7 Classic Nail Polishes to Rock on Your Wedding Day

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From photos of you holding your bouquet and cutting the cake to shots of wearing your wedding ring for the first time, your hands can be one of the most photographed body parts of your wedding day. And with all of that attention, you'll want to be sure those digits look great in the photos you're going to look back on for years to come.

Regardless of your wedding theme or color scheme, a classically hued manicure is never at risk of clashing. Opting for a more neutral tone or a classic pop of red for your nails is timeless, and it's the perfect way to complement your bridal style.

From subtle pinks and nudes to glossy and matte, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tried-and-true hues and polishes for manicure inspiration. Whether you're looking for the perfect shade for red wedding nails or a great nail color to pair with an ivory dress, read on for classic nail polish ideas to make sure you're prepped for the big day.

Ballet Slippers by Essie

Ballet Slippers Essie nail polish

A cult favorite amongst Essie nail polish enthusiasts, Ballet Slippers is a beautiful pale pink with a semi-sheer finish. For full coverage, consider two or three coats, or, if you prefer a more natural look, just one will do. Either way, this neutral pale tone is the perfect feminine option to match any palette.

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Sugar Dune by Tom Ford

Sugar Dune nail polish by Tom Ford
Tom Ford

For a subtle tint that still looks classic and cool, Tom Ford’s Sugar Dune is a perfect fit. High-coverage pigment and high shine are two features of the collection, which will keep your manicure looking fresh and new.

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Le Vernis Pirate by Chanel

Le Vernis Red Nail Polish

Want to go bold? Kick things up a notch by embracing a bright red that's classic yet packs a vibrant punch. One of our favorites is Chanel’s Le Vernis Longwear in Pirate, with its glossy lacquered finish. There's no better shade than a feisty cherry-red to add a pretty pop of color to an otherwise white bridal ensemble.

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Brilliant High-Shine Top Coat by OPI

OPI Brilliant clear coat nail polish

If color isn’t your thing, don't force yourself to wear it down the aisle. You can still rock a healthy, well-maintained manicure thanks to OPI’s Brilliant High-Shine Top Coat. Gorgeously glossy and super shiny, this top coat is intended to seal and brighten a base coat, but it looks fabulous all on its own as well. Plus, by opting for a clear finish, you can leave the spotlight focused on your wedding ring.

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Single Ladies by Deborah Lippman

Deborah Lippman Single Ladies nail polish
Deborah Lippman

For a moody mani that adds a bit of personality to your look, a deep rich hue within the red family is the way to go, especially in the winter months. Deborah Lippman’s deep merlot-hued Single Ladies polish is the perfect winter wedding shade to pair with a gorgeous bold color palette.

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Tomoko Pixie Dust by Zoya

Zoya Sparkly Champagne nail polish

Add a little sparkle wherever you go with a polish that's ready to party. This sparkly (yet not overboard) polish features a beautiful champagne base, mixed with fine glitter. Paint all 10 of your digits with this color, or consider just applying it to your ring finger as an accent nail to showcase your engagement ring.

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Penny Talk by Essie

Essie metallic rose gold nail polish

Match your diamond's shine with a polish that reflects light with a stunning metallic finish. Penny Talk by Essie is a gorgeous rose gold with a mirrored metallic finish. Combining that futuristic shine with a classic hue is a foolproof way to achieve a modern mani that's still unmistakably bridal.

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