(Closed) Are you considering a Trash the Dress session?

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Hey there stressgirl!  I am considering it.  I have a very plain and simple wedding dress that I bought 5 years ago (long story, I will explain later). I never wore it and it wasn’t expensive enough to resale. So, I was thinking that since our honeymoon package at Sandals includes a "weddingmoon" — I might wear that dress and then have them take pictures of us on the beach and in the water.  I haven’t run the idea by fh yet, I’d actually like to get a little more feedback before I do.  I couldn’t do this to my wedding dress.. I think it would kill me!

Post # 4
2 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am thinking about doing a trash the dress as well. I havn’t gotten that far in my wedding planning as photography, but when i get to to it I a thinking about making a trash the dress session part of my deal with what ever photographer. That is if I can. 

I bought my dress last week and really have no plan to perserve my dress. I know that I didn’t want to wear my mothers wedding dress and more then likely my future children won’t either. 

Also my dress was cheap (though not as cheap as I wanted) and totaly plain (no beads, lace, etc) so i think it wont re sell well.

Post # 5
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

i rather sell it even if i only get 10 bucks back 🙂 

Post # 6
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I just think that its kind of wasteful and environmentally unsound, even if it sounds like fun.  I have no way of predicting what my future children would like to do with it, or if they’d want it as a momento of me…


So no trashing for me! 

Post # 7
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2020

I’m not sure. We’re doing a second photo session on the beach the day after our renewal. We’re including our daughter, so that we can get one of those great all in white family shots for the Christmas card, but I’m sure I’ll wear my dress for some of it as well. I really don’t want to miss the whole cocktail hour, so we’re going to take a lot of pictures the day after of just us two. Anyway, I bet a part of me will want to go into the water just to do it, but it depends on the dress. If I have it custom made, I don’t think I’d be able to do it, but if I wear one of the other much cheaper more relaxed dresses I’m looking at (Thread has such cute dresses) then I might. Who knows. I’m two years away!

Post # 8
11 posts

I’m not doing a trash the dress session with a pro photographer, but my fiance is really into photography. So I was talking one day about how much I love my dress and joked that I would wear it around the hosue after the wedding. So we thought we might do our own pseudo-TTD session at home, where he takes pictures of me in my dress doing mundane things around the house–watching tv, playing Wii, reading a book, whatever. Who knows if we’ll actually follow through on it, but sounded kind of silly and fun to us (not to mention, free).

Post # 9
51 posts
Worker bee

Oh my goodness Suemoff!! That is a great idea! I just love it. So cute!! Me perosnally, I don’t like what Trash The Dress stands for, so I never would think of doing it but the idea of household chores/ activities in it is FABULOUS!! Kudos for that idea!!

Post # 10
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2020

I am going to agree with others who are philosophically against it. If you do not want to keep it, how about donating your dress to The Bridal Garden http://www.bridalgarden.org/ and using it to benefit a child’s future? If you wanted more pictures without trashing your dress, you could always take some bridal portraits, even after the fact.

Post # 11
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m thinking of checking in with my friend who is branching out into wedding photography about a trash the dress shoot – should be fun for me and an opportunity for her to add to her wedding portfolio.  Despite the name, we’ll probably not trash the dress – just wear it in places that normally I wouldn’t.  That way, we’ll have the fun of the extra shoot, some unusual shots and as long as it doesn’t get too dirty, the dress can then be donated.

Does the dress have to be trashed to make it a trash the dress shoot?

Post # 12
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I actually just signed up for one in NYC w/ Envi Photo. The cost was about $175 and I am so excited because I missed some "sight seeing" shots on my wedding day due to our time frame.

We are going to cover the areas we wanted to place in our wedding album and be relaxed this time around, it makes for great shots when you aren’t scared of what it will do to your gown. And girls, you get to wear your dress again….How great is that! I say go for it, who cares what other folks think.

Post # 13
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - Auberge du Soleil

Another great organization to donate your gown to is Brides Against Bresat Cancer. You mail your dress in, they clean it and then sell the dresess to raise money to grant final wishes to women and men suffering from terminal breast cancer. Learn more at: http://bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/#donategown. They are currently looking for gowns, slips, and veils from 2000 to present. 

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