29 Wedding Nail Ideas for the Perfect Bridal Manicure

Wedding Nails

Photo by Melissa Milis

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.

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Soft Dove Grey

Soft Dove Grey

Photo by Tressa Wixom 

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 soft dove grey like the one above for a sweet and minimalist vibe, or a darker hue for a slightly edgier feel.

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Negative Space Manicure

Negative Space Manicure

Nails by Cassandre Banel of @cassmariebeauty 

With a shimmery strip of gold beneath a creamy nude polish, this mani utilizes the negative space on the nail and is understatedly glamorous.

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Something Blue Blooms

Something Blue Blooms

Nails by Hang Nguyen of @thehangedit 

Didn’t think your “something blue” could be your nails, did ya? A manicure that incorporates the shade can be a fun spin on the tradition.

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Petite Hearts

Petite Hearts

Photo by Glen Allsop for Christian Oth Studio 

We ‘heart’ this adorable mani! The pair of tiny hearts adorning this bride’s otherwise lowkey manicure is such a sweet surprise. You can purchase a sheet of nail decals to accomplish the look yourself, or visit a nail artist who can free-hand the design and bring your vision to life.

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A Metallic Mani

A Metallic Mani

Photo by Orange Photographie

Go for glam with a metallic manicure in gorgeous gold. We recommend matching the metal of your engagement and wedding ring to prevent the colors from clashing.

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Luxe Lace

Luxe Lace

Nails by Frances Liang of @purplenailbox 

Why not play up the lace on your wedding dress by mimicking the design on an accent nail or two? Take along a close up shot of your frock’s lace when you visit your manicurist so they can exactly match the intricacies.

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Contrasting Nail Art

Contrasting Nail Art

Nails by Cassandre Banel of @cassmariebeauty

Whoever said that brides can’t wear black? A dramatic black polish is oh-so-chic, especially when paired with contrasting nude nail art.

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Classic Wedding White

Classic Wedding White

Photo by Joseph Rogero

Nothing says bridal quite like that classic wedding white hue. To keep white nail polish from looking streaky, start with a ridge-filling base coat and then be sure to allow each color coat to dry completely before you spread on the next.

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A Fresh French

A Fresh Frenchie

Nails by Hang Nguyen of @thehangedit

For a fresh take on the traditional French manicure, check out this topsy-turvy manicure. The French tips are boldly painted on at a curved slant.

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Pearl Accents

Pearl Accents

Nails by Hang Nguyen of @thehangedit 

If your wedding dress or jewelry features pearl accents, why not play up those darling details on your nails? You can go all out with a plethora of pearls like on the mani seen here, or just apply one or two to an accent nail.

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Bridal Blush

Bridal Blush

Photo by Rossini Photography 

Not into nude? A feminine light pink polish offers just the softest pop of color.

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Peekaboo Neutrals

Peekaboo Neutrals

Nails by Lauren Yavor of @laurenslist 

Can’t choose just one neutral hue? There’s no need to limit yourself! Use a couple of favorites in a nail art design similar to this one that features creams and nudes peeking out just so.

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Marbled Manicure

Marbled Manicure

Nails by Diana Nguyen of @ricekittynails

How opulent is this marbled manicure? With black and white polishes, the palette is kept muted, yet the nail art itself is anything but boring.

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Geometric Lines

Geometric Lines

Nails by Hang Nguyen of @thehangedit

Don’t be a square! Dare to have fun with your wedding nail art. Try clean geometric lines for a modern, minimalist look.

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Edgy Embellishments

Edgy Embellishments

Photo by Jaicee Morgan

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 edgy embellishments seen on this bride’s almond-shaped nude nails.

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Shine On

Shine On

Nails by Cassandre Banel of @cassmariebeauty 

Shine bright like a diamond! Lightly brush a glitter topcoat over nude nails. Feel free to experiment with different sizes and shapes of glitter, from small flecks to larger metallic confetti. 

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Naked Nails

Naked Nails

Photo by Grace Aston Photography

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!

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An Opulent Outline

An Opulent Outline

Nails by Hang Nguyen of @thehangedit 

Afraid that an opaque coat of glittery nail polish will take away from the rest of your bridal ensemble? Then try a linear glitter design like this that’ll allow you to play up the elegant shape of your nails with some subtle shine.

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Clean and Creamy Nude

Clean and Creamy Nude

Photo by Rosewood Wedding Photos; Flowers by The Weekend Florist; Ring by Emily Gill Jewellery

For nails that go with everything and anything—from blush-hued wedding dresses to gemstone engagement rings—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 creme formula for optimum shine and smoothness.

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Gold Foil Detailing

Gold Foil Detailing

Nails by Diana Nguyen of @ricekittynails 

Want to add some oomph to a bridal mani? Painting on bits of gold foil can instantly add some magic. You can keep it on the subtle side by limiting the glitz to just your ring fingers as you see here.

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A Chevron Design

A Chevron Design

Photo by Hartman Outdoor Photography

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.

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Gold French Manicure

Gold French Manicure

Nails by Jessica Washick 

Give the old French manicure the Midas touch by replacing the standard white polish with a swipe of glittering gold. We love this party-ready look for a ballroom reception or even a New Year Eve’s wedding.

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Dainty Dots

Danity Dots

Photo by Melissa Milis 

Look closely and you’ll spot the daintiest dots of gold adorning this bride’s nails. It’s the perfect way to instantly elevate a neutral manicure and subtly call attention to these sparkling gold rings.

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An Inky Inverted French Manicure

An Inky Inverted French Manicure

Nails by Lauren Yavor of @laurenslist

A dark and daring spin on the inverted French manicure, this iteration uses jet-black and gold polishes, resulting in all the edgy-glamorous vibes. It’s perfect for an unconventional bride who doesn’t play the traditional wedding style rules.

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Stunning Silver

Stunning Silver

Photo by Jeff Brummett Visuals

Showcase a silver engagement ring with a similarly stunning silver manicure. This bride included a wash of glitter on hers to really catch the light.

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A Gilded Grid

A Gilded Grid

Nails by Diana Nguyen of @ricekittynails 

This gridded manicure is minimalist yet unexpected. The addition of gilded gold foil adds just the right amount of glamour. 

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Romantic Red

Romantic Red

Photo by Vic Bonvicini Photography 

Bold brides, this one is for you. Look to saturated red hues, from fiery scarlet to deep burgundy, for a romantic feel. Just find the shade that suits the look of your bridal ensemble and wedding theme and season.

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Springtime Florals

Springtime Florals

Nails by Nicole Fernando of @nails_by_nicki

Having a springtime soirée? Feminine florals, when painted on a nude base, are a delicate way to play with nail art and are perfect for the season. Try incorporating the types of flowers in your bouquet in your manicure to make it extra special.

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Neutral Ombré

Neutral Ombré

Nails by Diana Nguyen of @ricekittynails

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.

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