(Closed) Any Bees cover their tattoos for the wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Did you cover up your tat for your wedding?

    Nope, my wedding, my decision-not theirs

    I covered mine up to shut someone up(like a parent)

    My dress just happened to mask mine

    The tattoos I have would never be visible with a dress(thigh, back, etc)

    I was asked to cover mine up when I was a BM

    I am asking my BM to cover their tattoo up


  • Post # 3
    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have a full sleeve and various others..I’ve had (very rude) family members ask if I’m going to wear a long sleeved dress to cover them up. My response? I paid good money for these and I plan on showing them! 😉 Do what you want to do. It would be a different story if you didn’t like your tattoos.

    Post # 5
    2540 posts
    Sugar bee

    I have a tattoo on a phoenix on my leg near my ankle, and a star with some Latin words on my back a little above my shoulder blades.

    My wedding dress covered my leg tattoo and while it didn’t cover my back one, I wore my hair down and it hid it. Just so happened that way, didn’t plan to cover it up as I it is a part of me.

    I have been an Maid/Matron of Honor in two weddings. The first one I wore a short dress in, so my leg tattoo showed but my back one did not because of the style. The bride has 5+ tattoos herself and many piercings, so she did not care.

    The second wedding I wore a long dress so my leg tattoo was covered. My hair was up so my back tattoo showed but the bride did not mind either. 

    Post # 6
    2305 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I’ve been asked to cover my lower leg tattoo for my best friends’ wedding, and I have no issues with that. It’s not a big deal to me that she (well actually her mom) would rather not have the distraction of my leg tattoo in her wedding photos. I’ve covered it before and never thought twice about it- it’s their wedding, and their photos, and asking me to wear a bit of make up isn’t the end of the world to me.


    Post # 7
    259 posts
    Helper bee

    A bride has asked me to delay getting a second tattoo before her wedding – in four years! I’ve pretty much said no and decided to get it anyway.

    My tatts are in places where they’ll mostly be hidden (shoulder, soon to be leg), so they shouldn’t show in a dress.

    Post # 8
    366 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    One of my bridesmaids is covered in tattoos but I knew that when I asked her. I do not expect her to cover them up. Im waiting until after my wedding to get a tattoo 🙂

    Post # 9
    1098 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    All my tattoos will be on display on my wedding day (chest, back, leg) I would never dream of covering them. When I first got engaged my mother asked me if I would but I refused. I’m not a big fan of the idea that I should look like anyone else but me on my wedding day and to me, covering up my tattoos would be like trying to hide who I am.  

    Post # 11
    2949 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I’m covering up my upper back tattoo as a compromise to my mother. She wants me in a white dress and hates all my tattoos. I love my tattoos and want to wear a red dress. Hence, I shall be wearing red and covering my tattoo. It’s a small sacrifice to ensure that she doesn’t go on and on about it.

    Post # 12
    1143 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I only had one that was visible on my shoulder blade. I have one behind my ear, but it’s usually covered by my hair anyways.

    Of my two BMs with tattoos, the one’s hair covered, and the other’s showed, but I didn’t care.

    I was a bit wary about my tattoo showing, but in the end it was so far from my mind during the whole thing, I didn’t care!

    Post # 13
    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    My tats weren’t that visible. I have one under each wrist (my kids’ names) and one above my butt (this one wasn’t visible). I would never cover up my kids’ names.

    Both my BMs have tats (my Maid/Matron of Honor doesn’t) and I wouldn’t dare ask them to cover them up.

    Post # 14
    4649 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    NEVER NEVER NEVER and I think it is the HEIGHT of mean rude nastiness to ask someone else to cover theirs for any reason outside of PAID WORK that is seen by customers.

    When someone is paying me to work, they can tell me what to wear. I cover my tats without complaint at work. But outside? No way jose, and if my mom, dad, grandma, or friend asked me to cover them for MY OWN WEDDING I’d straight laugh in their face. No amount of silly crocodile tears could ever stop me from showing my pride and joy artwork on my big day.

    If I were a bridesmaid, choosing an outfit for EVERYONE that happens to naturally cover my ink would be fine of course… but if the bride asked me to cover them with something the other girls weren’t wearing, I’d politely say no. Bridesmaids are not barbie dolls, they’re your closest ladies. If that meant I got kicked out, fine, I know where I stand with you now and what your priorities truly are.

    Post # 15
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I let mine all show!  Well, I have a ton so it would have been hard even if I wanted to cover then.  If you have it, flaunt it.  I know I won’t look back on my pictures and say…what the hell was I thinking, my tattoos are me.


    Post # 16
    1584 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I had planned to cover mine up for the longest time. It is on my right shoulder blade.


    However as I get closer to the wedding, I don’t think I will be doing that. My tattoo was a very well thought out decision which I love and is a great representation of me. I am proud of it. I am holding off on my next piece of ink until post-wedding, but the one I have? I’m letting it fly free.


    Plus, my hair is long enough that it won’t be blatantly obvious.

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