The best part of being a bride is that you get to call the shots. Want to rock a colorful gown or a mermaid crown? Go for it! Glossy lids? That’s up to you. Purple lip? Totally your prerogative. And when it comes to your mani, the same rules—or, shall we say, lack there of—apply.
For brides looking to eschew tradition (AKA ditch predictable pink polish) there’s no shortage of creative talons to try. From star-studded and negative space to gradient and color-blocked, fierce fingertips are within reach.
And while we’re certainly not dismissing bold digits, this season we’re swooning over a far more classic color combo, but with a decidedly modern edge. We’re calling it: Black and white is officially the new era of bridal manicures. This dynamic duo delivers maximum contrast and major visual interest.
Scroll on for 10 impeccable polish jobs we love more than black-and-white cookies (and that’s saying something).
For the love of lines. This mani is majorly minimal in all the right ways.
You won’t have any trouble saying “I do” to these negative space nails.
Proof that a pair of black and white polishes can create a range of dazzling designs.
Clean lines, negative space and contrasting colors (black, white and bare) makes for one mesmerizing manicure. And can we talk about the ring?
Travel to the dark side with onyx tips...and then come into the light with inverted white triangles.
Planning Halloween-themed nuptials? If a jet black polish job feels a bit too goth, break up the darkness with white square accents.
Dainty, gold pyramids and dots add a dose of glamour to this minimally minded mani, without going overboard.
These dainty stripes bridge the gap between edgy and understated. This is a look that both your grandma and your rock-loving MOH will love.
Imagine a half moon design. Now flip it, give it some geometric edge and double it. And voila, you’ve got these tuxedo-inspired talons.
If diamonds are a girl’s BFF, these gemstone-inspired digits—created using Essie Blanc and Tenoverten Bond—are a close second, err third, after your maid of honor, of course. ("Blanc" white nail lacquer, $9, Essie; "Bond" opaque jet black nail lacquer, $18, Tenoverten)