Dress? Check. Shoes? Check. Veil? Check.  Tattoos?  


Despite body art being fairly ubiquitous, the modern day tattooed bride often faces fierce debate on whether or not to display her ink on her wedding day.

For many brides, showcasing their body art isn’t even a question. Their tattoos form part of their identity and personality, why would they hide them?

However, with older generations of parents often finding it difficult to reconcile their vision of the traditional bride with new age expressions of art, some brides are finding themselves covering up to keep their families happy.

The decision to hide your ink may be a personal choice. Your tattoos may have formed part of your creative vision when you got them (and still do), but they are not part of your wedding day look. Or it could be that you no longer like your tattoos and you don’t want a reminder of your youthful streak of rebellion on one of the most important days of your life.

Whether you choose to cover up out of personal preference or of gentle coercion, there are several options out there for the discerning bride, from professional makeup cover ups and laser removals, to airbrushed photography magic.

The easiest and most convenient way to cover up is clever styling. If you’ve got art on your legs, replace a tea length dress with a long one.

If you’ve got tattoos on your shoulders, a sleeved gown or a bolero will do the trick. Ink on the nape of your neck? Wear your hair in a half up, half down do.

At the end of the day, whether you dare to bare or cover your colours, keep in mind that the stars of your wedding day aren’t your tattoos, but you and your partner – something to remember for all those brides facing tattoo taboo.

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