There are endless decisions to make when it comes to planning your wedding style: (mainly!) what dress to wear, your hair and makeup vision, etc. And if you're all about the details, then your manicure will factor into that. You can't just wear any old pink or blush — it needs to perfectly complement your rings, skin tone, and, of course, the bouquet!
To help with the latter we enlisted beauty darling Christy Meisner Doramus of Crowns by Christy to create elegant bouquets, all handpicked from NYC flower farmers markets. Then we called in the manicure pros from Glamsquad (specifically, Christina Harris, Lillie Le, and Tashi Lhamo) to create chic nail looks that show off some of the dreamiest bridal lacquers on the market. And if that's not enough to send your Pinterest button into overdrive, then swoon over the rings featured from iconic jewelers like De Beers to more untraditional designers like Anna Sheffield. Basically, there's something for every taste and style — whether you're classic to the core, a bit more bohemian, or full of flair.
But before you screenshot every one of these manicure, bouquet, and ring pairings, read some savvy advice from Glamsquad creative director Giovanni Vaccaro on how to choose a nail shade for the big day.
POPSUGAR: How should the dress affect a bride's manicure selection?
Giovanni Vaccaro: A bride should always consider the texture, style, and fabric of her dress. If her dress has intricate details or a more sophisticated fabric, opt for a lighter, more neutral shade. If the dress is sleek and simple with no extra embellishments, she should feel more comfortable to opt for a slightly more interesting or vibrant polish shade.
PS: How does season affect the shade choice?
GV: The choice of flowers in a bouquet is always seasonal, plus skin tone may vary from season to season. For Winter weddings, opt for cooler colors such as beiges, creams, and dreamy light blues. For Spring and Summer weddings, pick warmer colors like pinks, corals, and tans. White also works for warm-weather weddings but appears too harsh for Winter weddings.
PS: How does skin tone play into it? What hues look best on what skin tones?
GV: You must consider skin tone when choosing your polish and avoid any shades that will wash you out. If you break skin tones into three categories; dark, olive, and porcelain, here are the shades that work best for each.
Dark: Pale colors, off white, dove gray, peach.
Olive: Pale colors, off white, red (only if you're going for a scarlet red lip)
Porcelain: Sheer shades (Essie's Mademoiselle is great), light pinks, powder blues, and red (only if you're going for a scarlet red lip). Stay away from off white, beige, and pink shades that will wash you out.
If you aren't sure what shade works best for your skin, purple is always a safe choice. Lilac is a beautiful bridal shade that complements pretty much all skin tones.
PS: How many days before your wedding should you get your manicure and pedicure?
GV: For regular polish, you should paint nails the day before your wedding. If you're getting gel, you can go three days before the wedding, but definitely no more!
PS: What are your thoughts on gel vs. nail polish for a wedding?
GV: Either! Stick to what you're comfortable with. If you usually get regular polish, opt for that. If you prefer gel, get gel. Gels are great if you're going on the honeymoon directly after the wedding and want the polish to last.
Keep reading to find bridal manicure, ring, and bouquet inspiration!