Let's get real about couples' wedding tattoos for a sec. If you want to commemorate your big day (and your love) with something more lasting than a diamond ring and if never worrying about losing your ring because it's tattooed on sounds like a good idea, you might consider a set of wedding tattoos.
However, take a moment to step back and really think about it before you get your new ink—especially if it will serve as a unique wedding ring. No one wants to contemplate the idea of the "Big D" word. But, just entertain the hypothetical for a moment—if you do end up parting ways with this person, you likely won't want that permanent reminder on your skin. Although you can get it removed, the process is expensive, painful, and doesn't completely get rid of the tattoo.
If you end up deciding to show off your love with new tattoos, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Choose your placement and design wisely. Go for thin lines, simple shapes, and not too much detail.
Instead of the tattoo being on your actual ring fingers, consider getting a matching design elsewhere on your bodies, like a wrist or forearm.
- Research your artist. Check out their portfolios and have an in-person consultation if you like their style.
- Be prepared for a little pain. Since there are so many nerve endings in your hands, this placement is among the least pleasant. However, if it's a simple design, they can often be wrapped up in a matter of minutes.
- Plan accordingly, and pay attention to care guidelines. For your wedding ring tattoo to look its best on your actual wedding day, get your ink at least a week prior and make sure to follow your artist's aftercare routine so everything heals properly.
- Choose a design that means something to both of you. Your wedding tattoo should have some sort of understood meaning that symbolizes something you both know and will love looking at.
Ready for some inspiration? Here are 20 examples of what real couples chose for their wedding tattoos.
Not the ring stack type? Frame your bands with simple tattooed line patterns instead.
Traditional Wedding Ring Tattoo
A simple, no-frills band around the ring fingers in tattoo form put a modern (and permanent) twist on the classic wedding ring. Be sure to take proper care of your finger ink and get periodic touch-ups to keep it looking fresh.
Be careful what you expose your wedding tattoo to—including hot tubs and the ocean, which are breeding grounds for bacteria. Keep it clean and don't over-moisturize.