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18 Bridal Wedding Nail Designs for Brides

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Dress, venue, guest list, flowers, shoes, suits, bridesmaids and groomsmen; there are endless things to check off your to-do list before you say yes. So it’s understandable that your nails aren’t the first thing you think of. But trust us when we say your hands will get plenty of attention on your special day. You definitely don’t want to be taken aback in those close-ups of bouquets with unpolished, untended greenhouses. As a bride-to-be, we understand how busy you are and don’t have time to browse Pinterest pages and keep up with manicure trends. So we’ve done the work for you and put together this list of beautiful wedding nails for your special day.

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1. French wedding nails

Give classic French tips a modern makeover by replacing the standard white with a sleek silver top. The pink undercoat and shiny tip will complement your white gold ring and will show off beautifully in photos.

silver french tip resizing

2. Classic wedding nails

Classic French manicures are timeless and elegant. If your nails are healthy enough, you can even skip the base color. But, if you want a little more impact, a soft pink, nude or peach undercoat, with or without decorative details, will work beautifully with the white tip.

Classic wedding nails

3. Gorgeous wedding nail art

If you’re considering trying nail art, we suggest keeping it fairly minimal and not too overdone. You want your photos to be timeless, however, a few strategically placed diamonds, flowers or swirls can be truly stunning.

Gorgeous Wedding Nails

4. Ivory wedding nails

If you still want to be traditional but are looking for something a little more contemporary than a natural or French polish, ivory is a classic white alternative. Try this sophisticated ivory base coat with a touch of gold glitter.

ivory wedding nails

5. Red wedding nails

Red nail polish has always been a favorite among daring girls, so why not try it as a fashion-forward bride? This cheeky red heart design looks super cute in photos and is also a fun way to inject your personality into your manicure.

Red Heart Wedding Nails

6. Wedding Acrylic Nails

If you are looking to add strength and length to your claws on your special day, opt for acrylic nails. This will give you the opportunity to be a bit more experimental with the shape. You can try square, coffin, almond, oval or rounded nails.

Wedding Acrylic Nails

7. Blue wedding nails

Your chic mani can be your “something blue”. Just decide if you want something bold, like a dark navy blue, or a softer look, like this design from Tiffany.

blue wedding nails

8. 3D Wedding Nails

Why should your ring finger be the only one with bling? Dazzle your nails with a stunning 3D design for your special day.

3D wedding nails

9. Orange Wedding Nails

These pretty pale orange nails with Swarovski crystal nail art are fun and creative. Summer brides should try this design for a modern and youthful look.

Orange Wedding Nails

10. Ombre Wedding Nails

Enhance your simple manicure or classic French with a sophisticated ombre design. It’s a pretty and trendy take on a traditional bridal manicure and looks divine with a lace nail.

ombre wedding nails

11. Purple Wedding Nails

Purple is versatile and a classic in the world of wedding color combinations. It’s bold but still subtle and elegant. Try this trendy design with added purple glitter for a super trendy look.

purple wedding nails

12. Wedding Gel Nails

Gel manicures can be lifesavers for brides. The quick drying time and long-lasting, chip-free formula is almost a bigger dream come true than the wedding itself. Not to mention, you can have your manicure done a few days before the wedding knowing full well that your polish will look as fresh as the first day. For best results, we suggest getting a gel manicure a day or two before your wedding so the paint won’t lose its shine.

gel nails for weddings

13. Gold wedding nails

Want an extra touch of glamor on your special day? Go gold. It’s your wedding after all, so why not have a little more sparkle? You can even add glitter for a stunning effect.

14. Cute nails for a wedding

If you want to have a little fun with your nails on your wedding day, be our guest. Lots of fun inspiration, we love this pretty floral design. It’s chic and classic, modern and trendy, just what you need for your special day.

Cute Wedding Nails

15. Wedding Accent Nails

Having sparkly nails on your ring fingers is one way to make sure your ring stays in plain sight. Try subtle silver glitter to help your ring stand out, and keep the rest of your nails plain with soft pink or nude.

accent wedding nails

16. Natural Wedding Nails

Au natural nails can look elegant and effortless. Just make sure your nails are clean and tidy. File the tips so they are all the same length and shape, clean your cuticles and buff your nails. You can either go completely bare or apply a coat of clear polish to add some shine.

Natural Wedding Nails

17. DIY Wedding Nails

As a modern bride-to-be, you’re probably already a Pinterest and DIY enthusiast, so why not try an at-home manicure? It could be a fun night for you and your bridesmaids and help cut down on some wedding expenses. There are tons of tips, tricks, and how-to’s online, but we love this surprisingly simple lace design. Simply apply a clear base coat or a soft nude color, let it dry, find some spare lace and place it on your nails. Paint the lace with white polish, let it dry, add a clear top coat and you’re done. you have gorgeous wedding nails.

DIY wedding nails

18. Winter Wedding Nails

Are you getting married in winter? Try a pretty snowflake or speckled white glitter nail design for a gorgeous, seasonal style.

winter wedding nails

wedding nail designs

Last but not least, you don’t want to forget about your feet, especially if you’re wearing open-toed shoes. Getting your toes treated will make you feel and look healthier, and it’s a great way to prepare for that tropical honeymoon. Try to match your chosen nail design, minus some of the more extravagant embellishments for convenience. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your pedicure, though. Try something simple like white nails with a toe accented with small studs and white swirls.

toe nail wedding designs

FAQs

When should you get your nails done for your wedding?

There are so many things to remember before your wedding day, but one thing you absolutely must not forget to do is schedule a manicure appointment. Your nails are one of the focal points of your big day; after all, you’ll be exchanging a ring with your partner and holding a bouquet, so to make sure they don’t get chipped or sticky, you need to make an appointment about a day or two before.

What is the best nail color for a wedding?

From classic white and pastel pink to pretty nudes and bolder hues, your color choices for your wedding are endless. If you’re a more traditional bride, you might want to opt for soft or pastel colors such as white, nude, matte gold or pink. Modern brides, on the other hand, may prefer brighter, bolder hues like red, brown or purple. Or, if you’re feeling really edgy, you can always try a dark gray or black. Alternatively, if you are looking for something subtle yet creative, you can even opt for blue nails.

What kind of nails should I get for my wedding?

The type of nails you should get for your wedding day largely depends on your personal preferences. Some women prefer a simpler, more casual approach, opting to get a French manicure or paint their natural nails a pretty neutral shade. That said, artificial nails are a more popular option as they tend to be more durable, are less likely to chip, and can be shaped and styled to the perfect length. You can consider SNS manicure, powder nails, shellac gel or acrylic nails.

What color should the bride’s nails be?

The color a bride chooses for her nails should make her feel confident and beautiful. There is no right or wrong shade, and some brides go for the daring choice, choosing reds or browns, while others prefer a more classic approach with nude nails, candy pinks, pastel shades or a timeless French manicure. If you want something a little different, you can also opt for nail art; it can be subtle, like a few diamonds added to your talons, or make a statement by adding flecks of gold or even heart shapes.

Can you wear white nails to a wedding?

Traditional brides, or those who prefer a classic and timeless approach to nail polish, can opt for white nails. It’s a nice but simple choice. If you’re not the bride, you can still paint your nails white when attending a wedding. That said, it’s an absolute faux pas to wear a white outfit or any very light shade.

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