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Wedding Nail Inspiration That’s Not All About Nude

We’ve found all the bridal manicure inspiration you’ll need for the nicest wedding nails on your big day, so you don’t have to (you’re welcome).

05 Oct 2018

From minimal block colours and nail art to matte finishes and glitter, your wedding nails can be whatever you want on your big day. Match them to your theme, destination, season or dress. Or go bold and make them a statement all on their own. See below for just some of our favourite wedding nail ideas and shades.

Something Blue

Stuck for something blue to complete the traditional rhyme? Pick your favourite blue hue!

Try: Regents Place, £15, Nails inc

Bridal white (with a twist)

White nails are a chic option for modern and minimal brides. But they’re also a great base for some subtle, nail art, too. These pretty feature nails are perfect for brides with a little lace in their dress, or who want to add a touch of femininity to their look.

Try: Essie Blanc, £7.99,

Heavy Metal

Metallics are a great option for brides, and not just for Christmas! A silver or gold looks just as good glistening in summer, as it does in the festive months.
Try: Dazzling Lights, £19.50, Yves Saint Laurent

Cute & Classic

If you do want classic nude for your wedding nails, then OPI’s ‘Coney Island Cotton Candy’ shade is a perfect choice as it looks gorgeous on all skin tones.
Try: Coney Island Cotton Candy, £13.50, OPI

The Colour of Love

Passionate red is a great choice for wedding nails. Choose popping pillar-box shades or deep cherry tones that look great any time of the year – as well as on your honeymoon!
Try: Christian Louboutin Jazzy Doll, £38, Harrods

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Feature Nail

Want to keep your mani simple but with a little something extra for your big day? Go for a feature nail on your ring finger – a cool touch for modern brides.
Try: Barry M Paradise, £4.49, Boots

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Matte White

For bohemian brides, matte nails in white are the perfect option for you and your stacks of jewellery! Matte white nails will look striking, whether you’re having a beachfront, barn or city ceremony. Nailberry have some high pigmented shades that are vegan and cruelty free – plus the bottles are ideal for that wedding flatlay.
Try: Nailberry matte top coat, £17,

Fancy Floral

Looking for something a bit more special than your usual mani for your wedding nails? Then some floral design nail art is for you! We love these delicate designs by Jess Young at WAH London. Again, you could also try incorporating colour into your nail art as your something blue.

Try: WAH London baby pink nail art pen, £7, Boots

Dark Side

Dark colours can look seriously chic for your wedding nails. Shiny black, or deep navy and berry tones that compliment your grooms outfit or your flowers, are the perfect choice for rock n’ roll or bohemian brides.

Try: Black Taxi, £15, Nails inc at

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Half Moons

One of the greatest nail art trends ever created. Fact. Not only because they look great, but if you’re opting for gels, the grow-out isn’t as obvious. Half-moons for the honeymoon win!
Try: Tease, £11, Jessica at John Lewis & Partners


A really elegant and subtle trend that works so well for brides and bridesmaids is Ombre. Pick your favourite colour to go over white for a wedding nail look with a difference.
Try: Nars Amarapura, £10.50, Liberty London


Add a tiny bit of nail art to your perfect nude nails by getting a trio of dots. Stylish and modern, the dots look great in black, white or metallic colours. Try on one feature nail – or go for the lot!
Try: WAH London Your Love is One, £9, Boots


Long shiny nails will look good whichever colours you choose. This peachy Essie shade is ideal for spring or summertime brides.
Try: Essie Tart Deco Coral, £7.99, Boots


If plain nails aren’t an option for you on your wedding day, you’ll love the high fashion nail inspiration from WAH London who are a favourite among celebs and influencers alike.
Try: Jessica diamond loose glitter, £7.95,

Shooting Stars

If you love a touch of sparkle (and who doesn’t?), then a subtle glitter mani, complete with teeny-tiny stars, is a cute alternative idea for your wedding day nails.
Try: Smith & Cult Glass Souls, £19, NET-A-PORTER

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Pretty in Pink

When you find the right pinky shade – never let it go! Essie’s ‘Pinked To Perfection’ is the suits-all pinky colour, perfect for all brides.
Try: Essie pinked to Perfection, £11.95, link url=""][/link]

Heart Tips

For the romantics out there, we love these heart nails that put a bolder twist on a classic pink nail.
Try: Rouge Essential, £22, Chanel


Another great alternative option for those wanting to have a little more fun with their wedding nails, is a pearly looking finish. We recommend OPI’s Kyoto Pearl, it could possibly be the best bridal colour out there. Add white pearl-like dots for an extra touch of luxe.
Try: OPI Kyoto Pearl, £7.90,

Negative Space

For more of a modern look, add in negative space triangles at the cuticle end of the nail. This is a cool alternative to half moons.
Try: Dubai Calling, £8.95, Lena