30 wedding nail polishes for every bride and bridesmaid

Whether you’re a bold or classic bride, we’ve got your big day nail color right here. Plus: how to pick the best shade for any color bridesmaid dress.

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Bridal nails, as you might have guessed, are all about polished, classically beautiful manicures. But lately many brides are adding little delightful twists to their day-of fingertips, with opaque pastels and elegant-but-unique nail art. This also includes nail designs that play with negative space (where a portion of the nail design is left unpainted), glitter ombre nails, or nails with just a pop of color on the tips (often called a reverse French-manicure).

Plan to prep your nails the day before your wedding, or very early on the morning of, as part of the pampering process. This is not a day for scrimping on the details, so pay attention to cuticles, nail beds, and gentle shaping. When in doubt, most manicurists agree that a soft almond nail is both timeless and natural.

Below you’ll find 15 bride-perfect colors that are eye-catching but still neutral, and work with all the latest nail trends. Now you’re just a swipe away from finding your center-stage shade.

Smith&Cult Fauntelroy ($18, Smith&Cult)
Sally Hansen Hard As Well Xtreme Wear Bar it All ($3, Ulta)
Olivia Palermo for Ciate Paint Pot Off-Duty Nude Sunday ($24, Nordstrom)
Orly Kiss The Bride ($9, Orly)
Butter London Splash Out ($15, Nordstrom)
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Shell We Dance? ($7, Target)
JINsoon Muse ($18, Net a Porter)
Nails Inc Elizabeth Street ($14, Nails Inc)
Zoya Rue ($9, Ulta)
Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Tra-La-La ($27, Sephora)
Deborah Lippmann Modern Love ($18, Deborah Lippmann)
OPI Altar Ego ($10, OPI)
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Ballerina ($28, Nordstrom)
Essie Ballet Slipper ($9, Essie)
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty La Laque Couture Rose Abstrait ($28, Barneys)

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Don’t forget your maids’ manicures, too!

When it comes to bridesmaids, it’s often a good idea to ask them to wear a coordinating color. Many brides gift their bridesmaids with a bottle of their chosen nail polish (so it feels like a fun perk, not a demand), while others just give guidelines and then leave it up to their bridesmaids to pick a shade that best matches their skin-tone. All that said, you should feel free to choose whatever color your heart desires!

A quick bride’s guide to matching polish with dress colors:

If your bridesmaids are wearing white or cream, go for multi-colored fun or a pop of cheery red to add contrast and interest.

Blush tones pair well with pinky neutrals, or a soft dark grey with blue undertones.

Yellow dresses should be matched with a complementary light, bright hue—or go bold with a rich white crème.

Match mint dress with mint nails for an on-trend look, or contrast it with a soft dove grey.

Light blue colors pair well with neutral greens—look for those with a blue undertone—or even a bright pop of pink to add color and attention.

Purple dresses can be tricky depending on the shade. Neutrals—whether it be a light, fresh grey or a deep navy—are the easiest way forward.

When wearing green dresses, keep it all within the color family and pick greens or complementary neutral shades that don’t stand out.

A grey dress is the perfect neutral for any nail polish—choose a muted burgundy for a sophisticated evening look, or go bright and cheerful with a vivid blue.

A navy blue dress allows for a wider range of colors, whether it be a super-fun pink or a more mature taupe.

See? No matter the bridesmaid dress color, there’s a perfect shade to match—now all you have to do is pick from these tried-and-true polishes.

Marc Jacobs Good Friday ($18, Sephora)
Tenoverten Delacey ($18, Birchbox)
Essie Cocktail Blink ($8, Beauty)
Butter London Sunnies ($15, Nordstrom)
China Glaze Up All Night ($8, Ulta)
RGB White ($18, RGB Cosmetics)
OPI Red ($10, Ulta)
Nails Inc Cornwall Gardens ($14, Nails Inc)
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Breeze Blue ($3, Ulta)
OPI Malaga Wine ($10, Ulta)
Dolce&Gabbana Petal 115 ($27, Nordstrom)
Zoya Perry ($9, Ulta)
FormulaX Provocative ($11, Sephora)
Smith&Cult Bitter Buddist ($18, Smith&Cult)
Essie Jelly Apple ($9, Amazon)

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Genevieve Ang
Genevieve Ang

Genevieve Ang grew up in Singapore and now lives in New York. By day she works in marketing, by night she writes about fashion, shopping, and the importance of a red lip.