As the bride, it goes without saying that your nails need to be neatly manicured on your wedding day. Your family and friends will be marveling over your shiny new wedding band the minute you tie the knot, so it's important that your nails are ready for their close-up. While you'll stay busy with regular trips to the nail salon in the weeks leading up to the big day, don't forget to check in with your bridesmaids and discuss any expectations you may have about the condition and style of their wedding day nails. Will your attendants have the freedom to choose the nail style of their choice, or do you want everyone to match?
Depending on your personal preferences, you may or may not care which color polish your bridesmaids choose to wear on your wedding day. However, keep in mind that your idea of appropriate nail fashion could be different from someone else's. One of your bridesmaids could show up to the ceremony with an over-the-top, extravagant nail style, and there won't be time to grab a bottle of nail polish remover before you walk down the aisle. To avoid any surprises on the big day, consider whether or not you want your attendants' nails to match in color, shape and length, and communicate your preferences to your bridal party a month or two before the wedding takes place.
As a pre-wedding bonding experience, consider scheduling an appointment for mani-pedis for your entire bridal party. When you want your ladies to feel pampered, roll out the red carpet and book an afternoon at a nail salon that will accommodate you all as a group. If possible, book an appointment with a manicurist you've worked with before to make the session as seamless and comfortable as possible. Give your attendants time to fit the appointment into their schedules in advance, especially if you have a large wedding party, and understand if someone is unable to be there. If it's important to you that your bridesmaids wear the same color polish, purchase individual bottles and mail them to any attendants who can't attend or live out of state. This way, they'll easily be able to paint their nails on their own, and everyone's polish will match.
When a day at the nail salon can't be accommodated or simply isn't your style, host a mani-pedi party in the comfort of your own home. Take an afternoon or evening before the wedding to relax with your bridesmaids, and have fun spending time together. Order take-out, pop the bubbly and watch your favorite wedding flick as you all take turns painting each other's nails.