Post # 1
One of my bridesmaids has a very large tattoo that covers shoulder to shoulder… The dresses are strapless and of course no one in the bridal party liked the bolero option. Please tell me what the best option is for covering this large tattoo. Leaving it exposed is not an option.
Post # 3
All tattoo cover kits do only a marginal job at coverage… so whatever you choose, it’s going to do a partial job.
My suggestion is to go with a bolero for the one bridesmaid or to allow it to be on display. This is, after all, part of who she is.
The thing is, it might end up looking like a goopy make-up-y mess with attempts to cover it.
What does she think will look best? Would she be willing to wear a bolero?
Post # 4
I dont know how much it cost but you can airbrush them and it looks amazing!
Post # 5
I suggested the bolero option, however, my mother immediately objected and said it would look too weird to only have one girl in a bolero. All of my girls cannot wear boleros because two of them have large chests which look ten times larger when paired with a mini-jacket (and I don’t feel it is fair to make them wear one since they don’t have anything to cover up!)
I feel very uncomfortable leaving it bare. I understand this is a decision she made and part of who she is, but does that mean it has to be visible in my wedding photos? Plus, the large piece below the cross is a large tree extending to her waistline so the whole tattoo won’t be visible anyhow. I think it will just look like a jumbled mess.
Post # 6
This is the exact reason I’m not making one of my girlfriends a bridesmaid. She’s pretty pissed, too, so let me know if you find any makeup kit that works so I don’t have to deal with her drama.
Post # 7
How does your Bridesmaid or Best Man feel about this? Does this make her upset?
But like Doctorgirl, I agree with the fact that you’re probably not going to find the greatest coverup kit, it will be a quick fix but I can only imagine it ending up everywhere (ie, the back of chairs, the back of her dress, guests) It might just end up a big mess…
I say a bolero. It should be a good compromise
Post # 8
Look at Sephora. Kat Von D (a tattoo artist, has a show on TLC) has made a tattoo cover up it wasn’t very expensive ( I don’t think but it’s been awhile since I looked at it) and I bet if you dust translucent powder over it, it should stay all day.
Post # 9
There are a couple more well known brands out there: DermaBlend and Cover FX. There are mixed reviews mainly becuase you need practice. I know that there is a model on Deal or no Deal that has a tat on her back and her roommate helps her cover it every day before work. I dont remember what she uses or anything though. I would try and get some samples and practice on the cross since it is the darkest. Good luck
Post # 10
Now, my fiance’s sister decided to get a large tattoo that shows above the back of the dresses. My family has suggested just grinning and bearing it. We’ve determined they are both too large to cover with tattoo cover kits. And both have informed me that they cannot afford the cost of the bolero. Just the thought of having the tattoos exposed makes my skin crawl, but they’re both sisters (my middle sister and his middle sister) so we don’t really have a choice.
Has anyone else had bridesmaids with large exposed tattoos? We’re having a formal wedding and reception and I’m so worried these are going to completely ruin the entire ceremony – they walk down the aisle before me (obviously) and everyone is going to be so shocked after staring at their backs that they’ll be completely disgusted before I even come down the aisle.
Any advice from brides dealing with a similar situation would be helpful!
Post # 11
I’m totally with you on the tattoo being a distraction and taking away from the formal ceremony. Some people are totally cool with it; I am not. Luckily the person I’m not having in my wedding because of the tattoo isn’t family otherwise there really is no way around it. Personally I think, for your sanity, they need to cover it up. Maybe the makeup cover up doesn’t work super well, but if you have your other BMs apply it right before the ceremony, it should be good enough for the walk down the aisle at least, right? If I’m understanding you, that’s your major concern – that it will be shocking to your guests and take away from the ceremony. Also, pictures are an issue I would assume. Why don’t you ask one of your maids to deal with doing their cover up (and touch ups as needed for pics), or better yet since there is two of them now, have them deal with each other. Just make it clear that it is not an option for their tattoos to be exposed during the ceremony or the pictures.
Post # 12
Since there are two girls now with this issue could those two wear the bolero? Since there’s 2 it won’t seem as out of place as just 1 girl wearing something different.
And this is totally just a question. But would it be possible for you to help them out with purchasing the bolero? or is there a less expensive version of it? Maybe a wrap or something?
Post # 13
THis is the reason why I hesitated putting my friend in the wedding, too, but in the long-run I decided that I loved her too much and have known her too long than to do that to her. She ended up getting pregnant and I didn’t have to worry about it because the baby is due 2 days before the wedding. I hope that you find something, but I would definitely suggest trying it out beforehand to be sure it’s a look you like. Nothing will be worse than a tattoo cover up that doesn’t quite do the job. Then it just looks weird.
Post # 14
Perhaps your bridesmaids could wear a shawl or wrap down the aisle. As far as pictures go, there simply won’t be very many pictures of people’s backs, and if it somehow ends up showing in a couple, it should be fairly simple to photoshop out. I really discourage you from trying a makeup kit on something that big — it’s likely to look obvious and no matter how much it claims not to smudge, it will.
If none of this works out, don’t stress yourself to death over it. It really won’t be as big of a deal as it seems right now. Most people are not going to be "shocked" or "disgusted." My Maid/Matron of Honor will have several tattoos showing, and I will have one showing as well (I wanted to cover mine, but the back of my dress is sheer netting — the tattoo shows right through it, but I just KNOW any kind of coverup would smear all over the netting).
Post # 15
Out of curiosity, why isn’t it an option to let your Bridesmaid or Best Man wear the strapless dress without covering up the tattoo? The imagery isn’t pornographic or vulgar…
Post # 16
@ cheerful… personally i dont like tatts but everyone has their own opinon. if i was at a beautiful wedding and knowing how hard the bride worked on creating her vision, i would look at that tatt on the Bridesmaid or Best Man and go ugghhhhh
i know not everyone will agree with me but i find it distasteful for the occasion (heck, any day of the week i wouldnt like to see that tatt) and i would look at it on the day and wonder why the bride didnt get her to cover it up
btw, my fav nephew and his wife are tattoo artists so i see alot of artwork (especially on them) and i often wonder how these beautiful young women are going to feel about it when they are in their 50’s+