Post # 1
I am a happily tattooed wife, but when I got engaged and went to try on dresses with my mother, there was a moment of unease each time I saw her eyeball the rose tattoo on my left shoulder (which is a cover-up of a horrible tattoo I had done in high school), or the small butterfly behind my ear. Because of this, I ended up buying a “tattoo cover-up kit” from the bridal shop, in hopes that I could cover my tattoo on the big day. *My mother is not a huge fan of tattoos*
By the time the actual day had rolled around, I had realized that A. the cover-up kit didn’t work that well, and B. I didn’t care if anyone saw my tattoo or not! And as it turned out, my hair covered most of it anyways, so I worried about nothing!
I also included a picture of one of my bridesmaids who has a tattoo on her shoulder as well.
So, did you wear a dress to cover your ink, or display it proudly? Or what are you opinions in general about wedding party members showing off their tattoos at weddings? I personally don’t have a problem with it, but I know some people who do.
(This was pre-dress in this picture)
Post # 3
Both FI and I are tatooed and proud of it! I have one of at nape of my neck, and another one on my forearm. I’m not worried about either showing. I think in today’s day and age, it’s pretty much the norm.
Post # 4
You couldn’t see any of mine under my dress. Didn’t cover them on purpose it is just where they are they wouldn’t show. I did get a great pic of the one on my foot!
Post # 5
@MrsVandykins: I have ten large and mostly visible tattoos. Anyone who spends any time with me socially can’t miss them, and they are a part of me that I am proud of. I find it absurd to hide or cover up something that otherwise, is presented to the world on a daily basis. My dress is strapless and since six of my tattoos are on my arms, they would be impossible to cover without full sleeves anyway. FI also has tattoos and while his wont be visible in a shirt and tux, he would never want me to cover mine either. My mother gave me the same side eyed looks when I tried dresses on, but tough cookies. It’s a part of my body and most of the time, I forget they’re even there.
Post # 6
@Twyla_Smith: tattooed and ready to show it off on the big day 🙂
Here are some of them….getting color on my chest/neck/throat this friday!!
You can kind of see the outline of my chest in these pics from when I bought my dress:
Post # 7
@NavyBride16: I have a tattoo on the inside of my foot so I totally want to do a pic like this! It’s my only visible tattoo (other one is on my hip) and I’m proud of it (it’s in memory of my dad), so I definitely want to show it somehow on my wedding day!
Post # 8
My tattoo wraps around my left wrist/forearm. There’s no way to hide it. So it be displayed proudly!!!
Post # 9
Going dress shopping in 2 weeks. Still haven’t decided if I’m going to try and get a dress that’ll cover it or not. The dragon will be covered no matter what, just because of how low it is. The phoenix is the one in question. Mom wants it covered, fiance is on the fence. He loves the ink, his concern is that if it’s partially covered, then it’ll look weird, and I think he’s right. It’s all or nothing.
It’s not a great pic, taken right after I had it colored, but it’ll do.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room
I have a full backpiece, so I’m showing whatever part of my tattoo that can be shown in my dress (I’d have to be nearly naked to show the whole thing). People that know me know that I have a big tattoo and accept it (and generally really like it). The people at the wedding who I won’t know in advance know that my groom is a pretty alternative guy too, so a tattooed bride is almost expected lol
As for my bridesmaids… only one of them has tattoos and one of them has gauged piercings in her ears. Fine by me! They’re my best friends! Love them how they are 🙂
Post # 11
One on my ankle will be covered by dress and one on my wrist I’ll be covering with a cuff. But I don’t like my tattoos and I’m halfway through the process of having them lasered off, so they look pretty awful any way (very patchy and blurry). I didn’t find coverup makeup to work well at all.
Don’t care if others show their’s. As PP said, if it’s a part of them every day, why should they cover it for their wedding day.
One of my BMs has a very large one on her back. The dress they went with actually covers most of it, but I wouldn’t have minded if it didn’t.
Post # 12
I have four tattoos right now. Only had three when I got married. The only one that showed was my fish on my left wrist. Which I had no problem showing off. The tat only really shows up in out ring exchange and handfasting pictures. 🙂
Post # 13
I have six; three of them can’t be covered with my dress. But I never even considered covering them. They are part of who I am. OP, don’t cover them up with messy makeup. Wear them proudly!!
@badabing88: I don’t want to thread-jack, but oh holy shit! Love it, and don’t have the kahunas to ever ink my chest. Yeeouch!
Post # 14
One of my tattoos covers most of my upper back, and my rule when dress shopping was all or nothing. I didn’t want a strap or lace or anything partially covering it, I think it would look weird. The dress I got shows all but the very bottom edge, and I’m ok with that.
Funny about the sideways glances from moms. My mom wasn’t thrilled about mine when I first got it 11 years ago, but when I was trying on my dress (I had told her my rule ahead of time) she pointed out how beautifully it framed the tattoo and showed it off. So I guess it must have grown on her. lol
Post # 15
@MariContrary: I love your tattoo. And I agree that partially covered would be weird. Mine’s about the same size as your phoenix up/down, though a bit wider and centered. You could probably find a strapless that goes across your back just below it and it would look great. That is, if you decide to show it off.
Just realized you’ve probably already gone shopping. Did you find a dress? What did you decide to do about the tattoo?
Post # 16
I’m not tattooed, but one of my BMs has one that will probably show in her outfit. I don’t mind – it’s part of her, no point covering it up!
I did seriously consider covering my scars. I have a small burn scar on my chest from a seriously bad sunburn (gotta love Australia’s non-existent ozone layer) and self injury scars on both arms. The scars on my left arm are pretty bad and will probably show in ring pics or pics of signing the certificate since I’m a lefty. However, I talked to FI about it and we both agreed there is no point covering up – they’re proof of what I’ve survived.