Get some major bridal hairstyle inspiration from celebs like Rihanna, Emma Watson and even the Duchess of Cambridge.

Countless celebs have been wearing ponytails to red-carpet events, and we love it. It's no longer an off-duty style reserved for athletes and bad hair days, but is on par with the chignon as a go-to updo for brides.

There's more to it, of course, than just throwing your hair up and calling it a day. To ensure your pony is bridal appropriate, hide the hair elastic by wrapping a few strands of hair around it, or use a small clear elastic so it isn't visible. And secondly, whatever texture of ponytail you're after, make sure your hair is shiny. Whether celebs are wearing straight, curly, or wavy ponytails, they all have one thing in common: light-reflecting locks.

The ponytail isn't only long-lasting and chic, it's also extremely versatile. Need inspiration for a black-tie affair? Try Marion Cotillard's dramatic style, which features a hair-wrapped headband and '60s-inspired teasing at the crown. (Her bare, strapless neckline is the perfect way to showcase this masterpiece, too.) Have bangs? Go for Hannah Simone's full, swingy style with an eye-grazing fringe. If you're a beach-bound bride, Jamie Chung's loose, wavy style will give you that effortless, windblown look. And for an afternoon wedding, we love Emma Watson's low, side-parted ponytail. It's sweet, polished, and pretty — what more could you ask for in a big-day hairstyle?

Click through to see our favorite celeb ponytails for brides-to-be.

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