Post # 1
When I first read about trash the dress photo ops, I thought how cool is that. Upon reflection I am thinking this is not the best use of a dress. Maybe Im swayed by how tough it was for me as a plus size bride to find a great dress but it just seems that if someone else could use my dress (dresses) I should go that way. This organization http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com/ really seems to “get it”.
Just a thought for all the summer brides out there, and especially my date twins, I challenge you to consider this as a possible donation. What do you think?
~~jumping off the soapbox now.
Post # 3
Most TTD sessions don’t actually trash the dress. It’s still useable after the shoot. You only really see the extreme ones where brides jump in mud or burn their dresses. That’s crazy, but makes a cool photo op for the photographer I guess.
There was an article on Offbeatbride about this very thing and a photographer commented:
I’m sure you ladies realize that “trash the dress” is just a buzzword, right. It’s just a way of saying “let’s have a photo shoot where you don’t have to worry about getting your dress a little dirty.” Some brides want to take it further by getting the dress wet or dirty- but that’s their choice. The concept is to get away from the boring stiff wedding pictures where the bride has to worry about getting a spot on her dress. Come on girls- have some fun. And of course we promote donating dresses to Bridesagainstbreastcancer.com whether or not the dress gets a little dirty- the ladies at that great organization tell us that they can clean just about anything, and they welcome any used dresses that come their way. Even if the dresses are are beyond salvation- they can cut them up to create quilts which sale for several hundred dollars.
So you can still do a TTD/day after shoot and get your dress a little dirty or even wet and they will be able to clean it.
Post # 4
@Miss Tattoo: was just making suggestion
Post # 5
@retreadbride: I am with you on this! Yes I know that the dress can still be cleaned after the TTD shoot, but lets be honest, it is EXPENSIVE to clean a wedding dress, especially after it has been in the ocean or been dragged along the grass. Of course every bride has the right to decide what she wants to do with her dress, but I personally agree that donating is a great way for your dress to keep on doing good.
In the same way everyone has the right to waste water, or electricity since they pay their own utilities but its just better to conserve energy and water
Post # 6
It’s a nice idea – thanks for sharing! It gives people the option to donate if they want.
Post # 7
I think donation is a great idea, there is a similar association located in Toronto Canada called The Brides Project.
I have tossed the idea around, and maybe if I had spent less on my dress I would donate it straightaway, but I am still considering selling it since the idea of recouping a bit of the cost is a bit too alluring to my capitalist mind.
great idea though.
Post # 8
What a great idea! Thanks for the link!
Post # 9
I was just looking at their website and noticed they also take donations of veils, jewelry, etc. I don’t know if I will be able to part with my dress (emotionally), but its good to know I can donate those other items!
Post # 10
@retreadbride: Don’t feel defensive!!! 🙂 I was just pointing out that all hope is not lost after a TTD session. And even if you didn’t do a TTD, the charity is still going to end up cleaning your dress anyway right?
Post # 11
I’ve shot a few TTD’s and I wouldn’t advise doing one if you want to donate the dress. It may well be OK after dry cleaning but the cleaning will probably cost a lot more than it wouldhave done if you hadn’t trashed it. That
reduces the benefit to the charity. I did one shoot where the dress was going to cost twice as much to clean as it would have done normally. It wasn’t worth it. It was more cost effective to give the cleaning money to charity!! I did another one where the dress came 100% clean after being washed in a machine but this one was too dirty for that.
On the other hand, Brides Agaisnt Breast Cancer have tightened up on their requirments. They used to consider anything but now only want dresses less than about 5 years old. They also want a donation towards cleaning. That suggests that there isn’t that much of a shortage of donations.