While some brides would never dream of being their own glam squad for their big day, others are excited at the idea of creating their own gorgeous beauty looks— nevermind the cost-saving element of doing your own hair and makeup! But while perusing Pinterest to find your perfect bridal braid can yield a wealth of inspiration, nothing deflates your DIY mojo quite like finding a tutorial for your dream braid and then discovering you need a degree in physics to figure out the instructions. Well fear-not DIY hair brides! We've found gorgeous braids (and faux braids!) for every bride — no formal training required.
Even if you can't braid, you can get the look of a braid with this Topsy Tail 'braid' (Above) courtesy of MissySue. By simply creating lots of pulled through ponytails and then pancaking them— or pulling them loose— you have a full French braid-esque style without having to braid.
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Not all braids are casual-take this Dutch braid (or reverse braid) from Beauty Tidbits for example. By starting the braid right at the hairline and and pulling the pieces loose, this braid is high drama, and totally apropos for a formal event.
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When the models for the Rodarte Fall 2013 collection walked down the runway at New York Fashion Week with rose-shaped braids in their hair, the internet went crazy, and for due cause — have you ever seen anything so romantic in your life? And the good news is the floral-inspired look isn't that difficult to recreate, as proven here by hairstylist Kristin Ess of The Beauty Department. Whether your wedding is shabby chic or by the ocean, this dreamy hairstyle would fit in beautifully.
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Another great option for the bride who can't braid, this twisted crown braid from TwistMePretty is perfect for an outdoor wedding, and is easy to execute whether your hair is a bob or falls down your back. Plus, the curling-wand waves create an easy texture that screams "laidback affair".
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The lowkey bride getting married under the stars or pledging her love at City Hall can add a healthy dose of simplicity with this chic Five-Minute Braid from A Beautiful Mess. The key to the simple-but-chic look? Pushing the braid up into itself!
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One more faux look for the non-braiders among us. This Pull-Through Pony via ModernSalon.com looks like a dramatic fishtail braid, but doesn't take the dexterity or practice a fishtail does. And while stretching the strands of hair helps create this gorgeous, full effect, extensions are a great way for people with shorter or finer hair to get the braid drama they want.