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Brides, Unite! Non-Traditional Nail Designs for Your Big Day

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This article was written by The Zillennial Zine’s summer editorial intern Jenna Wirtz. Find her on Instagram at @jenna.wirtz. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at thezillennialzine@gmail.com.

Your wedding day is just that. Yours. It should be a tailor fit for you and your partner. That includes every detail, which is where your nails come in. It may seem small to bystanders, but as a bride-to-be, I understand that every little thing is important.

If you search “Unique Wedding Nails” on Pinterest, you will likely be met with a sea of cream, white, translucent and ballet slipper pink. This look has been widely accepted however, as years have gone by and generations have changed, weddings have become less and less traditional. Painting your nails your favorite color to our parents might seem tacky whereas nowadays it is seen as authentic. The truth is, nobody but you is going to be looking at your nails for more than a couple of seconds, so it is essential that you choose something that makes you feel best!

While these classic options are just that, classic, they may not be what reflects you best. I can definitely relate to that. As I look through the neutrals offered on Pinterest I cannot help but be a little bit bored. I love color, and my nails have been painted the same shade of cobalt blue since January, which shows that I love using my nails as an accessory.

It is clear that there is a lack of non traditional, unique nail options. So, I am going to guide you through a few different styles/colors of nails so that you can figure out what is going to be the perfect fit for you. As a bride who is getting her nails done for her wedding in a couple days, I am in the same boat!

Micro/Colorful French Tips

I love this twist on the classic french tip manicure. If you are looking for a small pop of color, this would be a great option. If you are not sure what color to go with, think about the colors in your wedding color scheme and what your bridesmaids are wearing.


It is best practice to not wear red to a wedding. It draws unnecessary attention to the guest, when we all know it is about the bride. This is why I love the idea of doing red nails. I am wearing an ivory dress, but if I was wearing a brighter white I would definitely consider doing this color. It is so unexpected, and contrasts so well with white. If you have a very simple color scheme containing just black and white, this would be a great option.

Dual colors

I have never seen this on a bride before, which is why I am so obsessed with it. I love how playful and fun this looks, and how customizable it is for any aesthetic. Even if you love neutrals, doing something like this could elevate it and add some more dimension to your look.

Partial Design

There is not a technical name for this style, but it is essentially a design that only covers some of the nail. I love this minimalist approach to nail art, particularly if you are a bride with minimalist taste! This is a lovely mix of elegant and playful for the bride that wants to do both.


Pink is a classic nail color for brides, but it is usually a lighter pink. I love these shades of pink that are just a little bit brighter, that will pop so well against any bride. My bridesmaids are wearing hot pink, so I am also debating on matching with them by selecting a brighter pink. I could be biased (I am) because pink is my favorite color. It goes so wonderfully with any complexion and is feminine in a classic way. 

Looking for nail ideas for wedding season? Comment below which ones you like the best!

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