10 Wedding Nail Ideas for the Girl Who Would Never Wear French Tips

Show off your cool-girl bridal style from head to fingertips

Updated 05/08/18

Photo by Michelle Scott Photography

There are two types of manicure junkies in the world: Those who have been requesting French tips since their very first set of acrylics, and the ones who are constantly on the hunt for the newest nail-art trend. If you consider yourself the latter, chances are you’ve been planning your bridal manicure since the day you got engaged.

While the classic French tip would be the perfect wedding-day throwback, you deserve something fresh and totally special. But when you’ve made the mistake of drowning yourself in endless inspiration, how does one even choose the best style to say “I do” to?

To make finding the one a tiny bit easier, we rounded up 10 nail art looks for you, the girl that refuses to wed in a set of been-there-done-that French tips.

There will be flowers everywhere on your wedding day. Why not add them to your manicure, too? Dried mini flowers lacquered on top of a nude nail is just as romantic as it is a serious masterpiece.

You can never shine too bright on your wedding day. This metallic mani is the perfect complement to that rock on your finger.

Every part of you will be dressed up on your wedding day. Why not make your cuticles look just as fancy?

If you can’t decide between a clean, classic mani or going all out with an eye-catching pattern, strike a balance with a tonal design. Matte nude on shiny nude looks au naturale without being a complete snooze fest.

Your relationship was clearly written in the stars. This cosmic nail art look is a romantic gesture without being too obnoxious.

Planning on wearing lace from head to fingertips? Take a close-up photo of your lace dress to your nail technician for a custom design that’s made for pairing with your gown. Can you think of a better match?

You have your something old, something new, and something borrowed. Now look no further for your something blue.

For a sophisticated (and totally out-of-the-box) approach to your bridal mani, opt for abstract shapes in wedding white paired with a neutral shade.

Proof you can wear a full-on pattern in high-contrast shades, while also having it feel wedding appropriate. Try a black micro polkadot over a super light pink polish for a modern and surprisingly understated manicure.

We’re obsessed with this white floral pattern and rose gold accents. Whether you’re having a beach wedding or a traditional ceremony in a grand cathedral, this versatile mani is the perfect addition to any bridal style.

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