For many brides, one of their major wedding dilemmas is whether or not they should try to cover or conceal their tattoos for that walk down the aisle. Many of them worry about how tattoos will look in pictures or do not wish to offend or shock family members who either do not know that they have the tattoos or do not approve.
The decision of what to do with your tattoos is a highly personal one and should be made after weighing all of the factors. Leaving the tattoos exposed may be right for some brides because the tattoos are a part of the bride. Women with prominent tattoos may feel that their wedding pictures do not accurately portray them if their tattoos are concealed, especially if tattoo concealing makeup is used. They may also feel that they are compromising their own sense of personality by covering their tattoos, especially if they cover them out solely due to concern about how their guests will react.
The guests’ reaction should be a factor, though it should not be the only one. A bride who worries that particular guests will be upset by catching a glimpse of a tattoo should really stop to think about why those guests would not be comfortable with it. If, for example, the tattoo is of a naked man or displays a sexually charged scene, then it is probably the actual tattoo, not the fact that there is one, that will be offensive. In that case, covering the tattoo may be the best option simply because it is not appropriate for all audiences.
On the other hand, a tattoo of a flower or some other innocuous depiction, is only going to really upset a select few guests, and it will likely be because of personal biases against tattoos in general. In that case, brides need to decide, based on their relationships with those guests, whether they want to compromise their personal style for the sake of those relationships. Most of the time, even those who are not ecstatic about your tattoos are not going to cut ties with you over it, and if they do, perhaps it is better to let them go.
If you do decide to leave your tattoos exposed, look for dresses that will flatter and accentuate them. For tattoos in the middle of your upper back, look for wedding gowns that dip in the back, and for shoulder tattoos, try to find a strapless or spaghetti strap look that will not detract attention.
If you decide you want to cover the tattoos, check out these great makeup products for covering tattoos, and make sure to practice before your wedding day so you know how long it will take to cover them and how well your product will hold up against sweating, rubbing, and the oils in your skin.