Who The Hell Would Want To Get A Tattoo At A Wedding Reception?

In a land of Pinterest-inspired mason jars and burlap, brides and grooms everywhere are trying to make sure their nuptials stand out among a crowd of basic weddings. If you have money, you can throw a decent chunk of it at a live wedding painter, and if you already can’t stand your new spouse, you can invite all of your closest friends along on a buddymoon to break the ice. If those are little too bougie for your personal preferences, there’s another unique wedding trend making its rounds on the Internet, but just like the ones before, this seems like an absolutely terrible idea.

Brides and grooms are making “wedding tattoos” a thing, which is unfortunately exactly what it sounds like. Couples are inviting tattoo artists to attend their weddings and ink them and their guests with matching tattoos to celebrate this union. While matching tattoos are usually a terrible idea for a number of reasons, depending on the couple, I can kind of get behind some minimalist ink to celebrate the biggest day in their lives. That’s fine. The problem comes when this tattoo artist starts inking up guests, taking bad decisions made at a reception to an entirely new level.

Wedding receptions typically aren’t known as a place for making quality decisions in the first place, which is totally expected. Your friends’ parents paid for an open bar, knowing that drunken hookups would happen and at least one person would fall asleep with their pants down on the toilet. However, even for the severely alcohol-impaired, the range of poor decisions to be made remains somewhat limited – unless, that is, free tattoos are offered on site. Sure, go ahead and get inked with your date of four months after five margaritas. What could go wrong? On the fence about breaking up with your current significant other? Nothing like a bottle of champagne, a wedding, and a tattoo artist to get you emotional enough to think that renewing your love with permanent skin damage is a great idea. There are very few ways I can see this trend going right, so for that reason, I will now officially be forgoing any wedding invitations that come with a “free” tattoo that only ends up costing me my dignity and thousands of dollars down the road in removal treatments.

[via Huffinton Post]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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