Tattooed brides and bridal party members: YAY or NAY?
Hello fellow brides to-be and readers,
The other day, on the Bride Club ME face book fan page, we posted the question: Do you think a bride with tattoos, should show them off at her wedding? AND Do you think bridal party members with tattoos should show them off?’
The status caused quite a stir and received a lot of comments, both for and against. I am speaking from a personal perspective here on the subject, as this is my personal blog.
I have a small tattoo on my lower back, but this will not show on my wedding day of course, however, my maid of honour and one of my bride’s maids have a lot of tattoos. See images below:
I have read quite a few wedding blogs, features and Q&A’s on international websites, where people have really strong opinions against showing tattoos on a wedding day, insisting that they make the bride or bridal party look tacky!
My thoughts are that each bride is different and unique, I am a staunch believer, that these days, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ when it comes to what you wear on your wedding day. The wedding day is about the BRIDE & GROOM, if the bride is a tattoo lover AND wants to wear a princess dress, so be it! If she is a wants to wear a red velvet bridal gown, allow her this choice, your opinion is neither here nor there, it’s her big day.
I would like my wedding to reflect me and my fiancé, we are both open minded individuals and I am extremely creative, I will not set strict rules for my bridesmaids in terms of their appearance. So long a they make the effort to look good and wear the dresses in theme with my preferences.
I want my bridesmaids to shine on my big day and their tattoos are part of their identity. I will give them the choice as to whether they wish to cover their tattoos or not, either way I won’t be offended. They are artists and performers, their style is quirky to say the least, however I have seen them tone down their unorthodox appearance on occasions for dinners, parties and weddings. They are stunning girls, toned down or rocked up.
In short, if a bride prefers her bridal party members who have tattoos to cover up, that’s her perogative, she should approach her girls with sensitivity when she requests they cover, and more often than not the girls should/will understand. If a bride feels more ‘bridal’ by covering her own tattoos, that is her choice, but alternatively, if she is proud and wants to show them off, no one has the right to comment or make snide remarks. It’s her day (in my humble opinion) and that is all that matters.
See below some images I have sourced, featuring tattooed brides and bridal party members:
Credit: Allebach Photography.
Photography credit: Allebach Photography.
Photography Credit: Procopio Photography
Signing off for now………………………
Tattoos are there for many of us to remember special moments in our lives and special memories, as well as for decoration and to show a part of who we are. Why would you want to cover them up? I have a large beautiful feather on my shoulder and had a bustier corset gown from my wedding. There is no way I would have covered them up, each tattoo is beautiful and precious to me.
Agreed Georgina. I won’t be telling my girls to cover. I think they will add flare and creativity to our photo’s too 🙂