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Wedding Nail Art: 10 Ways To Have Fun With Your Nails

You might think ‘fun’ is the last adjective to use when you are talking about doing your nails for your wedding, but you do not have to sacrifice on your pizzazz just because you are getting married. Your nails can leave your groom and your guests gaping on your big day! After all, a lot of people will be keeping their eyes trained on your hand and the bling that your groom will be putting on it during the ceremony. There is no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of your wedding day to play around with your nails. Here are some of the most unique, sought-after, and trendy wedding nail arts that go perfectly with your dress and your personality.

french manicure

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Bonus tip: Don’t go overboard with flashy colors and outlandish nail extensions; keep things elegant so that it complements your outfit instead of outshining it. Try out these wedding nail art ideas on top of a basic French manicure.

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1. Shine and glitter

french manicure with gold glitter

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The regular white-tipped French manicure for your nails can get boring. Add jazz to your nails with a coat of very light pink polish with a shiny base, and top your nails with a glitter of your choice. Silver, light gold, or even dull gold glitter can look super-classy with any type of dress, and of course complements the ring that you will be sporting after your ceremony. When using glitter, you can also get the gradual fade-out or gradient effect towards the bottom of your nails, which can give you an ethereal look! If you are trying out different combinations, then it is best if you go for the matte base with the shimmery topper, so that there is a balance, even to your nails.

2. Unconventional French manicures

blue french manicure

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Simple, white, or block colors in your French manicure can get boring. Instead of the sweep of clear or white polish on top, you can do it sideways on the right side of every nail, which will make your fingers look dainty and poised and much longer. In order to make your fingers look pretty and manicured, add spots or dots in one or more shades, where otherwise you would have put a streak of one color. We promise you, he won’t mind putting a ring on it after that.

3. Color blocking and pastels

color blocking pastels on french manicure

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A cool bride would inevitably want to add some quirk to her outfit, and what better way to do it than by introducing a sudden pop of pastel shades on your nails? If you want fun yet classy bridal nails, try color blocking. A pastel pink or nude can be used on top of a light blue to bring out both colors. If you want your pedicure to match the colors in your manicure, then you can use the base color on all your toes. The best thing about pastels is that you can also put floral prints on them, coat them with matte polish, or do pretty much anything else you want, so get creative!

4. Bouquet inspired shades

bridal bouquet inspired french manicure

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For a bride, choosing a bouquet is one of the most important things on the to-do-list. Each flower in the bouquet has a special meaning, and they are chosen with care and thought. Why not replicate all the colors in your bouquet on your nails? Whether you have chosen a bunch of lily-of-the-valley or sunflowers, you can have your nails painted with complementary shades. You can either get yourself uniformly painted nails, or a nail-wise gradient. Your options are endless when you have chosen to pay homage to your wedding bouquet with your choice in nail paint.

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5. Something blue

something blue french manicure

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There are just some wedding traditions that you have to follow for the sake of the occasion. It is said that a bride always has to have something old, something borrowed, and something blue on her when she walks down the aisle towards the person who will become her partner for life. You can wear your mother’s wedding accessories when you need something borrowed, a vintage stole that belonged to your grandmother, or your mother’s wedding dress, so why not use your nails for something blue? Paint your ring finger blue and the rest some other color, such as a light pastel pink or a coral shade of green, or even other lighter shades of blue so that you can maintain your wedding traditions with panache!

6. Metallic and geometric shapes

metallic paint on french manicure

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Even if you have decided to wear a dainty dress to your wedding, there is no harm to incorporate some edginess in your overall look. You can use metallic colors such as a shiny golden, silver, copper, etc. or all of them together. You need not spend hundreds of dollars getting your nails done in a nail salon. All you need is the right nail colors, some stiff paper and a lot of patience.

7. Ombre nails

ombre french manicure

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No matter what you choose to do with your nails, you have to make sure that it matches your wedding dress. However, if you have a particular color scheme going on for the grand event and you don’t know which color to wear on your nails, try out ombre nails. It is a color gradient, where one color melts into another, giving a dreamy effect. All you need is two separate nail colors that don’t clash too much (pink and white, blue and white, or coral colors), a sponge, and some clear polish or glitter polish.

8. Lace on nails

purple lace art on french manicure

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This is one of the most popular wedding nail art trends which have taken new brides by storm. You can now replicate the texture of lace on your nails, similar to that on your wedding dress. In fact, even if you do not have lace on your wedding dress, you can always have it on your nails, which will add texture to your entire attire. One of the ways you can get lacy nails is by placing a small square of lace on your nail, and then painting over it with polish. After that, all you need is a clear polish to seal the deal!

9. Nail jewelry

nail jewelry on french manicure

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Your wedding is the one day you should not feel inhibited to go all out. If you are looking for wedding nail ideas, then you have to check out the different kinds of nail jewelry available. This will accentuate your French manicure as well as your wedding dress, and more importantly your wedding ring, which will draw attention in itself. There is no harm if you choose to embellish that finger a little further with some of the coolest, most elegant, and even fun nail jewelry.

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10. Customized wedding nails

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If you want to make your nails look truly special on your wedding day, why not design them especially for your wedding? You can either write your names on your nails with fancy calligraphy, or you can even get yourself special equipment, with which you can draw a bride and groom or a bow or a tiara – anything that symbolizes your union. If you want to do something extra special, you can go ahead and write “I do” on your nails as well – when your husband-to-be is slipping the ring onto your finger, he can get his enthusiastic answer from more than one place!

There are countless wedding nail art ideas that you can check out when you are figuring out your final bridal look. Keep in mind that there are some instances during the ceremony when a lot of eyes will be trained on your hands – the all-important moment when your groom slips on the ring, when you make your grand entrance with your bouquet, and when you cut the cake. Therefore, do dedicate time and attention to designing your nails for the occasion, whether you choose to keep it simple or go all out with your wedding nail art ideas.

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10 Ways To Get Wedding Nail Art To Suit Your Taste
Who said you can't have fun with your nails for your wedding? Here are 10 ways to get wedding nail art to suit your taste. Check them out!
Rayne Carruth

Rayne Carruth

"All I can be is me - whoever that is." 20-something writer, still trying to figure it out, forever in love with cheesy rom-coms, and 19th century poetry.