Wedding Day Tattoos Might Be the Coolest New Wedding Trend
After Jacey Lambros and Anthony Carrino exchanged “I do” at their outdoor Catskills ceremony last summer, they didn’t go straight to the reception. Before having their first dance as husband and wife, cutting their wedding cake and tossing the bouquet, they opted for a less conventional celebration: getting tattoos.
“It was the most intimate part of our marriage,” Lambros, a fitness entrepreneur, told Coveteur.
“Knowing how inundated and bombarded you are with everyone you know and love after the ceremony, I would recommend it to anyone,” adds Carrino, interior design expert and HGTV alumnus. “It’s 30 minutes of calm with people who are dear to you. It was a great way to settle into married life for those first 30 minutes and then dive into the party.
The couple called on their close friend, a celebrity tattoo artist Luke Westman, for their wedding ink. “They had the wedding, and then we rushed into the house and had this really special 30-minute moment,” Wessman says.
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The morning of the ceremony, Wessman visited the couple to confirm designs and placements. They decided to have each other’s initials on the side of their hands, just above the wrist, so they could be seen while they were holding hands. It wasn’t the first time Carrino or Lambros got inked, but it was still different.
“My writing is atrocious, so I left it in Luke’s expert hands,” says Carrino. “He developed the font and asked our opinion and that was it. It was a smooth conversation and he took the time to place it and make sure we liked the positioning.
As society becomes more passionate about body art and more averse to tradition, we see couples creating their own customs, like wedding day tattoos. While couples getting dedicated ink isn’t a new phenomenon, incorporating it into the wedding day is far less common than getting tattooed before or after their nuptials. The newlyweds saw it as the ideal setting. “Why not do something permanent when you make a permanent promise to yourself?” Lambros says. “It seemed like the most appropriate time.”
For Lambros and Carrino, it was time to refocus their attention and redouble their efforts. “It’s as important as the rings and it’s much more permanent,” says Carrino. “They go together.”
The couple say the idea was born while they were selecting rings. From there, it was natural. “We didn’t feel like we were trying to do something trendy,” says Carrino. “It’s who I am and my wife accepts that. Also, Luke is a very dear friend. Jacey accepted him very naturally. That’s why it was such a powerful thing.
Russian newlyweds Diana and Roman Skorokhod’s wedding tattoos were also done by someone close to them. When the couple tied the knot last summer, they toasted their newlywed status with matching tattoos reading “5:17 p.m.”, the exact time they were pronounced husband and wife. It was Roman’s second tattoo and Diana’s ninth – she floated the idea while they were planning their wedding. “I told my husband and we thought it would be cute and romantic and unforgettable for us and the guests,” she explains. “Like a ceremony with rings, but with tattoos.” Although their families were initially unsure of the idea, Diana tells Coveteur that seeing it done firsthand by her friend Masha Vivo made the moment more special.
Photos: Courtesy of Diana Skorokhod
So are we on the verge of a new wedding trend? “I think it will be a bigger trend because young people who are getting married are much more into tattoos in general. I was asked after [Anthony and Jacey’s wedding] several times,” says Wessman. “It’s one of the ultimate things you can do to show your total love. Love is kinda crazy and getting a tattoo is kinda crazy, so it’s a perfect mix.
Before diving into a wedding tattoo, Toronto tattoo artist and studio owner Cesar Mejia says it’s important to stay authentic, not just to your relationship, but to yourself. “Focus on the heart of your relationship and not on the needs and wants of the other person,” he explains. Although the wedding finger seems like the most logical placement for a bride tattoo, a tattooed band might not always be the best choice. “The wedding finger is difficult because the band is meant to represent eternal love, but that placement always fades,” he explains. “You could keep touching it up, but the top of the finger would be better.”
Aside from tattooing Carrino and Lambros’ initials or the Skorokhods’ wedding timestamp, Mejia says doves are a common option for couples since they stay in pairs. Otherwise, it tends to tap into elements of a couple’s origin story. “When I consult with a couple, I think about their brains about the inner workings of their relationship, like what’s nostalgic, where they went on their first date, etc. Then we’ll build a concept from the.” More importantly, it must capture the essence of the moment. “A tattoo is frozen time,” he says. “It’s a memory.”
Photos: Courtesy of Diana Skorokhod
While most opt for wedding bands, tattoos remain archetypes of engagement. “It’s like a wedding ring: it can be a symbol of love,” says Mejia. “This permanence is something quite endearing.”
For Wessman, the decision needed to get a tattoo is akin to committing to a partner. “A lot of times in conversations about tattoos, you’ll have people who don’t have a tattoo saying, ‘Well, I’m just scared to commit. I don’t know what I would get,'” says he. “Anthony was like, ‘I’m committing to this woman and doing another tattoo because I’m not afraid of commitment.’ It’s impressive. We live in this world without commitment. It’s really nice to see that commitment.
At the end of our call, I asked the couple to summarize the concept in one sentence. For Carrino, “wedding tattoos are the best way to show the highest level of commitment.” Lambros’ take was equally poetic: “For me, it’s like a badge of honor to wear the initial of the person I love the most on me.”