(Closed) Did you ruin your dress to take pictures?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m not married yet but i just wanted to say that i wouldn’t mind.

I’d draw the line if it was something like going into a lake instead of next to it, but only because i wouldn’t want to be wet and cold at the reception not because of the dress. But it could just be me – I’m willing to do anything to get a good shot 😛

Post # 4
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Not married yet, but I recently went to some sort of wedding fair (where all the vendors have little booths and you can look at their work). 3 out of 5 photographers had pictures all over their booth of the couple in a lake, river, in the ocean etc. I don’t know if they might have done these pics after the wedding or something, but I could just shake my head. 

I wouldn’t mind standing in the woods, on the street or something like that, but I’m not gonna submerge my whole dress in dirty water. Also, there was an article in the newspaper a couple of weeks ago that a couple standing on some huge rocks at the beach got surprised by the tide. They ended up being sucked into the ocean and had to be rescued by some fishermen out there. Almost drowning with a heavy dress on? Not cute.

Post # 5
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I didnt do a trash the dress shoot, but the bottom of my dress got plenty of dirt on it from just walking around! I really wouldn’t worry about standing next to a stream or even sitting on grass or something as long as you are careful. That’s what dry cleaning is for 😉

Post # 6
5758 posts
Bee Keeper

Sometimes its unavoidable. My daughter’s outdoor wedding was in danger of being rained out, as it stormed all day. She really wanted it in the garden, so we held off deciding to change the location until about an hour before. It DID stop raining long enough for the ceremony, but began to pour again while they were outside for pictures. There was no way to get from the gazebo/garden excpet to walk, but they had no umbrellas. My SIL grabbed whatever he could find to cover her, but the bottom of her dress still got soaked. She was cool and calm about it anyway, and her Bridesmaid or Best Man spent 20 minutes trying to dry the lace so she could make her entrance into the reception. Made for some great pictures too!

It didn’t bother her a bit!

Post # 7
741 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

….My sister’s wedding reception was at a waterpark…she went down the waterslide in her dress. 

Post # 8
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My wedding is in 1.5 weeks at a beach in FL. I plan to take pictures sitting in the sand and even possible standing ankle deep in the water I had my dress altered alot I’m only 5 1″ so I can’t resell it and I have a different dress for my reception. I don’t mind if it gets dirty.

Post # 9
20 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

The way I looked at this issue was that my dress will be dry cleaned and stored in a box or resold.  It is the pictures that we will look at for the rest of our lives!

We took pics in the woods and in the pasture.  I even rode my horse bareback in my Sottero and Midgley lace gown!!!  He had a bath the day before, so he was a clean horse!

I think my hair suffered more with the outdoor pics then my dress did.  Actually the thing that got my dress the most dirty was the mulch pathway that led to our outdoor ceremony site.  I love my pics and do not regret getting a little dirty. 

Post # 10
1571 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No offense to anyone who’s done a Trash the Dress session or something similar, but I’d much rather donate my dress and know that someone who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford it got to wear a beautiful gown.

Post # 11
6598 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

The bottom of your dress is going to get dirty regardless!

I had my first look outside in the rain, afterwards my dress was shockingly still clean.

But after a night of dancing (inside) it was FILTHY!!! 

Post # 12
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I took pictures on red dirt and in a field and it didn’t ruin my dress.  I had a little dust on it but it brushed off before the ceremony.

Post # 13
7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

well my ceremony was on the beah so it was inevitable it would get firty. i wanted to keep it as clean as possible before the ceremony however my photographer wanted to us to go all over the resort and take pics. which was fine, but i was cringing when we went to the pool area where they had this castle type structure with a sprial staircase. it was actually leading up to the waterslide so it was sopping wet in there and the train of dress was just trailing behind me getting filthy!

Post # 14
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2023

You’re only going to wear it for a day! I don’t care about it getting a little mucky or wet at the bottom – it’s going to happen anyway, even if you stay indoors. I don’t mind going to woods etc – infact my wedding is happening at a glen, just so we can have the photos in the woods! I think I’d draw the line at submerging myself in water on my wedding day, mostly because I hate being uncomfortable and damp, but also because I would need to somehow get dry and look nice again before the evening party! I’d totally do it the day after though…

I’m going to do a TTD session afterwards, because I’d like an excuse to wear my dress again, and I just think they make amazing dramatic photos – just not for the actual day of the wedding.

Post # 15
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Your dress will get dirty the day of just from general wear. 

That being said, many of those shots you see happen after the wedding. Many of my clients all do “Day After” sessions, which are NOT trashing sessions. It’s a session for the bride and groom to get dressed back up and have portraits in a relaxed environment where they aren’t stressed about staying clean and making it to a reception on time. It usually involves a different location from the wedding, and there is usually some sitting/leaning, etc.

Rarely are the dresses really dirty, but they usually look no worse after a day after session than they do after the wedding.

Post # 16
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Mine was absolutely filthy!  Disgusting I might add….BUT I never once was concerned about it.  We had an outdoor ceremony on a damp paving stone terrace.  Then went up to the top of a ski hill.  It got soaking wet from the snow.  Then we went into town where it was dirty and dusty as it was winter but with no snow.  At the reception I switched to shorter heels and my bustle didn’t work (combination of Maid/Matron of Honor not finding the other 2 points and it wouldnt stay with 1 hook) so my dress continued to mop up the floor.  To top it off I found out at the end of the night my underwear color let go all over the inside of the bodice.

I didn’t once worry about picking up my dress…I just let it follow me all day long.  It never once looked “dirty” in photos and we got to do whatever we wanted.  I am sure it had to be the dirtiest dress out there.  I really wouldn’t be concerned about it.

This picture is contrasted so the hem looks darker…it isn’t dirty. 

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