According to our wedding beauty timeline, you should get your nails done one to two days before the big day. But what about how you should paint your digits? Some brides will stick to the classic nude or pale pink, but others might want to flaunt something a bit more festive. Whatever your style –classic, colourful, feminine, or glam—we’ve got you (and your nailbeds) covered. Because how else are you going to show off the sparkly new addition to your ring finger?
Click through the slideshow above for the best bridal nail inspiration—plus, shop our favourite wedding nail polishes at the end!
Update your French manicure by subbing in a metallic polish, like Marc Jacob’s Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18) in Stone Jungle, instead of your classic white.
Use a piece of clear tape to create the swooped effect—just stick, paint, and remove!
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Give a glint of glitter to your pale pink manicure with a silver glitter polish, like Illamasqua’s Nail Varnish ($17) in Harsh.
Though most brides will choose a creamy, opaque hue on their special day, why not reach for a sheerer version?
A bright turquoise and nude polish are perfectly juxtaposed in graphic patterns.
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Paint each digit a gradually-deeper shade of pink for a fun, colorful take on the ombré trend.
You wouldn’t think that peach and turquoise polishes could blend so seamlessly, but somehow, they do.
Try a subtle shimmer instead of your go-to crème pastel shades.
Update the classic half-moon manicure by subbing in a glittery triangle instead.
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A thin gold line across each nail paired with a glittery accent nail is feminine and modern.
Toughen up your sweet pink manicure with a thin line of gunmetal.
A taupe polish is the perfect base color for a glittery, glamorous pattern.
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Channel your husband-to-be’s suit with this chic black tie-inspired manicure.
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A matte coral polish will stand out against your dress—especially with a gold-striped accent nail. No matte polish? Use a topcoat, like Jinsoon’s Matte Maker ($18), to give your polish a matte finish.
For the bride who can never get enough glitz, glamour, and glitter.
Keep clicking to see our editor-approved wedding polish picks!
Chanel La Vernis Nail Colour in Frisson ($27)
OPI Nail Lacquer in Sweet Heart ($8)
Essie Nail Polish in Romper Room ($9)
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Harsh ($17)
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Stone Jungle ($18)
Formula X Translucents in Wondrous ($11)
Jinsoon Matte Maker ($18)
Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in She Drives Me Crazy ($18)
Butter London Boho Rock Collection in Lushington ($15)