A French manicure might be a bridal classic and many brides will opt for a tradtional bridal manicure, but the latest trends in bridal nails is to have a lot more fun with wedding nail art. If you’re looking for original wedding nails, consider anything from glitter and gems to stamps and bespoke designs. Whether you’re looking for something blue, some flower power or a jewelled finish, we’ve found some gorgeous wedding nail designs to inspire you.
Get Creative with Your Bridal Manicure
If you’ve got an artistic streak (or know someone who has), drawing freehand creates an original work of art. This flower and love design from The Nailasaurus blogger Sammy is drawn on a base of Barry M White.
Jewelled Wedding Nails
Diamonds and duck egg blue – this screams “wedding” to anyone who’s ever browsed Tiffany for rings. But the simple and eye-catching trio of rhinestones from Bridget at A Painted Nail blog could work with any colour to add some elegant embellishment. The gems are from Born Pretty over Takko Lacquer in Curiouser & Curiouser.
Lace Effect Wedding Nails
Why not imitate the lace in your dress or veil? Play around with nail stamps and white polish on top of a nude shade to get a lacy effect on your fingers, like this creation from A Little Polish blogger Stephanie.
Floral Wedding Nails
Be inspired by your bouquet and look for a wedding nail design that’s fabulously floral – roses might be traditional but this cherry blossom design from Paulina’s Passions blog is incredibly pretty. Using eight different polishes, it’s definitely one for a very special occasion.
Heart Your Nail Design
Using stamps is ideal for creating your own perfect finish. “It’s quick, relatively easy – although requires practice – and you can completely customise your look,” says Tracy from the Olivia Jade Nails blog, “and they aren’t a one-time use item like decals or nail wraps.” This design uses a Winstonia heart stamp and Konad Special Polish in White over three graduated shades of pink from China Glaze.
Spell It Out
If you’re not keen on drawing freehand, wraps are a great way to dress up your nails, including letter options – give it a bit of a twist with Scrabble style wraps, which you apply over the top of your colour like this version from One Nail to Rule Them All, over Butter London’s Cuppa.
Glittery Wedding Nails
Adding some glitter needn’t mean your nails sparkle more than your wedding ring – mix in subtle silver flecks to glam-up a single colour or a flower pattern, like this creation from The Little Canvas blogger, Alaina using Sail La Vie by Sinful Colors.
Go Dotty with Your Wedding Nails
If you’re wary about using nail art, try a simple twist on classic red with polka dot wedding nails. And Caroline Shropshire of Nails, Tans & Beauty says the dotty look can be recreated with any colour. Once your base coat and two coats of nail varnish are applied and dry, add white nail polish on some silver foil, then dip a dotting tool into the white and onto the nail – Caroline suggests starting with the centre first. Finish with a top coat.
Mix It Up
If nail art on every finger is just too much, there’s no reason you can’t mix up your manicure – this pretty floral design from Alaina at The Little Canvas blog uses pink FingerPaints Sweet Spring on several fingers, brightened with white dots and INM Northern Lights subtle glitter, to make the hand-drawn roses stand out even more.
Long Lasting Wedding and Honeymoon Nails
Sometimes it pays to get the professionals in, like award-winning Zsuzsanna Varga from Susan’s Nails. “Nail art is more important nowadays,” she says. “Brides like something more than just a simple pink and white set of nails. I would suggest brides get their nails done professionally for their wedding day. Gel nails will not only survive the wedding day but the honeymoon as well.”
Add Some Subtle Sparkle
If you don’t want bright colours on your wedding nails, make an impact using white, metallic and nude. This “negative space” design from Paulina’s Passions works perfectly on short nails, with white flowers, a jewelled white nail and one glitter finish, using Il Était Un Vernis Live Love Laugh.
Mix Rhinestones and Flowers
Rhinestones are perfect for adding some extra bling, as much or as little as you fancy. Team a few gems with hearts in simple pink like this design from One Nail to Rule Them All blogger Alice - or mix gems with a nude polish to add glamour. Another design from Alice mixes daisies in too.
Have Pretty Pink Wedding Nails
Your wedding day isn’t the time to experiment with something that makes you uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your favourites. If you’re a fan of pink nails like A Little Polish, a heart nail stamp and some white polish will add a twist you’ll love.
Let Your Wedding Nails Be Your Something Blue
Update the traditional “something blue” with a subtle blue design against a white background. This design from Tracy at Olivia Jade Nails uses a stamp from Bundle Monster and Emily de Molly Stamping Polish in Blue over OPI Alpine Snow.
Add a Touch of Glitter
“I love a soft glitter gradient because it gives your nails some sparkle and shine without being too flashy or overdone,” says Elizabeth from Did My Nails blog. She teamed glitter with a light teal blue. “You can easily pair the glitter with a pale pink, a nice neutral or any other shade that compliments the wedding colours,” she says. “The trick is to work lightly and patiently, wiping nearly all the glitter from the brush and painting a bit at a time to keep it from looking heavy.”
If you love adding a quirky twist to tradition then unusual wedding shoes could then complete your look perfectly! Take a look at some of our favourite quirky wedding shoes in one of our latest articles.