12 Not-So-Basic Neutral Nails for Your Big Day

There’s nothing mundane about these manis

Updated 08/08/17

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Over the past few years wedding manis have gotten a major makeover. Trends like “something blue,” metallic foil and rose quartz-inspired are taking the bridal world by storm. And while we love statement-making manicures, not all brides want something so bold on their big day. And that’s totally fine! You don’t have to go all out with glitter and embellishments to give your talons the royal, err wedding treatment.

Neutral hues more your style? That doesn't mean you have to limit yourself to a solid color. Enhance your digits with some designs. Stick with soft shades—like fawn, sand and white—for an understated effect. It’s a fresh way to have some fun with your fingertips without going overboard.

Ready to go au naturale? From ombre to star-studded, these manis prove that neutral is anything but boring.

Half moon

Perfect for the modern minimalist. A white half moon is an elegant way to elevate a plain polish job.

Ombre French

A French manicure is a bridal classic for a reason. For a fresh take, try a subtle ombre effect.


Planning to get married at an epic desert venue? Add some Southwestern flair to your fingers with cacti and leaf motifs.

Lovely Lace

Refined femininity. These ballerina-esque digits come together with a coquettish sandy-blush base and intricate lace details.

Seeing Stars

This celestial design has us seeing stars. Want to amp up the cosmic charm? Don a galactic gown. Or top your tête with a heavenly hair accessory for a look that’s, quite literally, out of this world.


Trade neons for neutrals, and tribal patterns can totally take you from spring festivals to summer weddings.

Slim Stripes

Ready to step up your nail game? These ultra-thin stripes are sheer perfection.

Pretty Polkadots

This darling dotticure—topped with a trio of polka dots—is downright adorable.


Contemporary brides will love this ultra chic geometric design. Looking to extend the mod aesthetic to your strands? Try a sleek pony.

Gorgeous Gradient

How gorgeous is this Game of Thrones-inspired gradient? It rules all year round...even when winter is coming.

Spirit Fingers

Your special day deserves some sparkle. This mani delivers just that (sans glitter) with white polish.


White waves turn naked nails into wedding-worthy talons. Consider this abstract approach for a coastal ceremony.

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