25 Elegant and Simple Wedding Nails

Inspiration to "nail" your wedding day glam.
Bride with simple manicure holding bouquet
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Carli Brennan
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Carli Brennan
The Knot Fashion Contributor
  • Carli writes freelance fashion articles for The Knot.
  • Prior to The Knot, she was the style section editor at Her Campus Media and launched the Fashion Institute of Technology chapter of Her Campus.
  • Carli’s passion for the wedding industry stems from her time as a bridal consultant and her previous internship in a bridal showroom.
Updated Jan 04, 2024

After you've said yes to your wedding dress and accessories, the next step is to plan your wedding day glam. While some brides opt for dramatic, bold glamour, many prefer simple wedding nails for their big day. Whether you get your nails done on the regular or save your manicures for special occasions, your wedding day is the time to plan a special manicure that differs from your day-to-day nails. From darling pearl details to shimmering iridescent finishes, we've curated 25 of the best simple wedding day nail looks — no matter your preferred nail shape — for every bride's style. Use this article as inspiration when you head to the nail salon before your big day.

Almond French

Simple almond French tip wedding nails
Photo: Tamouna

A French manicure is a wedding day classic. Give yours a fashion-forward spin by opting for an elongating almond-shaped nail.

Chrome Nude

Simple nude chrome wedding nails
Photo: Little Nail Kitchen

The Hailey Bieber chrome manicure trend is here to stay. Opt for a nude-toned chrome for a sleek wedding day nail look.

Pearly Whites

Simple pearly white wedding nails
Photo: Freecoat Nails

Choosing a classic shade of bridal white in a pearlized finish is a glamorous pick for a bridal manicure. This one features a flattering almond shape that elongates your fingers.

Fine Lines

Simple French manicure with fine gold line wedding nails
Photo: Static Nails

A timeless French manicure is given a chic update with the addition of a metallic gold fine-line detail. You could even opt for a line the same color as your bridesmaid dresses for a subtle pop of color.

Subtle Sunset

Subtle sunset simple wedding nails
Photo: Katrina Andrade

This subtle gel ombre features soft sunset hues of pink and orange. The pointed tips add drama to the otherwise simple nail design.

Diamond Studded

Ombre French mani with gems simple wedding nails
Photo: Sarah Haidar

For brides looking for some nail art bling, look no further. This pearly ombre mani features sparkly rhinestones and white sparkle nail art. Consider it the perfect accessory for pairing with your ring.


Simple marble and gold wedding nails
Photo: Artistic Nail Bazaar

This gold-accented mani is perfect for the boho bride. It features subtle marble detailing and gold and white accents. These wedding nails are especially perfect if you wear a gold engagement ring.

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Baby Pink

Simple square baby pink French tip wedding nails
Photo: Karina Andrade

Shades of baby pink are a welcome change from your classic French manicure. This one also features a modern square shape.

Subtle Bling

Simple almond French tip wedding nails with gems
Photo: Sarah Haidar

A single rhinestone accent on each nail adds just enough glamor to this almond-shaped french manicure. The sparkle will just twinkle enough without being overwhelming for those who prefer something more subtle.

Iridescent Sparkle

Simple ombre French tip wedding nails with iridescent gems
Photo: Artistic Nail Bazaar

These iridescent sparkle nail rhinestones are reminiscent of antique mirrors. Pair these statement-making nail designs with a nude ombre backing to let the nail art take center stage.

Blush Pink

Simple blush pink wedding nails
Photo: Yaritza

Brides who prefer simple wedding nails will love this blush pink manicure. You don't have to opt for crazy designs and nail art for your wedding day. A simple, clean manicure is just as elegant for your special day.

Gold Band

Simple pink wedding nails with gold band
Photo: Stephanie

We're obsessing over the thin gold band detail on this elegant wedding manicure. It adds just enough sparkle and shine without overdoing it.

Barbie Pink French Manicure

Simple Barbie pink wedding nails
Photo: Sarah Haidar

The summer of Barbiecore ushered in a wave of feminine, pink styles that are here to stay. Add a subtle pop of pink to your wedding day manicure with this pink french manicure. Elle Woods would *definitely* approve!

On Point

Simple neutral pointed wedding nails
Photo: Katrina Andrade

Nothing says drama quite like a fierce pointed manicure. Opt for a neutral polish color for your wedding day nails.

Something Blue

Simple blue chrome wedding nails
Photo: Samantha Jade

Let your nails stand in as your something blue. This sweet blue mani has an iridescent chrome finish to add dimension and shimmer.

Iridescent Shine

Simple iridescent wedding nails
Photo: Stefanie

Shimmering iridescent nail polish is a whimsical choice for wedding day nails. Keep the rest simple with a natural, round-shaped nail.

Looking Sharp

Simple sharp square wedding nails
Photo: Aubriana

A sharp square shape is a modern choice for your wedding nails. This classic sheer white nail polish balances out the trendy shape, creating the perfect simple wedding nails.

Neutral Ombre

Simple neutral ombre wedding nails
Photo: Little Nail Kitchen

Freshen up your neutral wedding nails with a subtle ombre manicure. This pointed manicure features just a hint of darker ombre at the point of the nails.

Monochrome Mani

Simple monochrome wedding nails
Photo: Freecoat Nails

A monochromatic manicure in different neutral shades is perfect for wedding day nails. You could even opt for a colorful monochromatic look if you want to add a bold pop of color.

Simple Square

Simple square wedding nails
Photo: Static Nails

This elongated, tapered square manicure is equal parts elegant and fashion-forward. The neutral polish color has just a hint of sheen to catch the light.

Glazed Donut Nails

Simple glazed donut wedding nails
Photo: Katrina Andrade

The TikTok viral glazed donut nails trend is the perfect pick for your wedding nails. The more shine, the better!

I Heart Your Nails

Simple heart design wedding nails
Photo: Sarah Haidar

A heart nail art design is only fitting for a celebration of your love for your fiance. The mini rhinestone border is the perfect finishing touch!

Pearls & Sparkle

Simple sparkly pearl wedding nails
Photo: Artistic Nail Bazaar

A menagerie of rhinestones and pearls jazz up this pearlescent wedding manicure. This would be an especially fitting choice if your engagement ring features pearl details, a la Ariana Grande.

Soft Monochrome

Soft simple monochrome wedding nails
Photo: Yaritza

This isn't your average wedding day manicure. This monochrome mani features the subtlest variation in color for a unique spin on the monochrome nail trend.

Lavender Haze

Simple iridescent purple wedding nails
Photo: Stefanie

Cue "Lavender Haze" by Taylor Swift. This dreamy, iridescent manicure is straight out of my Pinterest dreams.

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