Wedding Dresses for the Tattooed Bride

Several of ieie's brides have submitted their wedding photos to us showing off the gorgeous dresses they designed, but that's not all they're showing. Many of these beautiful brides chose dresses that highlight another work of art - their tattoos. 

That got me thinking about what kinds of wedding gowns are best for brides with tattoos. And on the flip side, what kinds of dresses are best for brides who want to cover up their tattoos.

Whichever side you're on, here are some wedding dress ideas for tattooed brides.

If you want to show off your artwork

Blush Boho Lace Wedding Dress

Short Sleeve

Anna chose to show off her arm and wrist tattoos by wearing a short sleeve design with v-neck and illusion lace back. This whimsical lace wedding gown is a popular pick with ieie brides because of its draping tulle skirt and lace details. 

Retro Wedding Dress with Pleated Skirt

Tea Length 

Brittany's short sleeve tea length dress with pleated skirt showed off her arm tattoos, as well as her ankle and foot art. This dress would also be great for upper back tattoos, as it has a v-neck back.

Strapless Mermaid Wedding Dress with Organza Ruffles

Strapless

A strapless gown, like our mermaid design with organza ruffle skirt, is perfect for brides with arm, neck/collarbone/chest, and back tattoos. Because who needs extra fabric covering up those beautiful pieces of body art? 

Retro Hollywood Low Back Silk Wedding Gown

Low Back

Have a back tattoo you want to show off? Consider a wedding gown with an alluring draping or v-neck back design, like our cowl neck silk wedding gown that harkens back to the golden age of Hollywood.

If you want to hide or downplay your tattoos

Faux Fur Wrap and Lace Shrug

Shawls, Wraps, and Boleros 

A fur wrap, sleeved bolero, or lacy shrug will completely cover up or downplay your tattoos, should you want to keep them under wraps. These accessories are also perfect for winter brides, as they will keep you warm during your I do's. 

Wedding Gloves for Bride

Photos via Weddbook

Gloves 

Gloves aren't just for boxers and baseball players. The right kind can add elegance to your wedding get up and hide hand and wrist tattoos. There are various styles of gloves to choose from, from long silk pairs to short and dainty lace gloves. 

Blush Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress

Long Sleeves 

A wedding dress with long sleeves will effectively, and elegantly, cover up arm tattoos. If you don't want to completely hide them and are okay with bits of them peeking through, choose a dress that has illusion lace long sleeves.

Nurit Hen High Neck Wedding Dress

Photo via Aisle Perfect

High Neck

Have a chest or collarbone tattoo that needs a bit of cover? Think back to Victorian design with wedding dresses that feature high necks. Classical, beautiful, and oh-so regal.

Modest Wedding Dress with Sleeves and Full Back

Full Back

Just as a high neck will cover the front, a wedding dress with a full back will hide upper and lower back tattoos. ieie bride Laura didn't have any tattoos, but you can see how her custom-designed wedding dress could easily cover back ink.

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Size Chart (inches)

 

Size 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 16W 18W 20W 22W 24W 26W 28W 30W
Bust 32 33 34 35 36 37 38.5 40 41.5 43.5 43 45 47 49 51 53 55 57
Waist 25 26 27 28 29 30 31.5 33 34.5 36.5 37 39 41 43.5 46 48.5 51 53.5
Hip 35.5 36.5 37.5 38.5 39.5 40.5 42 43.5 45 47 48 50 52 54.5 57 59.5 62 64.5
Hollow to Hem 59 59 59 60 60 60 60 61 61 61 61 61 62 62 62 62 62 62

 

 

Bolero & Jacket Size Chart (inches)


Size S M L XL
Bust 34 35 38 41
Shoulder 15 16 17 18
Arm's Eye 12 13 14 15