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The Nail Colors For Spring Weddings This Year Are Completely Unexpected

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Last May, Meghan Markle's choice to wear Essie's Ballet Slippers shade to her royal wedding made headlines. And OK, which of the many nail colors for spring weddings you land on may not be covered by the press — but there's no reason you shouldn't still think long and hard about which shade you want on your big day. Sure, there's the fact that you'll probably be looking at photos from your wedding, well, forever. But beyond that, after all that planning, any bride-to-be really deserves a trip to the salon. And if you aren't feeling the Duchess of Sussex's traditionally neutral pink nail, here are a few of the photograph-ready shades everyone will be wearing this spring.

Something (Mostly) Blue

Incorporating your something blue via your nails has been a trend for a minute. However, navy can be too close to black, and a true blue may be too much of a pop for the big day. If you're debating over which blue to pick, try out one that's barely blue at all. Something pale, like sundays L. 03 shade will show up just enough to let onlookers see you're tying the tradition into your day. There are always more purplish and dusty shades, too, that won't feel overly bold — like the gorgeous Aire shade from ZOYA's Spring 2019 collection.

L. 03

$18

sundays

Keep your something blue subdued and dreamy with this whisper-soft pastel shade.

Aire

$10

ZOYA

Periwinkle's subtle violet tinge gives this creamy blue color a modern twist.

'90s Nails

Etsy

Whether your style is more Sex and the City than Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Etsy's 2019 wedding trend guide claims the '90s are going to inspire this year's wedding fashion in a big way. And while you may use that as an excuse to go fashionably bold on your big day — à la The Nanny's Fran Fine — the '90s also included plenty of subtler shades. Pantone's list of '90s color trends serves as a good starting ground for the neutral-loving wedding goer; "Overcast", "Lead Gray", and even the aptly-named "Oasis" would be beautiful manicure shades. Still set on something grungier? According to Romper, Chanel's Vamp nail polish was a best-seller back in the not-so-distant day — and the cult color really is dramatic enough for its name.

Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour, 18 - Vamp

$28

Chanel

Dark and romantic, this nail color will pop against spring's traditional pastels.

O.P.I Nail Lacquer - 0.5 fl oz, Berlin There Done That

$10

Target

It's hard to find nail colors that totally match any of Pantone's extensive shade list, but OPI's "Berlin There Done That" is close to Lead Gray's warm tone.

Florals For Spring

Filling the esteemed role of wedding guest this go-around? That still calls for a trip to the salon, or at least a DIY nail routine at home. For inspiration on which color to pick, look no further than your own backyard. While florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, translating the petals and stems onto your own fingertips is. (It also may be impossible to not want lavender-hued nails after looking at Chillhouse's Spring 2019 look book.)

côte No. 83 Nail Polish

$18

Chillhouse

This shade is light enough to respectfully blend into the crowd, but colorful enough to still make a statement.

ILNP Sweet Pea

$10

Etsy

With over 12,000 reviews on Etsy and nearly 200,000 Instagram followers, it's safe to say this indie brand has taken off.

Golden Hour

Pantone

You still can get in on the trend-spotting brand's color wisdom, too — sans any '90s throwbacks. Pantone teamed up with WeddingWire to release a 2019 Wedding Color Palettes guide, and it deserves to be bookmarked by anyone planning for their big day, upcoming manicure or not. Amongst the swoon-worthy palettes is one dubbed Golden Hour, a collection of organic, bronzed shades. Choose one of the paler neutrals if you're just attending the celebration, or one of the richer shades like Copper if it's your big day.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer - Ladies Night

$18

Net-a-Porter

OK, scouting out a creamy, non-metallic copper like Pantone's Copper shade is tough — but this warm nude from Marc Jacobs Beauty will give you a similar aesthetic.

Donatella

$9

Floss Gloss

Not only does the base color of this shade look like gold, it's packed with rose gold-colored shimmer.