34 Wedding-Worthy Ponytails to Complete Your Bridal Beauty Look

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Anna + Mateo

Go anywhere and you're bound to see ponytails. They're found bouncing around grocery stores, at chic restaurants, walking down the street, and in gym classes. Most girls have the pull-back-and-tie motion ingrained in their muscle memory—there's a reason why hair elastics are basically must-haves, after all. Women love the style so much they've dreamt up dozens of different renditions to wear for every event—looks perfect for work, first dates, and even formal parties! But what about for weddings? Is this more casual take on an updo appropriate? C'mon, say it with us: Why not?

The following stylish brides from real weddings all put the pony to good use, meaning you'll be in good company if you choose this simple, pretty hairstyle for this incredibly special day. Of course, the wedding ponytail isn't entirely like your tie-it-up-and-go rendition. You can choose from sleek, shiny styles (the result of an exceptional pre-wedding blow out) or ones that are full, curly, and exceptionally voluminous. Feeling something a little more bohemian? Braided and knotted iterations are always in style, as are the clean, classic options that commonly feature a wrapped piece of hair where the elastic would be.

Like any other bridal hairstyle, the ponytail is a perfect starting point for accessories. Whether you choose to glam up your look with a hair clip, crystal headband, a bunch of blooms, or pretty ribbon, there's a way to work those must-have accents into this hairstyle. These ponytails are so gorgeous that you'll never second guess the power of this look again. Ahead, a series of elevated and refined styles that are more than appropriate for your wedding day.

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Beach Waves

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Anchored In Love

Textured waves brought dimension to this bride's ponytail. The updo also kept her strands up and out of the way, showing off her gown's beaded lace straps.

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Half-Bun, Half-Pony

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Into the Light

A fun play on the half-up, half-down style, this half-bun, half-ponytail creation was as modern as it was structural.

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charlene jeremy wedding ice cream cake with floral accents
Alexandra Meseke

A low pontytail full of body and volume is a beautiful option for any bride.

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bridal ponytail floral
Katie Kav Photography

After creating the loose, wavy ponytail on her own, this bride pinned in an assortment of blooms by The Wild Bunch Flowers as an accent.

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Loose and Low

bridal ponytail loose and low
Cynthia Chung Weddings

VickyC5used accessories—including a gold ribbon, crystal wire headband, and reverse necklace—to give shape to this flowing, romantic look.

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bridal ponytail inverted
Les Productions de la Fabrik

Harold James simply flipped this bride's wavy style under to create an inverted twist.

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Soft Elegance

wedding couple kiss for portrait in garden
Esther Sun Photography

A low ponytail with soft, flowing waves is both ethereal and beautiful.

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Curly Ponytail

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Kenny Johnson

A sparkly, netted headpiece paired perfectly with a bride's high, curly pony.

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Hair Clips

bridal ponytail hair clips
Gianni Di Natale

Everything about this low-pony felt ethereal—especially the loose strands that acted as a face frame. Subtle volume at the crown and crystal hair clips brought a little glam to the look.

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Side Style

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Kurt Boomer

Sophie, the bride, opted for a low side ponytail full of curls for her wedding day style.

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Celestial Style

bride in pearl studded dress and headpiece for rehearsal dinner
Heather Waraksa

Pearls, crystals, and bling add a celestial feel to this ponytail.

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Center Part

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Alakija Studios

A center part brought a sleek touch to this bride's long low ponytail, which was styled by Krystel Jack of UK Hair Guru.

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bridal ponytail wispy
Kenzie Victory

Bold and bright statement earrings from J Brooks Jewelers grounded Katie Livingston's wispy, windblown look.

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bridal ponytail cascade
Brookelyn Riley

A cross between an updo and a ponytail, this curly ponytail flowed out of a braided bun, which was created by Sam Hipoli.

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Almond Leaf Studios

Speaking of glam, an elegant bouffant (literally) elevated a wrapped ponytail.

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Cascading Curls

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Sylvie Gil

A high ponytail with loose, long curls is an effortless-yet-stylish option.

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Jana Williams Photography

This bridal ponytail was all about contrast. A sleek, pulled-back crown perfectly juxtaposed the lower half of the voluminous, textured style.

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To the Side

anne and staton wedding portrait outside venue
Jen Fariello Photography

This low, wavy pony looked great paired with earrings. The casual-cool style by Lucas Shaffer was just loose enough.

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bridal ponytail accessorized
Cassi Claire

On her wedding day, this bride had a hard time choosing a favorite accessory—her pearlescent headband (which dressed up her curly pony!) or her beloved pup.

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Perfectly Placed

bride wearing detailed lace bell sleeve red dress
Bottega 53

A ponytail with an invisible holder, crowning volume, and soft curls is an elegant, elevated choice.

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bridal ponytail classic bridal style
Kaitlin Maree Photography

This bride's look was the definition of classic bridal style, from her romantic curly ponytail and drop earrings, to her wedding dress' subtle scoop neck.

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Morgan Marie Photography

Full of volume, gentle waves, and curled wisps, this modern ponytail photographed beautifully from all angles—especially from the side.

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Up High

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Jana Williams Photography

This bride's high ponytail put the unique back of her dress on full display.

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Plenty of Sparkle

lillie riley wedding first look
Meg Lucks, Abby Jiu Photography

Royal-worthy bling looks both effortless, with a soft side braided ponytail, and luxe with some sparkle.

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bridal ponytail
Rachel Solomon

We got major Blake Lively vibes from this bride's intricate ponytail, featuring plenty of twists and purposeful knots. The style was executed by Bespoke.

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Lacie Hansen Photography

A sweet side part was the perfect addition to this simple, pretty pony by The Glamourist.

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Floral Accent

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Kristin Sweeting

The bride took her tousled waves by Hannah Farmer Creative, and gathered them low and tucking a flower into the knot for extra glamour.

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wedding couple
Maui Maka Photography

Wraparound hair was a genius way to give a ponytail a more natural, unique vibe. Calvyn Cass of Brush Salon made this style ultra-sleek.

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bridal ponytail bangs
Kate Ignatowski

Everything about this hairstyle felt refined, from the polished bangs to the bouncy, blown-out ponytail.

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bridal ponytail sideswept
Charla Storey Photography

To show off this beauty's fiery red hair, Tracy Melton Artistry curled her locks, tucked them into a loose side-pony, and topped off the look with a crystal headpiece.

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Brklyn View Photography

Thick bangs and old-Hollywood waves brought vintage flair to this bride's Styles on B ponytail.

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bride groom portrait
Lexia Frank Photography

A simple, wavy side pony was glammed up just right with a gorgeous crown at this Cambodian-Chinese wedding. Lindsay Garger of Powder Inc. was responsible for the hair.

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Curled Under

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Polly Alexandre Fine Photography

"Every day I wear a ponytail and couldn't change a habit of a lifetime for a wedding," shared this bride. "Violetta at Michael Van Clarke gave me the best ponytail I've ever had and it didn't move all night!"

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