Wedding Hairstyles for Over 40 Brides

One of you lovely ladies emailed me last week, asking for information on wedding hairstyles for brides over 50 with long hair.  It can be quite tricky to get the right ‘look’ for you, and many styles (just like the wrong dress) can leave you feeling and looking a bit on the frumpy side – definitely not what you want on your wedding day!

Up, Down or Half and Half?

I had this same problem 2 years ago. My hair is long, I’m over 40 (actually 50 now) and I had no intention of cutting it.  Needless to say, finding a suitable wedding hair style for my age was pretty difficult.

I knew I didn’t want a traditional ‘Up Do’ – not that I don’t like it, I certainly do, and they look fantastic on the right person, just not me.

So I developed a strategy after seeing the photo of Kate Winslet below.  Instead of looking a bridal pictures, what about studying photos of red carpet events –  women with style and class who have the best hairstyles around, and adapting what you like for your wedding.

The Long and (not so) Short of it

So here are some styles for long hair that I love:

I wanted my long locks as natural as possible, and this is the one I tried to copy for my wedding day. The stylist set my hair using large velcro rollers and I pinned a section of one side with my chosen hair accessory pin.



Kate has so many fantastic looks, and absolutely perfect for an older bride, whether she’s 30, 40 or 60 plus! For Kate’s many, many styles including up-do’s, just google ‘Kate Winslet hair’ and look under the images tab. You’ll find every style under the sun, many of which can easily be used as a template for a mature bride’s wedding hairstyle.


My 2nd choice was Ashley Greene with her Hollywood glam hair do.

Ashley Greene

My own wedding style ended up somewhere between the two.

At least, that’s what I was aiming for although it always turns out quite individual as your hair will tend to do its own thing.

I also had a fringe, but your stylist will be able to adapt your chosen style to suit you – just remember to have a trial run.

Another one I really like if you want to keep your tresses long and natural is Jennifer Anniston’s style when she married Brad Pitt. Those little strands pulled and pinned to the side are gorgeous.

Jennifer Anniston

40’s Hollywood waves are so perfect for a wedding and my favourite of all, Rita Hayworth.

Rita Hayworth

veronica lake


For extra long hair why not try a version of Veronica Lake’s waves. So sophisticated.


There are many variations on the Hollywood ‘wave’ that are perfect for a 40+ bride.

Longer hair can sometimes be difficult to pin up, especially if it’s quite thick.

So if you want something a bit more formal that will perhaps stay in place longer, you could go for the Half-Up Half-Down style.

This was made famous by Pippa Middleton at her sister’s wedding and is a great way of combining formality with a casual air.112734792AZ008_Royal_WeddinPippa Middleton_back

Pinterest is a great place to find all your wedding styles and ideas.

So if you’ve never used it, have a look at it today on the link provided.





Or just click on the top right column of this page where you’ll be taken straight through to the boards for FortyPlusWeddings.

We’ll be adding new stuff all the time so do keep coming back to check what’s there.

Why not create your own?



Wish I’d known about it when I was planning my wedding. It would have done away with a lot of file saving and emailing back and forth with my bridesmaid!

And FortyPlus just wants to help so get yourself a Pinterest account today.

You’ll love it!


I’ll do articles that focus on short/mid length hair next as there are so many lovely styles out there.

That’ll keep me busy for the next few weeks!

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