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 reveal how to get perfect wedding nails ahead of your big day.

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. We would suggest Sally Hansen’s cuticle oil, a classic. Follow with a moisturising hand cream such as this Burt’s Bees Repair hand cream. Thanks to the shea butter it will leave your skin soft and hydrated.

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.

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Discuss your options

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Discuss with your nail technician or manicurist the options of having either natural nails, gel/ shellac polish or acrylic enhancements. Gel and shellac polish are a great option for wedding nails, they are 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 the honeymoon, too.

We recommend a gentle chemical exfoliator to soften and refine the skin on your feet. Footner is a great option with excellent results. One to use every few weeks starting three months or so before your big day.

Gel polish pedicure

We recommend having a gel polish pedicure done. It will stay shiny and perfect until after your honeymoon and won’t discolour with sun creams. You also don’t have to worry about chipping it as it’s fairly robust.

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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 wedding nails are always on trend and often what brides tend to go with. If you want a more embellished look, speak to your nail technician about adding some glitter or pearls. That way they’ll certainly have some wow factor.


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