Is It Wrong to Ask My Bridesmaids Not to Have Wild Nails?

Etiquette
bridesmaid manicure questions

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We asked The Official Preppy Handbook's Lisa Birnbach to field your bridal dilemmas. Listen up, ladies. Her tips will help you keep your sanity—and your friendships—in tact.

I have five ladies in my bridal party. Is it wrong for me to ask them not to have wild nails? Two of my bridesmaids have long acrylics with loud colors and 3-D art. I want simple and elegant. —Kristina A. of Memphis, Tenn., via email

Dear Kristina,

I am no fan of wild nails myself; here's my suggestion: Organize a manicure party a day or two before your wedding. Book appointments for all six of you together. Tell your fabulous five that you have chosen the color you want to complement your aesthetic. (A green volcano amidst a sea of Precious Pink would be... um... distracting.) Pay for the manicures and then, as a party favor, give a bottle of the polish to each of your attendants. Your manicure soiree (with wine or champagne, of course) will make for a fun memory. Think of it as a mini bachelorette party—just steer clear of tequila shots this close to game time.

—Lisa Birnbach

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