8 Bridal Manis That Are Anything But Boring

Warning: These ideas for fancy wedding fingers may induce some major nail envy.
by Jennifer Tzeses
Glittery nude manicure on african american skin
Erica Marton

Sure, pale pink polish has its place, but why not get a little more decorative for the day you say “I do"? We turned to a few top manicurists known for painting some pretty fierce fingers for creative inspo. Whether you borrow the shade of your ring box, add personalized touches like your groom's initials or go all-out graphic, there are so many ways to create a stand-out wedding day mani. Check out these artists' handiwork.

  1. Out of the Blue Box

    Erica Marton

    Taking your cue from the famed robin's egg blue can be a fun nod to the box your ring came in. The crystal accents let everyone know diamonds are definitely a girl's best friend. Plus, this manicure can serve as your "something blue," says Face Place manicurist Erica Marton.

  2. A Bit of Glitz

    Erica Marton

    A nude base coat topped with golden glitter that fades from the tips of the nails reads more classy than flashy. This look is also great way to bring out the sparkle in your ring. “It's like an accessory for your accessory," Marton says.

  3. Bling Finger

    Stephanie Stone

    There's nothing more neutral than, well, nude, but adding a few gems to one finger—particularly that all-important one—helps the look go from everyday to dazzling. “Nude polish will elongate your fingers and look classic," says Stephanie Stone, a Los Angeles-based manicurist.

  4. Art Deco Design

    Stephanie Stone

    The paint-on equivalent of black tie, this motif is all about architectural precision and The Great Gatsby–like glamour. With sleek black accents and metallic silver details, your nails will definitely be dressed to impress. "An edgier nail look like this works best for a more playful wedding," Stone says.

  5. French-Like Fade

    Stephanie Stone

    A nude-to-white ombre style is like the modern girl's version of a classic French mani—subtle but with a cool spin. “An ombre look using soft colors can be elegant, complementary and simple enough to not distract from your amazing dress," Stone says.

  6. Color Block Chic

    Stephanie Stone

    Fashion's most graphic trend does anything but get lost in translation on your nails. Swipes of purple from deepest plum to lavender get outlined with glittering gold, creating a straight-from-the-runway vibe. "The nontraditional look is just right for a fun-loving bride with a colorful theme," Stone says.

  7. Personal Flair

    Kanae Yagi for Vanity Projects

    The best part about nail art is there are no rules, so you can get as creative as you want. Painting each digit with a different design adds a whole lot of interest. This bride chose decorative shapes and stones, the color blue—for her “something blue"—her groom's first initial on her ring finger and the evil eye to bring good luck, says Rita Pinto, founder of New York City's Vanity Projects. The patterns are done in pale hues of the same shades so everything looks coordinated.

  8. Hands to Behold

    Kanae Yagi for Vanity Projects

    The words “I do" written on your ring finger give the paint job a special purpose—the officiant doesn't even have to ask. This kind of customization punches up an ordinary mani, Pinto says, and a bit of bling brings the party. Plus, your spouse-to-be will appreciate the gesture.

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