Post # 1
I’m not a girly girl. I’m not going all-out Bridal for the wedding–just wearing a short, sort of casual white dress. My rings are small and plain, and I love them. I work with my hands, and have never been able to grow my nails out (they just end up breaking right away). Would it be a travesty to just trim/file my nails short, and maybe clear coat them for the wedding day, instead of getting a manicure or fake nails or something?
I ask because I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a bride with short plain nails. Did anyone do this? Or does anyone have photos for examples?
Post # 3
You can still get a manicure and paint your nails clear. The manicare will make your hands look softer and clean up the dead skin. There is nothing wrong with short nails as my nails are never longer than the tips of my finger.
Post # 4
I agree with Applestar13. I keep my nails pretty short too, but I’m definitely getting a manicure. Stick to either clear, nude, or french tip. It’ll be fun to get them done with your bridesmaids or Mom, plus it’s a small way to make you feel beautiful.
Post # 6
I like all the PP’s ideas. I also think it is always a good time to relax and treat yourself when having a manicure done. Get them painted some sort of nuetral or a light pink.
Post # 7
Definitely get a manicure! As PP said, even if you’re not a fan of polish, you can still get clear or a nice sheer pink, and it will help ensure that your hands are photo-ready! My nails are kind of peely too, so I totally relate to never being able to growouter nails, but you could try a product like the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails just to help your nails grow out so that they are nice and even on your big day. 🙂
Post # 8
Manicures really are fun (pedicures are better). BUT to answer your question, clear coating my own short farm nails is EXACTLY what I did for my wedding. I didn’t really have the money for a manicure, and I HATE fake tips… So there you go, it has been done. 🙂
Post # 9
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with just clear coat on neatly trimmed short nails. I also am not a girly girl when it comes to my nails. I decided that since it was my wedding I had to get a manicure and since my nails were so short I got acrylics. BIG mistake. I can’t stand filing (it’s like nails on a chalkboard for me) so it was a horrible experience and I was cringing the whole time. Not the relaxing experience I was hoping for. Getting them taken off was a whole other fiasco, and they still are rough and gross looking 2 months later. I wish I would have just kept it simple like you are thinking of doing. Sure a nice french manicure looks nice in pictures, but it’s so annoying to have long nails if you’re not used to it. And they kind of hurt on the wedding day since I did it the day before and they grind everywhere and dig into your cuticles. Ouch!
Post # 10
@farmgirl2106: Thank you. It is so nice to hear from you and Faye. I can’t stand having someone file my nails (the sound and feel honestly make me want to throw up) and pushing back cuticles etc. is even worse.
Thank you, the rest of you, for all your suggestions. I have already tried Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, it doesn’t work at all for me. There’s nooooo way I’d wear pink or do French tips. And I’m on a tiny budget with no bridesmaids who would be up for that sorta thing (same goes for my mom).
It is good to know that plain, clean, simple DIY nails have been done before. I actually hate spa related things so I think having my hair and makeup done by someone else will make me uncomfortable enough as it is, haha.
Post # 11
No photos but I have never once seen a manicure on any bride whose wedding I have attended in the past. No one noticed or cared that the bride didn’t get her nails done, nor is it anyone’s business. If it isn’t your thing, don’t worry about it and don’t let anyone pressure you into feeling bad about it.
Post # 12
I was a short nail bride. I grew my nails out as much as I could but that is never very long. I did get them professionally manicured 3 days before the wedding and they looked good and I was happy they were mine and not fake.
Post # 13
I am just having mine cleaned up and putting a clear coat on them. I really just want it for the pictures. There will be lots of close ups of our hands together and me holding my bouquet, and tons of others. Really, if it were not for the photos I would just do it myself.
Post # 14
I would think if you clean them up a little, put clear coat on them, like your planning, it’s fine. Everyone looks at the brides dress and brides maids dresses !
Post # 15
I’m sort of a girly girl but I’ve never had a manicure and don’t think I will for my wedding either! I keep my nails short, trimmed and clean and that works just fine. People will have lots of other things to worry about than your nails on the day, I doubt anyone will notice.
Post # 16
I totally agree with The Unsuspecting Bride here~~~ this is YOUR day. whatever makes you comfortable!
I rarely wear polish because I do a lot of shuffling around with my hands in my work as an artist and esthetician, so it just comes right off! Chipped nailpolish looks BAD~ And to be honest, when I got married, it doesn’t matter if you painted your nails yourself or you got it manicured the day before~~~ THE LAST thing you want to worry about is chipped nails!!!! the photos might pick up your nails, but NONE of your guests will notice~
For your situation, I recommend short neatly trimmed nails, and maybe CLEAR nail polish. Just gives you a little shine and finish without having any color, and if it chips, it won’t really SHOW up as a chipped nail!!! 🙂