Romantic Side-Swept Updo
A beach wedding is naturally romantic, so play up the drama with a pretty side-swept updo. Recreate this style by teasing your crown and pinning up curled sections of hair. Vlogger Cinthia Truong finishes her look with a jeweled hairpin. Take her lead, or add a veil.
Half Up with a Twisted Fishtail
You’ve committed to the groom and the gown, but you don’t have to commit to a full-on updo. Instead, try a pretty half-up look, like Barefoot Blonde’s Twisted Fishtail. The style is simple to recreate and low-key enough for a toes-in-the-sand ceremony.
Knotted Half Updo
Tie the knot in knots. Literally. Twist Me Pretty shows you how to create this fresh half-up hairstyle by knotting the top layers of your hair. The unexpected look is relaxed and pretty, just like a beach wedding.
DIY Fresh Flower Crown
Flower crowns are on trend right now, and they’ll make any bride feel like a boho princess. It’s easy enough to create your own with fresh flowers. Incorporate big, colorful blooms for a whimsical hairpiece or delicate flowers for an understated accessory. Either way, you’ll add a dramatic DIY touch to your wedding.
Complete your wedding look with this gorgeous chignon. Kate from The Small Things Blog creates the hairstyle with clear elastics, bobby pins, and a little bit of texture powder. Take the updo to the next level with an accessory or fresh flowers. Voila!
Roaring ’20s Tuck and Cover
If you’re planning a vintage-inspired wedding, this Gatsby-esque ‘do is the perfect touch. A beaded or sequined headband is a sweet and subtle nod to bygone years and draws attention to your pretty face. It’s quick, too, so you’ll be ready for your seaside rendezvous in no time.
Make a simple statement with these barely-there curls. Get the look with a 1-inch curling iron and hairspray for hold. Paired with a flowy dress, these loose, romantic locks are enough to take your guests’ breath away.
Three-Strand Boho Braid
Channel your inner mermaid for your beach wedding by incorporating fishtail braids into your hairstyle. Try pulling sections of your hair into braids and securing them on one side of your head, as in this three-strand boho braid. The casual style gives off beachy vibes and gets prettier as the day wears on, so it’s a no-brainer.
Sweet & Simple Textured Braid
Casual seaside nuptials call for a laid-back hairdo. This textured side braid is understated, romantic, and easy to style yourself. Let pieces fall loosely, and finish it off by wrapping a small section of hair around the elastic for the perfect soft bridal look.
As far as pretty and easy hairstyles go, topknots take the cake! Put a spin on your typical bun by starting with a loose fishtail braid, like this one by blogger and hairstylist Steph Brinkerhoff. The finished look has body and texture that will hold up through the ceremony, photos, and reception.
This take on a milkmaid braid is perfect for a romantic seaside ceremony. Instead of a traditional French braid, this updo achieves a fuller look with a Dutch braid. If your hair is short or thin, add clip-in extensions for extra length and body.
Nothing says “beach wedding” better than beach waves. This tried-and-true hairstyle is effortlessly gorgeous and simple to create yourself. Create piecey waves with a little texture paste for a casual wedding, or add a pretty accessory for more formal nuptials.
Sweet Side Pony
For the laid-back bride, go with an always-appropriate ponytail. This side pony is pretty from every angle, so it’s perfect for your big day. Get the look by twisting pieces of hair from one side to the other and pulling it into a low ponytail. For a more beachy textue, mist it with a salt spray first.
Mini Crown with Waves
Bohemian brides, take note. This half-crown look is perfect for a beach wedding and couldn’t be easier to recreate. Style it with beachy waves, or embrace your natural texture. Either way, it’s the perfect complement to a free spirit’s wedding ensemble. Check out our video tutorial on this style if you need a helping hand.
Sometimes bigger is better: bigger ring, bigger cake, bigger hair. Add a little drama to your bridal look with big, bouncy curls. The secret to voluminous locks? Blow out your hair before you touch it with a curling iron for tons of body and movement.
Big Ballerina Bun
After exchanging vows, hit the dance floor with a ballerina bun. An oversized topknot like this one from Style Studio is a playful take on a traditional wedding updo, and it would show off a backless dress. For a messier look, pull out a few pieces of hair around your forehead to frame your face.