Post # 1
I was just wondering if i should cover my tattoos for my wedding? I’ve heard that i should (my mother and future mother in-law) and i shouldn’t (my future husband). Just wondering if anyone else ran into this issue and what you did? I don’t really want to cover them (i would have to wear full sleeves to do so or use make up, as they are on my forearms) but i don’t want to offend anyone either….what should i do?
Post # 3
For me personally I thought it would be weird to see pictures of me without my tattoos – it’s such a big part of who I am ya know? Everyone that we know is aware that I have it, so I don’t think they’ll be any more offended on our wedding day than on any other day. It’s important to me that it show.
But at the same time, I know a lot of people that would rather cover them up for those reasons that you stated. And that’s totally a valid reason and decision – it just wasn’t for me personally.
It’s a personal choice that I think you should make for yourself, not for other people – but that’s just my opinion.
I know a lot of ladies on this board have awesome suggestions for makeup that covers up tatts very well.
Post # 4
I have one on my foot, and I’m not covering it. Basically, it’s been there since I turned 19, and it will be there when I (cross my fingers!) turn 90. It’s a part of me.
But, it’s also not visible most of the time since I have a huge ballgown. If you’re at one with you tattoos , I say leave them. However, if that’s not the look you wanted for your wedding day, then Kat Von D has a really great cover-up kit.
Post # 5
If FH doesn’t think you should then I don’t think you should!
My Fiance has a full sleeve and a lot of other tattoo’s and I have several too and were not planning on covering any of ours, we love them and to us they are apart of us so why hide them!
Post # 6
I had a friend who had a really awesome tatoo of her name in arabic on her shoulder blade. She tried to cover it for my wedding, but I told her not to. It’s just silly to me – it’s a part of who she is, and why would she want to cover it? It wasn’t a huge deal to me, but I guess you need to pick and choose your battles with your mom and Mother-In-Law. If you and your Fiance are comfortable with them, then try to let your parents know that.
Post # 7
If your proud of them and are special to you them why cover them!? I have one on my wrist and since the day i got engaged all my mom can say is that i HAVE to cover mine up on my wedding day. It’s my daughters initial why would i want to do that? My mom and I are about to throw down about it lol
Post # 8
Thanks everyone!!! it’s nice to hear some encouraging words. Now i just have to put my foot down lol. 🙂
Post # 9
i will not be covering mine! i love them and fi loves them and thats all that matters:)
Post # 10
One of my main dress criteria was that both of my shoulder tattoos would be visible. (I have another one down on my hip, and anything that would show that one wouldn’t be something I’d want to wear in front of my FILs!) One of my tattoos is a butterfly, in memory of my mom. My other tattoo is an infinity sign – my fiance’s sole tattoo matches this one. I’m even planning on doing bridal portraits with me looking over one shoulder, to maximize how visible the tattoos are.
Do what feels right for you.
Post # 11
I’m covering my shoulder tattoo, but only because the dress would cut the tattoo right in the middle and it’d look stupid. ;P
Post # 12
My first thought is that you shouldn’t because they are a part of who you are. However, in 50 or so years, are you going to want to see your tats in your wedding pictures? I think you should try your dress on and have someone take some pictures of you showing your tats, and then decide.
Post # 13
My family is pushing me to cover mine up while my fiance and future Mother-In-Law are telling me to show them with pride. I plan on getting touch ups done (if I can afford it) because both that show have deep personal meaning (one is dedicated to my grandfathers).
How much do the tattoos mean to you? If they mean a lot are you willing to cover them up (it is just one day, though a huge part of the rest of your life). If you want to cover them up there are some great tattoo cover up kits, although I have been told that most of the kits take multiple cover up attempts. Also try theater makeup, I have been told this might be a better option.
Post # 14
I have a rose on my shoulder and it’s such a part of who I am, it didn’t even occur to me to cover it up. Plus it matched the flowers on my dress 🙂 I’ve never regretted getting it and I’m sure I will love it in my photos 50 years from now too. If you feel the same way, no reason to cover it up. Just break it gently to the moms that times have changed and show them pics of other brides displaying them proudly. Here’s mine:
Post # 15
I have one on my foot and one on my back. The dress will cover the one on my foot enough and I just choose to have a dress that will keep my private body art just that. Its a personal choice though. I love my tattoo and dont mind flaunting them in most situations. But I saw my sisters tattoo at her wedding and it wasnt what i want people noticing/focusing on on my wedding day. But Im of the school of your wedding your rules! So if you want to show em… do it!
Post # 16
I think it is totally up to you. My bridesmaids offered to cover up their tatoos for my wedding but I told them unless they wanted to they didn’t have to. That tatoo it part of who they are (surprisingly my mom agrees) I am not going to ask them to alter who they are for my wedding. If you like your tatoo then don’t cover it.
Imagine your wedding pictures… now can you see your tatoo in them? If you can then leave it but if you imagine your pictures with un tatooed body parts then cover it up.