With an upcoming wedding, you're bound to be taking plenty of ring selfies. But just think about all the photographs of your hands that will happen on your big day—and all the Insta shots you'll post of your feet in cute sandals on your honeymoon. The last thing you want to do is look back and wish you had picked a better nail option.
Prepping for your wedding day with a fresh manicure and pedicure is an absolute must to add to your week-of wedding checklist. And it's definitely worth the extra splurge this time around. But with so many salon options out there, where do you even start?
If you're in the Los Angeles area and have a regular salon you love, you may opt to make an appointment with the spot you're most comfortable with. After all, there are hundreds to choose from. But, if you're hunting for a new nail salon for your wedding manicure in L.A., and are looking for a bit more of a special experience than the normal bi-monthly spot you frequent, there are a few that stand out just a notch above the rest. Read on for the best Los Angeles nail salons that will take your wedding manicure and pedicure to the next level.
Walking into MARS is like walking into your own personal room for pampering. Appointments are done in separate rooms with large, comfy leather chairs for relaxation. This spa originally started in Tokyo and the West Hollywood outpost is steeped in the Japanese tradition of attentive, high-quality service. If you are looking to get gel nails (a smart idea for your wedding day and honeymoon), MARS specializes in applications that won't damage nails. Opt for a classic pale pink or nude color, or consider adding a little bit of art or sparkle to draw attention to your ring finger. And as an extra treat, splurge for the Ashitsubo reflexology treatment, a 60-minute foot massage that hits all the key pressure points for an instant de-stressor.
This sweet spot in Silver Lake is a peaceful respite on L.A.'s east side. With a minimalist aesthetic, cozy chairs, and free mimosas, Kure is the type of place you'd want to put your feet up even if they weren't painting your toes. Opt for the "Refresher"—a basic mani/pedi that offers a homemade sugar scrub, hot towel, massage, and polish, for $20 and $25, respectively. Or, for a more long-lasting treatment, try the Gelicure that's guaranteed to last chip-free for at least two weeks. There are other options to add on including a lemongrass bath soak and paraffin treatments, all so you can feel and look your best before you walk down the aisle.
This spot opened on Robertson Blvd. in 2006 and has now expanded to include seven different locations in the L.A. area. Known for being hypersensitive to hygiene—with each customer receiving their own disposable files, buffers, and separators and plastic liners in the foot-soaking pedicure bowls—it's no wonder that A-listers like Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz have been spotted getting their digits done here. Bellacures is devoted to the health and safety of their clients without question. For fans of all things organic (think: sugar or walnut scrubs and grapeseed oil moisturizer), Bellacures will feel like a total earth-friendly treat for your hands and feet. Opt for a manicure with the salon's own BUTTER cream or choose from a menu of various hydrating creams and scrubs to make sure your hands are looking their best for the big day.