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25 Ideas for Your Wedding-Day Nails

Nude nail polish and classic French manicures are popular nail looks for brides, but what if plain nails aren’t really your thing? Nail art is just the thing to elevate your manicure. You do not need to stray too far from the classic looks if you don’t want to; simply switching up the colors of your French manicure can do the trick. Similarly, a bit of glitter or embellishment will draw even more attention to your ring and make your close-up wedding photos even more striking. Get some inspiration for your bridal manicure with these gorgeous nail art ideas.

By: Heather Cichowski

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  • Bride and Groom Accent Nails

    Bride and Groom Accent Nails

    Instead of bride and groom cake toppers, try a themed manicure. The standard French manicure gets a sweet upgrade with a mini wedding gown and tux on two different nails.

  • Heart Accent Nail

    Heart Accent Nail

    Forget about putting your heart on your sleeve — put it on your nail instead. A red heart accent nail adds a romantic touch to a plain ivory manicure. 

  • Silver Accent Nails and Sparkles

    Silver Accent Nails and Sparkles

    Make your ring fingers stand out by contrasting a traditional French manicure with shimmery silver accent nails. Tie the look together by adding a single piece of glitter to the moons of your other nails.

  • Falling Gold Glitter Tips

    Falling Gold Glitter Tips

    Switch up your French manicure by using a gold glitter nail polish on your tips. Instead of a straight line of glitter, try a falling effect for a more romantic look. 

  • Embellished Ring Fingers

    Embellished Ring Fingers

    Draw a bit more attention to your ring fingers with an asymmetrical, diamante-encrusted design on the perimeter of your nails. It adds a touch of sparkle to your usual French manicure. 

    Photo Credit: Memoire Studio

  • Diamante Moons

    Diamante Moons

    A fine glitter top coat will add some shine to a neutral polish. If you still want more of a statement, add a single diamante to the moon of each nail. 

  • Red and White Moons

    Red and White Moons

    Red nail polish is a timeless choice, but it's more unexpected than a neutral polish. Contrast a red base with white moons for a fun retro vibe.

  • “I Do” Ring Finger

    “I Do” Ring Finger

    Let your manicure do all of the talking by writing “I do” on your left ring finger nail. 

    Photo Credit: Everly Studios

  • Blue Nails and Bows

    Blue Nails and Bows

    Make your “something blue” your nails by choosing a pale blue polish. For more of a special touch, contrast the pastel manicure with angled black bow tie designs.

  • Lace Effect Nails

    Lace Effect Nails

    Coordinate your nails with the lace on your bouquet with an intricate design. It’s an understated look that will be beautiful in close-up shots. 

    Photo Credit: Eric Vest Photography

  • Embellished Nails

    Embellished Nails

    Dress up an ivory manicure with diamantes. Choose different designs on each nail for a more dynamic look. 

  • Snowflake Nails

    Snowflake Nails

    Celebrate a winter wedding with snowflake nail art. A sparkly silver top coat on a natural nail is the perfect base for snowflake designs.

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography

  • Embellished French Manicure

    Embellished French Manicure

    Make a French manicure feel more special with some diamante embellishment. Add a single gem to each nail, then add a strip to your ring finger to highlight your rock.

    Photo Credit: Eric Vest Photography

  • Pink Manicure With Sparkly Silver Accent Nails

    Pink Manicure With Sparkly Silver Accent Nails

    Ensure that your ring fingers are the center of attention by painting them with an opaque layer of silver glitter. Keep the rest of your digitals simple with pink nail polish.

  • Floral French Manicure

    Floral French Manicure

    Add a whimsical touch to your French manicure with a monochromatic floral design. For more shine, choose diamantes as the centers of the flowers. 

    Photo Credit: MNM Photo Art

  • Pink Manicure With Glitter Moons

    Pink Manicure With Glitter Moons

    Trade your nude nail polish for a soft pink one. Complete the look with a dusting of silver glitter on the moons of your nails. 

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography

  • Stripes and Heart Accent Nail

    Stripes and Heart Accent Nail

    Contrast your pearl-colored nail polish with metallic silver stripes on one accent nail; then work in your “something blue” with a tiny blue heart.

  • Gold Glitter Tips

    Gold Glitter Tips

    Swap the white tips of a French manicure for gold glitter. Wear your nails longer to properly show the look off. 

    Photo Credit: Brilliant Imagery

  • Red and Silver Nail Art

    Red and Silver Nail Art

    Tie your look together by coordinating your manicure with the colors of your bouquet. Try a double French manicure and contrasting ring finger nails with lashings of glitter. 

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography

  • Silver Glitter Tips French Manicure

    Silver Glitter Tips French Manicure

    Silver and ivory is a luxurious color combination. Try it in a modern French manicure by using chunky silver glitter for the tips on an ivory base.

  • Peach Nails and Glitter Ring Fingers

    Peach Nails and Glitter Ring Fingers

    A peach nail polish will add warmth to the majority of skin tones, while a falling layer of glitter on your ring fingers will create just the right amount of sparkle. 

    Photo Credit: Popography

  • Silver Stripe French Manicure

    Silver Stripe French Manicure

    Add a little extra something to your French manicure with a slash of silver polish in between your usual white tips and pink base. 

  • Heart and College Nail Art

    Heart and College Nail Art

    Are you marrying your high school or college sweetheart? Give a nod to where you first met with the logo of your team. Don’t forget the heart.

  • Red Nails With Glitter

    Red Nails With Glitter

    Make your nails shine like your ring with a confetti-like top coat over a classic red nail polish.

    Photo Credit: Brilliant Imagery

  • Blue Manicure With Sparkly Silver Accent Nails

    Blue Manicure With Sparkly Silver Accent Nails

    Make your “something blue” manicure more striking with two different silver glitter accent nails.

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography

25 Ideas for Your Wedding-Day Nails

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