Bridal nails that will steal your heart, from the new French to subtle but sweet nail art

When it comes to wedding nails, there are a few classic shades that are often called upon. Essie Ballet Slippers is one, which is a milky pink shade that happens to also be The Queen’s all time favourite polish, as well as OPI Put It In Neutral, which is the perfect balance between beige and baby pink, as well as OPI’s Bubble Bath – a sheer pink. Then there are the gels: Shellac Romantique is a firm favourite for its milky finish and The Gel Bottle’s selection of Builder In A Bottle (or BIAB) shades is often called upon for those brides who want a true nude.

However, that doesn’t mean you are confined to tradition. On the contrary, many brides are now embracing nail art with subtle but meaningful designs including their beloved initials, delicate flowers, gold accents as well as various finishes including foil accents and marbled effects.

 Looking to find your own dream wedding nails? We’ve put together an edit of subtle, pretty shades for every skin tone in our bridal nail colours guide, but if you want every inch of you to be extra (it is YOUR day after all), consider going for something a little more special in the form of a nail design.

We’ve put together the ultimate gallery of nail art designs to suit every bride, from the delicate and dainty, to the badass and brilliant.

Once you’ve decided on your design, head over to our round up of the very best nail salons to make your dream mani a reality.

And if you’re concerned about your polish chipping before the big day, why not consider something a little longer-wearing like acrylic nails?