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.
Embrace Your Natural Texture
This bride's voluminous natural curls are the only accessory she needs.
Go for an effortlessly chic blowout that will work for your big day and beyond. We adore this windswept, beachy look.
If you've got curls, flaunt them! This bride's natural spirals give so much volume and playful vivacity to the look.
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.
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.
It’s hard not to get lost within this beautiful arrangement of tousled curls topped with a dainty floral headband.
Raked-back curls add texture and volume to an otherwise classic chignon. This gorgeous bride's romantic style befits her magical French château nuptials.
With a bit of smoothing serum and a few bobby pins, medium-length hair can totally work in an updo.
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.
This bride's hair is a little longer, but neatly cut bangs and ends that are flirtatiously flipped outward are enchanting on everyone.
This middle-part, beach-wave look is equal parts sexy and sophisticated.
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.
Add Fresh Elements
Sometimes all medium-length hair needs is a sprig of greenery or a touch of florals to be totally bridal.
A deep side part and curled ends is a surefire sultry style.
Bring on the Bling
This bride pinned back a curtain of curls with sparkly, bejeweled hair accessories.
A Plaited Crown
A crowning braid is just the finishing touch a boho princess needs.
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.
Barely there waves make for a touchably soft and feminine wedding day hairstyle.
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.
A Mini Must-Have
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.
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.
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.
A sultry side part with big, voluminous curls is picture-perfect hair goals, no matter your hair length.
Be still, our hearts! A center part with gently tousled tendrils is about as romantic as you can get.
Softness Is Key
Brushed-out curls are oh so soft and fuss-free. We love how the softness of the hairstyle matches that of the lace dress.
We see you, birdcage veil and beachy-wave lob. And we're loving every minute of it.
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?
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.
A Bridal Blowout
No need to overthink things. A bouncy blowout is all you need for bridal bliss.
Add Some Sparkle
These natural waves were tucked into a romantic gather at the base of the head and accented with a sparkly accessory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make a Statement
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.
A Sleek Finish
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.
An Adorable Topper
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.
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.
A Bohemian Bride
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.
A Lustrous Lob
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.