"You're wearing a dress with sleeves, right?" Choosing to show off your tattoos at your wedding #Fashion Advice#conflict resolution#tattooed bride Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Feb 13 2014) Guest post by Kate Critchlow Photo by Lakshal Perera. Full wedding feature here. You love your tattoos, your partner loves your tattoos, but your family may not always be so approving. It wasn't until pretty recently, while discussing "the dress," that I realized my mother really disliked the idea of me showing my tattoos during the wedding. She made it rather clear with a single comment: "You would have to find a nice long-sleeved dress, to cover those," she told me casually waving a hand at the half sleeve on my arm. My partner and I shared a brief look when she said that, both knowing the problem was that I had wanted to show off my tattoos during the wedding. My mother has, over time, come to accept an awful lot of things that will be different about my wedding; a black dress instead of white, marrying another woman instead of a man, unicorn decorations on the cake… It astounded me that, after accepting all of this with relative ease, she could be so negative about the tattoos. I'm a hobby artist, I designed all of my tattoos myself, I love them, and I thought everyone around me liked them too. I even have a doodle in my sketchbook of myself in a strapless, back-less, black dress that shows off plenty of my ink. Any plans I had ever had for when my partner and I decided to marry had included designing a tattoo that would mark the occasion, and be shown for the first time in our wedding photos. Related Post The wonderful world of wedding ring tattoos Love the idea of wedding rings but hate to wear them? Enter the wonderful world of wedding ring tattoos! It made me wonder what other people's experiences are of tattoos at weddings. I have seen a lot of brides with beautiful tattooed sleeves, and designs dancing their way out of the sides of the dress. It's beautiful, and adds colour to the white bride look. Why would we ever want to hide them? So here's my advice to anyone else experiencing tattoo wedding shame. (Because everyone would be happier with the support of their loved ones…) Stand firm Just because your friends of family don't like the idea of showing off your tattoos, doesn't mean you need to cater to them. This is your wedding, you should feel comfortable. I am certain that if I had given any indication that I would have been willing to hide my tattoos my mother would have held me to it, so stick to your guns. Get your partner involved Make sure to ask your partner what they think. In my case, my partner was incredibly quick to point out that we both love tattoos, and like showing them off. Show off examples of the look you want Maybe your disapproving family member dislikes the idea of visible tattoos at a wedding because they can't imagine it. I showed my mother the sketch I mentioned, how I imagine I would look on my wedding day, and she liked it. I'm sure she'll come with me to pick a wedding dress and love the look even more. You could even direct your loved ones to Offbeat Bride's "tattooed bride" archive full of beautiful images of brides and grooms showing off their ink. A note about getting wedding tattoos If you're like me and are thinking about getting a special tattoo to mark the occasion of your wedding, make sure you get the tattoo three (or more) weeks before the ceremony. This way you can ensure that it has time to heal fully, and look fantastic for the big day. It doesn't matter whether you want to wear a suit or a dress at your wedding, your fashion choice is your decision, and how much of your ink you want to show is up to you as well. Hey, tattooed brides and grooms: how are you dealing the wedding day ink backlash? Covering them up? Showing them off? Using them as your wedding theme? This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Lakshal Perera Kate Critchlow I am a hobby artist and writer, working a lot in the tattoo industry, which currently includes work with Barber DTS. Tattoos are a big part of my life, about which I am very passionate. PREVIOUS Sailor Moon bridesmaid proposal gifts: Will you fight for love and justice with me? NEXT Liz & Marc's traveling fall circus wedding Show/Hide comments [ 85 ] Is it too late to comment on this one? Too bad, I'm going for it. I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves the idea of showing off her tattoos on her wedding day. We're currently early in the wedding planning days, so whether or not the shindig we're having will involve dresses on the brides is TBD. But if I do end up wearing a dress I'm just dreaming of having one with a plunging neckline because 1) they are sexy as hell imo and 2) it would mean I can show off my sternum tattoo, which I'm in love with and consider to be a huge part of who I am. I know I'm going to get a lot of grief over it if this happens but the idea of having it on display when I so rarely get to show it off sounds way too wonderful to me to not at least consider it. Reply Read more comments ‹ 1 2 Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. 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