(Closed) Tan Lines?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • 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 # 6
1955 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@mrsSonthebeach:  Agreed.

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
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t care about tan lines…. like at all…



Post # 9
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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 # 15
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
1790 posts
Buzzing bee

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 Cool

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