Five ways to incorporate your love of tattoos into your wedding

24 May 2017

Planning a tattoo themed wedding? Here are five ideas for your big day

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Themed weddings are all the rage nowadays. From Disney princesses to Marvel superheroes, more and more couples are opting for decorations and styling that fits with their personal interests. One concept that has stood the test of time is the rockabilly tattoo theme. Tattoos have been around in the UK since the 1700s, beginning with sailors who visited Polynesia and returned home with tattoos. Nowadays, however, they are more mainstream than ever before, with statistics from 2015 showing that one in three young adults have one tattoo or more. Many modern tattoos still pay homage to their sailor roots, with traditional tattoos consisting of swallows, anchors, roses, and pin-up style women. 

With such a strong aesthetic and historical context, it’s no surprise that the theme is so popular for weddings. So for all you ink-loving brides-to-be, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can incorporate your love of tattoos into your big day. 


Introduce your theme early on by buying or commissioning invitations with a tattoo-like design or motif on them, like these ones from Etsy store WickedConfetti. The invitations will be the first element of your wedding plans that people will see, so make sure they accurately represent who you are as a couple.


Wedding cake

Go for a showstopping tattoo themed cake with 3D fondant replicas of your favourite tattoo designs. This one from Ben the Cake Man features a traditional ‘true love’ banner design, with added swallows and roses, but you could customise your own cake to reflect your favourite tattoo style such as dotwork or watercolours.


Temporary tattoos

Temporary tattoos can be used in your wedding in a variety of ways. You could hand them out as wedding favours, set up a temporary tattoo stall outside, or even wear them to complement your wedding dress. There are lots of readymade designs out there, like these from Tattyoo, or you could make your own by purchasing some tattoo transfer paper, designing your tattoos on a computer, and printing them out.



Stay dedicated to the theme by getting some rockabilly tattoo style jewellery. This necklace from Swank Jewellery can be customised to say whatever you’d like in the banner, whether that’s your name or a cute phrase. Alternatively, you could make some custom jewellery for your wedding favours: simply email your favourite tattoo artist and get them to whip up a design, and then visit a custom jewellery design company such as Zap Creatives to get it made.


Wedding ring tattoos

Only two things last forever: love, and tattoos. So why not combine the two by getting a wedding tattoo instead of splurging on actual rings? This option is growing increasingly popular, with couples opting for custom designs that they wouldn’t be able to have in ring form, such as their wedding date.


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