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Wedding Nail Fashion for Bridesmaids

Getting a mani-pedi with your bridesmaids is part of the fun of your wedding weekend.
Getting a mani-pedi with your bridesmaids is part of the fun of your wedding weekend.
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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.

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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.

There's no need to limit your bridesmaids to clear polish; today's bridesmaids are painting their nails in colors ranging from white to black -- and everything in between! Classic brides may ask their bridesmaids to stick to more conservative French manicures, or paint nails in shades of nude, pink or red. More modern brides may be open to the possibility of their bridesmaids wearing a more contemporary polish or design, opting for funky color combinations and embellishments. Even if all bridesmaids' nails are different, they can be united with a small painted symbol or single rhinestone in honor of the bride's special day.

It's also common among bridal parties to choose nail polish that complements the bridesmaid dress or wedding color scheme. Instead of requiring all bridesmaids to wear an identical shade, consider suggesting a range of polishes in the same color family to choose from. Muted shades of pink are lovely, but don't underestimate the power of bold colors. Moody shades of purple and bright red are dramatic and make a statement, and metallic polishes are popular with contemporary bridal parties. When you think a polish is too flashy for fingernails, consider painting bridesmaids' toenails with the color instead. Open-toed pumps or sandals will show off a bridesmaid's pedicure quite nicely, and brightly painted toenails won't be too noticeable -- both in person and in photographs.

Since bridesmaids' nails won't be the center of attention for the majority of the wedding day, consider letting them be creative with their nail polish color and design. You want your bridesmaids to look and feel their best at the wedding, and that means giving each woman a little freedom to express her unique sense of style. As the bride, it may be your day to shine, but it's always nice to want to share a little of the limelight with your beautiful bridesmaids -- that's what true friendship is all about!

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Sources

  • Evans, Jenny. "Bridesmaids Nails." WeddingLDS.com. 2010. (Aug. 11, 2012) http://www.weddinglds.com/attendants/maid-of-honor-and-bridesmaids/bridesmaids-nails
  • The Knot. "Your Nails: Get Wedding Ready." (Aug. 6, 2012) http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-beauty-tips/wedding-pampering-relaxation/articles/wedding-ready-nails.aspx

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