feelings Brides/Bridesmaids with visible tattoos?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How do you feel about visible tattoos at a wedding?
    Strongly dislike visible tattoos at a wedding : (28 votes)
    10 %
    Depends on the tattoo and where it is : (48 votes)
    18 %
    If thats what you like go for it : (42 votes)
    15 %
    Tattoos are apart of the person, why hide it? : (105 votes)
    38 %
    I like visible tattoos : (19 votes)
    7 %
    I love visible tattoos! : (31 votes)
    11 %
    Other- please comment/describe! : (1 votes)
    0 %
  • Post # 3
    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’ll be honest so I hope I don’t get flamed but I personally don’t like the look of tattoos on people when I am looking at wedding photos.  I don’t have any tattoos and neither does anyone in my wedding party.

    Tattoos don’t make me look differently at people because I could care less what one does with their body.  So if they don’t bother you, then I wouldn’t ask your wedding party to hide their tattoos.

    Post # 4
    3476 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Do you mean as a guest or bride?  As a guest – I’m not a big fan of seeing tattoos myself, but I feel it’s the bride’s choice how to handle it, including not asking someone to participate if they are not comfortable with visible tattoos.  I think it’s ok to ask a bridesmaid to cover it up or select a dress that will cover it, but certainly politer if the bridesmaid volunteers rather than the bride asking.  My two bridesmaids had tattoos.  My SILs were not as visible (one on her back that ordinarily wouldn’t be visible at all but because my cousin forget her corset back insert in FL, she took her back insert out as well to match), and a small one on the underside of her wrist.  My cousin had several, including a very visible back tattoo on her shoulder.  She asked me if I was ok with it.  At the time, I didn’t realize she had gotten a bigger tattoo than the one I had previously seen (and would have prefered that she share that info!  she admitted she didn’t share because she didn’t want to have to cover it up) but it wouldn’t have changed my answer – that it was fine, that was her, and she didn’t need to cover it. 

    Post # 5
    6450 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I don’t care at all as a guest or a bride. You can see my wrist tattoo in a couple of pictures and I really like that you can see it. As far add seeing BMs or brides with a tattoo… I never even really think about it.

    Post # 6
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I have no issue with them.  I have tattoos as do most of our friends.  I’ve never knows a lot of people without their tattoos, it’s just part of them, so covering them seems weird to me.  I’m not going to ask all my BMs to dye their hair the same color or lose weigh so they’re all the same size.  So why try and cover something else that is just part of them?

    My larger tattoos will be covered, when I got them I put them in a less visable place incase I got a conservative job.  I don’t mind covering tattoos for work because in every workplace you basically wear a uniform or match a dress code.  At my wedding people are just being themselves.

    Post # 7
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    My SIL was a BM at my wedding and has lots of visible tattoos.  My sister (also a BM) had a very small one on her shoulder that is also visible in the BM dress.  I have one tattoo that is only visible when I’m nakey.  I personally don’t like the look of tattoos that are visible in formal dresses, but who am I to ask any of them to cover up?  I would never want them to feel hurt so I just let it go.  Did we all have a great time?  Yes, and that’s what I feel is most important.

    Post # 8
    2571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I think it’s awesome when I see a tattooed bride.  I have a small tattoo that will be visible on my wedding day and I think it will look lovely.

    Post # 9
    225 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    This topic has actually come up for me because one BM has a tattoo and some of the others think she should cover it up somehow. I don’t personally like tattoos; however, for me I feel that they’re a part of the person and shouldn’t have to be covered up, unless the person with the tattoo wants to cover it. I knew when I asked my friend to be a BM that her tattoo would probably make an appearance at the wedding too since it’s on her back, and I don’t care. 

    Post # 10
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I personally would think it depends on that tattoos. My BFF had her aunt as a bridesmaid and she has tropical frogs tattooed all over her upper arms. She wore a satin bolero over her dress to cover them. The only downside was the bride then made all of us wear them! Extra $50 because one person has tattoos…kind of frustrating. At that point we barely had any skin showing at all! LOL

    For my wedding two BMs have tattoos. My cousin has a blue dolphin tattooed on her breast, it is often visible in low cut tops kind of looking like it’s jumping out of the water..not a huge fan but it may be a non-issue depending on fit of her dress. My MOH has a cosmopolitan with a music note in it on her ankle, that one I am not at all concerned about since half the time I forget she has it!

    Post # 11
    2962 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @mrs_pudding_pop:  +1. I have seen some lovely visible tats on a bride IN A MAGAZINE. My tats, while small, were visible. I be damned if someone wants me to cover the tats of my children’s names. They would be cursed out on the spot.


    Post # 12
    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    It’s not necessarily my preference, but if it’s a part of you, then it’s a part of you and you shouldn’t have to hide it if you don’t want to. If I had a bridesmaid with tattoos and they would show in the dress, then so be it. I might not think it looks pretty, but it’s a part of her so I’d be ok with it.

    Post # 15
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    @SparkleBee11:  Exactly.  I like the way you percieve it (as a chosen birthmark).  

    Post # 16
    4576 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    A better question is: is the tattooed bride really that concered with what their guests think of it?

    If you are as heavily and visibly tattooed as some of us, the answer is we don’t. You’ve typically stopped being concerned with that kind of thing a long time ago.

    Regarding how “tattoos look in a dress”….again: I don’t live my life and make my choices based on how they’ll look in my outfit worn on *one* day. I understand this picture-perfect/WIC bride is thoroughly rammed into all of our heads, but the bottom line is brides come in all shapes, sizes and looks.

    …and all of them are every bit as “bridal” as the cover girl on a Knot magazine.


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