From church ceremonies to woodland weddings: 8 whimsical wedding updos for medium hair

On the lookout for wedding updos in medium hair? Whether you're tying the knot in a church, by the sea or deep in the woods, we've got your big day look covered.  

If you’re reading this, you’re probably on the hunt for wedding updos for medium hair. We understand that no two weddings and no two brides are ever the same, so it’s important to find an individual hairstyle that works with your wedding dress, your theme and, of course, the venue itself!

Depending on whether you’re set to tie the knot in a grand castle or a more low-key hotel ‘do, you’ll want to choose a bespoke hairstyle that ties together the vibe of your day and finishes off your outfit perfectly.

Luckily for you, we just so happen to have a bunch of wedding updos for medium-length hair that are sure to inspire your bridal look!

8 wedding updos for medium hair based on your wedding venue


blonde bride wearing a veil with her hair in a fishtail braided updo
You’re sure to stand out on your big day with this traditional style. Credit:

1. Church wedding

Looking for bridal updos for medium hair for a church wedding? If you’re going down the traditional route with your nuptials, this fishtail braided updo is just what you’ve been dreaming of!

With the intricate, face-framing braided detail and low bun (perfect for clipping your veil onto!), it’s a winning combination. Credit: @ninna_troelsen

Editor’s tip: One of our favourite parts about this hairstyle is the voluminous, mini bouffant detail, but if your locks naturally lack volume, don’t worry! Spritzing the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo directly into your roots before backcombing will have a noticeable plumping effect, instantly creating some extra oomph.

brunette woman on the beach in a wedding dress with her hair in a floral updo
Saying “I do” by the sea? This is the style for you! Credit:

2. Beach wedding

Jetting off to paradise for your big day? If you’re on the hunt for bridal updos for medium hair that will withstand the sea breeze, we’ve got just the thing.

This wavy bun is full of natural-looking texture and body, and the loose, spiral curls framing this bride’s face make for a dressy yet laid-back beach vibe. Credit: @hairbyalyssalacey

woman with ice blonde hair in a dishevelled low bun
Keep it low-key with a simple chignon. Credit:

3. Registry office wedding

Elaborate weddings aren’t for everyone, but having a registry office wedding doesn’t mean you can’t make an effort with your hair!

This simple messy chignon is both subtle and stylish, making it the ideal understated wedding style if you’re after something that isn’t too over the top. Credit: @hoochiemamahairshop

brunette woman with her hair in a
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a gorgeous hairdo! Credit:

4. Woodland wedding

In our opinion, there’s nothing more magical than a woodland wedding. And such a location deserves a fairy-like hairstyle to match – anything less just won’t do!

We love this twisted headband style, with the sweet floral crown making the ultimate finishing touch for woodland brides. Credit: @aforresthairdesign

woman with dark brunette hair in an updo style with a crystal headpiece
Woo your prince charming with a princess-worthy headpiece. Credit:

5. Castle wedding

Getting hitched in a castle calls for a seriously regal style. And if you’ve got mid-long locks, you can live out your princess dreams IRL with one of our favourite (and timeless) wedding updos for medium-length hair: the low chignon.

To pull the whole look together, plus channel those royal vibes, simply add a tiara or crystal headpiece and you’re good to go – your highness! Credit: @oromsdream

black and white face on photo of a bride with her dark hair in a crown braid updo with a crystal headpiece
Romantic and feminine, this pretty crown braid updo will make you look (and feel) the part. Credit:

6. Stately home wedding

Heading to the countryside for a big wedding in a stately home? Then wedding updos for medium hair will help to mark the occasion in style!

Opting for this beautiful crown braid updo means you can rest assured it’ll stay put all day, as there’s no risk of curls dropping or your locks becoming frizzy! Pretty and practical? Yes please! Credit:

asian woman with her brunette hair in a vintage inspired finger curls updo
Stay classy with 20s-inspired finger curls. Credit:

7. Hotel wedding

Getting hitched in a swanky hotel and looking for wedding updos? Medium hair is the ideal length for pulling off vintage-inspired hairstyles (like the ’20s finger waves above) as they’ll add a glamorous, sophisticated edge to your ensemble. Credit: @terismaymakeup

Editor’s tip: To create your finger curls, we recommend using a light, non-sticky gel (such as the VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray) to set your look in place and provide a strong, all-day hold – without leaving your locks feeling gross!

back view of a woman with brunette hair in a milkmaid twist hairstyle with a pink flower hair accessory
Nod to nature with dainty floral accessories. Credit:

8. Garden wedding

Outdoor weddings deserve a picture-perfect hairstyle to rival the scenery and you can’t go wrong with this sweet milkmaid twist updo.

One of the easiest wedding updos for medium hair, there’s no tricky braiding or heat styling required, so if you don’t have a styling squad on hand, this is simply perfect! Credit: @for_v_her


We hope these bridal updos for medium hair helped narrow down your hunt for the perfect style! Now that you’ve got your hair sorted, it’s time to get your BFFs together and pour over more wedding inspo with these stunning bridesmaid hairstyles!

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