Post # 1
I got my ears pierced when I was 10, but they closed up after a couple of months and because I had scar tissue I never got them redone.
Nobody notices that I don’t have pierced ears- I have gotten gifts of beautiful earrings from many people who are close to me (FMIL, godmother, bridesmaid) and literally just never noticed that I don’t have pierced ears. So, that was always my justification for not redoing it- why bother?
However, recently I’ve been thinking about getting them pierced again so I can wear pearls for my wedding. I’ve never had good luck with clip-ons/magnetic so I think I’ll have to do the real thing or go without.
What do you think? Also, where should I go to get it done? I have a feeling Claire’s is not really the place for adults to go, lol.
For reference, here’s my dress. I have a slightly shorter and non-graduated pearl necklace I am planning to wear.
Post # 3
According to most people on the internet, it’s best to get it done at a tattoo/piercing parlor, and Claire’s is horrible and evil, but I had the opposite experience (first set of holes done at Claire’s with no problems, second set done at a tattoo parlor where I fainted and they got infected).
Post # 4
I voted to get them pierced!
Post # 5
I won’t tell you what to do, but I will say that I went through all of my childhood, adolescence, and early adult life without piereced ears and was totally fine with that. (I had the same, “Why bother?” feeling.) But I decided that I wanted to wear earrings at my wedding, so I did get my ears pierced about six months before my wedding. I’m happy that I did it in retrospect, and I’ve continued to wear earrings since.
Post # 6
You can generally get them done in jewelry stores as well. That’s where I had mine done at 16, but I’ve also let mine close up.
Post # 7
Do whatever you want. If you dont plan on wearing earrings everyday(just for the wedding) i wouldnt. But if you do plan on wearing earrings, now is a good excuse! 😉
Post # 8
@Gemstone: Thank you for that perspective. It’s something that I’ve had random thoughts about every once in a while, but the urge soon passes. Now that my wedding is approaching, I’ve been thinking about it more.
I forgot to add that my hair will be up, and it’s dark so there would be a nice contrast with pearls.
Post # 9
I love an updo with simple pearl earrings.
I got my ears pierced at 21, 3 years after I got a tattoo. It’s ok to do it later in life, but don’t do it just to wear them for one day. You can get good clip-ons. Go to a good jewelry store. Both of my grandmothers have never pierced their ears and wear earrings every day. I got mine done because I wanted to, and I love earrings.
Post # 10
@vermonster: In my experience, earrings were never something I ever thought about or longed for when my ears weren’t pierced. I did like being able to wear earrings for my wedding, and since then, I’ve had fun buying pairs here and there, though I can’t say I’ve gone crazy or anything.
It sounds like you’re leaning toward wanting to get them pierced for your wedding. Is there anything tripping you up, aside from just the feelings of ambivalence?
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I love earrings and its the only jewelery I wear everyday beside my e-ring! So I voted go for it.
I actually used to work at Claire’s about 10 years ago piercing ears and we saw all ages there. I pierced ears from ages 3 months to age 70, men and women. When I worked there everything was prepackaged already sterile – earrings came prepackaged already in the piercing cartridge of the gun so that aspect was pretty safe. But the experience of the people working there can vary greatly. I got mine pierced there too about 18 years ago and never had any issues. I would look for reviews of local places in your area if possible just to get an idea of where to go and get good service.
Post # 12
@vermonster: I don’t have pierced ears; I never have. Both my FMIL and my sales lady at the bridal salon were insistent that I *needed* earrings for the wedding. But if I’ve never worn them in my life (absent a Halloween costume clip-on or two), why would I pierce my ears and wear earrings now, at 29? I want to look like me (albeit the best version of me) on my wedding day, and things like earrings or highlights would both look and feel unnatural.
That said, if you’d like to get back into wearing earrings regularly, then go for it! But if the question is should you pierce them for the wedding specfically, I say no.
Post # 13
I voted “necklace alone” because I honestly think that with the veil and the dress that’s all you need. Also, I don’t think you should get your ears pierced just for the wedding if you have no wish of wearing earrings later.
BUT… that’s coming from someone who’s never had her own ears pierced! lol I always chicken out even though I only have one pair of clip-ons that don’t hurt like living hell and would love to wear pretty earrings.
I’m not from your part of the world but I did some research a while ago when I wanted to go get my own ears pierced and apparently a jewellery shop (the higher end the better!) is usually the safest place to do it.
Post # 14
@vermonster: I got my ears pierced JUST so I could wear pretty earrings to my first day of high school! So I would do it.
Also, I also had an amazing experience with Claire’s! But I got my bellybutton piercing done in a tattoo parlor (for $100!). It was crooked and infected for the ENTIRE 2.5 years I had it!
So I also vote you get them done at Claire’s.
Post # 15
I don’t think I would stop wearing earrings after the wedding if I did get them done. I love jewelry and it would be an excuse to buy more, lol!
My FI kind of likes that I don’t have them pierced and doesn’t think I should, but he would be fine if I decided to do it.
However, I am planning on cutting my hair short (chin-length bob, probably) after the wedding, so earrings might not be as obvious when I can’t wear my hair up.
I guess my hesitation is partially ambivalence since I have gone this long without them, and partially a bit of nervousness that something will happen again- I guess trying to force earrings through partially closed holes was traumatic enough that I’m not eager to do it again, even 16 years later!
Post # 16
My psychologist actually talked me into getting my ears pierced; she said earrings are “so much fun;” I agree, they really are! So many choices, able to change them out day-to-day for different looks, and most of the time they’re fairly inexpensive.
Do NOT go to Claire’s/the mall… go to a piercing/tattoo shop. That’s where all of my friends, and myself, got pierced (I was 18 years old when I got my ears pierced for the first time). The piercing gun they use at Claire’s actually makes the process MORE painful than a regular piercing needle.