The basis of bridal manicures is elegant simplicity. Your nail art should complement the rest of your look, not distract from it. The exact shade of polish and adornments will depend on the color of your dress and accessories. Generally speaking, you will want to keep the color to neutrals such as tans, whites, creams, and light pinks. Any appliqués should be classy and not tacky, such as small sections of laces, rhinestones, and pearls. Look below for some inspiration to do your own manicure or for some pictures to take to the nail salon!
Nothing says simple elegance like a French manicure. The slick lines and neutral colors will dress your nails up without distracting from the rest of your look. This manicure stays appropriate even after the big day, allowing you to enjoy this style for days afterwords. If you are a weary bride, one who does not typically treat herself to manicures, this classic look is perfect to make your look a little more special.
Touch of Elegance
For a fun and unconventional look, try to find a unique piece of nail art similar to the one in the above picture. You can buy a whole pack of these pieces of nail adornment but only place one on your ring fingers to maintain the class, rather than looking like trash. Carefully select this piece of nail art, finding a finish that complements your other accessories. Pair this one finger with a neutral colors on the other fingers.
A Little Lace
Nothing speaks bridal like white lace. Incorporate this iconic design into your wedding day manicure! A talented nail artist could free-hand this design, but you could also paste some actual fabric onto your nails. Or, because of its popularity, you could easily locate some fake nails at a local beauty store or online that will match your wedding day look.
Some brides veer from the traditional. The focus of a wedding for these brides is an opportunity to celebrate. These brides will have disco balls on the dance floor, fireworks for the send-off, and bridesmaids wearing dresses covered completely in sequins. The perfect manicure for such a bride is a the glitter look. Select a common color for the glitter — think gold and silver. You want to make your nails sparkle without blinding your guests.
Party in the Front
You’re the bride that is a closet party-er, the one who will cherish the meaning of the ceremony but also the celebration of the reception. Allow your nails to reflect this duality in your personality by only featuring a section of glitter. This provides a step up from the basic French manicure and a step down from the completely glitter.
Your ring will be stunning enough. Keep you nails simple with a white manicure. You will be surprised by how beautiful this basic looks when paired with your elegant dress, accessories, and hair. Don’t forget to use logic; if your dress is off-white, find a similar colored nail polish.
Let your nails do the talking. Paint your nails a simple color and then write something that reflects your big day in words. You could write I do, love, or happily ever after.
Quirk At Work
If you’re an admittedly quirky bride, you might enjoy this quirky wedding manicure. Have an artist or talented friend draw a tuxedo on some of your nails and a wedding dress on the others. These designs are naturally black, white, and silver, and thus will be an unusual option without being completely off-the-wall.
Treating yourself to a manicure for your wedding is a great way to relax, feel more beautiful, and make your look a little more special. Even if you are against unnecessary expenses, you can achieve these looks on your own with the help of a talented friend and some cheap supplies at a local convenience store. Whether you are a very feminine bride, a more reserved bride, one who’s ready to party, or one who wants to but your quirk on display, there is a bridal manicure for you!