Choosing the Right Nail Color for a Wedding
I recently went to a wedding and, being the perfectly matched person that I am, I wanted to make sure that my nail color was not too hot pink or too funky that it would not match the classic, preppy dress and earrings that had already been coordinated for me. I know it seems silly that a nail color can make or break an outfit, but guess what? It can. The wedding pictures will be around forever, so why not make sure to have a great, matched outfit from head to toe?
My dress was cream lace with black outlines in the pattern, so I choose to wear pale pink shoes and earrings that my boyfriend thought were Christmas ornaments with three tier balls. One of the balls was pale pink as well, so this matched the heels. I wanted my earrings and shoes to give me the little pop of color that the dress did not.
I didn’t want my nails to be pale pink because that could look way too matchy, mathchy. So, I figured the nails could match the main color of my dress, which would bring it all together nicely. Instead of matching the cloth color exactly, I decided to go with a nail color that was in between the pale pink shoes and earrings, and the cream-colored dress I was wearing. Any of these three colors would have matched and worked, but I liked the color I chose because under some lights it looked cream and under others you could see the pale hint of pink in it.
Thankfully Essie makes every color and even nuanced hues within those colors. I went to the nail salon, but they were booked. So I had to run to the drugstore and find a nail color myself. Thankfully, Rite Aid had a great selection of nail colors. Honestly!
You want to use a brand that won’t chip, is a pretty color and is a brand that you know is tried and true. I found those qualities in the Essie brand we all know and love. The colors I recommend for weddings are pale, pastel colors that you would see at a baby shower. These colors match a lot and are subtle to do not show up in pictures, but also give you the look of a manicured hand.
Essie had these colors at a Rite Aid in Pennsylvania. I was told that colors depend on the state, but that you can always find all of the colors online.
Essie’s enamel Ballet Slippers is the color I chose, but I was debating three options. The other two were Marshmallow and Between the Seats. All three are great colors to choose as a wedding guest. Also, check out OPI’s pastel color lineup as well.
Born and raised in the DMV, Emma Blancovich has a big appreciation for discovering things to do around town, such as new restaurants to try and supporting the local music scene by attending live shows. During the week she is an editor for trade associations, but on the weekends you can find her hiking up trails with the latest fitness gadgets then getting ready for a night out using the latest beauty and health products.