Of the myriad of wedding-day hairstyle ideas floating around on Instagram, the half-up 'do is the perfect place to start double-tapping. Romantic, modern, and impossibly chic, it's one of those hairstyles that simply doesn't go out of style (case in point: we're still obsessing over Kate Middleton's lovely half-up bridal look).
"The number-one tip I tell brides when it comes to their wedding day hair is that you want to feel like the best version of yourself," says Lorean Cairns, founder of Fox & Jane Salons. "Most of us wear our hair down on a daily basis, so a lot of times a full, fancy updo can take you out of your comfort zone. Half-up, half-down hairstyles are that great compromise of wanting your hair lush and flowy around your face and shoulders, yet still having key pieces out of the way so you're not fussing with it throughout the day." Plus, it's perfect for fall, when the humidity in the air is low so you don't risk your style falling flat, and great in warmer weather, since it's less heavy than having all of your hair down.
While there are so many different modern ways to interpret the half updo to make it fit your personality and aesthetic, there's still a timeless appeal to it. "You'll never look back at your wedding day pictures in 25 years and regret having your hair half up," says Matt Fugate, celebrity hairstylist for Kérastase.
And since we'd never leave you with just one look, scroll through for more half-up hairstyles for every type of bride.