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Wedding Nail Designs That Won't Upstage the Bride

Weddings are a time to look your best, but if it's not your big day, picking an appropriate wedding nail design can be difficult. Subtlety isn't for everyone, but if there was ever a time for a tasteful mani, this is it. Keep the crazy colors and patterns to a minimum, but don't be afraid to show your personality. Click through our slideshow for nail art that won't steal anyone's shine.

Lace Half Moon Nail Art

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Photo courtesy of Chalkboard Nails

This subtle lace-and-nude nail from Chalkboard Nails is the perfect way to rock a print without calling too much attention to your mani. Pick a sheer polish to use as base coat and freehand these ladylike details with with white polish and a nail art brush.

Glitter French Tip Nail Art

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Pink is universally accepted as a nail neutral, so no need to worry about upstaging anyone with this bright shade. A little glitter can add a lot of glamour without going overboard on your wedding nail designs. Get the full tutorial here!

Metallic Studded Mani

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Photo courtesy of Katrina's Nail Blog

The metallic studded mani from Katrina’s Nail Blog is a sweet and subtle way to rock trendy nail art for any occasion, but the pretty pastels make it especially wedding-appropriate!

Glitter Border Mani

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Photo courtesy of Neverland Nail Blog

Glitter tips are super popular right now, but Neverland Nail Blog takes it all the way around with this understated outline nail art. This dreamy look is perfect for a summer wedding.

Pink Studded Accent Nail Art

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Photo courtesy of Chelsea Queen

If you’re looking for chic wedding nail art that isn't over-the-top, using nail studs or gems to accent only one nail should do the trick. We love this clean, blingy look from Chelsea Queen.

Something Blue Mani

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Photo courtesy of Kelsie's Nail Files

Kelsie’s Nail Files has the right idea with this super simple blue-and-gold nail combo. Nothing says “It’s wedding season” quite like Tiffany blue, and nothing says “I’m cute, but I’m not trying too hard” like a sheer nail with a glitter top coat. Perfect.

Glitter Accent Nail Art

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Photo courtesy of Ink and Adventure

If glitter plus a bright color seems like a little too much, this beige polish and glitter accent nail art from Ink and Adventure might be just the sophisticated, toned-down vibe you’re going for.

Gold Striped Nail Art

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Photo courtesy of Sarah Lou Nails

Matte nails are always a good idea, and the gold glitter accent is fancy without being flashy. Sarah Lou Nails suggest investing in a matte top coat, a perfect solution for toning down your glossy favorites.

Black and White Chevron Mani

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Photo courtesy of Polish Art Addict

If you must rock a trendy print, make it black-and-white and chevron. Both of those are timeless enough to be tasteful. Go all out and add a silver accent nail like this look from Polish Art Addict. But that’s the absolute most you can pull off on someone else’s big day.

Clear Striped Nail Art

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Photo courtesy of Nailopedia

Another great way to accent without going overboard is by leaving a stripe of your natural nail underneath your favorite color, like this mani from Nailopedia. Just tape off a section, paint on a colorful polish, remove the tape and seal with a glossy top coat!

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