(Closed) Bridesmaid Tan Dillema

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

3 weeks is a long time. It definitely won’t be as harsh any more, and whatever may be noticeable will be very minor. 

ETA: if you reeeally want to bring it to her attention, make an innocuous joke about it and mention that she may want to stay out of the sun until then. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What could she possibly do at this point other than hope the redness goes down? There is no way to eliminate a tan line like that. I think you need to come to terms with it. Unless you put her in a shawl (and make her feel like an isolated freak amongst your other maids) I think it’s best to just hope that the pictures will be flattering and nicely edited. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t think there’s much you can do about it unfortunately. I think trying to dictate the color (or evenness of the color) of your bridesmaid’s skin falls too much under the category of body policing. I think the most you could do is make a comment like “whoa, those are some serious tan lines!” and hope she gets the message…but it sounds like it’s already a little late for that (if you already saw them and didn’t say anything), and I’m not sure how fixable the issue is anyway, other than waiting for them to fade.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I mean, it may go down, but it’s not going to go away, especially if she continues doing whatever it is she’s doing to cause the lines. I like the idea of joking about it and then saying something serious about it. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

…and on waiting for them to fade, I’ve had tan lines like that…where it looks like I’m wearing a white sports bra when in fact I’m strapless because I got SO tan and I’m naturally extremely fair. Those tan lines were still there 4 months later, lessened but definitely there, because it was so extreme.

I agree that it’s a bit too late. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Sunset Harbour

can she wear her hair hanging over her shoulders?

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@KAT3:  you can always just ask all the girls if they want a spray tan, so you’re not just singling her out. Theres a great bridal mobile spray tanning company that can help alleviate the dark tan lines. I used them for my save the dates. 754-300-tans. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ask her to get some self tanner and try to lessen/ cover- up the lines.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@marissalovesgreg:  She’ll probably reply that she’s already tan!! Bahahaha

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@KAT3:  I think that suggesting the makeup artist even the lines out with makeup (only if she’s comfortable with this!!) is a great idea.  This is what I would do if I had bad tan lines and I was in someone’s wedding.  Some girls are more easily offended than others, though.  For example, I have fair skin and I don’t tan very easily, so if someone told me to get tan for a wedding I’d be sooo peeved!!  Just tread lightly 🙂  Or, as PPs suggested, make sure your photog edits them out.  A good one will do this.  Good luck!!

Edit – after re-reading my post, it sounds like I want the photog to edit the person out haha.  Just the tan lines!!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree the pics will look horrible without something being done to fix it. My MOH’s wedding, all the girls except me had horrible tan lines, including the bride, the pics some of those lines stood out way too much.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Maybe ask your photographer if that’s something that can be edited in photos?  I would think it could at least be lessened in the formal group shots. 

Since you say she’s low key and I’m guessing you’re fairly close to her, maybe gently ask if she would ware makeup to even out the lines day of.  Maybe even throw it out as a casual offer to all the bridesmaids so she doesn’t feel singled out.  Let them know that the makeup artist is able to do things like even out tan lines, cover tattoos, etc.  And to let you know if any of them would be interested in that.  It just may be something she never thought of, how tan lines look at weddings, so this gently brings it to her attention and offers a simple solution.  And if she doesn’t take you up on your offer then you know she’s not interested.

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