8 Fun Wedding Ponytail Hairstyles


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Choosing a wedding hairstyle can be difficult. Though it’s nice having a lot of different options, it’s not uncommon for both brides and stylists to get a little overwhelmed at some point during the process. The first decision in any wedding hair planning journey is to decide whether the bride wants an updo or if she wants to wear her hair down. Both are beautiful and wedding-appropriate, but that doesn’t necessarily make the choice an easier one. When it’s just too hard to choose, consider a wedding ponytail that offers all the advantages of a traditional updo with the movement and feminine elegance of free-flowing locks. Here are some fun ideas to help with bridal ponytail inspiration. Keep in mind that these ponytail wedding hairstyles are great for bridesmaids, too! 

1. Twisted Low Pony: When executed correctly, there’s just something about a low ponytail in a formal setting that exudes class and timelessness. Though this style may seem simple at first, a literal “twist” on this tried and true style is a great option for any wedding, regardless of venue, theme or time of year. To create this bridal hairstyle, gather hair into a low ponytail shape and twist hair below the ears once or twice. Secure the style with pins and finish the look with a layer of high-quality salon hairspray to keep the hair in place all day long.

2. Formal Party Pony: Who doesn’t love a good high ponytail? This bridal look is great for those who have a high-neck wedding gown or are just looking for something fun and fabulous to do with their hair on their wedding day. A traditional “party pony” really means a super high set, spunky ponytail. To make this a bit more formal and wedding-friendly, consider using a few professional hair styling products like texture spray, shine serum and more to achieve the desired look.

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3. Ponytail with Braid(s): Braids add dimension and texture to any hair look, but it’s important to make them look elegant for a wedding, even if you’re going for a boho vibe. In this case, a ponytail works as the perfect base style to showcase luxurious, wedding-ready braids on your big day. Choose from different options like a few subtle, small braids twisting into the ponytail from the hairline, a French braid that morphs into a voluminous ponytail and more.

4. Elegant Undone Ponytail: A wedding ponytail doesn’t always have to be sleek and perfect without a strand out of place. Rather, a chic and perfectly imperfect ponytail style can add a bit of texture and dimension to a wedding look. To start, pull all but one small side section of the hair into a ponytail. Once the ponytail is secured with a hairband at the desired height, pull it tight and add volume to the top of the hair by gently pulling up a few sections of hair at the crown area. Take the free-flowing section and wrap it around the ponytail band before securing it with a pin. Finish with a professional texture spray and allow a few strands to fall down, framing the face and creating an effortless wedding ponytail look.

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5. The Accessorized Pony: A great ponytail needs little to no accompaniment, but a wedding day hairstyle calls for something a bit bolder. Accessorize any kind of wedding ponytail with bride-approved hair accessories like shiny pins, a vintage comb or even hair rhinestones. Make sure to prep the hair with professional texture products to ensure these add-ons stay in place throughout the ceremony and beyond.

6. Braided Ponytail: For brides with long hair seeking a touch of glam, a braided ponytail is a stunning option. Imagine a voluminous braid, like a fishtail or Dutch braid, starting high on the head and cascading down the back before transforming into a sleek ponytail at the nape of the neck. The braid adds intricate detail and texture, while the ponytail keeps the hair secure and elegant. This style can be further elevated with sparkling hair clips woven into the braid or a jeweled headpiece adorning the base of the ponytail, making it perfect for the glamorous bride with cascading locks.

7. Curly Ponytail: Looking for hairstyle ideas for curly hair? Bridal hairstylists can work wonders with natural curls to create a stunning ponytail. For a romantic and airy look, your stylist might tousle the curls slightly to add volume at the crown before gathering the hair into a loose, mid-level curly ponytail. To ensure the curls stay bouncy and defined throughout the day, they might use a diffuser attachment while blow drying and curl-enhancing products. This style is perfect for brides who want to embrace their natural hair texture and add a touch of whimsy to their bridal look.

8. Side Pony: The side ponytail is a trendy choice for brides seeking a modern and romantic look. Unlike a traditional ponytail which sits directly in the center back, the side ponytail sweeps gracefully off to one shoulder. This asymmetrical style complements a variety of wedding dress silhouettes, particularly those with a plunging neckline or a statement back. For added flair, the hairstylist can incorporate textured waves or braids into the side ponytail, creating a dynamic and fashion-forward hairstyle that’s perfect for the trendsetting bride.

Closing Thoughts

With their versatility and timeless elegance, wedding ponytails are a winning choice for brides of all styles. Whether you crave a sleek and sophisticated look or a romantic and whimsical one, there’s a ponytail variation waiting to be your “something special” on your big day. But the beauty of ponytails extends beyond the bride. Ponytails make great bridesmaid hairstyles, too, and create a cohesive bridal party look without sacrificing individual flair. So, embrace the freedom of movement and the endless possibilities that wedding ponytails offer. With a touch of creativity and the help of a skilled hairstylist, you’ll have bridal hair that’s both unforgettable and perfectly “you.”


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