10 Amazing Hairstyles Perfect for Your Beach Wedding

From classic beach waves to braided updos and low ponytails, there are many amazing hairstyles that are perfect for a beach wedding.

By Laura Hensley

Hairstyles for Your Beach Wedding
Photo by Karma Hill Photography

Beach weddings are undeniably scenic events. From the water to the blue skies, to the crisp white sand, it’s no wonder waterfront weddings are popular for couples both domestically and abroad.

There are lots of decisions that go into wedding planning, including beach wedding decor, cocktail options, music, and wedding photography. When it comes to wedding hairstyles, whatever you choose should complement your wedding dress or outfit and wedding style.

Here are 10 gorgeous beach wedding hairstyle ideas that are sure to turn heads.

Beach Waves

A classic beach wedding hairstyle, beachy waves evoke a laid-back but stylish look. Loose, tousled curls or waves are ideal for brides who want texture and a great option for brides who have natural curls. Depending on how humid the weather is, be sure to use a product that will help prevent hair frizzing or falling flat. Waves are best for mid-length to long hair.

One thing to consider, however, is that wind can brush hair into your face and can get annoying if you’re saying “I do” in a non-protected area near the water. A simple fix? A few pins, like bobby pins or a stylish pin or clip, that keep strands out of your face.

Loose Bun

 10 Amazing Hairstyles Perfect for your Beach Wedding Photo Credit // Walter Wilson Studios

Loose, messy buns are a perfect option for brides who want their hair up and out of their face without a super formal updo. Loose buns typically sit low, above the nape of the neck, and look effortless—even though there are often lots of bobby pins holding them in place. Depending on your style preference, you can add in a flower or decorative hair accessory, like a floral vine, a shell-embellished clip, or a pearl comb.

Formal Updo

Like buns, updos are ideal for beach weddings, as they keep hair out of your face and eyes, which is important when wind and beach breeze are factors. If you want to avoid touch-ups or trips to the bathroom to hairspray your ‘do, consider a hairstyle that holds all your hair up and securely fastened. Formal updos are more polished looks than looser styles and they typically involve various details, including curls, braids, or twists. You can add hairpins, too, if you want an added element of design.

Braided Updo

Braids are a favorite for brides. There are many variations, including french braids and fishtail braids, that allow for a custom look. The options are endless, and your hairstylist can get creative and create a one-of-a-kind look depending on your hair texture and length.

Braided Crown

 10 Amazing Hairstyles Perfect for your Beach Wedding Photo Credit // Shutterstock

A take on the flower crown, a braided crown screams beach wedding vibes. Reverse french braids (also known as Dutch braids) make a gorgeous crown design around the head that flowers or other accessories can be tucked into. You can also go the half-braided crown route, which is when the front of your hair is braided and leads into a low bun or loose ponytail at the back.

Low Ponytail

A style that keeps hair out of your face without being too formal, low ponytails are ideal for brides who want a low-key but timeless look. You can have loose curls and pull the hair back into a low ponytail or wear it straight. Low ponytails can be accessorized for beach weddings with a bold hair tie or clip, like one decorated with rhinestones.

Flower Crown

You can incorporate stems from your beach wedding flower arrangements into your hairstyle. Have your hairstylist use flowers that match your bouquet and create a timeless flower crown design. Flower crowns are ideal for brides who have a boho aesthetic.

Flowers in Loose Bun

Draw on elements of nature at your beach wedding and have your hairstylist add fresh, local flowers into your loose bun. Depending on where you’re getting married, see what stems are native to the area. In Hawaii, for example, the hibiscus is a perfect flower to wear in your hair.

Half Up, Half Down

A half-up, half-down bridal hairstyle is the best of both worlds—hair is out of your face but you still have length going on. You can get creative with how you want to style your hair in this way. A topknot bun, a gathered French braid, or a poof are all ways to hold back the front while allowing the back to hang down. Accessories are also fantastic ways to customize your beach wedding hairdo, as you can add a hair chain or veil that sits at the back of your head, midway through your hairline.

Straight Down With Hairpins

If you want a low-maintenance look, consider wearing your hair down naturally or straight. A gorgeous hairpin, like one that combs part of the hair in place and is embellished with crystal decor. You can also wear a bridal headband if you want to keep long hair out of your face and add a touch of oomph to your bridal look.

Bottom Line

When deciding between different beach wedding hairstyles, it’s important to remember that you may be battling the elements that come along with an outdoor wedding—namely the wind—and go with a wedding hairstyle that best suits you. Whether you opt for a flower crown, loose waves, or a low bun, you’ll be sure to turn heads on your wedding day.

Simplify Your Wedding Planning at Zola