Weddings can be one of the best moments in a couple's life, preceded by an often momentous proposal. Between those two moments, there are countless tasks to plan for the ensuing ceremony, but one essential is commonly forgotten right off the bat—a manicure. Whether this was on your radar or not, once that ring slides onto your finger, your hand will inevitably be on display 24/7. We hate to add a task to your planner without offering some sort of solace as well, so we took it upon ourselves to scavenge the Internet for the best wedding manicures for every type of bride.
After the champagne is popped and the petals are swept away, check a box off your wedding beauty to-do list and head to the salon with these styles in mind. Choose from subtle details to modernized styles, any of which will have you all the more prepared to extend your hand when someone asks to see the ring. After all, your typical hue just won't do—especially when you're saying "I do." (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves).
Keep reading for 36 wedding nail art ideas appropriate for every season.
Rose Gold Cuticles
This manicure is a minimalist's dream come true. A hint of glitter lining above your cuticles is a classy way to add a fun twist (that's still really subtle) to a traditional nude nail.
You can never go wrong with a French manicure—especially when the tips are done in glitter as opposed to plain white.
If soft and subtle nails are more your speed, opt for a pink nude mani. Simple, yet elegant, it will never go out of style.
Here, we're taught how stunning a ballet-pink mani can look by simply adding a few gems at the base of each ring finger.
Elongated French Tips
If you look closely, you'll notice that the white tips on this manicure are stretched down one side of each nail to create an asymmetric French design that simply can't be ignored.
If you're seeing stars preparing for your big day, consider this stellar manicure that's easy to create.
These dainty negative space nails will look perfect in any complementary shade pairing of your choosing.
While a work of art in themselves, these pearl nails with gold detailing will work to emphasize—rather than distract—as you walk down the aisle.
These sheer iridescent nails aren't so much art as they are an awe-inspiring coat of light-reflecting color. We don't know about you, but we're getting happily-ever-after fairytale vibes.
Let these powder blue nails serve as your "something blue" for your wedding. They're a deviation from your general pink, whites, and glitters, which is why we love them all the more.
Or, let your something blue be a peek of color popping out from the inside of the nail. On top, French ombré nails embody one of the year's biggest trends.
Why cover your whole nail in color when you can get away with simply outlining them?
White Negative Space
With two swoops of fresh white paint on each nail bordering a negative-space center, this wedding mani is retro and chic.
This baby blue manicure has white clouds and painted-on sparkles for a dreamy nail look that will pair beautifully with your engagement ring.
Scalloped French Tips
If you love a French mani but want to take it up a notch, consider this scalloped take on the classic.
Dreamy Glitter Nails
Who said you can't wear full-on glitter nails to your wedding?
Silver and white aren't for everyone. If you prefer a gold wedding mani, check out this dipped metallic option.
Pretty in Pink
For a fun, feminine nail look, check out this pale pink mani that's accented with silver glitter.
Forget about polished French tips, this confetti-tipped version is the way to go if sparkle and shine are on your mind.
Fun, flirty, and feminine, glittery pink nails will get you from the ceremony to the dance floor.
To recreate this look, paint your nails nude or pale pink and add a single dot of metallic rose gold polish to the center of the base of each nail. Finish with topcoat.
These matte white nails might only use one color, but they make quite a lasting impact.
Every once in a while all you need to create a stellar nail look is a single, gold-glitter line down the center of each nail.
Instead of glitter at the tips of your nails, consider this look that adds sparkle and shine just above your cuticle.
The same way gold stripes can make quite a splash, so can silver over white.
This thick French manicure design showcases a half-moon of negative space at the base of each nail—which, BTW, is easy to DIY.
Blush and Gold
If you can't settle on one color for your wedding-day nail look, consider this option that lets you layer blush with gold.
If you love vintage details, you'll dig this Art Deco-inspired manicure that reminds us of exclamation points—which seems pretty fitting given you're likely stoked for your big day.
Negative Space Squares
Sure, white polish is pretty, but add a negative-space square at the base of each nail and your manicure will be gorgeous.
Take your ombré nails to the next level by bedazzling them with glitter. After all, a little sparkle goes a long way.
With abstract swipes of white and splotches of glitter, these negative-space nails will add a dreamy quality to your big day.
These coffin-shaped nails employ lines and gems to create a wedding-day mani that can't wait to be shown off.
These double-arced nails might be minimalist, but they make a major statement.
The caption of these glitzy nails says it best: "Bling, but make it dainty!!"
Prefer pink nails? This half-and-half mani lets you wear two shades.
Nail trends may come and go, but if you're shopping for a look that will stand the test of time, a French mani is it.