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 worry about, taking the "less is more" approach to your wedding-day hairstyle is the way to go. Enter the bridal ponytail.
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 elevate the style. It just requires a little strategy. And a laid-back wedding ponytail is the perfect way to take some stress off your wedding day. After all, you won’t have to wake up extra early in order to make it to the altar on time.
If you’re still thinking the sporty style isn’t wedding-day appropriate, think again, because we have the photos to prove it. Check out these 30 wedding ponytail updos that are pretty enough for your big day and beyond.
The Braided Ponytail
This style is the perfect middle ground between a minimalist low ponytail and a textured plait. The sporty 'do is also a nice contrast against this feminine ballgown silhouette and statement earrings.
The Glam Ponytail
Channel your inner Grecian goddess with a low, understated bridal ponytail that's fuss-free yet still glamorous. Whether you pull back sleek, straightened locks or curly hair, the result will be equally polished. For a high-impact finish, play up your look with gold hoops or a set of sparkly bridal hairpins.
The Looped Ponytail
This architectural spin is just as elevated and chic as it is sleek. We love how this bride didn't let her shorter lengths detract from a sophisticated wedding ponytail. The looped ends create the loveliest visual without sacrificing structure.
The Elegantly Loose Ponytail
As opposed to a slicked-back style, opt for loose, romantic strands. This has the structure of a traditional pony with the added allure of volume and wispiness.
The Voluminous Ponytail
The juxtaposition between the volume in this bridal ponytail and the shiny, slicked-back front is as playful as it is unexpected. Better yet? It will stay put as you dance the night away.
The Pearlescent Ponytail
While updos are perfect for showing off a neckline, nothing complements an intriguing low back quite like a wedding ponytail that cascades along with it. This low, sleek look was further elevated by pearly pins.
The Short and Sweet Ponytail
Who said you need long lengths for a bridal ponytail? A cropped cut doesn't mean you can't have a special, stunning style for your walk down the aisle. Plus, adding the veil underneath is a fabulously fresh and modern choice.
The Metallic-Wrapped Ponytail
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 trick for the modern bride.
The Minimalist Ponytail
This bride's loose bridal ponytail is the very essence of minimalist chic. The pairing of the simple staple with the softness of the veil is nothing short of heavenly.
The Bohemian Ponytail
Nothing says boho quite like an eclectic braid detail. A French braid adds an unexpected bohemian touch to this dance floor-ready ponytail. The voluminous waves complete this gorgeous creation.
The Bumped-Up Ponytail
Bump up a high bridal ponytail by teasing the bottom strands for some enviable volume and keeping the front pieces super sleek for a glam aesthetic. Work in a little hair cream, and voilà! This look makes for some stunning profile shots.
The Relaxed Ponytail
Let your gown, pretty face, and maybe a knockout accessory take center stage with a relaxed wedding ponytail. This bride shows us how it's done with a regal headpiece, face-framing tendrils, and bold lip.
The Sparkly Side Ponytail
Give an unfussy side pony a dose of glam with a sparkly hairpiece. The off-center placement of this beautiful pin not only emphasizes the asymmetric updo but adds a little something extra as you turn your back.
The Flower-Adorned Fishtail
This romantic hairstyle, which combines the fishtail braid with a sleek ponytail, is ideal for bohemian brides who want to soften their wedding look. For added visual interest and a bit of vintage appeal, adorn your braid with fresh florals and let a few face-framing tendrils hang loose.
The Curly Ponytail
If you've got curls, flaunt them! This beauty embraced her natural curls by rocking a voluminous wedding ponytail with a strapless gown and birdcage veil.
The Floral-Wrapped Low Ponytail
How sweet is this style? This bride gathered a low ponytail of loose waves at the nape of her neck and decorated the locks with foraged flowers from the morning of her wedding.
The Preppy Ponytail
We can’t think of a better way to show off the details on the back of your gown. The volume and texture of this particular wedding style give the sleek 'do a slightly undone and sexy edge.
The Fishtail Hybrid
A plush fishtail braid stops midway before loosening into a carefree pony. We love how this long style highlights the stunning back of the gown, resulting in a well-coordinated finished look. This pair is a match made in heaven.
The Centered Ponytail
We may rave about ultra-high and super-low ponytails, but a well-centered style is just as timeless. Securing the hair at the crown provides ample bounce without sacrificing its classic look. Elevate the coif by wrapping a piece of your hair around the ponytail elastic.
The Wavy Ponytail
A centered height looks equally gorgeous with a billowing veil and pairs beautifully with a long-sleeved wedding dress or a more demure neckline.
The Knotted Ponytail
This unquestionably cool style may be a bit deceiving in terms of effort. We see a twisted half-up gathering flowing into a thick rope braid (to achieve that knotted look) and secured several inches above the bottom for a boho feel.
The Super-Low Ponytail
This ultra-low pony hits right at the nape of the neck, creating an alluring juxtaposition between the sleek crown and teased-out strands. It adds just enough of a disheveled charm to freshen up the otherwise soft and romantic dress.
Don't be afraid to play with different textures and finishes on your ponytail. The same style in a matte or super-glossy finish can completely change the look of the 'do.
The Embellished Ponytail
Embellish your wedding pony with a few buds of a romantic bloom for an ethereal effect. We love matching the blooms to your bouquet or the native flora of the setting.
The Ribboned Ponytail
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 ribbon in a statement shade or sumptuous texture.
The High Ponytail
There's something about a panache-packed high ponytail that's both chic and sophisticated. This newlywed pulled back her gorgeous curls into a stunning wedding ponytail—and even added some flowers and a veil for extra flair.
The Dramatic Ponytail
Go big or go home! We love a bride who not only embraces her natural texture but flaunts it with pleasure. “I love my natural hair and wear it proudly, so I knew I wanted a more dramatic version of my own hair,” bride Deborah says. "The ponytail gave me nice volume but also allowed my face to shine through.”
The Ruffled Ponytail
Fluffy white blooms give a youthful ruffled effect to this bride's sweet ponytail. While tucking small flowers into the hair makes for a lovely accent, this showstopper doesn't play a supporting role. Its standout texture shines from every angle, making it a stunning complement to a more simple wedding dress silhouette.
The Ultra-Long Braided Ponytail
Eternal classics like a sleek hairstyle and streamlined wedding gown offer room to play with other details. This beautiful bride upped the ante on her glossy crown with an ultra-long braided ponytail for the New Orleans nuptials. If your hair's strength isn't length, extensions can be used to add inches.
The Tousled Ponytail
This tousled, braided ponytail is a bohemian bride's dream, thanks to tons of volume and ultra-romantic plaits.
Not sure which bridal ponytail is right for you? Look at the style of your wedding dress and venue for inspiration. While a bohemian wedding gown and rustic setting may call for a tousled ponytail, a more streamlined ballgown would look gorgeous styled alongside a sleek pony.
The Double Ponytail
We adore this multi-tiered approach to a ponytail-half-up hybrid. If you're after some princess vibes for your big day, this may be the contemporary way to go.
What are some bridal ponytail options for short hair?
Whether you have short hair or just fine strands, say no more! You can always ask your hairstylist to work in a few hair extensions for a voluminous ponytail or to add some extra length.
Should you hire a professional hairstylist to achieve a wedding ponytail?
While you can certainly do it yourself, some wedding ponytails may require a bit more finesse than you're used to. If you're unsure, we recommend scheduling a wedding hair trial. This is especially helpful if you plan on dressing your bridal ponytail up with sparkly clips, flowers, or ribbon.