June 16, 2014 at 4:02 PM ET
You’ve got the ring, the veil and the bouquet — now all you need are picture-perfect nails. Just a few years ago, your options would have been limited to a basic French manicure or neutral lacquer. This wedding season, however, many brides are opting for decorative designs.
“Just because it's your big day doesn't mean you should skip the nail art!” says manicure expert Sarah Waite, founder of the popular blog Chalkboard Nails. “Lace, painted over a soft base, is simple and traditional.” Craving a bit more oomph? “Embellishments, gradients and unusual tips are great options for a bride who wants to pop, all the way down to her fingertips!”
The trend: Lace
Nothing says “bride” like lace — and these intricate manis are as pretty as the finest chantilly.
Lace half-moon nail art
As fresh and innocent as a piece of eyelet, this Chalkboard Nails creation is perfect for a summer wedding.
Lavender lace nail art
Bloggers Syl and Sam used nail stamps to give lavender tips bride-worthy interest.
Stamped lace nail art
Try this easy stamping technique on the pastel of your choice — perhaps the same shade your bridesmaids are wearing?
The trend: Fresh French tips
Your mom wants you to have classic French tips for your wedding. You want something a bit different… These subtle takes are the perfect compromise.
Ombre French nail art
This peachy-nude fade, courtesy of Chalkboard Nails, is clean, chic and utterly of the moment.
Dotted French nail art
The Polished Perfectionist lives up to her name with this ultra-feminine manicure that reminds us of Swiss dots, a sweet bridal fabric synonymous with the 1950s.
Pink scallop nail art
Planning on a pink or white bouquet? This lovely design is an ideal complement.
The trend: Embellishments
Whether you can’t get enough sparkle, or just want a bit of bling to complement a classic gown, these designs are just right for a glamorous bride.
Sparkling pale pink nail art
Add extra sparkle to your big-day ensemble with this gorgeously glittered mani from Dressed Up Nails. (By limiting the sparkle to the nail beds, you ensure the look is sophisticated enough for formal portraits.)
Chic beige nail art
Planning after-dark nuptials full of candlelight? This outline design from The Nailasaurus shows you can’t wait to hit the dance floor — and be the chicest bride imaginable.
Mixed embellishments nail art
Show off several types of bridal embellishment — including pearls and tiny sequins — in one harmonious manicure.