The Dilemma – Body Art and Your Wedding
Tattoos and piercings are no longer uncommon. As a matter of fact, many people from teens to elderly have body art. The trend of being inked has never been hotter. Some tattoos are so detailed and so beautiful, we understand not wanting to cover them. But when it comes to your wedding, sometimes there is a problem.
Many brides opt to cover their own tattoos. They simply do not want them in their wedding photos. Further, they often ask the bridal party to cover their body art and limit their jewelry as well. While the bride has every right to request this, many people find it offensive. Tattoos are a way to express themselves and they are very personal. Asking someone to cover their tattoo is almost like asking them to wear a mask to hide their features. But consider the bride.
Styles and colors
Some tattoos are applied for a particular reason. Someone may want a picture of their child on their shoulder or back or a message to a deceased loved one. These tattoos are meaningful, lovely, and touching. But a bride may not want the birth and death date of your mom and a “never forgotten” message on your bare shoulder in her wedding photos.
Some people have tattoos that are just for fun. Some are a bit provocative and some are downright dirty. For example, a huge tongue tattooed in the middle of a girls back will stand out like a sore thumb when she leads the bride down the aisle. All eyes will be on her. While that brings a laugh at a swimming party, it does not go over well in a church wedding among several generations of family.
Covering a tattoo on a bride, groom, or another member of the bridal party is not cheap. There are a few ways to do this. One, you can try to find dresses and suits that cover the tattoos, but since people put tattoos on virtually every body part, you will not be able to cover them all with clothing. Two, you can hire a professional makeup artist to airbrush your tattoos away before the wedding. This is not cheap either. Three, you can use a product like Dermablend which is like greasepaint to cover them.
Modern couples set-up an online fundraising site before their wedding. A free site such as Plumfund allows your guests to contribute to your wedding, honeymoon, or other items that you would prefer instead of a traditional wedding gift. A make-up artist can be one of those items.
Consider your destination and the comfort of your party., If you are planning a wedding in Hawaii, you will not want to insist on gowns with long sleeves and high necklines. Instead, contact the hotel you plan on staying in and ask them for some make-up artist and make-up supply houses nearby.
Tattoos or no tattoos? This is never going to be an easy decision or choice, Just remember you are the bride and these are your memories. Be gracious, be polite, and be firm if you decide to ask for a cover up.
Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama.com and Toweringseo.com who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.