3 Bridal Manicures That Put French Tips To Shame

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Attention all brides-to-be: dare to branch out on your big day (or just for fun) by trading up traditional french tips, nudes or cherry reds for 3 rule breaking, bridal manicures. These fresh and unconventional ideas are a must-try if you’re seeking a chic way to incorporate a punch of personality into your wedding-appropriate look without going overboard.

A Fresh Take On French Tips

If you're set on a french manicure, try something different by swapping out white tips for some gold ones instead. We love this understated yet totally glamorous take on traditional bridal nails—they’re neutral enough to wear past your wedding day plus effortless to DIY. To assure they last past the first dance, don't forget your topcoat!

A Fresh Take On French Tips

The Shield Topcoat

$18

Tenoverten

Fade Resistant Nail Polish in Golden Riviera

$15

Lancome

An Alternative To Red

While we're not telling you to ditch reds all together, a plum or violet hue serves as an edgy alternative to cherry nails. We recommend going with a shimmer-free formula to avoid distracting from your most eye-catching accoutrements (we're referring to the ring!). Pump up the shine factor with a gel manicure, or get the look at home with Deborah Lippmann's luxe set.

An Alternative To Red

Gel Lab Set

$45

Deborah Lippmann

Nail Lacquer in Viper

$32

Tom Ford

A Chic Take On Nail Art

For a playfully feminine take on bridal nails, check out our favorite mani of the batch—opaque, ballet slipper pink adorned with an intricate half moon of crystals. This blinged-out look was inspired by Honor's spring 2014 show and can be worn everywhere from the altar to the office (if we did it, so can you!). If you're tackling the trend at home, start by gluing the rhinestones at the base of the nail and work your way up. Finishing off your mani with a topcoat will better secure stones for a lasting effect.

A Chic Take On Nail Art

Crystal Gems

$10

Red Carpet Manicure

Vernis Gel Shine in Tra La La

$25

Dior