Hi! So I’m not sure which route I should go with. Acrylic, gel polish or dipping nails. I want something subtle but elegant (no crazy designs or added stones). My wedding is on a Saturday so I’m thinking of getting them done on Wednesday or Friday before the wedding.
Have you had any of these types of nails done before? I have acrylic with gel polish and get them done regularly. My sister prefers dip. Removing both types isn't easy to do on your own, and acrylic removal on your own can be painful and tear your nail underneath. There are a lot of pros/cons to each type. If you're just planning on a one time manicure, and not regular upkeep, I'd maybe go with just a gel polish. But I'd wait till Friday before your wedding to do it, to ensure they don't chip or anything before the big day.
So, I prefer the look and feel of gel, but get much more longevity out of dip - they tend to look perfect for longer, and if you're rough on your hands, gel does dent/potentially chip eventually, like regular polish.
For my wedding I think my preference is gel since dip nails can look a bit thick and clunky, so I'd get it done as close as possible to the day as I could. If I got dip, I'd feel comfortable getting it a bit earlier.
I think this depends on the length of you nails currently and if you want them longer than your natural nails. Acrylic is typically used when adding length to nails. Tips are added to provide length then topped with acrylic and painted. Dipped nails are done to your natural nails, therefore having the same length as your natural nails. The dip powder itself provides the color, and the nails are typically much stronger than natural nails. Gel polish is a type of nail polish that is set using UV light and is longer lasting and a bit sturdier than regular polish. It can be used on top of your natural nails or acrylic nails. All three are typically best removed professionally.
I am doing tips with gel on top! Not as harsh on my nails but I still get the length I desire. And as far as elegance you could do a simple nude, white, or cream with an accent nail! I hope you post pictures of what you decide! Having this same problem myself trying to figure out what I want