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Wedding Hair Inspiration for Your Destination Ceremony

By Carly Cochrane - 3 months ago | Updated
destination wedding hairstyle inspiration

Heading to your dream destination to tie the knot? It’s the perfect match! With enchanting landscapes and golden weather, destination weddings set the stage for an unforgettable celebration. Whether you’re exchanging vows on sandy Caribbean shores or amidst the rolling hills, vineyards and charming harbours of Italy, the ambience couldn’t be more romantic.

With everything so perfect, you won’t want a hair out of place (literally). That’s why we’ve collated a round-up of wedding hair inspiration for destination ceremonies. From effortless beachy waves to elegantly tousled up-dos, we have a style that’ll withstand the test of time and complement the idyllic backdrop of your destination wedding.

Up-do Wedding Hairstyles

The most popular and traditional wedding hairstyle amongst soon-to-be brides is the up-do. Tidy, sophisticated and tucked away from your face, it's a serious candidate for your big day, especially if you’re jetting off to a destination with a bit of a breeze.

Sleek bun wedding hair inspiration

Sleek buns not only bring a modern vibe to your wedding look, but they help you dodge the possibility of a bad hair day. As every strand is pulled back into a neat and chic bun, you’re guaranteed a fool-proof style. Aside from the sleek style, these buns show off your neckline and back, making them the ultimate match for backless dresses.

Braided wedding hair inspiration

Planning a boho-chic theme? Then a braided up-do is for you. Although giving a more relaxed look, the intricacy of braids woven into a stunning up-do won’t go unnoticed as you walk the aisle. Pop in a few pearls or flowers for an effortlessly elegant wedding hairstyle.

Ponytail wedding hair inspiration

Ponytails are equal parts practical and romantic. Not only does it keep your hair off your neck (you’ll be grateful for that cool breeze), but it’s hassle-free. Add in a loose curl and spritz with lots of hairspray for a budge-proof finish.

Best products for wedding up-dos:

Moroccanoil Ceramic Paddle Brush

£14.64 £17.57 (17% off)

The Smooth Company The Smooth Stick


Osmo Power Powder Texturising Dust

£8.35 £9.95 (17% off)

Fudge Professional Skyscraper Extra Humidity Resistant Firm Hold Hairspray

£8.92 £12.00 (26% off)

Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

Long hair, whether natural or extensions, is a blessing when it comes to creating the ultimate wedding hairdo. And, we've found that the bridal hair inspiration is endless. As well as being able to twist and twirl strands into show-stopping styles, you can enjoy free-flowing waves, bouncy curls and sleek straight styles.

Loose curls wedding hair

We couldn’t overlook this timeless style when searching for wedding hair inspiration. Perfect for both naturally long hair and hair extensions, big, bouncy loose curls make a stunning destination ceremony style. When adorned with a delicate veil or a dazzling tiara, it adds a touch of enchantment to any bride’s look.

Beachy waves wedding hair

Picture this; you’re standing at the altar, toes in the sand, the sea air tousling your hair. What better hairstyle for the moment than beachy waves? We love this undone hairstyle with the added plait – it’s the ultimate destination wedding hairstyle.

Sleek, straight wedding hair

Keep it super simple and sophisticated with a sleek, straight hairstyle. Straightened hair is timeless, classy and allows your dress to take centre stage. You can always style it with a headband, veil or tiara for that extra special touch.

Best products for long wedding hairstyles:

Amika The Shield Anti-Humidity Spray

£24.00 £28.38 (16% off)

Noughty To The Rescue Anti-Frizz Serum


Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray

£9.99 £27.00 (63% off)

Half Up, Half Down Wedding Hairstyles

Half up, half down hairstyles are the happy medium of hairdos. Offering the versatility to showcase braids, buns and ponytails, as well as waves and curls, they truly provide the best of both worlds. Plus, they’re the perfect set-up for bridal pieces and wedding veils.

Half up, half down wedding hair with flowers

This particular wedding hairstyle inspiration might just steal the spotlight as our favourite. The combination of loose curls with the whimsical bubble braid creates a look made for destination ceremonies. And when adorned with delicate flowers, it transforms into a breathtakingly pretty ensemble.

Straight half up, half down wedding hair

Finding the perfect bridal hair inspiration can be challenging, especially if you have naturally straight hair that struggles to hold a pattern. Fear not though, as this half up, half down wedding hairstyle could work for you. The artful pinning of strands spices up your look by adding elegant detail.

Half up, half down curly wedding hair

If loose waves aren’t quite your vibe, why not opt for big, bouncy curls with this half up, half down do. The high ponytail packs all the volume, while the curls add a soft feminine touch back into your look. It’s the perfect blend of boldness and elegance.

Best products for half up, half down wedding styles:

Label.M Sea Salt Spray

£12.13 £16.25 (26% off)

Kérastase Genesis Defence Thermique Heat Protector

£26.60 £34.05 (22% off)

Fudge Professional Skyscraper Light-Medium Hold Hairspray

£5.30 £10.95 (52% off)

Curly wedding hairstyles

Want to style your curly hair into a bridal masterpiece? Check out the bridal hair inspiration below, specifically tailored to those with naturally curly, wavy and textured hair.

Classic wedding hairstyle for curly hair

This curly wedding hairstyle is the perfect fusion between traditional and on-trend. It celebrates your natural hair texture while exuding glamour through the detailed half-up, half down design. It’s simple, but a statement for your special day.

Low bun wedding hairstyle for curly hair

For brides with curly hair, a low bun wedding hairstyle offers an elegant and romantic option that beautifully showcases your natural texture. Plus, it keeps the curls neatly gathered and away from your neck, which is great for those hot, humid destinations.

Low curly ponytail wedding hair

Seeking stunning yet effortless wedding hairstyle inspiration? Consider the charm of a low curly ponytail. This elegant choice ensures you steal the spotlight without sacrificing comfort or ease. Whether you're gracefully walking down the aisle or joyfully dancing the night away, this timeless hairstyle promises to make a lasting impression on your special day.

Best products for wedding hairstyles for curly hair:

KeraCare Curlessence Moisturising Coco Water

£6.45 £9.45 (32% off)

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie


ghd Curly Ever After - Curl Hold Spray

£18.00 £18.95 (6% off)

Wedding guest hairstyles

Navigating the pressure of finding the perfect hairstyle as a wedding guest can be just as intense as it is for the bride. If you're eager to be part of the wedding hairstyle inspiration without stealing the bride's spotlight, we've got you covered. Our curated selection of looks ensures you'll find the ideal hairstyle to complement the occasion.

Bridesmaid hair inspiration

A sleek, neat low bun makes the perfect bridesmaid hairstyle. Hear us out: not only does it work for every hair type – long, short, straight and curly – but it also complements a wide range of dress designs. So, you and your girls can rest assured that they’ll look gorgeous and feel confident on your special day.

Hairstyles for wedding guests

Weddings are the perfect occasion to do something a little more extravagant with your style – without outshining the bride, of course. We’re smitten with the addition of the bow ribbon to this simple half up, half down look and think it makes the perfect wedding guest hairstyle.

Best products for wedding guest hairstyles:

Nuxe Sun Moisturising Protective Milky Oil For Hair


R+Co Bleu Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil

£54.99 £68.00 (20% off)

With all of this wedding hair inspiration, we're sure there's a style that you'll want to say 'yes' to. Find your perfect match and show up to your big day with full confidence that your locks are styled to perfection. Need to fix up your strands so that you can achieve bridal styles? Check out How to Fix Damaged Hair: The Ultimate Repair Routine.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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