Tattoos are no longer associated with just tough guys, thugs and sailors. Age, gender and profession have little if anything to do with who is getting body art.
Whether you are sporting your astrological sign on your shoulder, or if your maid of honor has a botanical garden running up both arms and down both legs, you will need to determine how you feel about those tattoos showing before you get too far along in your wedding plans.
If its time to get rid of your high-school sweeties name from your bicept, laser removal has come a long way. A qualified dermatologist can help you take off a little or a lot.
If a temporary cover up is all you need, there are special kinds of make-up used just for that purpose. You may want a professional to match your skin color exactly rather than try to do it yourself.
On the other hand, few people are offended by body art anymore. Even so, the shock value of extensive tattoos, yours or someone else’s, needs to be addressed.
It is hardly fair to cut your best friend from the wedding party over concerns about her body art drawing attention away from you.
And if the tattoos are yours, you have them for a reason. They are a big part of who you are, and you shouldn’t have to cover them up unless you want to.
Longer dresses and fuller sleeves can cover up a lot of artwork. But unless you were already heading in that direction for you or all your bridesmaids, it may not be worth considering.
If you are concerned about Great Uncle Paul’s reaction, you can head it off with a little pre-wedding maneuvering. Mention yours, or your friends, tattoos ahead of time. Talk about it as the artwork it is, rather than something to be embarrassed by. Tell Uncle Paul to be sure to check out the latest addition to the human canvas he will be meeting at the wedding. He may end up deciding its time to get that eagle on his chest he has always wanted.