Ponytails aren't just reserved for workouts and casual weekend looks. This easy-going style is also a great, elevated look for your big day!

When you think of a ponytail you might think of it as an easy way to pull back your hair when it's particularly unruly. But there's so much more to the old school updo than first meets the eye! You've seen celebrities rock chic ponytails on the red-carpet, and now it's your turn: Ponytails are not only an excellent way to keep the hair of your face on your wedding day, they're a super stylish, romantic, even bohemian updo for brides in search of something slightly different than the standard half-up half-down style.

The best thing about a ponytail is that you can customize it to your personal taste. Modern brides and glamour girls will fall hard for slicked-back high ponytails, while boho girls will be all about the braids. There is plenty in between, too. Soft curls and low-wrapped ponytails make for a happy medium between an updo and letting your locks flow free.

Multiple knots (A.K.A. pulling your hair through itself to create a knotted look) and different sized braids add texture to the look, while various accessories like blinged-out headbands and whimsical pins personalize your pony even more. Placement is key, too. If you're going for an effortless or ethereal look, you'll want to stick to a loose low pony that falls to the side, while more formal or retro styles look better higher up on the head.

Who better to get wedding-day ponytail inspiration than from real brides who've mastered them? Click through to see all of our favorite big-day ponys from real brides.

PHOTO: A gently wrapped low ponytail gives you that perfectly ethereal and undone effect that will look effortlessly gorgeous.

Photo: Erich McVey

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