41 Wedding Hairstyles for Medium-Length Hair

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Erich McVey

Besides finding your wedding dress, searching through wedding hairstyles can be one of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding day look. But if you find yourself stuck in the middle—i.e., at a hair length that can neither be described as short nor long—that's easier said than done.

No need to grow out locks (or snip them off for that matter). A marvelous mid-length cut will set you apart from the rest. And medium-length looks can truly make a big statement. From halo-accessorized coiffures to bohemian waves, there are some totally doable hairstyles that are unique and gorgeous.

No matter your hair texture or overall vibe, these medium-length wedding hairstyles are bound to suit you.

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Embrace Your Natural Texture

Newlyweds

A Heart String Co.

This bride's voluminous natural curls are the only accessory she needs.

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Windswept Waves

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Melli & Shayne 

Go for an effortlessly chic blowout that will work for your big day and beyond. We adore this windswept, beachy look.

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Shine On

Vow exchange

Lev Kuperman 

Glamorous, shiny waves are an excellent choice for hair of any length. This bride tucked her bangs back and let her bodacious waves cascade over them for an elegant and polished approach.

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Add Dimension

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Whiskers and Willow Photography 

Try this beachy, two-toned wavy look if you are really ready to wow. Sunny highlights add tons of dimension, giving the soft spirals a glossy effect.

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Dainty Details

Bridal hair

Lev Kuperman Photography 

It’s hard not to get lost within this beautiful arrangement of tousled curls topped with a dainty floral headband.

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Romantic Curls

Bride getting dressed

Rebecca Yale; Hair by Trine Juel 

Raked-back curls add texture and volume to an otherwise classic chignon. This gorgeous bride's romantic style befits her magical French château nuptials.

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Up-and-Coming

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Forged in the North 

With a bit of smoothing serum and a few bobby pins, medium-length hair can totally work in an updo.

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Fabulous Fringe

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Johanna Rosenlew 

This bride's hair is a little longer, but neatly cut bangs and ends that are flirtatiously flipped outward are enchanting on everyone.

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Old Hollywood

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Tati and Roman 

Give off old Hollywood glamour vibes with this spiraled look that's pretty and put together.

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The Sophisticate

Newlyweds

Mecca Gamble 

This middle-parted, beach-wave look is equal parts sexy and sophisticated.

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Perfectly Imperfect

Messy bridal bun

Volvoreta

Since every piece of hair might not be long enough for a polished chignon, a messy updo is a perfect choice for brides with medium-length locks.

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Add Fresh Elements

Newlyweds

Luna de Mare 

Sometimes all medium-length hair needs is a sprig of greenery or a touch of florals to be totally bridal.

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Keep It Simple

Newlyweds

Anna Roussos 

A simple braid gives this bride a boho, beachy vibe.

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Part Ways

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MK Sadler

A deep side part and curled ends is a surefire sultry style.

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Bring on the Bling

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KT Merry; Event Planning by Bellafare; Hair by Process 

This bride pinned back a curtain of curls with sparkly, bejeweled hair accessories.

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A Plaited Crown

Newlyweds

Jillian Mitchell 

A crowning braid is just the finishing touch a boho princess needs.

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Meet Halfway

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Rebecca Yale; Event Planning by Matthew Oliver Weddings; Hair by Ava Belle; Floral Design by Madame Artisan Fleuriste  

This pulled-back look couldn't be easier to style. It's also the best of both worlds, leaving your hair flowing around your shoulders but out of your face.

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Soft Elements

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Erich McVey; Event Planning by Alise Taggart; Hair by Claudia Mejerle 

Barely there waves make for a touchably soft and feminine wedding day hairstyle.

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A Laid-Back Look

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Joey Willis; Hair by Byron Beauty Bar

Mid-length hair looks amazing loosely tucked back into an informal knot, as the shorter lengths tend to spill out and alluringly frame the face.

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A Mini Must-Have

Newlyweds

Megan Gielow; Event Planning by Gather Together Events; Hair by Ceremony Salon

This miniature chignon exposes the back of the dress and lets all of that intricate beading do the talking. We're loving the art deco vibes.

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Straighten Up

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Joey Willis; Event Planning by Little Lane Events; Hair by Lindsey Neavitt 

Give straight strands a little extra oomph by coyly curling the ends inward for a sexy spin, like Stone Cold Fox designer Cydney Morris did for her wedding. The key is to inject a little volume throughout the entire hair shaft so the style doesn't look too sleek.

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Double Trouble

Bride putting on shoes

Sasithon Photography; Hair by Sarah Spratt

This bride paired her high-neck, lace dress with twin french braids that snaked their way from the top of her temples down to the nape of the neck where they came together in a knot. She tucked a rosebud into the mix for an added dose of freshness.

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Luscious Curls

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Erich McVey; Hair by Carlos Torres Salon

A sultry side part with big, voluminous curls is picture-perfect hair goals, no matter your hair length.

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Tousled Tendrils

Newlyweds

Kelly Brown; Hair by Sabrina Rana; Floral Design by Of The Flowers  

Be still, our hearts! A center part with gently tousled tendrils is about as romantic as you can get.

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Think Big

Bridal portrait

Nhemie Theodore 

If your mid-length hair has grown out just a tad, this gorgeous half-up-half-down 'do was made for you. With bouffant-like volume at the crown and a sweeping side bang, this style is anything but boring.

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Softness Is Key

Newlyweds

Valorie Darling; Event Planning by Leslie Kaplan of Encore Event Design; Floral Design by Gavita Flora

Brushed-out curls are oh-so soft and fuss-free. We love how the softness of the hairstyle matches that of the lace dress.

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Lucky Charm

Newlyweds

Alexandra Roberts; Hair by The Green Door Day Spa 

This bride tucked a few clovers into her half-up, half-down hairstyle that matched the clover-shaped necklaces she made and gifted to each of her bridesmaids.

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Birdcage Beauty

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Ryan Ray; Event Planning by Amorology; Hair by The Salon & Spa at Vision of Tomorrow; Veil by Bridal Reflections

We see you, birdcage veil and beachy-waved lob. And we're loving every minute of it.

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French Accents

Newlyweds kissing

James Autery; Hair by Ashley Rubell

This bride tied a sheer, black ribbon around her bun to elevate the minimalist hairstyle. The contrasting addition was the perfect complement to the low back, beaded gown and imparted a decidedly French-girl flair to the ensemble. Non?

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Ponytail Perfection

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Amanda K; Event Planning by Marjorie Burgarella of By Mademoiselle C; Hair by Brittain Monge 

Who said you can't have mid-length hair and sport a ponytail? This low pony of wavy strands—wrapped in a bow, no less—is proof that you can have it all.

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A Bridal Blowout

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Aaron Delesie; Event Planning by EKS Events; Hair by Malle Gambuti

No need to overthink things. A bouncy blowout is all you need for bridal bliss.

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Add Some Sparkle

Nuptial ceremony

James & Schulze; Event Planning by Calluna Events; Hair by Andres Mendoza from Side Door Salon

Curly hair, don't care. These natural spirals were tucked into a playful half-up, half-down style and accented with a sparkly accessory.

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Cool-Girl

Newlyweds

Pat Furey; Floral Design by Il Profumo Dei Fiori 

Curl only the bottom portions of your strands for an effortless feel. You can even leave the last inch or so of the ends straight for a cool-girl aesthetic.

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Tastefully Timeless

Newlyweds

Sylive Gil; Event Planning by Elise Johnson for Shannon Leahy Events; Hair by Professional Makeup Artistry; Floral Design by Cherries Flowers 

This bride's slicked-back chignon radiates a timeless elegance that befits her black-and-white fête in San Francisco.

Bringing the hair upward and then down, rather than adding a part, pulls the eyes up highlighting the face and elongating the neck.

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Twisted

Newlyweds

Maya Marechal; Floral Design by La Fabrique d’Etoiles Filantes

This bride put a fresh twist on the conventional half-up, half-down style by spinning the ends into a fun bun instead of letting them hang down in a ponytail-like fashion.

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Crowning Glory

Newlyweds

Echoes & Wild Hearts; Hair by George Marascas; Floral Design by Green Factory Chania

This boho bride topped her glossy tresses with a darling, pastel-hued flower crown for her seaside nuptials in Greece. The creamy, youthful florals make a striking contrast against her dark locks.

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Bombshell Vibes

Bride getting dressed

Phil Chester; Event Planning by Karen Morlet Eventos; Hair by Pamela Baumgartner

Long lengths aren't necessary for a sexy, bombshell look. Case in point: This bride knocks it out of the park with her voluminous, slightly-curled, mid-length locks.

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Make a Statement

Newlyweds

Erich Mcvey; Event Planning by Penzi Weddings; Hair by Kacee Geoffroy Hair & Makeup

A french-braided tuck is an ideal option for keeping your hair out of your face and withstanding the test of an all-night dance party. Bonus: The style looks fabulous with a statement earring.

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A Sleek Finish

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Erich McVey; Event Planning by Alise Taggart; Hair by Claudia Mejerle  

A sleek bun looks oh-so sweet with tender, face-framing wisps. This lovely lady looks every bit the enchanted bride for her old world–themed nuptials.

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An Adorable Topper

Newlyweds

Sara Lobla 

We've never met a hairstyle that didn't look good topped with a flower crown. But we especially love it as a finishing touch to a half-up, half-down look as its shape naturally mimics the drape of the hair.

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A Bohemian Bride

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Mike Larson; Event Planning by Bash Please; Hair by Katie Nash Beauty; Floral Design by Marigold  

This bride added a touch of whimsy to her 'do by nestling a few dusty-hued blooms into her tousled waves. She looked every bit the autumnal fairy bride at her boho-chic vineyard wedding in Napa.

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