Whether you’re rocking a Celtic symbol on your arm, trail of script on a shoulder blade, or full-on intricate sleeve, if you have tattoos, rock them on your wedding day.
In the last 10 years, tattoos have marched into the mainstream, and that means we’re seeing more tattooed brides than ever. In fact, a 2018 Dalia Research poll found that 36% of Canadian women have at least one tattoo.
Basically, it’s great time to be a tattooed bride. While just a few years ago, advice focused mainly on covering yourself up, today’s bridal style is all about being true to yourself.
Flaunt your art
To find a look that complements your ink, shopping in-person at a well-stocked bridal salon is a great choice. Try different styles to see how they work and talk to a consultant about trends and alterations to set off your tattoos perfectly.
You may also want to consider a refresh of tattoo lines and colours. Dallas Conte, a tattoo artist with Vision Seeker Studio in Toronto says, “I’ve had brides come in and ask to have an old tattoo refreshed so it looks good for the wedding photo.”
Wedding tattoos aren’t just an Instagram trend. Jonny Silverstein, who owns The Village Ink in Toronto, regularly sees wedding parties coming in to get inked: “We have bachelor or bachelorette parties come through – three, four, or 10 friends coming in saying, ‘We all want this symbol.’”
“We definitely get people who want the wedding band tattoos around their fingers,” Silverstein adds. Despite their popularity, Silverstein cautions that these aren’t the most recommended type of tattoo – tattoos on hands or fingers don’t always heal perfectly or last well.
Many tattoo artists will strongly advise you not to get someone else’s full name tattooed on your body (no matter how in love you are!). Instead, consider designs that incorporate your wedding date or initials, or really get creative. As Conte says, “I recommend choosing something fun like a symbol or special imagery that’s personal to the couple. It might be more meaningful.”
Written by Connie Jeske Crane