How to cover a tattoo for a wedding is often a problem with our brides. I am surprised by the number of brides who need to hide them because their family and in some cases their fiance does not know about them. I have occasionally had this silly vision of a bride and groom turning to each other on their wedding night and discovering they both have full body tats.
Other than the pain and expense of surgical or laser removal our options are limited when deciding how to cover them. Some of our brides have told us of their intention of using theatrical makeup. We usually advise them to do a test run prior to their wedding day, using a light coloured shirt. The result is usually a much stained t-shirt and a discussion about plan B.
Depending on where the tattoo is, Plan B is the clever use of fabric to physically cover the area without changing the integrity of your gown. We have over the years employed many surreptitious means to this end. With a good seamstress on your team do not be concerned if you fall in love with a gown that exposes your tattoo. The important thing is to let your stylist know of your concerns when you are choosing your gown. You do not have to restrict your gown choices – this is one time when you can indeed have it all!!
When your stylist is aware of the concern she will be able to suggest ways to cover the area without changing the basics of your beautiful gown. Sometimes the answer comes in the form a of sleeves or a light bolero made of the same fabric as the gown with a well placed applique just where it is needed.
If on the other hand you love your body art and feel it is part of you and your personality – let is shine on your wedding day. Once again if you find a gown that covers your body art, collaborate with your stylist in exploring ways in which your gown can be adjusted to ensure that your tattoo is visible.
Ms Gingham says: Sometimes theatrical makeup can do the trick depending on the position of the tattoo so it’s definitely an area worth exploring. Either way it’s such a personal decision it’s good to know that there’s options out there.
Jenny is from Vision In White bridal boutique at 40 Macquarie Street, Parramatta – Sydney