Let your nails make a statement on your wedding day with one of these unexpected (but entirely bridal) color choices.
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A friend recently confided in us that her only wedding-day regret was the fact that she wore pale pink nail polish instead of a bright color, like she usually prefers. If that was her only upset, we'd say she had a pretty good wedding. Even so, that got us thinking: If you love your weekly manicure and look forward to selecting a fun, lively the shade each time you visit the salon, why would you wear pale pink on your wedding day? While the soft hue is popular with brides thanks to its timeless appeal (many women choose beige or nude shades, too), there's no reason to feel like you have to wear pale pink for your wedding if that's not something you'd choose in everyday life.
Like any part of a wedding, your decisions should reflect who you are, not who you think you're supposed to be as a bride. So, if you've never reached for petal pink polish at the salon before, don't do it now. You can still find a timeless, neutral color that you'll love for years to come. Furthermore, while your nails may be visible in some photos of your bouquet or rings, odds are they won't be showcased in more than a handful of snapshots. That means you can ignore those nay-sayers who have mentioned you'll look back on a bold nail color choice with regret. For those who like pinks, but simply want something more stand out, feel free to choose a more saturated version of the hue.
If you've already decided that the standard bridal nail polishes colors are not for you, you're in luck. We've rounded up a variety of just-as-pretty shades of polish that are perfect for a bride. Still set on a barely-there mani for your walk down the aisle? That's okay, too. You can try these shades for a pre-wedding party or wear them on your toes for an unexpected pop of color.
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Smith and Cult
Perhaps the most obvious alternative to pale pink is a metallic. This one isn't a silver, nor gold, but a warm, finely ground, glittery shade of terracotta. We're imagining how chic it will look against any engagement ring and wedding band—whether silver, gold, or rose gold—because mixing metals can add a fresh, modern element to a bridal look.
Smith and Cult Fosse Fingers, $18, smithandcult.com.
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Marc Jacobs Beauty
When in doubt, go dusty. As a matter of fact, you can take any color (pink, green, blue, you name it), find it in a dusty shade, and it immediately becomes bridal. We're particularly fond of this lavender gray; we envision it being worn by a bride who's style leans towards ethereal.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in "Delphine," $18, net-a-porter.com.
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OPI Infinite Shine Less is Norse
We love the juxtaposition of wearing a dark color, like this navy blue, with a white dress. Plus, it can count as your "something blue."
OPI Iceland Infinite Shine in "Less is Norse," $12.50, ulta.com.
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This one is actually part of Monique Lhuillier's bridal collection for Essie, so we feel particularly validated in wanting to wear a deep shade of berry for a wedding. It's perfect for those who always wear red nail polish day to day; it's just a touch less bold than a true red.
Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in "Berry in Love," $11.49, target.com.
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If you're set on pink, but want to try something a bit different, this shade of rose will look beautiful. It's not candy pink, but more sophisticated. We can't imagine what type of wedding or bride it won't complement.
TenOverTen "Mulberry," $18, tenoverten.com.