6 Wedding nail ideas for the bride who doesn't want a basic French mani

6 Wedding nail ideas for the bride who doesn't want a basic French mani

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Text: Wei Yeen Loh

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From new-age French manis to glittery cuticles, these six unconventional IG nail trends are what you need to complement your gorgeous ring on your big day

Planning a picture-perfect beauty look for your upcoming nuptials? Don't forget to book your manipedi appointment after securing your ideal bridal hair and makeup stylist. If you're short on ideas and don't want to resort to a basic French mani, scroll down for the chic-est nail art inspo for a set of photograph-worthy digits:

If your heart's set on French mani but can't resist a modern twist



French manicures have long been a go-to look for brides-to-be. But why settle for something that WAGs would go for when you can boast an updated look that is more current and less predictable? Add gold scallop trimmings to right above your tips for an unpredictable (but snazzy) effect, or go with hot pink edges for a head-turning look.


If you can't hold back your inner girly-girl:


If you're the sort who'd spend on flowers for your wedding decor (more than anything else), give your nails a dose of spring-ready motifs to go along with the sprightly atmosphere. Florals on "glass" nails are always a good choice, or you can always try out a more feminine look with cute graphics.


If your aesthetic is minimalist yet timeless:



This one's for the bride who's not big on princessy ballgowns or extravagant flower photobooths for her wedding. Let your natural nail hue come through with a milky effect (and a star-studded element), or go with a pristine white outline to show off your digits in an understated yet beautiful way.


If "more is more" is your motto:


Incorporating bling to your nail art can sometimes end up looking chunky as though you have crystals growing out of your nail beds. The key is to opt for embellishments in various sizes, and leave your natural nail colour be. Alternatively, incorporate iridescence and an out-of-this-world aesthetic with hearts and moon-shaped details.


If pops of colour are on your moodboard:



Instead of keeping your nails in the basic bridal shades (nude/white), add hints of colour for a fun aesthetic. We're loving abstract, negative nail art with bright pops of pink, and for those who want something on-trend: a pretty pastel do in various tonal shades.


If you're a trendsetter at heart:



Bridal nails don't always have to be timeless—go with your gut and what makes you feel beautiful, even if it means embracing all the current nail trends you've pinned on your Pinterest board. Want jelly nails with bits of snowflake-looking details sprinkled all over? Go for it. Can't resist a pink holographic finish that would look amazing with your wedding gown? Book that manicure appointment, stat.