Half-Up, Half-Down Wedding Hairstyles We Love
Finding the right wedding hairstyle typically requires a lot of searching, scrolling, and saving—the search might be a lot more work than you originally expected. If you don't have a dream hairstyle in mind already, narrowing down your options can feel like an endless, overwhelming task. That's where we come in. If you're not sure what kind of wedding hairdo you want to wear for your way down the aisle, we suggest starting with tried-and-true ideas that countless brides have loved in the past: the half-up, half-down hairstyle. Should an all-out updo feel too fussy but you want something more special than your everyday beach waves, we think this versatile look should be your starting point.
And when we say versatile, we mean it. This look can be glamorous, simple, or chic, and is the perfect choice for any hair type—or for any bride who simply wants to keep her locks off her face during the big celebration. You can wear a half-up, half-down hairstyle however you please, and there are countless ways to make the long-favored look your own. If you want to accessorize it for your bohemian-themed wedding, bookmark the gold leaf and floral ideas head. Need a piece that will make your look more regal for your elegant big day? We suggest an intricate gold headband or crown. However, if you're a minimalist as heart, you'll be pleased to know that a half-up, half-down hairstyle looks just as stunning when styled in the simplest of ways, as evidenced by this traditional Fiore Beauty look.
Still in need of inspiration? We've rounded up our favorite half-up, half-down hairstyles that real brides wore for their weddings. Whether you want to dress your look up or down, there's a style here for any kind of celebration.
Twists and Headpieces
Accentuate your half-up, half-down hairstyle's twist—this one was executed by M.O. Hair and Beauty—with a sparkly, leaf-like hairpiece.
A strategically placed veil is a classic way to emphasize this hairstyle. The Hair and Makeup Collective anchored this bride's traditional lace accessory right into the "up" section of her hair.
For a relaxed take on this classic look, try adding a milkmaid braid. This bride's pretty hairstyle would be perfect at a backyard wedding.
If you're not sold on a full half-up hairdo, consider a modified version, like this one by Fringe Studio. The look came together by creating a low ponytail on the lower half of the bride's hair.
If you're looking to add a little glamour to your half-up, half-down hairstyle, make like Design Visage and pair the hairstyle with a sparkly headband. We also suggest mimicking this bride and wearing minimal jewelry to bring attention to the statement accessory.
For your contemporary ceremony, put an of-the-moment twist on this classic hairdo with a trendy top knot. Giulia Cresci was responsible for this bride's hair.
For a completely traditional look, ask your hairstylist to add a little volume to the front of your half-up, half-down hairstyle with a bouffant. Olivia Halpin executed this bride's timeless hairdo by clipping the top section back and securing it with overlapping sections.
Parlour 3 proves long bangs aren't an issue with this hairstyle. Rather than tucking them away, let them hang loose for a softer, more casual feel.
Keep the hair off your neck for your warm-weather wedding by tying the back section into a low ponytail—Nicole Graftner created this pretty example—and letting a few strands hang in the front.
It doesn't get any more effortless than this hairdo created by Hey Lovely Makeup. The pros kept this look piece-y, which made it perfect for the bride's romantic garden wedding.
There are a myriad of uses for greenery on your big day, but this example by Stacey Ford from Prima Salon proves it's also a particularly pretty (and natural) addition to your half-up, half-down hairstyle.
You can still wear this traditional hairstyle for your relaxed tropical celebration. Just opt for a loose interpretation, like this one by Garbo A Salon. This bride's waves were perfect for a breezy outdoor event.
Want to add a little drama to your hairstyle? Yene Damtew proves that a middle part is the way to do just that. This bride's look also featured voluminous curls.
If you have gorgeous, curly hair like this beauty, you don't have to do much to make this hairstyle your own. That's why Jennie Kay kept it natural and let this bride's hair frame her face.
By the Sea
When thinking of a hairstyle for your outdoor reception, you may have to factor in wind. If you don't want an updo, a half-up, half-down hairdo—like this bride's Melina Ruiz style—is a great way to ensure your look is secure even on a breezy beach.
Classic Half-Up Hair
This half-up hairstyle is perfect for a black-tie wedding. Amanda D'Andrea's combination of a simple twist and full curls gave this bride a classic vibe.
Simple Hair Inspiration
For a laid-back celebration in the sand, a half-up look adds just the right balance of simplicity and sophistication.
Garden Party Perfect Hair
While this wedding hairstyle can be the best way to keep longer hair out of your eyes, the look can also intentionally frame your face. This loose half-up, half-down hairdo by Jacqueline Villa is proof.
Braided Back Crown
A pretty back braid—this one was created by Amy Clarke—puts a unique and trendy spin on this classic look.
Wearing a unique veil like this bride's flower crown iteration? You may also want to bookmark her hairdo; Green Pea Salon keep her style minimal so it wouldn't compete with her statement headpiece.
Here's proof that a simple half-up, half-down hairstyle can still feel glamorous. Although Marie Robinson Salon decided against accessories, this bride's look still felt elevated.