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10 Wedding Manicure Ideas for Picture-Perfect Nails on Your Big Day

These are ideal for bridesmaids, too!
10 Wedding Manicure Ideas for Picture-Perfect Nails on Your Big Day
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These are ideal for bridesmaids, too!

Ever heard of the dictum "God is in the details," first spoken by the 19th century architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? Well, we think it's applicable to way more than just architecture.

Style is expressed in the slightest—the details of your outfit might just pull your entire look together, instantly elevating your ensemble into something harmonious and overall très chic. That said, we think brides-to-be in particular should heed the advice. Given that the spotlit emblem of your wedding is, unquestionably, your wedding ring, the verdict is clear: You have to score that perfect bridal manicure. After all, there's no doubt that your photographers will be zooming in on your hands during your pictorials, so please don't omit the nail salon from your pre-wedding itinerary! 

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For this list of "I do" manicures, we decided to keep things clean and classy. Whether your motif is bohemian, princessy, vintage-inspired, rustic, modern, or something else entirely, these real-nails-but-better manicures are definitely peg-worthy. 

(P.S. Dear bridesmaids and wedding guests, you too can dip your toes/fingernails in these suggestions!) 

1. Pearlescent Peach

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This sheer, exquisitely natural-looking mani won't do you wrong. For a sweet, youthful look, opt to forego a matte lip for a lip gloss that matches your nails. Say hello to a rosy, understated yet high-beam glam! 

2. Smooth as Skin

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Make your fingers appear longer and slimmer with these softly sultry nails. You can choose to wear a square tip as seen on Sheena, or a round tip like Mica's. Either way, this manicure is effortlessly gorgeous and expensive-looking! This is a high-ranking contender among universally flattering bridal nails.

3. Subtle Ombre

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We're getting a strawberry milk vibe from Angel Locsin's fresh and clean mani. The subtle ombre nail is the perfect pick if you can't quite decide between a full nude tone and a pinkish hue! Why not go with both? 

4. French Tip

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Has anyone ever doubted a good old French tip? We didn't think so. The hushed, skin-toned base allows the skinny white stripe to really bite. There's a reason why this delicate manicure has been hailed an undying classic. It's queenly, minxy, and everything in between. 

5. Gem-Studded

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(Spot the subtle ombre nail beneath the gemstones!) To all brides who love a bejeweled moment, this mani is a tantalizing option. For the rest of your jewelry, pick a motif inspired by the gems on your ring (if any). As shown above, Aica Sy's gem co-ord works wonders! 

6. Metallic Rims

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Here's a way to add texture to your nails without going too heavy! Ever so slightly brushing against a Cleopatra-inspired mood, this manicure works best for weddings with rustic, bohemian, or inventively modern motifs. Upgrade and spice up a natural nail with these metallic rims! Make sure to match the color with that of your ring. 

7. Big Glitter Ombre

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A toned-down version of the gem-studded manicure, the glitter ombre is a spin on the French tip, with added sparkle. Alex Gonzaga donned a silver multi-band ring to accentuate her gloriously glittery, catty nails. The result is nothing short of blue-blooded. 

8. Feather-Light White Print

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Think lace, baby's breath, and dove feathers. A nod to the intricate fabric of a bridal veil, this manicure is light as air and a complete dainty daydream. The white nail art works with a pearly pink polish, a French tip, as well as a matte peach. The latter is exceptionally chic! 

9. Subtly Hued Short Matte  

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Draw color inspo from the dominant flowers in your wedding decor or bouquet. This pale lilac shade is sophisticated, the nail length isn't intimidating, and the matte finish endows it with a unique grace. Consider a hued nail if your wedding dress is off-white! 

 10. Gold Leaf

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An artful dash of gold on a naked-looking nail affords a wabi sabi effect: The Japanese aesthetic advocates for seeing beauty in imperfections, making this design symbolically hearty if you want to deviate from the prim, traditional wedding motif. Dainty as a pendant, this gossamer leaf manicure will basically emit sparks when paired with a gold ring. So pretty! 

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