Half Up Half Down Wedding Hairstyles: Inspiration and Ideas

Copy Kate Middleton's flawless wedding style and go for a classic half up half down wedding hairstyle - we've got lots of inspiration here!


The half up half down hairstyle has been a classic style for weddings for a long time, but it was made timeless when Kate Middleton chose to wear her hair that way for her wedding to Prince William in 2011. We’ve asked bridal beauty experts Lipstick & Curls to explain more about half up half down wedding hairstyles. 

If you loved Kate Middleton’s wedding hair, why not steal her veil style to match? We’ve rounded up the best celebrity wedding veils to inspire you. 

“The half up half down hairstyle is probably one of the most popular styles for a bride. This style combines the softness of a down style with the structure and support of an up style.

Vintage style wedding look by Lipstick and Curls

“The obvious choice for most brides would be to wear their hair up on their wedding day so the hair will be nice and secure for the duration of the day. In reality most of my brides never actually wear their hair up as doing so makes them feel uncomfortable and uneasy about their appearance. It is so important that we achieve a style that is the 'best of you' for your wedding day so my advice is usually to go for a down style and then try something a little different by pinning up the front of the hair.  

Half up half down wedding hairstyle by Lipstick and Curls

“There are so many styles to choose from when looking at a half up half down hairstyle. The most popular are soft tousled curls with plaits or twists around the crown. Think lovely waves with a soft beehive or twist and rolls at the front of the hair with a cascade of curls at the back. All those styles are wonderfully soft around the face and work great with a variety of accessories such as flower crowns, headbands, hair combs, hair pins and nearly all veils including bird cages.”

We couldn’t agree more with Amanda from Lipstick & Curls so we’ve rounded up some of our favourite half up half down wedding hairstyles to inspire you.

If you are looking for wedding hairstyles for short hair, don’t discount the idea of having a half up half down hairstyles. This style by Belle & Bride shows even bobbed brides can rock the style.

Short half up half down hairstyle by Belle and Bride

To add interest to your hairstyle, why not plait the sides? We love how the ends are curled too to add texture to the look.

Plaited wedding hairstyle from Belle and Bride

Boho brides should definitely add flowers to their hairstyle. This look, put together by Camilla J Collins, shows flower crowns are the perfect addition. Find out how to make your own flower crown to complete the look.

Floral crown wedding hairstyle by Camilla J Collins

Supermodel Doutzen Kroes shows just how smouldering a half up half down hairstyle can be. We love how she’s teamed the look with statement glittering earrings and bold feline eyeliner flicks.

Doutzen Kroes with a half up half down hairstyle

Image credit: instagram.com/doutzenkroes

Real wedding bride Emma gave her wedding hairstyle a 20s twist with a headband worn across the forehead. Steal her style and do the same, especially if you have a 1920s wedding dress.

1920s style half up half down wedding hair

These looks from Izzy Wild show how the bride and bridesmaid can have coordinated hairstyles. We love the bold summery flower crown worn by the bride, and how the bridesmaid has smaller flowers in her hair to tie in with the look.

Bride and bridesmaid hairstyles from Izzy Wild

Kelly Rowland proves big hair certainly is beautiful! Don’t be afraid of volume and let your natural curls loose for maximum impact.

Kelly Rowland with half up half down hair

Image credit: instagram.com/kellyrowland

Wedding stylist Kristina Gasperas has created a romantic look here by styling the bride’s ombre tresses with a slight beehive to add volume, and soft curls. We’re in love with how effortless it looks. A veil attached to the back of the head would be the perfect accompaniment.

Half up half down hair with ombre by Kristina Gasperas

If you want something different, be inspired by this style from Naomi Benjamin Bridal Hair & Makeup. The rows of braids give a twist to the look – and it’s also an Irish wedding tradition to braid your hair, so if you want to include some of your Irish heritage on your wedding day this is a great way to do it.

Plaited half up half down wedding hairstyle by Naomi Benjamin Hair and Makeup

Have you ever seen Olivia Palermo looking anything less than immaculate? Steal her style and sweep the front sections of your hair away from your face – if style queen Olivia is doing it, you should too!

Olivia Palermo with half up half down hair

Image credit: instagram.com/oliviapalermo

Paris Hilton is another A-lister who favours the half up half down style. It looks both effortless and elegant, so take a leaf out of her style guide and try it for yourself.

Paris Hilton with half up half down wedding hair

Image credit: instagram.com/parishilton

Wedding stylists Thairapy show just how to accessorise the classic style. Sparkling headbands and glittering hair clips add interest to the look and stop it from appearing too plain – it’s a great idea if you’re not opting for a wedding veil.

Wedding hair by thairapy

Poppy Delevigne is another celebrity fan of the classic wedding hairstyle. She shows how to give it a glamorous vintage twist with a bold lip. Why not browse our edit of retro wedding hairstyles for even more ideas if you’re a vintage loving bride?

Half up half down hair on Poppy Delevigne

Image credit: instagram.com/poppydelevigne

Half up half down wedding hairstyles are favoured by celebrities and brides alike, and even have the royal seal of approval, so you know you’re in good company if you opt to wear your hair that way. If you’re all about the celebrity inspiration, make sure you browse the best celebrity wedding dresses for more ideas to complete your look. For those who are still debating which hairstyle to go for still, we have a complete guide to wedding hairstyles, you’re sure to find the one for you there.


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