Awesome half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles to try this autumn

Can't decide between a classic updo and casual, free-flowing locks? We've got just the thing...

Having an autumn wedding? Then it’s time for you to find the ideal hairstyle for the big day! Ok, we know that flicking through endless bridal magazines can be a real drag – especially when it’s only updos as far as the eye can see. But instead of opting for a standard bridal look, why not try rocking some beautiful half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles, instead? Not only are they a nifty compromise between an updo and a down ‘do, but these pretty half-up looks just seem to ooze the right amount of ethereal romance that’s perfectly suited for fall nuptials, too.

So, don’t get your tresses in a twist (or do, if the occasion calls for it!), all you have to do is take some hair inspiration from our selection of some of the prettiest half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles around. You know what to do…

7 Half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles to try now


half-up half-down wedding hairstyles: pretty bow
Fabulous half-up half-down wedding hairstyles to try this summer: Pretty bow. Credit:

Pretty bow decorations

Looking for a hairstyle that shows off the full length of your hair, but that also incorporates the use of super cute accessories? Then we’ve just the thing for you. This elegant-looking half updo that’s been decorated with a puffy white bow may look simple, but it certainly packs a wedding-appropriate punch and a subtle playfulness, too. You know what they say, sometimes, you just can’t beat the classics!

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Fabulous half-up half-down wedding hairstyles to try this summer: The rosette. Credit:

Half-up, half-down braided rosette

Weddings aren’t just an opportunity for the bride to look her best, it’s also the perfect chance for you to try out a more intricate hairstyle that you wouldn’t normally wear on an average day at the office. Not only is this half-up, half-down braided rosette one of the prettiest looks around, but despite its delicate appearance, it’s actually not all that difficult to do! Win-win! Credit: @braidsbyjordan

Editor’s tip: If you have clean hair, spritz the parts of your hair that you’re going to braid with some TRESemmé Instant Refresh Volumising Dry Shampoo (£3.99*) before braiding. This will add a subtle texture and grip, making it easier to plait while also boosting its staying power. After you finish, use your thumb and index finger to gently tease out the ‘petals’ of the rosette that you’ve created to make the flower shape more prominent, then finish with a spritz of the VO5 Classic Ultimate Hold Hairspray (400ml, £3.29*) to keep your half-up, half-down ‘do in check all day!

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Fabulous half-up half-down wedding hairstyles to try this summer: Braided crown. Credit:

Half-up braided crown

We know you’ve heard of a braided crown, and maybe even rocked it once or twice, but what about a half-up braided crown? This relaxed, yet stylish look gives off tonnes of romantic vibes and is ideal for weddings from summer to autumn. We especially love it paired with a vintage-style dress or lots of lace! Credit: @Kassinka

Editor’s tip: Boho-esque half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles like this one work especially well with casual, beachy waves. So after you’ve created your half-braided crown, scrunch some VO5 Give Me Texture Rough & Sexy Sea Salt Spray (£3.99*) into your hair and start curling it from about halfway down to the ends with a curling wand for a sexy, tousled look.

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Fabulous half-up half-down wedding hairstyles to try this summer: Glam waves.

Glamorous half-up waves

Want something a little less complex than a braided crown or rosette, but still want a look that’s utterly gorgeous? Then embrace vintage glamour with these luxurious half-up, half-down waves! Warning: You may have to apologise to the bride for showing her up! Credit: @sarahtheblowoutbar

To get your desired waves, follow the expert advice of a TIGI stylist with 3 different ways to wear them! Once you have your wavy locks all done, simply take the front sections of your hair from the either side of your face and hairline, and pin back with some bobby pins. To add some extra interest to this look, try some of these amazing styling ideas you can achieve with bobby pins!

half-up half-down wedding hairstyles: waterfall braid
Fabulous half-up half-down wedding hairstyles to try this summer: Waterfall braid. Credit:

Angled waterfall braid

If you’re after a half-up braided hairstyle that looks more intricate than it actually is, then look no further than the waterfall braid. This look works especially well for longer-haired ladies, as it allows you to keep your hair away from your face, while showing off your lovely length in cascading waves. Just don’t forget to finish the look with a spritz of the Toni&Guy Casual Flexible Hold Hairspray (£7.49*) to keep flyaways in check, while still allowing some natural movement. Credit: @alexandraxhair

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Fabulous half-up half-down wedding hairstyles to try this summer: Hair bow. Credit:

Half-up hair bow

Like the idea of working a bow into your look, but want something a little more unique? Then why not make a bow out of your own hair? This super cute and quirky look is guaranteed to see you through wedding season (or just any party, really) in style. Credit: @a.harrod_hairstylist

To learn how to do a hair bow, follow our step-by-step tutorial, here! But instead of pulling all your hair back to create the bow, just utilise the sides and top half of your hair! And, FYI, if you’re currently rocking box braids, then this hairstyle is just perfect for you. See how to create a half-up bow with box braids, here!

If you can’t get enough wedding style inspo, then don’t forget to check out Wedding Hairstyles page for more braids, waves and buns to get you party-ready, whatever the season!

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