I’ve always been a huge supporter of well-manicured nails with subtle colors on wedding day to perfectly complement the overall bridal look. After all, you don’t want to detract from the new sparkle you’ll be sporting on your left hand! However, for many brides, a traditional French manicure or pale pink coat of polish just doesn’t quite float their boat. That’s where these modern takes on the traditional manicure come in!

Subtle enough to scream bridal yet unique enough to be memorable, the five bridal manicure options I’ve come across below after perusing Pinterest are certainly popping up in the fashion scene – and at weddings! – all around the nation.

 

Glitter bridal manicure as alternative to French manicure | The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

via @frijolita on Instagram

1. Glitter “French”

This sweet design adds a soft alternative to the traditional French manicure. It’s subtle right until the light catches your hand. Imagine it – your wedding ring set and your nails softly shimmering in the sunlight on the happiest day of your life… (cue audible sigh)

 

Nude glimmer bridal manicure as alternative to French manicure | The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

via All Lacquered Up

2. Nude polish with a surprise shimmer twist

Not really a French manicure kind of gal? I’m in love with this option as well. Totally classy and chic while still giving your nails the proper love they deserve on such an important day.

 

Gold band and glitter ombre bridal manicure as alternative to French manicure | The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

via @nsguidetostyle on Instagram

3. Gold band and glitter ombre design

Talk about unique! This manicure provides the ultimate hybrid between an almost-French manicure and a pop of glitter on your wedding day. I can see this design easily on a trend-setting bride during any season.

 

Lace bridal manicure as alternative to French manicure | The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

via The Knot user forums

4. Classy Lace Pattern

Okay, so this just might be my favorite. I love how it meshes those classic French manicure colors with an irresistible and totally on-trend design of lace. I’ve even seen just the tips decorated in white lace – an equally stunning and unique design!

 

Matte and mirror tip bridal manicure as alternative to French manicure | The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

via Heidi Klum on AOL

5. Metallic shine

For the offbeat bride, this design definitely puts your hands in somewhat of a spotlight for the evening! I love the contrast between the soft, matte finish and the shiny metallic tips in this manicure.

 

 

There you have it! It’s always hard to choose a small number of bridal beauty options when so many are simply stunning. For even more options, click on over to The Pink Bride’s Pinterest boards – especially the Wedding Makeup + Nails board. You won’t be disappointed!

 

 

 

What bridal manicure designs have you found recently and loved?

Tell us all about them in the comments below, or send us a Pin on Pinterest to illustrate!