Because nobody wants to see your hangnails when you say “I Do”
These days, getting your nails done for your wedding is just as important as getting your hair styled, or your dress tailored, or your make-up done by a professional.
For the seasoned manicurist, the ideas below will hopefully just give you a few prompts on how to make your bridal nails better than the usual manicure. If you’ve never even had filed a nail before, and the term “cuticle’ leaves you a little boggled, keep reading for a few handy tips and ideas for bridal nails.
Types of Nail Treatments
Keep things simple with a French manicure (filing and painting white tips) or opt for coloured Gellac or Shellac, which is a soft gel that is more hard wearing than normal polish. An alternative is Acrylic- if you want nail extensions, rather than just polish, this is the one to go for.
With this last option, you have the freedom to choose the length (I would suggest asking them to cut them slightly shorter than your ideal length, because your nails grow very quickly, and you don’t want talons in two or three weeks time!) as well as the curve shape; the artist will file them to a sharp point, a smooth curve, a square, whatever you want, really!
You can go for a basic colour, or French manicure, if you want to. However, if you want something a little snazzier for your wedding, take a look at these options;
1. Your Something Blue
2. Alternating Bride and Groom
4. French tips with swirls
5. French tips with jewels- these might take a little more getting used to, as they’re a lot heavier than just the polish designs
6. Case and Point
7. Case and Point: Mark 2
8. Stylish, yet sophisticated- the black is bold, and draws the eye. All in all, very smart and very snappy. Ideal for the glamorous bride
9. Diamante that continue on to the fingers. Nice idea, I think. Also have the freedom to do what you want, here. I think I’d get over excited and tell the poor woman to keep going to my wrists. Best excuse for not doing the washing up, no?
10. Tips with print. Moving away from the pretty pink bridals now, these might look nice with a coloured wedding dress, or even for the bridesmaids
11. Clear acrylics. Eye-catching and interesting, yes. Not sure how I feel about being able to see the yucky actual nail underneath though, acrylics are generally used to hide the Real Nail of Shame (experienced manicure-nail ladies will know what I mean….)
13. One different nail.. This again is style that’s very flexible, and can be adapted to any taste. If you want one glittery nail, or even just one differently coloured nail, go for it. In this instance the key is a nice touch, and the small dot of gold carried onto the other nail gives a sense of uniformity whilst still being original
14. French tips with a middle band of glitter
15. Summery gold. A different design on each nail, but similar enough to be of the same design, is a nice touch
17. A cute drawing is a nice touch. Chances are you can probably ask any decent nail artist to do whatever design you want, with reason. Consider picking something small, that is significant to just you and your beloved, to give your nails a personal touch
18. If you like subtlety, this might be an ideal design- something very small and simple, on one nail, just to give a bit of flare, can work really well
19. A fun idea! Most nail places that specialise in bridal nail art will probably have a whole host of wedding-y images like these, just pick a few and see how they turn out
20. After you’ve had them done, don’t then go and do this, for the love of God. I can say this in such an authoritative, all-knowing tone because I do happen to know (firsthand, cough) the pain and discomfort level of biting through a thick piece of plastic. It hurts your teeth and you end up with horridly gnarled nails for weeks, before that glue is stuck there, baby, and won’t be coming off any time soon
So don't do it. Enjoy them (you’re paying for them, after all) and seriously consider investing the additional £15 to have them removed by the specialists when you’ve outgrown them.
Need even more bridal nail inspiration? Read our 7 Ideas for Beautiful Bridal Nail Art