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Your bridal beauty is a hands-on affair. After that diamond goes onto your finger, everyone from your coworkers to Aunt Sally are going to want an up-close view of your digits. Naturally, you'll want to make sure you have a perfect manicure to match your perfect day. How do you choose the ideal polish color?
The pressure is on: There are as many hues to choose from as there are bridal gowns and wedding invitations. But don't get overwhelmed. This part is supposed to be fun!
One clever way to pick a color is to match your nails to your bridal bouquet. After all, you'll be clutching your flowers from the time you walk down the aisle to the moment you walk into the reception as a married woman. Here are 11 fresh shades that will match whatever bundle of floral goodies you're carrying, whether it's a petite arrangement of lily of the valley, a vibrant tangle of wildflowers, or an overflowing cascade of deep red roses.
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IRIS: SHE SAID YEAH BY SMITH & CULT
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LILY OF THE VALLEY: BLANC BY ESSIE
This snowy white hue is the perfect complement to a bundle of fragrant white flowers. It's recommended for use in a French manicure, but you can also use it as all-over color to pure, angelic effect.
Essie "Blanc" Nail Polish, $9, essie.com.
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WILDFLOWERS: TULLE BY JINSOON
If your bouquet is wild and free, just like you, there's good news about this flattering cream hue. Not only does it match with any type of flower, it also requires only one coat and a top gloss. Who needs extra fuss?
Jinsoon "Tulle" Nail Polish, $18, jinsoon.com.
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Pink Peonies: Adored by Maxus
The last thing you need on your wedding day is a chipped nail. Luckily, the Maxus Nails' Empower collection is made with ingredients that strengthen your nails and protect them from breakage. So even though Adored is a pale, demure shade of pink, it's actually tough as... well, you know.
Maxus "Adored" Nail Polish, $18, maxusnails.com.
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SUCCULENTS: DIRTY LITTLE SECRET BY DEBORAH LIPPMANN
If you're going for a natural, desert-y vibe with your flower arrangement, choose a color to match. Deborah Lippmann's holographic, beige shade will fit right in with what you're carrying. It also meshes beautifully with a sandy backdrop, if you're actually tying the knot in the desert.
Deborah Lippmann "Dirty Little Secret" Nail Polish, $20, deborahlippmann.com.
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TIGER LILLIES: NANTUCKET BY OLIVIA PALERMO X CIATE LONDON
If you're looking to add a dash of vibrant orange—or a bit of a tropical vibe—to your big day, reach for Ciate's gorgeous, coral hue. We can hear the steel drums now.
Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo "Nantucket" Nail Polish, $24, ciatelondon.com.
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BLUE HYDRANGEAS: PASSPORT TO HAPPINESS BY ESSIE
First off, what better omen for your honeymoon than a shade that's called "Passport to Happiness?" This lovely green hue perfectly offsets a bright blue bouquet—and channels idyllic seaside landscapes, to boot.
Essie "Passport to Happiness" Nail Polish, $8.50, essie.com.
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PINK ROSES: MUSE BY JIN SOON
Popular nail artist Jin Soon makes a perfectly dainty shade of pink—no wonder this is one of her most beloved wedding-day colors. Plus, your photographer will be on board with this shade. Soon has said that she likes this pretty color for editorial shots, because it creates a subtle contrast against any color skin tone.
Jinsoon "Muse" Nail Polish, $18, jinsoon.com.
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RED ROSES: INSPIRED BY MAXUS
Also from the Maxus Empower collection, Inspired is a bold, classic shade of red that will make your roses pop. Plus, nothing beats the hue of true love.
Maxus "Inspired" Nail Polish, $18, maxusnails.com.
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