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    41 Wedding Hairstyles for Medium-Length Hair

    Bride with medium length hairstyle

    Unsplash | Design by Zack Angeline 

    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

    Bride with natural curls holding hands with groom

    Photo by A Heart String Co.

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

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    Windswept Waves

    Bride with windswept waves

    Photo by Justin Lee; Hair by Jennifer Hargrove; Makeup by Kristen Ruggiero & Angela-Lynn Ware

    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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    Think Big

    Bride with curly hair and embellished dress

    Photo by Amy Anaiz; Event Planning by We Do! Collective by Fallon Carter; Hair by Modimel; Makeup by Daniel Henry; Bridal Styling by Vainglorious Brides

    If you've got curls, flaunt them! This bride's natural spirals give so much volume and playful vivacity to the look.

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    Shine On

    Newlyweds and vintage car

    Photo by Gianny Campos; Rebekkah Rosado of Runway Events; Hair by Lacy Redway at The Wall Group

    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

    Bridal portrait

    Photo by 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 with a dainty floral headband

    Photo by 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

    Photo by 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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    Bridal portrait with flower tucked into bun

    Photo by Olivia Rae James; Hair by Katie Brignolo of The Spa at Litchfield Hills; Makeup by Lindsey Birkins 

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

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    Old Hollywood

    Bride with blunt lob and brushed out waves

    Photo by Chi-Chi Ari; Event Planning by Tiffany Rivera of Simply Breathe Events; Hair by Hair by Fran

    Give off old-Hollywood glamour vibes with these brushed-out finger waves and blunt cut. The style evokes strength and femininity all in one look.

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    Fabulous Fringe

    Bride with medium length hair holding a bouquet

    Photo by 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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    The Sophisticate

    Newlyweds in black tie attire

    Photo by Mecca Gamble 

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

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    Perfectly Imperfect

    Messy bridal bun

    Photo by 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 wearing ethereal gowns

    Photo by 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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    Part Ways

    Bride posing with a bouquet in front of greenery

    Photo by MK Sadler

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

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    Bring on the Bling

    Bridal hair accessorized with shimmery hair pins

    Photo by 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

    Bride with braided hairdo standing with groom

    Photo by Jillian Mitchell 

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

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    Meet Halfway

    Newlyweds embracing in desert

    Photo by Laurken Kendall; Event Planning by Mae&Co Creative; Hair by Sarah Wittaker from Sarah W Hair Design 

    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

    Bride with medium length hair showcasing her open back gown

    Photo by 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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    Laid-Back Glam

    Candiace Dillard bridal portrait

    Photo by Abby Jiu; Event Planning by Strawberry Milk Events; Hair by Stephanie Harris; Makeup by Melissa Mangrum 

    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

    Bridal portrait in front of graffiti wall

    Photo by Unique Lapin Photography; Hair by Styles on B; Floral Design by A.P. Bio Designs

    Chignons can come in all shapes and sizes making them the perfect option for mid-length tresses. This miniature bun complements the bride's minimal gown beautifully.

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    Straighten Up

    Bride with straight hair posing in her lace gown

    Photo by 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

    Photo by 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

    Bride with curls in a lace gown

    Photo by 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 embrace outside

    Photo by 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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    Softness Is Key

    Bride holds a bouquet as she embraces the groom

    Photo by 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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    Birdcage Beauty

    Bride wearing a birdcage veil

    Photo by 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-wave lob. And we're loving every minute of it.

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    French Accents

    Newlyweds kissing

    Photo by 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

    Bride wearing a low ponytail and an effortless white dress

    Photo by 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

    Newlyweds first look

    Photo by Whitney & Aga for Our Labor of Love; Event Planning by SJS Events; Hair & Makeup by Susmita Patel of StylebySusmita

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

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    Add Some Sparkle

    Bride in beaded dress with crystal hairpin

    Photo by Treebird Photography; Hair by Candice Cuardos; Makeup by Lauren Leitzke; Jewelry by Kate Spade

    These natural waves were tucked into a romantic gather at the base of the head and accented with a sparkly accessory.

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    Bride in red dress on beach with groom

    Photo by KT Merry

    Curl only the bottom portions of your strands and give them a good tousle for an effortless feel. You can even leave the last inch or so of the ends straight for a cool-girl aesthetic like The Style Bungalow's Stephanie Hill did for this beachy locale.

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    Tastefully Timeless

    Bridal portrait with slicked back hair

    Photo by Jenny Naima Photography; Hair by Allure Traveling Beauty; Floral Design by Brambles and Bittersweet

    This bride's slicked-back chignon radiates a timeless elegance that befits her classic wedding with informal touches.

    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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    Romantic Heights

    Smiling bridal close up with embellished dress

    Photo by Lacie Hansen Photography; Event Planning by Jenn Sanchez Designs; Hair & Makeup by Team Hair and Makeup

    Sleek and slicked back isn't the only option here. Add some volume and softly rake back hair for a more romantic spin on the style.

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    Spiraling Out

    Newlyweds embrace each other lovingly

    Photo by 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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    Bombshell Vibes

    Bride getting dressed

    Photo by 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

    Bride with an updo and statement earrings

    Photo by 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.

    When selecting a bridal hairstyle, don't forget to take into consideration the style of your dress and any accessories that you plan on wearing down the aisle. If you choose to wear a veil, make sure that it complements your bridal 'do.

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    A Sleek Finish

    Bride stares longingly

    Photo by 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

    Bride wearing a flower crown walks down the aisle with groom

    Photo by 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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    Twisted Take

    Groom kissing bride on the forehead

    Photo by Carmen Santorelli; Event Planning by All Who Wander Events; Hair by FaceTime Beauty 

    A French twist is timeless sophistication that works with any hair length and texture, even if you're working with some fringe like this beautiful bride, and imparts a touch of vintage feels to the overall look.

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    A Bohemian Bride

    Brides wears flower-adorned accessories in hair

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

    This bride added a hint 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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    A Lustrous Lob

    Smiling bride with lob

    Photo by Flora & Flauna; Event Planning by Tall & Small Events; Hair by Seven Salon

    Bride Megan made a major move by chopping off her lengthy locks into this chic lob between wedding events. The style was kept fresh and modern with a side part and ends curling inward.

    • Should I hire a professional hairstylist?

      This is totally up to you! Depending on the level of difficulty of your bridal 'do, you may feel more comfortable seeking out professional help. If you do decide to do it yourself, practice as much as possible before the big day.

    • How long will it take to do my hair?

      Again, this totally depends on the complexity of the hairstyle that you've selected. For best results, be sure to schedule in 60 to 90 minutes to allow time for a blowout and styling. If you're getting your makeup done at the same appointment, double the time.

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