A good manicure and pedicure make everything better!
Here are a few tips for nails:
Remember your nails on your day!
In the scheme of things, details can be considered afterthoughts, when it's really the details that make a wedding YOURS. Details set your wedding apart from everyone else's. So, we want to first establish that your nails shouldn't be skimped on because they really do a GREAT job tying your hair, makeup, gown and other accessories together exceptionally well when they are done correctly. After all, you need nice hands to show off the gorgeous, new jewelry you will be wearing as a Mrs.
You are TOTALLY worth the investment. Typically, a manicure and pedicure can run anywhere from $35 and up. If you don't typically get your nails done, it's a great time to check out some looks. If you are short on time, testing out a look anywhere from 2-4 weeks before your wedding will work.
Before going to the salon, follow these tips:
Determine your "bridal type" and what you want for your day.
Some brides are traditional while others may be a little in between. There are some brides who are completely opposite of both of these. Deciding what you want to "say" with your nails will help to narrow down the search.
For example, let's take a more traditional bride. Her favorite color may be bubble gum pink. Since it's her favorite color, it's quite natural that she would want to express that on her wedding day. When she goes to the nail salon, she knows to stay in the pink family because that's her favorite color. She may opt for bubble gum pink initially, however, once she tries it on, she may opt for a more pastel pink for her day because it goes better with her theme or what she wants to express. It's not an idea of being "matchy" but rather allowing everything to "flow" well.
Test out looks.
I like to purchase my own nail polish and take it to the salon because I have so many colors and ideas that I like to test out. In saying that, you may want to do one of two things: either start shopping for nail polish or "shop" the nail salon for colors they have available. I typically like to have the nail tech "test" out a color on my nails so that I can decide which color I want to use. It helps a lot. There is not much worse than getting a color you don't want after ALL of your nails have been painted. That's the great thing about testing out colors. If you purchase nail color on your own, you can do a 'test' by painting a strip of polish on your nails before going to the salon.
Fresh polish works WELL.
I'll let you in on a little secret: Fresh polish works AMAZINGLY well! It's a secret to a flawless mani and pedi. It's one reason I take my own polish because I'm the only one using it and I know it's fresh. I tend to opt for colors that are bold and expressive more often than not, so those colors aren't always the 'freshest' in the bunch (at the nail salon). Nail polish can and does dry up, so keep that in mind.
If you aren't one who gets your nails done often or you're seeking another shop/nail technician, word-of-mouth is great! Once you find your shop, book an appointment for your actual wedding day manicure and pedicure. Shops get booked quickly. If you have a particular nail tech you like, make sure to book that person. Every shop is not created equal. Stick with what works!
Toes count too.
People often focus on finger nails but toes count too! You can do the same color on both the hands and feet or you can get fancy and have 2 different looks. Be sure to test out looks on your toes too. Open-toed shoes look so much better with fancy toes! Even if you have a nude color, it just looks great on toes.