35 Wedding Ponytail Hairstyles That Are a Must-Try for Your Next Event

PSA: Ponytails aren’t just for the gym.
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Lauren Whalley
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Lauren Whalley
Fashion Editor, Beauty & Inclusivity
  • Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
  • Lauren studied public relations and advertising at the University of Central Florida.
Updated Aug 30, 2023

If you're on the lookout for a chic and versatile hairstyle for a wedding, a ponytail might just be your perfect match. Wedding ponytail hairstyles are not only trendy and practical, but they can also be elegant and sophisticated for any occasion: wedding showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners and more. Whether you're trying to channel your inner Ariana Grande or just want a wedding ponytail to help you beat the heat at an outdoor wedding, I've got you covered with some stunning wedding ponytail hairstyle ideas that are sure to turn heads.

35 Ponytail Hairstyles to Show Your Stylist

If there's one updo that will never go out of style, it's a wedding ponytail. Luckily, I've curated 35 gorgeous styles, from side ponytail hairstyles to high ponytails, to help you get inspired. I hope you've got your Pinterest board ready.

1. Textured Ponytail with Braided Detail

Textured ponytail with side braid wedding hairstyle
Photo: Vibrant Beauty with Coral

For a modern and trendy ponytail for a wedding, opt for a textured pony with a braided side detail. This style adds both volume and movement to your hair for boho realness.

2. Classic Ponytail with Pearl Hair Accessories

Wedding ponytail hairstyle with pearl accessories
Photo: Up Your Do

The classic ponytail is a timeless choice that exudes elegance and grace. Add a touch of modern sophistication by incorporating pearl pins into your wedding hair ponytail.

3. Voluminous High Ponytail

Voluminous high wedding ponytail
Photo: Theresa Mazza

We love a voluminous pony moment. By adding in some hair extensions, you'll give the illusion of more dimension and volume. The result? Endless glamour.

4. Bubble Ponytail

Bubble ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: The Beauty Bar

Equal parts stylish and playful, a bubble pony is a great and easy way to add visual interest as a bridesmaid or wedding guest.

5. Long Double-Braided Ponytail

Long double-braided wedding ponytail hairstyle
Photo: Styled by Heaven

Rapunzel could never! More is definitely more when it comes to this wedding ponytail hairstyle. Put your hair in a ponytail, then split it into two long, thick braids for a wow-worthy statement.

6. Relaxed Low Ponytail

Relaxed low ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Style OnSite

Low ponytail wedding hairstyles are always in style, especially for a relaxed boho or beach wedding. It's low maintenance and pretty without being too polished or stuffy.

7. Sleek High Ponytail

Sleek high ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Stephen Styles

It's giving Ariana Grande energy. A sleek ponytail for wedding events means you won't have to worry about hair falling in your face. It could work for a sultry bachelorette night out or a glamorous day-of wedding hairstyle.

8. Braided Low Ponytail

Braided low ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Sophia Bella

This romantic wedding ponytail is straight out of a fairytale. The details of the braid mixed with the low ponytail are absolutely enchanting. Don't forget to add some shine spray when styling for a little extra something.

9. Short Micro Ponytail

Short micro ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Shanti Dread

If you're looking for wedding hairstyles for black hair, try braiding your locks into a micro ponytail for a sophisticated look.

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10. Simple Ponytail with Curls

Simple curled ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Parlor Room Hair Co

It's a classic for a reason. When it comes to ponytail hairstyles for wedding guests, you can't go wrong with a simple pony with romantic curls. It just has that chic, effortless look that we can never get enough of.

11. Low Ponytail with Braids and Hair Pins

Low ponytail with pearl pins wedding hairstyle
Photo: Up Your Do

The perfect combo of boho and modern hair does, in fact, exist. The braid and textured low ponytail keep it bohemian, while the added pearl hair pins give this look a totally modern twist.

12. Tousled Ponytail

Touseled low ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Natalie Jean

Calling all hopeless romantics: you can never go wrong with a curled low ponytail wedding hairstyle—it's always stunning. Leave a few pieces out to shape your face for that effortless look.

13. Braided Ponytail with Fresh Flowers

Braided ponytail with fresh flowers wedding hairstyle
Photo: Molly Mullen Beauty

Rapunzel could never! Put a fresh twist on your wedding ponytail by adding fresh flowers throughout. You can easily recreate this look with baby's breath or even a floral vine.

14. Side-swept Fishtail Braid and High Ponytail

Side-swept fishtail braid high ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Marcella

This style would make such a glam bridesmaid ponytail, especially when you add in that side-swept fishtail. Leave them as is, or add a little sparkle with a hair comb.

15. Volumized Mini Ponytail with Braid

Volumized mini ponytail with braid wedding hairstyle
Photo: Kayla Davenport

Real talk: This may be one of the coolest wedding ponytail hairstyles I have ever seen. The micro pony, the braids, the volume—it's *chef's kiss*.

16. Dreadlock Ponytail

Dreadlock ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Kay Pro Styles

Curly hair is eye-catching enough on its own, but add dreadlocks and a pony, and you've hit a whole new level of cool when it comes to wedding ponytail hairstyles for black hair.

17. Twisted Low Ponytail with Hair Clip

Twisted low ponytail with hair clip wedding hairstyle
Photo: Katie Phelps

Adding twists to your ponytail is the perfect way to add texture and dimension. And if you love little sparkly details without being too over-the-top, just add in a dainty hair clip, and you're ready to go.

18. Medium-Length Ponytail with Waves

Medium-length ponytail with waves wedding hairstyle
Photo: Katerina

PSA: You don't need to have super long hair to rock a wedding ponytail. Case-in-point, this simple ponytail for medium length hair, complete with soft glam waves.

19. Curled Ponytail with Pearl Barette

Curled ponytail with pearl barette wedding hairstyle
Photo: Molly Mullen Beauty

I'll shout it from the rooftops: barettes are in! They are such an easy way to level up your 'do. Just take this bridal ponytail with a pearl barette that instantly gives off modern wedding vibes.

20. Glam Ponytail with Comb

Glam ponytail with floral comb wedding hairstyle
Photo: Up Your Do

Glam brides will get all the heart eyes for this fancy ponytail for their wedding. Finish off the look with a floral hair comb, like this one made of sparkly gems and pearls.

21. Low Ponytail with Allover Pearls

Low ponytail with pearls wedding hairstyle
Photo: I Do Hair by Kimberly May

When I tell you that I audibly gasped when I saw this low wedding ponytail! Pearls are one of the hottest bridal trends, so why not sprinkle them throughout your wedding hair for a playful yet modern look?

22. Naturally Curly Ponytail

Naturally curly ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Haley Harris Hair

Natural curls are always a vibe on their own, but put them up, and you have the voluminous, texturized ponytail of your dreams.

23. Short Ponytail with Bobby Pinned Bangs

Short ponytail with bobby-pinned bangs wedding hairstyle
Photo: Hairstyle Camp

While I love bangs, sometimes you just want them out of your face so you can focus on being present in the moment. Keep it short and simple with a ponytail and a few bobby pins for any loose tresses.

24. Curled Ponytail

Curled ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Hair Glam by Lia Marie

A simple curled ponytail works wonders for any summer or outdoor wedding, no matter your hair type. Doing so will keep it both glamorous and practical for any warmer temps you encounter.

25. Sleek Ponytail with Glam Curls

Sleek ponytail with glam curls wedding hairstyle
Photo: Molly Mullen Beauty

I love a glamorous, sleek ponytail for weddings because it's both simple and chic. The key is using a smoothing hair serum to keep it sleek and smooth all day (and night) long.

26. Ponytail with Long Hair Extensions

Ponytail with long hair extensions wedding hairstyle
Photo: Glams by Shadae

High ponytail wedding hair looks even better (and longer!) when you add in gorgeous extensions like this. I just can't get over how natural and beautiful this one looks.

27. Long Braided Ponytail

Long braided ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Coliee B. Hair

Keeping up with the long ponytail game, add an extra layer of glamour by braiding your pony all the way down. Whether you're a bridesmaid, the bride or a wedding guest, this look will be a total slay.

28. Short Mini Ponytail

Short textured ponytail
Photo: Chloe Brown

Where are my short-haired queens and kings? You can totally rock a mini ponytail too on the big day. Make it intentionally messy, and add texture spray for an edgy look.

29. Romantic Ponytail with Veil

Bridal ponytail with pearls and veil
Photo: I Do Hair by Kimberly May

Bridal ponytails and wedding veils just go together, and no one can change my mind. Hot Tip: Put your hair in a pony prior to styling for a bouncy finish.

30. Braided Fishtail Ponytail

Bridal braided fishtail ponytail
Photo: Bridal Braids by Brie

File this under beach wedding hair inspiration. This boho wedding ponytail is brought to life with a perfectly imperfect fishtail braid and a few intentionally loose tresses.

31. Wedding Ponytail with Gold Hair Accessory

Wedding ponytail with gold hair clip
Photo: Brianna Marie

This wedding ponytail hairstyle was made for the "it girl" bride. The effortless ponytail is locked in with a simple gold hair clip that gives total Sofia Richie vibes.

32. Sleek and Straight Ponytail

Sleek straight ponytail wedding hairstyle
Photo: Bloom Hair Studio

Yes, bestie, if you have straight hair, you can rock a ponytail too! If you have fine hair, keep the ponytail placement high to create the illusion of more volume.

33. Bubble Ponytail with Claw Clip

Bubble ponytail with claw clip wedding hairstyle
Photo: Amanda

Just when you think the Y2K-inspired bubble ponytail can't get any better, it does. Enter the claw clip. You can choose from so many designs out there, but something like this floral one will have you spring wedding-ready.

34. Simple Ponytail

Simple wedding ponytail hairstyle
Photo: Abby Smith

I'll be the first to say it: you don't need to overcomplicate a wedding ponytail hairstyle. Keep your 'do effortless by simply tying it back and adding a few soft curls.

35. Low Curly Ponytail

Classic wedding ponytail with curly hair
Photo: Haley Harris Hair

When styling your wedding ponytail, the last thing you want is for the actual ponytail itself to show. Take a cue from the above and simply wrap a piece of hair around the base, and Voila! It's totally hidden.

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