On your wedding day, it’s only right to want to look beautiful from your head to your feet- and that includes each of your fingertips. Whether you’re looking for something subtle or eye-catching, you’re sure to find a fit for your special occasion from this list of 40+ nail designs.
Gone are the days of basic nude manicures on your wedding day! Though there’s something undoubtedly timeless about the look, the option to go all out has been ever-present, and we’re so glad that we’re living in a time where wearing ostentatious nail designs isn’t just welcomed but encouraged!
Isn’t it wonderful that you can showcase the happiness you feel on your wedding day by finding a nail art design that perfectly represents your emotions? They can be bold and bright red, or as subtle as you and your lover’s initials paired side by side on your ring finger. Whatever way you choose to express your feelings of love, we have no doubts that you’ll find it on this list.
What are wedding nail designs?
Wedding nail designs, simply put, are the designs adorning your fingertips during your big day. Traditionally, the nails of the bride were kept classic and traditional- rarely straying from the routine baby pinks and neutrals. The basic french tip is also thought of to be a wedding day classic. These looks are customary for wedding days because they’re the perfect match for the bride’s white gown.
Nail decals are also considered fitting for wedding days and typically come in heart formations or other romantic feeling designs (though they still stick to neutral color patterns).
It’s important to remember that while the designs we’ve mentioned are standard, there are absolutely no rules tying you down to these looks! You can wear whatever sort of nail art you’d like on your big day, and they’ll still be considered a wedding day nail design by all means.
1. A Romantic Touch Nail Design
These nails balance the glamor of sparkle and the sweetness of your big day all in one gorgeous nail look. If you’re looking for length and a longer-lasting design, you can opt for acrylic nails, but this look can be very easily replicated on your natural growth if you’re looking for a more subtle finish.
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2. Simply Sweet Nail Design
This monochromatic nail design is so fitting for a wedding day, and with the different finishes on each nail, there’s no chance that this set won’t match your wedding dress! From the diamond-studded thumb to the use of sparkly flocking velvet on the index and pinky finger, everything about this nail design screams “I do”.
3. Best Wishes Nail Design
Consider each of these nails as a champagne toast for your big day! What we love about this look is that it’s taken a subtle twist on the beloved french tip, but those little nuances somehow turned this look into something entirely different!
From the gold-tinged champagne base to the meticulously placed metallic decals that simulate the look of the bubbles in your glass when it comes time to toast, there’s nothing we don’t love about this nail set.
4. All That Glitters Nail Design
Here’s a look that pays an homage to a wedding day classic- but with a couple of special touches that really set it apart from other looks. It starts off with a french tip and a couple of white accent nails- but that’s about as basic as the look gets! On the ring finger, you’ll find all the glitter you could dream of (to go with that ring, of course!)- and if that wasn’t enough bling, the rhinestone applique on the other finger ties the design together beautifully.
5. Florals Forever Nail Design
There’s just something about this set that’s undeniably feminine. From the baby pink sheen to the stunningly designed flowers and leaves, the romantic aura that this nail design emits is overwhelming. Though meant for your big day, we think this look is perfect for the honeymoon too (or even for the engagement if your intuition is strong enough!).
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6. Scrapbook Crystals Nail Designs
Some of us want short nails on our wedding day, but that doesn’t mean we need to compromise the style of our fingertips! Instead of going for bold designs with the help of polishes and varnishes, why not enlist the help of your favorite decals, rhinestones, and some nail glue? You can choose art that reminds you of your significant other, or you can stick to the classics by leaning toward jewels, crowns, and other romantic designs.
7. An Elegant Love Nail Design
You may be unsure about going green on your wedding day, but there’s something so magical about this shade of emerald that makes it so appropriate for your big day! This is especially true with the gold decals in this set (though you can change them to silver based on your color scheme!). We recommend going for a design like this if your wedding date falls during the autumnal months, as it will complement the vibe of your environment beautifully.
8. Tell Me You Love Me Nail Design
If this nail design doesn’t have you feeling more in love than you already are, we don’t know what will! It starts off with a gradient french tip, but it’s sheer enough to give just a hint of your natural nail underneath the layers of polish. Of course, we couldn’t leave it at that, so some nails are adorned with a trinity of jewels at the base, while other fingers have a beautiful stencil of swirls and flowers.
9. Keeping It Hearty Nail Design
This is a set of nails for a bride who isn’t afraid to make a statement! From the length, the sparkles, to the choice of decals- there’s nothing about this look that doesn’t scream fabulous! The encapsulated glitter on the pinky and thumb are our favorite accent nails, but they come in close with the glitter-flecked hearts on the ring finger!
10. Cheetah Wishes Nail Design
If you’re one to be loud and proud, there’s nothing better suited for you on your big day than this set of nails! We’re big fans of the cheetah nail accent nails (that can easily be achieved with some dotting tools and an opaque black polish), and we’re huge supporters of the lipstick prints that are so fitting for the day you get to hear “you may now kiss the bride!”.
11. Heart Goes Boom Nail Designs
The central focus of this nail design is the exploding heart look that adorns the middle finger, and we think it’s so representative of the way your heart swells when you’re with the one that you love (and especially when you get to call one another your spouse for life!). You can swap out the colors to fit your color scheme, but we’re fans of these pinks (or even tans and other neutrals!).
12. A Ring For Each Finger Nail Design
This nail design is surely fitting for any occasion, but the two jewels adorning the base of each nail would be the perfect complement to a wedding ring. The best part is that you don’t need to drop big bucks to achieve this look. Simply swipe on a couple of layers of your favorite pearlescent white polish, and stick on some tiny nail jewels with the help of some tiny tweezers.
13. She Will Be Loved Nail Design
Show your nails a little sugar with this beautifully toned maroon nail polish, finished with a matte top coat. Though traditionally, wedding day nails are glossy, you can make up for your matte nails with the sparkle and shine of a couple of glittery accent nails. This would be a beautiful way to incorporate your color scheme into your look, especially if you’re sticking to a white dress!
14. Red Hot Nail Design
Your wedding day doesn’t need to be a time to be subtle! If you’re known for being a trendsetter (or if you’re known for your love of the color red) this is surely a look to keep in your back pocket for your big day! Red is the color of passion and love, so while it may be bold, it’s also totally fitting for the day you say your vows.
15. Fairytale Wedding Nail Design
These nails give us major princess vibes, and that’s how every bride should be feeling on their wedding day. From the shade of pink chosen to the perfectly matched glitter flecks, and of course- how could we forget the jewels (that shimmer with an iridescent shade of pink), this set can go with any style and shade of dress, and is beautiful enough to be worn long past the day you say “I do”.
16. You and Me Nail Design
For the sentimental bride, you truly can’t go wrong with adorning your ring finger with the initials of you and your loved one. It’s such a subtle way to pay homage to your love, but it’ll be sure to bring a tear to the eye of your lover when it comes time for them to officially put your wedding ring on your finger.
17. Toss The Bouquet Nail Design
There are few things more glitzy and glamor-y than the look of opal or florals- that is until you put them together. The 3D floral accent nail is done in such a unique way, utilizing thin decals to replicate the delicate feel of floral petals. This look is a bit more on the fragile end of styles, so it’s best to apply those flowers the day before (or the day of) your wedding to make sure they don’t get damaged before you walk down the aisle.
18. Two Become One Nail Design
Who said there’s anything wrong with sticking to the classics? If you’re able to accomplish the look of a french tip on yourself, you can surely achieve this look just as easily. Simply use a white nail striper to add a thin curve right below the original french tip. For a super cute and classy touch, switch out your white polish and striper with a gold one for your ring finger (to emphasize the bling, of course!).
19. Love Is Forever Nail Design
This nail design is so subtle and so feminine that we’re sure it’ll have you staring at your hands day in and day out. You can switch out the colors of the petals to go with your color scheme, bouquet look, or whatever else you have in your heart. The best thing about this look is that you don’t need to be skilled in painting ambidextrously- as the flower design only works its way through the nails of one hand!
20. Floral Bling Nail Design
This look is eye-catching, stunning, and everything in between. The most unique part of this nail design is definitely the thin gold band adorning the base of the centermost fingers. It almost works as nail jewelry, but in a less intrusive way than piercing through your nail! The gold of the metallic decals also matches the gold on the tips of the same nail, making for a cohesive look that’ll have you turning heads from the minute you leave the salon.
21. Something Blue Nail Design
Count this look as your something blue during your big day! Remember that this tradition is entirely what you make it, the nail shade doesn’t need to be royal or cobalt- even this gray-blue completely suffices! Instead of going plain, dress up the nails with the addition of swirly, metallic decals and carefully placed rhinestones for a true wedding day-worthy set of fingers.
22. Falling In Love Nail Design
The vibes that this nail look gives off are eerily similar to how falling in love feels- and we are all for showcasing that during your wedding day. Though the hot pink shade may work for some wedding themes and aesthetics, it can always be a placeholder for other colors you have in mind. With the light pink base in these photos, we think a white swirl would look beautiful in tandem with the white decals.
23. Could It Be You? Nail Design
This nail art design utilizes the looks of nail jewels, decals, as well as polish to make your fingers look stunning for your big day! All of the various shades of white in this look come together in perfect harmony to bring this romantic, lovestruck air to your nails that will make you wish it was your wedding day every day. To add an extra harmonious look to your ensemble, wear matching metallic tones in your hair.
24. Together In Harmony Nail Design
Here’s another stunning way to pay tribute to your lover on your big day. Neutrally paint all of your nails- whether that be a sheer polish, classic french tip, or even painting your nails with a sparkly top coat. Once that’s all done, use different-sized jewels and extra-strength nail glue to recreate your partner’s initial (or the initial of your new last name!) on your ring finger!
25. A Storybook Love Nail Design
As we previously mentioned, french tips are truly one of the most fitting nail designs that you can rock on your wedding day, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be tailored to your personal touch!
We think that this nail look can easily be customized to what your personal preferences are- whether you switch the rose out to the flowers in your bouquet, or switch the color of the swirls on the index finger out with whatever fits with your theme, you can make these nails yours in no time flat.
26. I Wished For This! Nail Design
If there’s anything that can be said about finding the love of your life, it’s that, sometimes, it can feel like you wished for them upon a star. Let your lover know how much they fulfilled those wishes with this striking nail design, reminiscent of a deep blue sky littered with silver stars. This set can also double as your “something blue!”.
27. A Winter Wedding Nail Design
We think this next nail look is perfect for a bride who has a destination wedding, or is saying their vows during the most magical time of the year: winter. This is such a subtle nail look, but it’s one that’ll have people inspired by your creativity once they see it. The snowflake pattern on the nails, along with the swirls on the pinky that remind us of a snowy flurry make this look so appropriate for the wintertime bride!
28. Best Wishes Nail Design
Once you’re engaged, you’ll find any reason to post your ring on social media- and this set of nail art will give you all the more reason to find your hands Instagram-worthy! There is an unparalleled amount of love put into this nail look. The layered glitter, topped with intricately stroked drawings makes for a set of nails you’ll want to get redone week after week.
29. The Springtime Bride Nail Design
Some of our favorite wedding themes are the ones that lean into the beauty of the season, and spring is undeniably one of the most beautiful times of the year. From the florals, saturated colors, to the happy feeling that surrounds you, you’re going to want to find a way to emulate that feeling throughout your special day.
We’re big fans of this hot pink nail look, especially if that color is being incorporated throughout the venue with bridesmaids’ dresses, accents, or other decorations!
30. Hugs and Kisses Nail Design
Count this nail design as your thank you to Cupid for setting you up with your significant other! We love how the base is kept a neutral white so that it matches your gown, but that foundation also acts as the perfect backdrop for the pops of color on top of it! From hearts, arrows, and Xs and Os, this nail look is undoubtedly cute and fitting for your wedding day.
31. Geometric Blush Nail Design
This look is perfect for the bride who wants to keep things subtle for their big day, but doesn’t want to stick to the basic white or neutral mani! This nail art design finds the middle ground, by keeping the polish tones in the same pastel color family. This look isn’t necessarily striking, but it is eye-catching in a more classy, demure way.
32. A Wedding Bouquet Nail Design
The rose is said to be one of the most romantic flowers to gift your loved ones with- but not just any type of rose, we’re specifically talking about red roses. We love how this nail design showcases the flower in a way that’s so bold, but also utilizes juxtaposition by pairing them with white roses which symbolize innocence and new beginnings. A new beginning in your journey of love- isn’t that what your wedding day is all about?
33. A Mistletoe Kiss Nail Design
Here’s another set of nail art that’s perfect for the wintertime wedding! Upon first glance, you may not think that there’s anything about this look that’s inherently winter-themed- until you see the delicate snowflake peeking out behind the gold decal on the pinky that is! You can add as many snowflake designs as you’d like to make this look extra chilly, though we love keeping it simple with just one.
34. She’s Beauty And Grace Nail Design
Purple is the color of regality and elegance, but donning eggplant purple nails on your wedding day may prove to be distracting to some brides. Instead, why not opt for a subtle lavender color on the tips of your nails? If that’s not enough elegance for you, sporting silver decals on a couple of your fingers will surely bring that royal air to life.
35. A Cinderella Story Nail Design
There’s nothing about these nails we don’t love- so let’s just break it all down for its glamorous glory. First, the pearlescent base with pinky undertones makes for the perfect complement to any shade of gown. Secondly, the usage of differently shaped and sized metallic decals is stunning. We’re particularly fond of how they don’t distract from the overall look, and that the base of the nail can always be seen peeking through. Lastly, the swirl heart decal on the middle fingers is swoon-worthy, totally fitting for saying your vows!
36. Angled French Tip Nail Design
Stray from tradition by adding your own special twist to an otherwise basic manicure. If you’ve done french tips all of your life, you may think that they would be boring to do on your wedding day- but you likely haven’t done them like this. The angled french tip on these nails brings complexity and intricacy to your fingers, while still keeping things chic and ultra-feminine.
37. Kiss Me Again Nail Design
If you’re a fan of 3D nail decals, there’s no way that you’ll be able to pass this look up! Everything about this set is eye-catching, from the lavender, shimmering base to the pearlescent finishes adorning it- but there isn’t any way to talk about this look without mentioning the roses and oversized black jewels, which keep this look from being too dainty.
38. Queen Of His Heart Nail Design
What better symbol for romance is there than the traditional red heart? Though you don’t have to adorn each of your fingers in the design to get your point across, there are ways to incorporate them into your nail look that are wedding-day appropriate!
The stars of this nail design have to be the two heart-tipped nails- one of them utilizing the look of multiple tiny hearts to form your french tip, while the other one is a singular heart in and of itself.
39. You Are My Gift Nail Design
This set of nails would be beautiful for any bride, but we think it would be especially gorgeous if your gown had a bow detailing on the back, as it could add a subtle harmony to your look that would be well-received by anyone who catches your eye for detail!
40. A Hawaiian Wedding Nail Design
If you’re a bride sticking to a tropical wedding theme, there’s no better compliment to the occasion than these unique french tips! Instead of a clear base, this nail design utilizes a white polish, paired with silvery, gold-tinged glitter on the tips and accent nail. To top the look off, ask your nail artist for a 3D floral decal on your ring finger to call attention to your new wedding band!
41. Swirls Of Champagne Nail Design
Pinks and whites are some of the best colors to don on your wedding day, and for good reason! Not only are they easy to match and forgiving to apply, but they’re also neutral enough to be used in a plethora of designs! This look is particularly striking because though all the colors are in the same family, the use of metallic pinks adds complexity to the finish.
42. Something That Glitters Nail Design
Iridescent glitter is the perfect addition to any wedding day nail design, and this nail look is perfectly representative of that. Everything from the gradient french tip, length, and shape of these nails are already bridal- but the smart addition of eye-catching jewels truly takes this look to new, vow-worthy heights!
43. She’s The One Nail Design
Both flowers and glitter are, by popular consensus, a wedding day necessity for any bride! Nothing feels more classically bridal than combining the two and wearing them on your nails for all of your wedding guests to see – and love! Adding a translucent coat of sparkle on all of your nails, and accenting the whole look with three-dimensional flowers – complete with a gemstone center – is enough to make any bride want to show off both their wedding ring and manicure to the world!
44. An Edgy Type Of Love Nail Design
The contrast between a stunning white wedding dress, and crimson and black nails is a definite way to call attention to the bride! Crossing into the realms of the dark, vampy nail is a timeless act that many brides have found themselves doing when trying to find ways to bring color into their wedding day look!
45. Let’s Get Dancing Nail Design
If you feel like your wedding day look needs a little spontaneity, keeping your nails both bright and sparkly is a great way to satisfy! Wearing a mixture of designs and colors adds fun, funky flair that can make any bride stand out even more than she already was on her special day! We recommend keeping things fiery with a mixture of an opaque cherry red, tiny tulips on a clear base coat, and gold-flaked tips!
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46. A Coastal Wedding Day Nail Design
Is your special day happening oceanside, on a beautiful, sandy beach? If so, then there’s no better way to match the theme of your wedding than by donning a crystalline, blue design inspired by the delicate water droplet! Regardless of how long you want your nails to be – long, short, or anywhere in between – wearing both texture and a shade of blue as deep as the ocean is sure to call attention to your wedding day look.
47. Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve Nail Design
It can definitely be said that when it comes to beauty and elegance, less is more! Donning a milky white color on your nails is an incredibly understated way to look and feel stunning – and leaves more room for playing around with different nail shapes, designs, and accents that can go right on top. We find that wearing a rounded oval shape and adding simple, tiny, red hearts are a great way to show off how much you love your soon-to-be groom – no words necessary!
48. She’s No Cheetah! Nail Design
It is undoubtedly true that black is one of the most classic colors one can wear. What better way to amp up the classiness of a wedding day look than by sporting it on your nails? Opting for a black manicure is not only chic but is a great way to bring contrast to a look – no matter what color your wedding gown is! Spice up the look even further by adding glitter, gems, and an ombre-leopard print design on your accent nails!
49. A Cottagecore Wedding Nail Design
Flowers are the epitome of all things delicate and feminine. As such, they’re a surefire way to bring emphasis to the beauty of the bride, regardless of their wedding day look! Accenting a stunning, white gown with a mix of both deep and pastel shades of blue, sparkles, and an intricate lotus flower is sure to not only turn heads but bring in compliments again and again!
50. Simply Stated Nail Design
There’s nothing more elegant, fun, and complementary to any wedding day look than diamonds! Keeping the foundation of the look simple with a gentle, nude shade is a great way to ensure effortless charm while placing a shining gem at the base of the nail can bring endless beauty without any added fuss!
Frequently Asked Questions
When should you get your nails done for your wedding?
The general rule of thumb is that you should get your nails done no more than 2 days before your wedding. This will ensure that they’re looking bright and intact come the big day and that they’re also done for important events like your rehearsal dinner and bachelorette party!
Are acrylic nails or natural nails better for a wedding?
This is a personal preference! If you’ve never gotten acrylic or gel nails done before, you might not want to risk an adverse reaction for your big day, so sticking to your natural nails may be the safer option. For the best of both worlds- go for press-ons (just use an extra-strength nail glue!)
Are french tips too basic for my wedding day nails?
Absolutely not! French tips are a classic nail design for a reason- and can be worn for any occasion, including your wedding day. They’re timeless and go with any gown, color scheme, and venue- making them the perfect choice for your wedding day nails.