Post # 1
Hi Bees! I recently discovered this site (yesterday) and was wondering where it’s been throughout the whole planning process! Regardless, one of my bridesmaids asked me if I had any rules on TAN LINES. I honestly didn’t even consider this – I don’t have any rules, should I? I’m only concerned with tan lines for myself (as in I don’t want any) but I don’t think its a big deal if other bridesmaids have them?
Let me know your thoughts! I think it would be silly to ask my bridesmaids not to have “TAN” lines because that’s just bridezilla status.
Post # 3
Actually tan lines are one of my biggest pet peeves. They are completely distracting and can ruin the look of the dress that they are wearing, and in my opinion declasse. I have been wondering myself how to say “don’t show up with tan lines” and now that summer is here I need to get to it.
If they do have visible tan lines, I plan on using MAC Face and Body foundation to try and cover them.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I would ask my BMs to make sure they don’t have any distracting tan lines. It’s not that hard with months of planning to get rid of tan lines or to go to a spray salon a few days before the wedding and get them evened out.
Post # 5
@mrsSonthebeach: Thanks! I guess I just didn’t think they would show up with distracting ones, then again our wedding is in November? so maybe I don’t need to be concerned about this? I just know that in recent years I’ve gotten sunburned Labor Day weekend and those tan lines of mine didn’t go away for a few months.
Post # 6
Some people can’t help tan lines! I think it’s a bit ridiculous to ask your girls to get a spray tan to cover tan lines, unless you plan on paying for it.
Post # 7
With all the products out there and the low cost of spray tanning (I paid $35.00 for my wedding) there is no reason why a Bridesmaid or Best Man should have big and obvious tan lines. I mentioned it to my ladies before the wedding that I would appreciate any touch ups before the wedding if this was an issue. To be honest it just looks bad in photos.
Also, I told my BM’s to take off their bra straps the morning of the wedding….obvious indents from a bra in photos is another irritation of mine.
Post # 8
I don’t care about tan lines…. like at all…
Post # 9
To me tan lines in formal wear are a HUGE pet peeve. So while I was relaxed with most bridesmaid related issues I specifically told them to please do everything possible to avoid getting visible tan lines. Luckily all the girls were totally on the same page as me and wore strapless bathingsuits during the summer leading up to my wedding.
Post # 10
sometimes its just unavoidable. i was a lifeguard for 3 months prior to my sisters wedding, so i had some (and in a strapless dress). but i also knew id be standing in front of 120ish people, so i made sure to get 2 thin strapped suits (with different lines) switched between them and moved the straps around. I think you may have been able to see it a little if you were staring, but all eyes were on ym big sis! plus im pretty sure your photog should be able to photoshop any really unfortunate tanline situations. (im also pretty sure your girls are also being tanline conscious. they want to look good too!)
Post # 11
since your wedding is in November you can always opt for a dress with straps or have them wear shawls… My girls are wearing this dress,
so I’m not too concerned… as for me.. I’m worried b/c I swim outdoors for a workout and even though I have a suit that’s supposed to reduce tan lines (yes us swimmers get such horrible tan lines we told the swim suit manufacturers to fix it on work out suits) but I still get thin lines on my back that make an X.
But back to the original question.. I don’ tthink anyone wants to have visible tan lines so just kind of talk to them about how you’re avoiding tan lines.. and maybe that’ll get the idea in their head without telling them “You better not have tan lines at my wedding!!!!”
Post # 12
I wouldn’t say anything. I think most people would exercise common sense and avoid any glaring tan lines. And if they aren’t super obvious and distracting then I don’t see the big deal
Post # 13
@Woodstock: Thanks! The dresses would be a good idea but their dresses are in already and they are.. drum roll.. STRAPLESS! lol. I just don’t want to sound like a bitc* and didn’t even think much of it, since I guess I assumed they wouldn’t show up with horrible tan lines on the day of the wedding. Perhaps I’ll use your idea, and tell them that I’m trying to avoid tan lines.
Post # 14
This is pretty much my worst fear. She is wearing a one shoulder dress, but it may as well have another strap because the tan line is there.
Post # 15
Tan lines are the least of my concerns. My girls are intelligent and respectful enough to know tan lines are tacky to display in formal situations and therefore can and would easily prepare for that.
My girls aren’t big tanners anyway. They’re all natural medium to dark skinned(I’m the palest of the bucnh by far)
Post # 16
It is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. Most of my girls tan, or dont tan at all so they shouldnt have any “distracting lines” But this Look at those pictures above, this was at a friends wedding. The brides lines looked awful, and they look away from the dress, and the BMs were just as bad. If they would have tried a bit of cover up or even-ing it out a bit it wouldnt have looked as bad.
Thank god my BMs either go tanning, or dont tan at all so they wont have a line either way, YIPPEE, no tacky pictures