Your hands and nails are going to be on display all day – and in a lot of wedding pictures – so they’ve got to be perfect! If your nails are looking a little worse for wear, don’t worry. We’ve asked professional nail expert Michelle Class to reveal how to get them aisle ready in nine simple steps…

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Get a manicure

Start having regular manicures three months before your wedding to get your nails in tip top condition. Or if you don’t have time, invest in some good quality tools that are made from high quality stainless steel.  Elegant Touch’s Nail Clippers, Cuticle Nippers are easy to use and great quality.

Moisturise regularly

Use cuticle oil daily to stop nails becoming brittle and dehydrated. I would recommend dadi’oil for the best results.

Look for inspiration

Test out the nail colour or designs you want ahead of time so you’re 100 per cent happy on the day. Check out real weddings for inspiration and find out how other real brides wore theirs.

Discuss your options

Discuss with your nail technician or manicurist the options of having either natural nails, gel polish or acrylic enhancements. Gel polish is very strong and should last well into your honeymoon.

Don’t forget your feet!

Your feet are so important, especially if you’re getting married abroad on a beach. You’ll be standing on them for a long time and they need to look pretty for honeymoon, too! Use a foot scrub to get the skin around the nails looking buff, too.

Gel polish pedicure

I really recommend having a gel polish pedicure done. It will stay shiny and perfect until after your honeymoon and won’t discolour with sun creams. Try a Gellux pedicure using this season’s summer cocktail colours. Lilac Lychee is a gorgeous sultry shade for brides while bridesmaids can rock the Purple Haze, a heady jewel tone, perfect for a pedi that pops.

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Male manicures

Treat your fiancé to a manicure before the big day. His hands will be in lots of pictures, too, so they’re just as important.

French tips

You can’t go wrong with a classic French polish but if you want a twist on tradition, then a nude or a subtle half moon in white is a nice look!

Bang on trend

Nude is a huge trend this season. Elegant Touch’s Barely There Nails are perfect for achieving this look. Alternatively add some crystals or pearls to your nails for an added wow factor.