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The Braided Bride: 26 Plait and Braid Wedding Hair Styles We Love

6 May



Whether its due to the Game of Thrones obsession that is (still) taking the world by storm, plaits and braids are massive at the moment. They seem to be the bridal hairstyle of choice for Summer 2015 with so many different variations appearing in styled shoots, DIY blogs, real weddings and bridal fashion shoots than ever before. Of course here at Festival Brides we have been screaming on top of the bardot roof tops about plaits and braids for years so we are not surprised that brides everywhere are now choosing to twist and turn their locks.

A plait can capture the heart of a free spirited bride beautifully and they are also seen intertwining the locks of festival goers all over the world making them the perfect fit for a festival bride. In fact, a plait or braid is probably the most versatile style for a woman and certainly carries more character connotations than any other hairstyle in the world. Whether it be hippy, gypsy, Grecian, bohemian, free spirited, girly, princess or Queen – a simple plait can represent many things which is why we think us ladies love them so much! We can capture aspects of our personality just by simply plaiting our hair.

To help you find a plait style to suit your style, personality and wedding, we have collated our favourite 26 boho braids all in one little post!

Whether you choose to have one long plait following the path of your back or a beautiful fishtail swept to the side and coupled with a daisy or two, we have covered them all.

So sit back, relax and get lost in the wonderful world of Bridal Braids.

1. The Pony Tail Braid


2. The Halo Braid


3. The Half Up Half Down Braid


4. The Fishtail Braid


5. The Casual Braid


6. The Boho Braid


7. The Natural Braid


8. The Grecian Braid


 9. The Twisted Braid

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10. The Lose Braid


11. The Messy Braid

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12. The Heidi Braid


13. The Bridesmaid Braids


14. The ‘Just at the end’ Braid


15. The Daisy Braid


16. The Single Braid


17. The Side Braid

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18. The Hairband Braid


19. The Wild Braid


20. The Bun Braid



21. The Neat Braid


22. The Knotted Braid

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23. The Hippy Braid

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24. The Romantic Braid


25. The Bunched Braid

the braidy Bunch

26. The Gathered Braid

the gathered braid


Badass Bride | Five Steps That’ll Take You Over to the Dark Side

8 Apr

14 Like, WOAH.

Prepare to have your pretty little mind blown this morning ladies. We’re talking bridal style and we’re taking it over the dark side!

Still keeping things strictly bohemian, you know us, we know what we like, but we’re adding a huge serving of sass, a handful of nonchalance and just a sprinkling of attitude to give you 5 looks that just have that edge, you know?

That ‘I’m-too-cool-for-a-traditional-bridal-look-and-I’m-gonna-let-y’all-know-it’ edge.

A bit badass, insanely cool and with all the sexiness you could imagine, today’s bridal styles are next level gorgeous, and taking just one of these five little steps could completely transform your look. If you bought the dress already, don’t worry, if your hair just isn’t long enough for a faux hawk, no problem, this a pick n’ mix scenario and one of the 5 styles is bound to be a goer!

So, if you’re looking for some not-so-prissy bridal inspo, you better walk this way, girl!

The Faux Hawk

Kickin’ things of with this hair style: if you have long-ish (um hey, extensions!) hair and you were considering a braided look for the occasion, then a is Faux Hawk is the one.

No really, EVERYONE’S talking about it for this Spring/Summer.

Exactly as it suggests, this style mimmicks the mohawk with no side shaving necessary (Phew! I mean we’re not quite that badass, yet!).

Arriving in a number of forms, from a hair-down style that simply sees volume created in the top centre area of the hair, pulling this hair back off the face, and then scraped-back sides to imitate the mohawk shape, to braided up dos consisting of smaller (sometimes cornrow style) braids on the sides of the head, and a larger, braid down the centre… This style rocks, however you execute it.

Case. In. Point.

17 16 12 15 Left: Style Me Pretty  Right: Off Beat Bride 

18 I mean! Somebody, braid my hair, this instant! Please!

It suits any hair colour, it’s super flattering to the face, and um hello?! It’s ridiculously cool.

Don’t be intimidated by this style either, more often than not the stylists use hair pieces/extensions in these shots (because really, who actually has that much hair?!) and some of the step-by-step tutorials available to create something akin to this look prove simpler than you’d imagine!

Just for the record: we heart, big time.

All Smoked Out

Yes! Yes! YES!

Ok so, another way to rock a large dose of sassiness on your wedding day?

Two words, gals: Smokey Eye.

Now just hold on a second there, don’t you go skipping out this section just ‘cos you’re like: ‘Nah, just can’t see it, Clare. Big black smokey eyes just won’t do for my wedding day’

…Who said anything about black?

We are ALL about the natural smoked out eye! Go for whatever compliments your colouring, dusty warm browns, or cooler bluey greys and then smoke it out!

We are totally obsessed (OBSESSED, I tell you!) with the Naked palettes for this job. Take Naked Basics for a warmer look, or their Basics 2 palette to create cooler tones.

31 33 27 32 Left: Things Which Inspire  Right: Kelly Reilly

28 30 24 25 Left: Burnetts Boards  Right: Huffington Post

29 See? Not a panda eye in sight!

A smokey eye can sound so intimidating and kinda overdone when it comes to bridal style, but with the right complimentary shades and a tonne of blending (like seriously, blend blend blend! There’s nothing worse that harsh lines in your shadow!) and the smokey eye is just pure sex appeal.

Your man will LOVE it.

…And ultimately he’s the one you’re dressing for!

The Fierce Fedora

Ultimate it-girl cool.

I really don’t need to say any more, (but you know I’m gonna) if y’all are still stumped on the veil/flower crown/head piece debate and just nothing feels quite ‘you’ enough then girl, you know it’s a hat you’re looking for!

The hats we know and love on the festival scene are beginning to emerge more and more in styled wedding shoots and we are just *dying* to see a few more boho brides nail this look.

Such nonchalance. We’re ALL over it!

23 21 19 20 36 40 35 Like really, though.

Is there a more badass statement?!


OMGSH. This is the holy grail of necessity for summer brides:


A tricky one to master, to be sure, a lot of brides attempt the sunglasses thing in their moment of squinty-need on that gloriously hot (perhaps unexpectedly so!) summer’s day…

All I’m gonna say to you gals is this: plan ahead.

The sunnies you rock on a daily basis might be the hottest thing on the high street right now, but that doesn’t mean they’re the right style to compliment the shape of your up do, or maybe they’re just not quite right with your dress.

Forethought is required, ladies, because when sunglasses and your LWD are paired correctly, oh my! THAT’S when the magic happens.

Ultra-feminine, easygoing cool is just one pair of sunnies away…

11 37 41 43 Left: We Heart It  Right: Shop Style

42 44 45 …And you know if you wanna take things super boho, a pair of Lennon style shades are the only way to go!

With that dress? And that fringe? SWOON.

Dare to Bare

Last, but by no means least, maybe this one’s kind of a given, but if y’all wanna do something a little bit sassy and rock a look with a bit of attitude, then you know daring to bare just an inch of extra skin is just pure gold.

Whether it’s merely the suggestion of skin in a sheer gown, a peep of midriff in a cheeky separate or if you wanna seriously sass it up and get your gorgeous pins out… A little extra skin is so (so so) scandalous, and utter heavenly badass!

Hearts for eyes.

1 2 38 MH_CARDS 8 13 Side note here: check out the model’s hair in the above shot by designer Rime Arodaky, we swooned SO hard over this.

Cornrow style braids on just one side of the head?

Utterly badass. Utterly feminine.


10 26 9 6 4 5 And, of course, still as badass as ever?

The backless dress, baby!

Work it with an incredible feature body chain like the babe above, your own tattoos (we LOVE when brides showcase their ink, ultimate statement of individuality, power to you!) or a super-low back with a funked up Mara Hoffman style design.

So rad and always sure to be a show stopper.

22 And that’s it! 5 little moves that’ll let your badass self shine on through!

Hoping this leaves you feeling empowered to be totally original and totally you on your wedding day! Tell us what you think in the comments below, mwah!

Peace + Love

Clare X

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