I'm getting married next year—here's 23 wedding nail designs I'm considering as a bride

I take my wedding manicure inspiration *very* seriously

A bride in a delicate lacy wedding dress, holding a white flower and wearing a simple French manicure
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Call me eager, but despite the fact I'm not getting married until next year, I'm already thinking about what my wedding nails, as a bride, will look like. You see, I've got countless friends getting married in the coming weeks, and every bride I've spoken to is stressing about their wedding manicure right up to the final hour—and I'm determined to not let that happen to me.

As a beauty editor, I'll admit that my wedding-day beauty prep is a little more extreme. In fact, I've already started some of it. Everything from my hair and skin to my nails and teeth need to be looking their best. But when it comes to nail trends, I'm indecisive. My signature is a milky manicure (always has been, always will be), but perhaps I want to try something a little bolder for my wedding day?

Therefore, I'm dedicating the next 10 months or so to trying out a variety of different manicures in a bid to settle on the perfect wedding nails. I'm currently enjoying the idea of a floral spring design, a unique French manicure or even a sheer brown shade. Essentially, if it looks bridal I want to give it a go. As a result, my Instagram saved folder is currently filled with the very best wedding nails for brides ideas—so here they all are.

1. Clean glitter

I wouldn't typically opt for a glitter manicure, but for my wedding day this is exactly the sort of shimmering look I can get on board with. 

2. Milky mani

A milky mani, exactly like this one, has been my go-to nail look for years. In fact, I hardly ever stray from it. It is, without doubt, one of the most classic and chic wedding nail looks for a bride out there.

3. Classic French

You didn't think I'd skip a classic French manicure, did you? Personally, I adore the skinny French look, like this one, which keeps the tip super fine and delicate. 

4. Reverse French with glitter

I'm a sucker for a minimal mani and a reverse French ticks all of the boxes. As something particularly special for a wedding day, I'm very into the incorporation of glitter.

5. Doughnut glaze

We had Hailey Bieber to thank for this trend earlier in the year, and it's not going anywhere. A sheer, iridescent glaze on lengthy nails makes for the perfect bridal mani.

6. Sheer nude

I love the idea of having a bare, preened nail on my wedding day, but in reality the look never lives up to my expectations. This sheer manicure lets the whites of the nails shine through and gives a nude-looking, perfectly polished finish.

7. Icy iridescence

Not quite white but not quite blue, this sheeny, icy white is the stuff that wedding nail dreams are made of.

8. Holographic tips

If you like to keep your nails long, this metallic tip could be the bridal manicure for you. If, like me, you prefer to keep your nails shorter, why not try it as a skinny-French?

9. Gold leaf

I've been staring at this gold leaf design for weeks and I am fully on board. In fact, it's probably top of my list for the big day itself.

10. Celestial art

If you're partial to a bit of nail art, may I point you in the direction of this stunning celestial design? It's minimal, it's chic and it's perfect for a wedding.

11. Blue reverse French

Stuck for ideas on your 'something blue'? This reverse French manicure has it sorted for you.

12. Florals for spring

If you have a spring/summer wedding, this delicate floral design is minimal enough that it won't hog all of the attention but beautiful enough to make a subtle statement.

13. 3-dimensional pearls

For those that want to go a little bolder with their wedding-day nail choice, this shimmery pearl manicure is ideal.

14. Matte skinny French

The skinny French has had a lot of air time in this round-up, I know, but it's incredibly versatile. Instead of going for a high-shine, gel finish, why not keep things matte and understated?

15. Bow micro-accents

Combine a high-shine glitter tip with teeny-tiny accents in gold. I'm obsessed with how cute these little bows look.

16. Micro shimmer

This might just look like a normal pinky nude mani at first but look closer and you'll see flecks of gold shimmer in there. Dubbed 'micro-shimmer', these nails will hit the sun in the most beautiful of ways.

17. Negative space

For brides who like something a little cooler than a standard white polish, try a negative space design like this one.

18. Mermaid tips

I can't stop staring at these beauties. With a pearly, mermaid-like tip, this is the ideal way to make the classic French manicure super special for your wedding day.

19. High-shine grey

Proving that wedding nails don't need to be all things pink and nude, this gel-finish grey is equally as pretty.

20. White dots

Something about the simplicity of this white-dot design is really calling out to me. If you're not into matte finishes like this one, it would look just as great with a sheen.

21. Olive green

A green polish might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of bridal nails, but just imagine how good this shade would look wrapped around your bouquet.

22. Black micro-French

If you favour dark shades, this black French manicure is a great way to add some personality into your wedding-day look.

23. Precious gems

It's a little extra, I know, but I'm kind of loving the idea of nails that sparkle with my ring. My engagement ring has a yellow sapphire stone, so I'd swap out the green gems for something yellow to follow the look through.

Shannon Lawlor
Executive Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is the Executive Beauty Editor at Marie Claire. With nearly a decade of experience working for some of the beauty industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear, Glamour UK, Stylist and Refinery29, Shannon’s aim is to make the conversation around beauty as open, relatable and honest as possible. As a self-confessed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for hard-working perfumes, fool-proof make-up products and does-it-all skincare.