Come your wedding day, all eyes are going to be on your hands. Between the signing of the marriage certificate, the detailed shots your photographer will be snapping, and everyone demanding to see your new wedding ring, your hands are about to get serious time in the spotlight. So what’s a bride to do? Well, make sure she’s rocking a showstopping mani, of course!
You'd think that after choosing a wedding dress, shoes, and a hairstyle selecting a shade of nail polish for the big day would be easy—but it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of options. That’s why we’ve brought you the best of the best.
From classic bridal neutrals to bolder hues and nail art, browse our favorite wedding nail ideas below.
Soft Dove Grey
Neutral nail polishes aren’t limited to shades of nude. Grey is often an overlooked neutral that feels wholly modern (and just a bit moody)—but without ever daring to overpower your look. Choose a gentle dove grey like the one above for a sweet and minimalist vibe, or a darker hue for a slightly edgier feel.
A Fresh French
Nothing says classic quite like a French mani, but don't think you're obligated to stick with the customary style if it doesn't speak to you. For a fresh take on the traditional French manicure, play with the the color of the tip or try curving and elongating the shape of it into a design.
Wedding dresses aren’t the only things you can embellish. Add studs and gemstones to nails for an extra bit of sparkle and texture. We especially love the sweet embellishments seen on this bride’s accent nails.
If you rock naked nails on every other day of the week and love the look, know that nail polish isn’t a requirement for being a bride. Treat yourself to having your nails shaped and buffed by a professional manicurist, brush on a clear coat just for a bit of extra shine, and then hit that aisle!
Clean and Creamy Nude
For nails that go with everything and anything—from multi-colored wedding ensembles to layers of jewelry—choose a nude nail polish that closely matches your own skin tone.
Don’t be afraid to test out a few different shades in the weeks ahead of your wedding, and we recommend a cream formula for optimum shine and smoothness.
A Chevron Design
For some subtle yet striking nail art, look to a modern chevron design. To achieve the look yourself, first, paint your nails with whatever lighter shade you’ve selected and allow to dry completely. Then, place the pointed edge of a piece of tape at the base of the nail with the point facing upwards and resting in the middle of the nail. Paint nails with the darker shade and then carefully remove the tape before drying.
Look closely and you’ll spot the daintiest dots adorning this bride’s nails. It’s the perfect way to instantly elevate a neutral manicure and subtly call attention to those sparkling rings you'll be putting on.
Looking to liven up a neutral nail? Try an ombré design with a selection of soft shades. The technique is easy enough to accomplish on your own with a bit of pre-wedding-day practice: First, apply your lightest shade of polish to each nail and let dry. Then, paint parallel stripes of each of your other colors on a wedged makeup sponge, allowing them to slightly overlap. Lightly tap the sponge onto your nails, reapplying the colors to the sponge as needed. Finally, clean up the edges with a Q-tip dipped in polish remover.