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The Great Wedding Hairstyle Debate – Up or Down?

wedding hairstyle

This may not seem like a difficult decision, but your wedding hairstyle will impact your entire day-of look. So it’s kind of a big deal.

And whether you go classic and chic or romantic and whimsical, your wedding hairstyle needs to last. After all, you’ll be in the spotlight for about 8 hours. And you don’t want your wedding photos to document the slow dishevelment of your up-do. So it’s time to hit the salon! The best way to decide which look is best for you is to practice it. Chat with your stylist and try a few different styles to see how they survive your daily routine. 

And the biggest question you need to answer is up…or down? If you love the look of free flowing locks but know your hair will be totally flat as soon as the ceremony ends, compromise with a half-up/half-down style! Or if you’re trying to tame your wild mane, a smooth ballerina bun adds just the right amount of elegance and grace. Just have fun with it! We’ve gathered some of our favorite wedding day looks to inspire you below!

Up, Down, or Both? – Wedding Hairstyle Inspiration


Ballerina Bun

If simple elegance is what you’re after, the ballerina bun is for you. Not only is this look oh-so-chic, but it will still feel fabulous after a long night on the dance floor.

wedding hairstyle ballerina bun
Jessica May Photography

Top Knot

The ballerina bun’s rebellious cousin, the top knot isn’t afraid to let a few strands loose.

wedding hairstyle top knot
Go Feminin

Milk Maid Braids

Who needs a flower crown when you can have milk maid braids instead? This romantic look is feminine and soft.

wedding hairstyle milk maid braids
Ari Michelson

Low Messy Bun

This chic wedding hairstyle is a favorite for a reason. It frames your face beautifully for photographs, and works well with every facial structure.

wedding hairstyle up do
Happy Wedd

Ponytail Perfection

Who says ponytails are just for the gym? Big curls add crazy volume and give the illusion of a half up do.

wedding hairstyle pony tail
We Heart It

Half Up, Half Down

    Classic Half Up

This classic wedding hairstyle is beautiful in it’s simplicity. Add some loose curls for volume and you’re good to go!

wedding hairstyle half up

Cascade of Curls

Bring on the volume! Piles of gorgeous curls create a waterfall effect that’s timeless and romantic.

wedding hairstyle half up braid

Fishtail Braid

Bold bangs and a side swept fishtail braid give this wedding hairstyle a modern feel.

wedding fishtail braid
Amy Nicole Photography

Braided Crown

A waterfall braid is the perfect way to wear your hair down, but still have some control. Add some floral sprigs for a look that’s truly swoon-worthy.

wedding hairstyle braided crown

Side Swept

This look is fit for a princess. Gorgeous curls piled to one side and pinned to perfection.

wedding hairstyle side pony


Wavy Bob

Keep it short and sweet with loose waves and an angled bob.

wedding hairstyle short bob
Hair by Lauren

Hollywood Waves

Bold curls paired with a red lip are perfect for the bride who loves the glitz and glam of old Hollywood.

wedding hairstyle hollywood glam

Naturally Straight

Less is definitely more with this sweet and simple wedding look. If your natural texture looks this good, run with it!

wedding hairstyle straight
Amanda K Photography

Gentle Waves

Soft waves work for just about every wedding style. They look great on their own, with a veil, or topped with a flower crown.

wedding hairstyle soft waves
Ciara Richardson

And whatever style you make your own, don’t forget to thank the people who made it happen! Our vendor thank you cards are the perfect way to express your gratitude. Get them here!

Folded Wedding Thank You Cards for making me look Fabulous - Mix