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The French Manicure Is Out! How To Choose A Better Wedding Day Nail Look

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At a time when nail art has taken centrestage, the French manicure, a tried and true bridal staple, has fallen by the wayside. We recently sat down with one of the world’s foremost manicure mavens, Jan Arnold, the co-founder and style director of CND, to ask her why this is and how we should go about deciding on a wedding day nail look that’s more current.

Why is the French manicure over and what should we do instead?

“In the olden days it was enough just to have clean French manicure,” says Arnold. “Now for me a French manicure looks too sporty for a bride. All of a sudden French, buffed or clear is about sport and romance and elegance for me demands a little length on the nail. If you think of the scale of the dress, most brides go floor-length and so it creates this very elongated illusion. To have a short tailored nail seems the opposite – it’s too high of a contrast. Overall, I like a little bit of length and a little bit of soft oval or almond shaping is really flattering to the hand. If you have a hard time growing your nails out Shellac is a great option — it not only adds beautiful colour, it also protects your nails and helps allow them to grow without cracking and breaking. ”

What’s a good way to choose a wedding day nail look?

“Think about the silhouette of the dress you’re wearing and the fabric (is it opaque or does it have layers of dimension and sheerness?) That should give you a cue as to which direction to take. I like to look at shoes in terms of shape too,” says Arnold. “With nails it’s all about accenting, detailing and finishing the outfit. Ask yourself what your nails can do to finish your statement from head to toe…and don’t forget the toes.”

How should we go about choosing a colour?

“You have to decide what your style statement is,” says Arnold. “If you want to go with colours that are comfortable with your colouration, then match it. If you want to really mix things up and go avant garde, then go with a contrasting tone. I like clashing my skin tone for contrast and to make a statement.”

What are the hot new colours for fall?

“One of the things we saw very prominently was the rich, regal, very dressed up nail with baroque gold detailing and lots of rich tones in velvet colours,” says Arnold. “I think even if you’re wearing a classic white bridal gown, you can wear a rich romantic dark red nail and it could be absolutely stunning. You could add metallic to your manicure like the Jason Wu nail we did for fall (see above). We just gilded the very edge of the nail and maybe you pick up that gold detailing somewhere else — with earrings or a gold ring maybe. My advice is to go for lavish, gilded, rich, dark gem tones. Just steer clear of black!”

5 Helpful Tips for Dressing the Moms in Your Bridal Party

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When it comes to your wedding there are many people to be considered. The bride, the groom, the wedding party, the guests and…the Moms. On your special day both of your moms will want to look their best. It is a challenge that nearly every bride faces in choosing their wedding style, what should the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom wear?

1.     Match the Bridal Party. If your colour scheme is very important to your wedding decor, you may want to dress your moms in colours that match your girls. Try finding darker or lighter shades than your maids, in dresses that are a similar style. That way they will stand out just enough while still looking unified with the rest of your party.

2.     Choose Neutrals. Your mom is one of the most important people at your wedding, so why not dress her in a neutral to complement your white gown? Incorporate shades of ivory or taupe to create a mother-daughter look that is picture-perfect.

3.     Consider Suits. Take some tips from our favourite Royal mothers and choose elegant skirt suits for your moms. Look for tailored suits in lush embroidered fabrics. Allow your moms comfort in figure-flattering cuts and traditional styles, and add custom fascinators to complete their royal looks.

4.     Play with Metallics. Spice up your bridal party by styling your moms in metallics that complement the colour of your maids. Are your girls wearing plum? Dress your moms in pewters and silvers. Seeing red? Gold and bronze tones would be perfect for your mothers.

5.     Change it up. Is your wedding the opposite of traditional? Then throw away the rulebook and allow your moms to choose dresses and colours that let their personalities shine through. Give them a list of colours and shades that match your wedding decor and let them go crazy with textures and lengths that best suit them.

Lauren Conrad Shows You How to DIY These Gorgeous Floral Crowns

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Loved Kate Moss gorgeous garden wedding? So did we! Everything surrounding that boho celebration was chic, inspiring and very reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream. For a similar bohemian beauty look why not adorn your bridal ‘do with a pretty floral crown? Better yet, you can DIY it! They’re a cinch to make, and could be a fun activity for you and your bridal party. These pretty pieces (pictured above) were created by Lauren Conrad herself from The Beauty Department. All you need are a pair of scissors, thread, a needle, ribbon and flowers of your choice and you’re set. Get the easy-to-follow instructions here.

A Beachside Wedding in Vancouver, British Columbia

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Alayna Landstad and Jesse Steele, April 29, 2011, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy Cecilia Flaming of Cecilia Flaming Photography, (

Ceremony and reception location: The Brock House Restaurant
Bridal gown: Isabelle’s Bridal
Hair: Axis Salon
Makeup: Aaron Wozlowski (
Groom’s tux: Tip Top Tailors
Bridal party’s attire: Bryan’s Bride
Music: Mark Vanderende from Absolute Entertainment
Cake: Sweet Thea Cakes
Favours: Spirit Truffles
Caterer: The Brock House Restaurant
Flowers: Assembled by a family friend and the bride’s sister


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