The End of the World As We Know It: Wedding Lacquer Must Haves

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For many polish addicts, there’s no bigger dilemma then planning what polish to wear for your wedding.  I’ve seen brides go old Hollywood with red and one friend wore Chanel Kaleidoscope, a gorgeous pewter, for her wedding day.

If you’re a bit more traditional, I’ve got some great recommendations for you!

OPI Funny Bunny

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Funny Bunny is my all-time favorite white jelly…I love this squishy, softened white.  The formula can’t be beat…it applies evenly and is mostly opaque after three coats.  It can be used as a subtle French tip as well.

OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble

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Don’t Burst My Bubble is a light pink jelly.  The application is a bit finicky with this one but the effect is worth it after three coats.

Picture Polish White Wedding

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A friend of mine, Sarah, wore this for her wedding last November.  This gorgeous sparkle won’t steal your spotlight on the big day.  The glass flecks reflect blue and pink but is very subtle.  Three coats are used here.

Wet ‘n Wild 2% Milk

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If you’re a bride on a budget, you can’t go wrong with 2% Milk.  This is one of the best beauty bargains out there at $1.99 a pop and can be found pretty much anywhere that carries drugstore makeup.  The formula is amazing…three smooth-flowing coats and you’re good to go.

If you’re a little adventurous, you can also sandwich subtle glitter between coats of jelly polish, using a combination of polishes such as this Don’t Burst My Bubble and OPI Pirouette My Whistle manicure.

I know a few of you are thinking out there:  “It’s mid- December…why are we talking about wedding polish?”

About three years ago, after much frustration with the state of my dating affairs, I joined PlentyOfFish.com.  I met and went out with a few guys (much more than before) but kept on seeing the same person’s profile being featured over and over again.  The profile intrigued me, but unfortunately, the user selected “Email and text only” due to his deployment in Afghanistan.  We messaged intermittently, until I had my last straw with online dating and invited him to email me on my personal account.

A year after first meeting in person, Drew proposed on June 22 and we were married on the supposed Mayan apocalypse, December 21.  Today is our first anniversary!

Our wedding colors were black, silver and purple so I knew whatever I was going to wear would reflect that.  The first two candidates were OPI Care To Danse (my lucky work interview color) and Jessica Born 2 Pansy, but I also considered Pretty Serious Emma Louise.

OPI Care To Danse

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Unlike the other polishes featured above, Care To Danse is the least opaque.  This is after four coats.  While it appears to be purple in the bottle, this color is far less apparent on the nail.

While I greatly appreciate the luck Care To Danse has brought me, I wanted something with a little more oomph.

Jessica Born To Pansy

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If you are familiar with Nicole by OPI’s Kim-pletely In Love or Essie’s Pink-A-Boo, both milky pinks with blue/purple/pink glass flecks, Jessica Born To Pansy is a purple twist.  While three coats will result in opacity, I prefer four coats.

Pretty Serious Emma Louise

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While I ultimately decided this was a bit over the top for my wedding mani, Emma Louise got the consolation prize as my wedding pedi.  Emma Louise is a purple jelly with gold/green glass flecks interspersed with teal and purple glitter.  This is one of the most underrated polishes ever, in my humble opinion.

Were you a traditional bride or did you take a walk on the wild side?  Share with us your own bridal nail colors and your future plans for one!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season!  If you’re curious, I still have 10 more days of gorgeous holiday polishes at my Instagram account, the_asian_girl!

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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