As we all know, getting a tattoo is becoming a more and more popular mean of expressing oneself. Big or small, visible or not, people are showing their unique style and cherished memories through permanently inking it into their skin.
“What if you can see it on your wedding day?”
Traditionally, brides were urged to not get any tattoos that could be visible before their wedding day. If they did happen to have any tattoos that were visible, they would go out of their way to cover them up for the big day. Slowly but surely, brides are beginning to break out of this mold and are now showcasing what is now permanently a part of their bodies. Although there are some negative associations that go along with tattoos (and some cultures to this day still ban tattoos) this art form is now growing on the otherwise traditional and conservative crowd.
Some cultures actually promote the appearance of marked skin on the bride during her wedding day. Mehndi (better known as Henna) is a temporary tattoo that originated within the Hindu culture. The bride’s hands and feet are intricately designed by family members with a thick paste made of henna leaves and natural dyes. The design is then wrapped with Saran wrap for at least 6 hours. When it is removed and the hands and feet are washed, a beautiful orange/brown design is left behind on the skin. Generally the application process takes place 2 days before the wedding and is actually viewed as a celebration.
Whether you like it or not, brides (and grooms) are not hiding their tattoos anymore on their big day! As a tattoo lover myself I made sure to keep mine visible and I also made sure that our photographer captured them.