With the chaos of sampling cake, shopping for dresses, creating a guest list, (and so much more), it's easy for your wedding-day nail look to fall by the wayside. After all, your nails may not hold as much urgency as your hair and makeup. However, when you consider the fact they're only a few inches from your ring, well, that poses a problem—or as we'd like to think of it, an opportunity.
Manicures are hardly one-size-fits-all, and some of us are drawn to certain looks over others. To provide some inspiration for your special day (whether its next week or years down the road), we've rounded up 12 different nail looks we think were meant for a walk down the aisle.
Though traditionally wedding nails might not be this perfect shade of magenta, we think it adds a whimsical pop of color that's still slightly demure. Tiny gilded studs add an extra touch of polish.
Try: Orly Nail Lacquer in Beach Cruiser ($8)
'Tis the season for metallics. For showstopping shimmer, top your-go to nude with flecks of rose gold and copper.
Try: Mona Lisa Composition Copper Leaf ($9)
Why stress about your something blue? A clean shade of robin's egg pops against every skin tone and is still subtly elegant.
Try: China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Chalk Me Up ($8)
Written in the stars, your wedding day is an opportune time to channel the zodiac and show off your sign. A ballerina-esque pink makes for a great base.
Try: Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers ($9)
If you're looking for shine sans the sparkle and glitter, a wash of sleek chrome is still virtually undetectable but adds a slight flash of interest.
Try: Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Stone Jungle ($18)
A coat of periwinkle is always pretty and enhances your wedding nails with a subtle pop of pastel. We also think it would look pretty on your honeymoon… Just saying.
Try: Julep Nail Polish in Dina in It Girl ($14)
Attention: This is not your average white manicure. Keep it from veering into basic territory with tiny polka dots of polish right at your tips.
Try: Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens ($5)
Who said flowers had to be exclusive to your bouquet and favorite pint-sized helper? They're just as pretty on top of a pristine peachy-nude polish.
Try: Base Coat Nail Polish in Cancerian ($20)
Marble, granite, whichever way you want to call it, the chic nail trend is totally perfect for a walk down the aisle. We love the swirl of white and charcoal, shown here.
Try: OPI Infinite Shine Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow ($13)
What better way to accent your wedding dress than with the juxtaposition of tuxedo-inspired nails? The crisp lines are bold but still lend some polish.
Try: Chanel Le Vernis Long-Wearing Nail Colour in Celebrity ($28)
A shy sprinkling of stars feels ethereal but slightly unexpected. We're partial to the delicate look of white and beige, but really, the sky is the limit.
Try: Butter London Patent Shine 10X Lacquer ($18)
Yes, this look is a bit precious, but if you love all things pink, holographic, and unicorn-esque, this sparkly manicure was made with you (and your wedding nails) in mind.
Try: Revlon Holochrome Nail Enamel in Galactic Pink ($7)