It’s a question we often hear as wedding hair stylists: is a bridal ponytail suitable for a wedding?
You may have seen this trend in wedding editorials and trend roundups, but many brides are still nervous about committing to it in case their go-to every day do isn’t special or ‘bridal’ enough.
Often we find brides opt for it for their bridesmaids instead, and while this always looks fabulous, ponytails really are a beautiful choice for brides too. One of the best things about the bridal ponytail is its versatility. They can be sleek and chic, boho, rustic, high glam, elegant… whatever your style, really!
Ponytails also work beautifully with accessories, from pins and clips to veils and fresh flowers. And best of all, they’re comfortable to wear all day long. Take a look at these gorgeous ponytails created by the Make Me Bridal Hair & Makeup Artists and be inspired!
This beautifully feminine look features soft beachy ringlets beautifully wrapped and statement large pin pearls. Ask your stylist to add texture spray to create extra volume and texture for those casual curls but keep the crown smooth and flyaway-free.
A high ponytail is a great option, especially with an off-the-shoulder or backless gown. This voluminous high pony was perfectly finished off with a sparkly headpiece and statement drop earrings.
This ponytail is cool French-girl chic all over. An ethereal loose, low pony, face framing strands, subtle volume at the crown and the ultimate feminine accessory – a satin ribbon.
This low, loose ponytail with plenty of volume and curl is the epitome of effortless glamour. Placed at the nape of the neck, it also works perfectly with the v-back of the bride’s lace dress. An ornate headband perfectly elevates and finishes off this curly ponytail.
This is a beautifully refined style that would amazing on any bride. It’s a great option for brides with fine hair. Part the front in a middle or leave a few face-framing tendrils, add a simple twist wrap of the ponytail, and end with S-shaped Hollywood waves, and you’ve gone from everyday chic to red carpet.
Braids, twists, and curls… oh my! This tousled mid-high ponytail with an incorporated braid is a boho bride’s dream. Lots of volume at the crown, a braid wrap detail, and a couple of pulled-out pieces make it both casual and chic.
Beautiful doesn’t have to be complicated. This unfussy low and easy ponytail is still stylish and elevated enough for bridal, especially when combined with a crown or veil.
For a modern, chic look that really stands out, opt for a bubble ponytail. The pearl headband adds a celestial feel and the sleekness means the style doesn’t take away from the detail of the dress.
Chic twists make this ponytail so pretty and feminine. Twists are a great way to add texture to a ponytail without being overly fussy and they work as a beautiful alternative to the braid, They’re also a good way to keep hair in place without lots of pins that can leave you with a headache at the end of the day.
Cliip-in extensions are a good way to add volume to a bridal ponytail but if your natural hair is fine, you can also opt for less volume. This pretty ponytail has the perfect amount of texture. The romantic twist braid combined with crystal pins make for a classic but soft look.
Styling and Accessorising the Bridal Ponytail
All hail the power of the pony! This effortlessly chic style has gone from everyday standard to high fashion to red carpet, and now to the aisle. But if you’re worried that the humble ponytail is too simple for your wedding day look, think again! This isn’t the pull-up-and-go do you might rock at the gym or for a trip to Tesco’s!
In fact, there are many ways to elevate the ponytail, from sleek, shiny styles to intricate twists and sparkly accessories.
If you want extra volume, try teasing your hair at the crown before pulling it back into a ponytail. For a more relaxed look, consider loose waves or a loose braid. Small braids can also be incorporated into the ponytail for a unique touch.
A half-updo with a ponytail is another option, which can be achieved by pulling back the top section of your hair and securing it with a hair tie before creating the ponytail.
A high ponytail is a great way to show off a beautiful back detail on your dress. This romantic swept-up ponytail with loose curls is fresh and modern and you don’t need long hair or extensions to achieve it.
This is effortless chic all over. Twisted hair detailing leads into soft, flowing waves for a look that’s the perfect combination of a sleek ponytail and a textured braid.
Everything about this look is stylish and sexy! Subtle volume up top, a bold smoky eye, and bombshell waves bring retro flair to this ponytail, which beautifully highlights the back detail.
The look is shiny and sleek, the epitome of minimalist chic. A bouncy wave adds a touch of a cheerleader vibe.
Accessorising the Bridal Ponytail
Accessories can add an extra touch of glamour to your bridal ponytail. Hair extensions or a ponytail extensions can be used for short or fine hair. A texture spray can also be used to add a bit of texture to your hair. Hair colour can also be used to enhance your hairstyle.
For accessories, consider a floral crown, pearl pins, statement earrings, a crystal headband, a pretty ribbon, or a wedding veil. These accessories can help to create a modern, minimalist, or casual bridal style.
A ponytail is a great starting point for bridal accessories, from pins and clips to sparkly headbands. Here a low ponytail with soft waves is paired with pearls for some old-school glamour.
There’s so much gorgeous texture going on here, from the fauxhawk braid to the ultra-low pony that gathers right at the nape of the neck, to the teased out curls, and the sparkly hair vine. One for the high-fashion bride!
Bridal Ponytail for Different Brides
The bridal ponytail is a perfect choice for a low maintenance, bad hair day, or a great way to add some elegance to your wedding day look. It is a timeless look that can be adapted to suit any bride.
Add some fresh flowers or a piece of hair to the top or back of your head for a more glamorous look. Additional twists can also be added for a more intricate hairstyle. Consider your facial features and choose the perfect foundation for your bridal ponytail.
If you love a bit of a boho twist detail opt for a soft, natural look like this one. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding! Using a piece of hair to wrap around instead of a visible hair tie further elevates the look.
Instead of a sleek ponytail, opt for a loose, windblown look that feels natural but stylish. Loose waves are swept into a low ponytail with wispy strands left to frame the face.
Want to add extra volume and length to your bridal ponytail? Clip in extensions are a great option and done correctly by a professional hair stylist, will look totally natural!
Final Touches on Bridal Ponytails
When styling your bridal ponytail, it is important to ensure that it is secure and will not come undone during your special day. Use bobby pins or hair ties to secure any loose strands. If you are unsure about how to style your ponytail, consider consulting a bridal hairstylist near you who can help you create the perfect look for your wedding day.
Related: If you enjoyed reading this, you may want to check out our article on Half Up Half Down Wedding Hair!