From cuticle care to colour schemes, consult our go-to guide for perfect wedding nails.

wedding nails

You’re under the spotlight for every minute of your wedding day so naturally you will want to look perfectly groomed down to the very last detail.

So, your skin and hair are under control.  But what about your wedding nails? Of course your hands are going to be on show but you mustn’t forget your feet. Even if you’re not wearing open-toed shoes you will need sparkling toenails for your honeymoon. We’ve go the preparation tips, trends and inspiration you need for perfect wedding nails.

The Perfect Wedding Nails: Preparation

Having nice nails for your wedding doesn’t just involve one manicure. It will take a few months of care and a new regime. Follow these nail care tips to start off your nail care routine at home.

  1. Make sure you trim your nails regularly so they can grow faster and stronger
  2. Keep a nail file in your handbag so that you are never tempted to rip a broken nail off
  3. Always file your nails, but in one direction only
  4. Buffing your nails will keep them lovely and smooth, but if your nails are thin and weak do not buff more than once a fortnight because it will wear them down
  5. Before applying nail polish, clean your nails with nail polish remover to remove any nasty grime which will act as a resistant to the polish. Always use a base and top coat when painting your nails.
  6. Massage a moisturising cuticle oil into the cuticles regularly in order to promote healthy nail growth. Sweet Almond Oil is particularly good for the cuticles.
  7. Push your cuticles back so that you can see the little half-moon shaped white areas, making your nails appear longer. Do this after a hot bath when your skin is particularly soft
  8. Always cut your toenails horizontally to prevent in-growing nails
  9. Drink lots of milk to keep your calcium intake up in order to maintain strong nails
  10. NEVER bite or pick at your nails.

From more nail care tips and trends read more on how to get incredible wedding nails.

The Perfect Wedding Nails: 2019 Trends

Your wedding nail design can play an important part in your look. Whether you go for a simple block colour, embellishments or detailed nail art the choices for your manicure are endless. To help you decide we have collected the most popular styles and trends for 2019.

White nails for your wedding

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A lot of women choose white nails to compliment their wedding dress on the big day. Whether you opt for a matte or a gloss finish, while nails also provide a good base for glitter detail or rhinestones.

Nude nails

A nude nail colour is simple and super classy. It also works well with embellished details, such as lace overlays or floral nail designs. You could match these to other details of your wedding, too.


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Blue wedding nails

Are you still looking for your something blue? Why not opt for a blue nail varnish. A pale shade like duck egg or sky blue will compliment your look without making too much of a statement.

Wedding day nail art


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Break with tradition on your wedding day and opt for something a little different. Nail art is having a moment and it’s all about being as creative or curated as you like.  The nail artists at STILL London are the cream of the crop, and will transform your nails into mini works of art. From geometric lines, to intricate designs or splashes of sparkle and glitter, pay the salon a visit for standout nails ahead of your big day. If you needed another reason to visit, all the products are toxin and cruelty-free. We’re obsessed.

Chrome or pearlescent wedding nails

If you want to add some shine to your look, choose a chrome finish. A pale pink will give off a pearl-like gleam.


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A French Manicure on your wedding day

Traditional French manicures are still popular with brides. Add a modern twist with by choosing a different shape or colour.

Ombre nails

Ombre nails provide an elegant style for brides. This compliments more detailed dresses and is perfect for brides who want a pretty, yet simple design.

Pink bridal nails

Shades of pink are also popular with brides. You could Show your nails some love with the addition of red heart patterns too.


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Glitter nails for your wedding

Add glamour to any manicure with the addition of glitter. This can be in the form of an overcoat or accent nail. You could also try a glittered French Manicure.


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The Perfect Wedding Nails: Your Questions Answered

Help! One of the wedding nails has broken, what can I do? Its three days until my wedding

Don’t panic! You can get a nail extension for one nail only, so call your salon for an emergency appointment. If you can’t get an appointment or don’t have time, use nail glue to stick the nail back into place. If all else fails, file the nail into a regular shape and file the other nails down so that they are not too much longer. Then paint it just the same as the others and no-one will notice. Honest!

My husband-to-be bites his nails and its horrid, but he can’t stop. What can he do?

Try giving him some clear, nasty tasting nail polish. Or buy him a manicure. Men hate the idea of getting their nails done but it’s surprising how many are enticed to keep them looking good if they can be persuaded to have a manicure in the first place.

You can even get nail strengthener for men that gives a matte finish so no-one will ever know it’s there. If he still won’t comply, make a deal with him whereas he has to give you a pound for every nail he nibbles. You’ll soon get enough to buy you a pair of new shoes!

Will having synthetic or acrylic wedding nails ruin my nails underneath?

Synthetic nails may weaken your own nails very slightly but as long as you get them done at a well-respected, professional salon there should be no need to worry. Bear in mind, the cheaper the salon, the more risk you are taking. You can always ask the manicurist’s advice on the upkeep of your own nails after you’ve had the synthetic ones taken off.

We recommend having…

  • A nail file
  • Nail polishes in a range of colours
  • Cuticle oil and pusher
  • A nail buffer

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