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These Wedding Nails Are the Perfect Inspiration for Your Big Day


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, anВ 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 weekВ or years down the road), we've rounded up 12 different nail looks we think were meant for a walk down the aisle.

@paintboxnails

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.В

Try: OrlyВ Nail Lacquer in Beach Cruiser ($9)

@basecoatnailsalon

'Tis the season for metallics. For showstopping shimmer, top your-go to nude with flecks of rose gold and copper.В

Try: Mona LisaВ Composition Copper Leaf ($9)

@paintboxnails

Why stress about your something blue? A clean shade of robin's egg pops againstВ every skin tone and is still subtlyВ elegant.В

Try: China GlazeВ Nail Lacquer in Chalk Me Up ($8)

@oliveandjune

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: EssieВ Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers ($9)

@basecoatnailsalon

If you're looking for shine sans the sparkle and glitter, a wash of sleek chrome is still virtually undetectableВ but adds a slight flash of interest.В

Try: Marc JacobsВ Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Stone Jungle ($18)

@paintboxnails

A coat of periwinkle is always pretty and enhances your wedding nails with aВ subtle pop of pastel. We also think it would look pretty on your honeymoon… Just saying.В

Try: JulepВ Nail Polish in Dina in It Girl ($14)

@basecoatnailsalon

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.В

Try: Sally HansenВ Nail Art Pens ($5)

@oliveandjune

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 CoatВ Nail Polish in Cancerian ($20)

@paintboxnails

Marble, granite, whichever way you want to call it, the chic nail trend is totallyВ perfect for a walk down the aisle. We love the swirl of white and charcoal, shown here.

Try: OPIВ Infinite Shine Nail Lacquer in Alpine White ($13)

@basecoatnailsalon

What better way to accent your wedding dress than with the juxtaposition of tuxedo-inspired nails? The crisp lines are boldВ but still lend some polish.

Try: Chanel Le VernisВ Long-Wearing Nail Colour in Celebrity ($28)

@oliveandjune

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.В

Try: Butter LondonВ Patent Shine 10X Lacquer ($18)

@paintboxnails

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.В

Try: RevlonВ Holochrome Nail Enamel in Galactic Pink ($7)