16 Times Tattoos Totally Made a Bridal Look

Ethereal bride with tattoo down back spine

PHOTO BY LAURKEN KENDALL 

As a bride, many decisions must be made when it comes to your wedding day look, from the shoes to the hairstyle. For brides with tattoos, showcasing or downplaying their ink is a big decision in and of itself. Tattoos can run the gamut of bright colors or just all black, but no matter the design, the choice to put them on display ultimately comes down to incorporating them into the full bridal look.

Chest pieces can be accentuated with sweetheart necklines, delicate wrist and arm ink can be emphasized by a minimalist gown, and full-back designs can be displayed between perfectly placed straps. There are endless possibilities to draw attention to your design if that’s what you want.

Ahead, 16 brides with tattoos who absolutely slayed their bridal look—body art and all.

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Stick to Simplicity

Bride with tattooed wrist embracing the groom

Photo by LaJoy Photography

This bride’s arm tattoo, located on the side of her wrist, is prominent enough to be seen without overpowering the dress. A sleek bridal look, from head to toe, is just the ticket.

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Channel Your Inner Goddess

Bride with tattoo on her shoulder poses on the beach

Photo by Felicia V. Photography

You, radiant goddess, you. It's your wedding day, so be sure to let your confidence shine through one tattoo at a time. We can't help but notice this bride's stunning shoulder tattoo featuring a gorgeous sun emblem. Photographed alongside a billowy dress and dreamy beach backdrop, the end result is both captivating and artful.

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Mimic the Design of Your Dress

Bride with a horseshoe tattoo on her arm

Photo by Biancca Wallace Photography

If you’re working with a tattoo that is characterized by a shape that can be easily mimicked, play into that. This bride’s delicate horseshoe ink on the back of her arm was the perfect setup for a match made in tattoo heaven. The low back of her wedding gown creates a U-shape that has us seeing double.

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Cover It Up Ever So Slightly

Tattooed bride wearing a sheer lace dress

Photo by Erich McVey

Classy and fabulous. Choose a gown with a sheer neckline to ensure that just enough of your tattoo shows. The beaded lace gown on this bride was her number one option for covering her tattoos in a way that still revealed enough to keep things chic.

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Go Intricate

Tattooed bride wearing an intricate lace gown

Photo by Jenna Boyer Photography

The intricacy of a tattoo’s design is ultimately a reflection of the story it’s trying to tell. Carry that theme over into your wedding dress selection by opting for a gown with intricate lace patterns. 

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Opt for a Plunging Back

Bride with a spine tattoo wearing a low-back gown

Photo by Greg Finck Photography

Spine tattoos are striking, so opt for a wedding dress with a low back so you can show it off. Take things a little bit further with a gown with lace detailing that will only serve to emphasize the work of art.

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Embrace Your Signature

Bride with an initial tattoo wearing a strapless dress

Photo by LaJoy Photography

Think of a tattoo as a signature of sorts, especially when it’s literally your name—or at least your initial. A strapless dress is definitely the way to show off your ink in all its glory like this bride did.

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Match the Flowers

Bride with colorful tattoos holding a bouquet of flowers

Photo by Kristin Kay Photography

A tattoo full of bright colors is undeniably going to stand out, should you choose to put it on display. Why not tie those colors into your bouquet? Use bright, refreshing blooms, like coral anemones and yellow ranunculus, along with lots of fresh greenery for a cheery bridal bouquet.

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Keep It Delicate

Bride with a tattoo on her shoulder blade

Photo by Markit Photography

The tattoo on this bride’s shoulder blade is simple and delicate, a design she unsurprisingly wanted to show off on her wedding day. The satin corset on the back of the strapless gown, along with the minimalist drop earrings, kept things elegant and ultra-feminine.

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Show Off the Sleeve

Bride with a sleeve of tattoos wearing an enchanting dress

Photo by Gui Jorge

Have a full sleeve tattoo from wrist to shoulder? Let the design stand in place of an actual sleeve and select a sleeveless gown and minimal accessories to bring the entire look together.

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Opt for a Sweetheart Neckline

Tattooed bride wearing a strapless wedding dress

Photo by Emily and Jacob Photography

A sweetheart neckline has always been a fan favorite. This bride’s dress was the perfect choice when it came to rocking her tattoos; the neckline hit at just the right spot to showcase her flower designs, while her wedding bouquet carried on a similar theme with peonies and roses.

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Embrace the Whimsy

Tattooed bride wearing a whimsical feathered gown

Photo by Perpixel Photography

Feathered gowns can add a bit of whimsy to a bridal look, regardless of season or style. A perfect complement to the delicate, whimsical design of her tattoo, the sleeveless, feathered gown this bride chose definitely sent out romantic bridal style vibes—even down to the crystal floral headpiece!

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Play Into the Placement

Bride with a foot tattoo getting ready

Photo by Drzazga Photo

A foot tattoo can actually serve as the ultimate hidden gem on your wedding day. This bride selected just the right pair of shoes to really show it off during those memorable getting-ready photos.

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Make It An Additional Accessory

Bride with a subtle heart tattoo on her hand

Photo by Twah Dougherty Photography

This bride's subtle heart tattoo was definitely ready for a close-up on the wedding day! We love how she added two thumb rings to enhance the dainty design.

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Make a Powerful Statement

Bride with powerful shoulder tattoo

Photo by Felicia V. Photography

Don't be afraid to let your tattoos take center stage as you walk down the aisle. This gorgeous bride strikes the perfect balance between feminine and edgy by incorporating her ink into her bridal look. An artful floral tattoo on her shoulder makes for striking imagery, especially when juxtaposed with her lace dress.

A plunging neckline can be an intriguing design element for any gown, especially if you’re showing off a tattoo. When narrowing down wedding dresses, don't forget to factor in the placement of your tattoo—an open back, deep-V neckline, and one-shoulder design can be used to draw attention to your ink.

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Try a One-Shoulder Gown

Bride wearing a one-shoulder gown with tattoos on her right hand

Photo by F10 Studio

Not only does this one-shoulder dress with a lace overlay offer a bit of peekaboo action, but it allows the bride to discretely show off her tattoos. Upon closer inspection, you'll notice a medley of smaller tattoos lining her hands, wrists, and even her left shoulder. Together, they add a panache-packed statement without needing any further accessorizing.

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