On your wedding day, it's important to nail your look from head to toe – and your fingertips, too. Friends and family will also want to check out the new bling on your finger, so take the time to make sure your nails look magnificent.

Prep time

Just as you get in shape for your wedding day, do the same for your nails. Start prepping your nails three months out, says makeup artist Brianna Michelle. Michelle recommends taking vitamins to help strengthen the enamel, nail bed and cuticle. Instagram star Nina Park (@ninanailedit) recommends moisturizing your cuticles with coconut oil or cuticle cream.

Don't forget to give your hands some TLC too. Use a buffing exfoliator at home to remove dead skin and moisturize your hands. That way they'll look silky smooth for pictures.

Choose your shape

You can groom your nails into so many different shapes and lengths that it might be hard to choose one. Length of nail is a personal choice.

It's good to try out different styles and see what feels comfortable. Stick with the classic square or oval nail, or try something trendier like a squoval. "Coffin nails are really trending," says Michelle.

Neutral and polished

Classic manicures tend to be neutral, with nude, blush or soft pink tones. Nowadays there are so many great nail polish lines that have nudes for every skin tone. Pairing it with white accents can also make your hands stand out.

A splash of color

An increasing number of brides are breaking with tradition and adding a pop of color to their nails. Choose carefully, though, since these will be captured forever in your photos.

Add an accent (ring) finger

If color on all your tips is too overwhelming, you can paint just your ring finger in a different color or add glitter to it to make it stand out against the rest of your hand.

Sparkle and shine

Adding rhinestones or crystals gives a 3-D effect that’s really popular, says Michelle. Or, you can spice up a French manicure by swapping white for a gold, shimmery polish.

Set in stone

Stone and marble effects are a big wedding trend for everything from jewelry to centerpieces. You can even work the pattern into your manicure for a chic look.

Fade away

An ombre technique is another way to add subtle hints of color to your nails. Have your manicurist fade color or glitter on each nail – or choose a different gradient of color for each individual nail on your hand.

Silver chic

Silver polish is a way to add a bit of shimmer and glamour while also staying relatively neutral. Plus, it’s a great complement to the new bling on your finger.

Wrap them up

Nail wraps can be an easy way to give you a wide range of design effects. Just make sure you or your nail tech dries out and preps the nails properly beforehand and always cap the tips!Top them with a gel coat for staying power.

Whatever you choose, try it out beforehand to make sure you're in love with the look. "I always recommend that brides should go to a salon and do a test," says Michelle. Set your trial appointment about two months ahead of the big day to ensure you have time to change your mind.

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