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.
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, Feelunique.com
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
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
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, Indulgebeauty.com
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 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 LookFantastic.com
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, Nailpolishdirect.co.uk
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
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.
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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, Justmylook.com
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