Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the most memorable and happiest days of your life. You want to look and feel your absolute best, as all eyes will be on you and your partner. However, if you have any tattoos, you may wonder if you should cover them or show them off. The thing is, there are pros and cons to both choices and eventually, it comes down to your personal preference and comfort level.
So, are you unsure whether to cover up your tattoo on your wedding day? This article explores factors to consider when deciding whether to cover your ink or let it show on your special day.
The location of your tattoo is an important factor when deciding if you should cover it or not. If the tattoo is small and located somewhere discreet, like your wrist, ankle or behind your ear, you may feel comfortable leaving it uncovered. However, if you have a large, full-sleeve or back tattoo, you may want to cover up the tattoo to maintain a more traditional bridal look. Face, neck and hand tattoos are also quite eye-catching. If your dress has a higher neckline or long sleeves, the coverage may naturally conceal bold tattoos in these areas.
Your wedding dress can also determine how much skin and ink shows. A dress with an open or low back, sheer fabric, cut-outs or short sleeves will reveal more. In contrast, a gown with a high neckline, long sleeves or a train will cover up tattoos nicely. If you want to keep your body art hidden, look for a dress made of thicker, opaque fabric instead of sheer, lightweight materials.
Take the formality and setting of your wedding into account as well. If you are having a formal church ceremony and reception at an upscale venue, covering your tattoos may align better with the traditional environment. But if your wedding has a boho, beachy or casual vibe, displaying your tattoos may blend in perfectly. An intimate elopement or low-key celebration gives you more freedom to show off your tattoos too.
Another factor is your wedding photos. Will seeing a tattoo peeking out in your wedding album bother you years later? Or do you want to look back and see yourself represented accurately, ink and all? Watch out for dress styles where your tattoo may unintentionally show in certain positions or dance moves too. If you do cover them, use makeup tested and proven to conceal tattoos specifically. Avoid using cling film or bandages, which can look unsightly.
Some religions or family cultures may frown upon tattoos being visible at your wedding. If having a traditional ceremony is important, covering tattoos may be the respectful route. Or speak to your officiant and family first about their views. There are makeup and sleeve options that can conceal tattoos temporarily without taking away your self-expression.
Most importantly, discuss it with your soon-to-be spouse. Make sure they feel comfortable with your decision to show or hide your tattoos. If your partner loves your tattoos and wants them on display, that may sway your decision. Or, if they prefer a more traditional look, you may want to compromise by covering larger pieces. Remember, it’s both of your big day.
Do a test run before the big day too. Try your dress on with the tattoos exposed. Take photos from all angles and in different positions. Check there is no unintended peeking or slipping of straps. See how you feel looking back at the photos. Then try the look with tattoos covered. Compare how you feel with them showing versus hidden.
Ultimately, the most important thing is choosing what makes you feel the most comfortable, confident, and beautiful on your wedding day. Don’t hide your tattoos because of external pressure or expectations. But also, don’t feel that you have to show them either. Go with what feels right for you and your partner. If you love your ink, don’t be afraid to flaunt it. But if concealing them makes you feel more bridal, that’s okay too. It’s your wedding, so you get to choose how to present yourself.
Deciding whether to cover up or show off your tattoos on your wedding day is a personal choice. Consider factors like tattoo placement, dress style, formality, photos, traditions, your partner’s input and do a test run. Most importantly, opt for what makes you feel the most like your best, beautiful, authentic self when you walk down the aisle. However you choose to adorn your skin, you’ll be radiant.