13 Pretty Wedding Manicures for Stylish Brides

From clear to black, discover the most popular wedding-day mani colors.

13 Pretty Wedding Manicures for Stylish Brides

Hair & Nails
Photo: Joseph Lin Photography

With a wedding dress to select, bridal hairstyles and makeup looks to perfect, and accessories to collect, the last thing on a bride's to-do list is her wedding-day manicure. While nails may not be the first thing you think of when imagining your getting-ready routine, they are certainly important. After all, your wedding guests will be ogling at your engagement and wedding rings, so you want to be sure your nails are nicely manicured.

Though the color of nail polish is entirely up to the bride, popular shades include varieties of cream and blush. Classic brides will likely favor ivory and pale pink hues, while trendy brides may gravitate toward reds, blacks, and sparkles or metallics. Of course, brides-to-be can't go wrong with a French manicure, which is a classic style that looks elegant on every woman. Take care to get your manicure as close to your wedding as possible to avoid blemishes, and consider using a gel nail polish, so your mani stays chip-free throughout the wedding festivities and your honeymoon!

Take a look at the 13 bridal manicures below to inspire your own wedding-day nails. Have other ideas? Let us know what your favorite shade is in the comments section!

Bride wedding manicure French manicure style
French manicures are stylish and classic. If you're having trouble choosing a solid shade or you've always to show off beautiful long nails (or fake the look), this manicure style is perfect for you. Photo by Chrisman Studios

Joanna Krupa clear wedding day manicure
For a barely there look, try a clear nail polish with a hint of light pink or some sparkle. The color isn't overbearing, yet it complements a gown with sparkling crystal details. Photo by Kris Kan

Bride with teardrop engagement ring and cream manicure
Allow your wedding gown to take center stage when you choose a wedding-day manicure in a soft shade of cream. Photo by Roey Yohai Photography

Bride with engagement ring and ivory manicure
A slightly off-white manicure looks beautiful when wearing an ivory wedding dress. Photo by John Solano Photography

Jennifer Stone wedding manicure for Chad Carroll wedding
The color white will always be popular for weddings – bridal gowns, accessories, and manicures in true bridal white will be forever in style. Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

Bride holding martini with light pink manicure
Brides trying to decide between a blush, white, or clear nail polish for their wedding-day manicure will love this light shade of pink that takes a cue from all three! Photo by Yvette Roman Photography

Bride with light pink manicure and bow decal
Add some personality to your wedding-day manicure by including a fun bow-shaped decal to an accent nail. Since your ring finger – typically the go-to accent nail – will have your wedding ring on it, try adding a decoration to your thumb nail! Photo by B&G Photography

Bubblegum pink wedding manicure
For brides who love pink, a bubblegum-hued gel manicure is ideal. The shade looks lovely when paired with an ivory bridal gown featuring a jeweled bodice. Photo by Chung Li Photography

Pink wedding manicure behind bridal veil
A pretty-in-pink wedding manicure is ideal for a wide array of brides. Even if you don't absolutely love pink, the hue beautifully complements weddings with blush color palettes. Photo by B&G Photography

Black bridesmaid dress with red manicure
At this chic wedding inspired by Paris and Coco Chanel, the bride and her bridesmaids donned bright red manicures, which became accessories all their own. Photo by Hazelnut Photography

Metallic wedding manicure
Brides love to wear sparkling metallic shoes, so why not add some shimmer to your manicure? This bride's metallic mani even complemented her eye shadow! Photo by Travis Harris Photography

Dark forest green wedding day manicure
To complement her rustic-elegant wedding featuring plenty of greenery as décor, this bride's wedding-day manicure showcased a forest green hue. Photo by Elizabeth Messina

Black nails wedding day manicure
This bride, who wore an edgy black-and-white wedding dress, also chose to paint her nails in a dark shade of ebony for a nontraditional manicure style. Photo by Joseph Lin Photography

Read more bridal beauty tips here, discover five easy hairstyles for bridesmaids, and learn the beauty mistakes brides should avoid.