Modern Bridal Manicure Inspiration

Written by    Last updated: August 8, 2012

Diamond sparkles are traditional on your wedding day, so why not wear them on your nails? The French manicure of palest pink nails with painted white tips is yesterday’s style. Today’s modern bride shows off her wedding ring against a dazzling sparkle of colour, pattern, gems and shine. Here are some of the latest nail art ideas to inspire you on your wedding day.

French with a twist

The French manicure is such a classic it will quite simply never go out of fashion. If you love a bit of ‘ooh la la’ when it comes to your manicures and are not afraid to jazz things up a little, go for a French with a twist by adding a top layer of silver or gold glitter nail polish. For a delicate subtle sparkle, have the glitter painted just at the base or the tip rather than all over the nail. The result is beautiful without being too much. Sometimes less is more, as they say.

French Manicure Wedding Nail Art

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Swarovski crystals and tiny pearls can be added to great effect, and while this is something you could try at home, I’d advise you to have it done professionally for your wedding day to ensure perfect results. Add tiny floral transfers to the nails for a beautiful and ever so delicately feminine look.

Gems and crystals will add sparkle and shine and even if your nails are very short (or even chewed!), a nail professional will be able to give you long, strong acrylic false nails to which she will add your choice of colour, patterned transfers, glitter or gems.

You don’t have to have each nail matching – one of the latest trends is to have each nail a variation on the same theme.

Colour and pattern

These days colour is not just for the bridesmaids, and a vibrantly coloured wedding dress or bouquet will be complimented beautifully by bold colours of nail polish. Go for dramatic and romantic red or match your nails to your colour scheme, whether it’s chocolate box purple, blush pink or even midnight blue! Patriotic brides may even want to go for Union Jack nails!

French Manicure Wedding Nail Art

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Pretty and artistic patterns are possible, as are messages or words of love even, just as long as you don’t have too much to say!

However you choose to have your nails painted for your wedding day, whether it’s with a simple French manicure with a twist or with nail tattoos of love hearts, make sure you get the photographer to capture the beauty of your very special manicure in a close-up for the wedding album. You won’t want to forget how perfect your hands looked with such delicate little works of art at the end of each painted fingernail.

And if you really want to be different, go for some amazing photo transfers of you and your man just like these ones of Beyonce and her man! Now, that’s bling, baby!

See more great advice in our Health and Beauty section!

This article was written by

Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.

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