When it comes to your wedding day, it’s easy to overthink things. Sure, it’s one of the biggest days of your life (gulp), but that doesn’t mean you can’t take it easy on at least some of the details. When you already have enough to stress over, taking the less-is-more approach to your wedding-day hairstyle is the way to go. Enter: The ponytail wedding hairstyle.
Just hear us out. Ponytails get a bad rap for being basic, and while they may be our go-to on lazy days and trips to the gym, that doesn’t mean we can’t step up the style when the occasion calls. Trust us, it just requires a little strategy. And besides, when every detail of your day is planned to the tee, a laid-back pony is the perfect way to strike a balance. Think of it this way: You won’t have to wake up extra early in order to make it to the altar on time! (You’ll thank us when you don’t have to pack the concealer on those dark circles.) It’s time our beloved ponytail gets the credit it deserves.
If you’re thinking the sporty style isn’t wedding-day appropriate, think again, because we have the photos to prove it. Ahead, 20 ponytail updos for weddings, pretty enough for the big day and beyond.
The Romantic Rendition
Opt for a center part, a low ponytail, and lots of flyaways for a look romantic enough for Juliet.
The Fabulous Fishtail Hybrid
A plush fishtail braid stops mid-way before loosening into a carefree pony.
An Ultra-Feminine Finish
All you need is a feminine ribbon to take this simple style up a notch. Make it even more eye-catching by choosing a satin in a statement shade.
As opposed to a slicked-back style, opt for loose, romantic strands.
The Voluminous Pony
The juxtaposition between the volume in your ponytail and shiny, slicked-back front is as playful as it is unexpected.
Toss the Tie
Don't want a hair tie to distract from your style? After securing your pony, pull a piece of hair from the bottom and wrap it around the tie. Then, fasten the strand with a pin beneath the elastic. So simple!
The Metallic Pick-Me-Up
Sometimes all it takes is a sparkly accessory to perfect a pony. A metallic wrap around the base of your ponytail is our favorite wedding-day hack for the modern bride.
Wispy and Whimsical
Give your bridal look a certain je ne sais quoi with this easy, breezy hairstyle. There’s nothing sexier than pairing a too-cool-to-care ponytail with sheer details—especially for those laid-back destination ceremonies.
A Bit of Boho
A French braid adds an unexpected boho touch to a dance-floor ready ponytail.
A cropped cut doesn't mean you can't have a special, stunning style for your walk down the aisle. A minimalist ponytail held with an invisible elastic is fabulously fresh and modern.
Bump It Up
Bump up a simple ponytail by teasing strands at the crown of your head for some extra volume.
The Polished Pony
Don’t overload your guests with the visuals. Let your gown (and your pretty face) take center stage with this sleek side-part ponytail.
Give an unfussy side pony a dose of glam with a subtly sparkly hairpiece.
The Preppy Pony
Never underestimate the power of a clean, high ponytail. We can’t think of a better way to show off the details on the back of your beautiful gown.
This tousled, braided ponytail by Lindsey Pengelly is a bohemian bride's dream, thanks to tons of volume and ultra-romantic plaits.
Texturize your low, natural ponytail with your favorite, foolproof texturizing spray for a bohemian-goddess finish.
This voluminous high ponytail gives off delightfully retro vibes.
The Ethereally Embellished
Dot your pony with baby's breath or a similarly romantic bloom for an ethereal effect that will look effortlessly gorgeous.
The Triple Ponytail
Three is totally better than one—which is exactly why we adore Beauty & the Blush's triple-knotted take on the romantic wrapped pony.
The Low & Loose
The way this bride's loose ponytail is tied into itself is utterly angelic.