(Closed) Thoughts on Trash the Dress photos

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
7873 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have never understood this concept. And I certainly would not spend $550 to do it.

Post # 3
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

MissBoots:  I don’t have experience, but to me Trash the Dress seems like a fad that will go away. Personally, I think the concept is a bit ridiculous. I mean, people spend so much money on their dresses for this very important occassion in their lives and then they spend more money to destroy it? It seems like some sort of joke. I don’t know what I’m going to do with my dress after I’m done wearing it, but I certainly won’t be destroying it. I would much prefer to donate it if I do get rid of it.

Post # 4
6890 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Please don’t. That is a huge waste of money. Instead of trashing your dress donate to a bride to be who can’t afford a dress or sell it.

Post # 5
1648 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t like the idea, especially because you have to pay for it. There are so many better ideas like donating your dress which is what I did.

Post # 6
4524 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Sassygrn:  this. My dress will be donated after the wedding. I’m not paying to destroy it!

Post # 7
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

it is an absolutely vulgar fad in my opinion.

Post # 8
589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

MissBoots:  We were able to include it in our 3 hours of shooting  for my destination wedding in Jamaica.  We did it for the last 30 mins.  Some of the TTD photos are my absolute favorites! We spashed each other, did a truth fall together and then just took more pics in the water and on the beach. I knew i was never wearing my dress again, and i was not interested in dealing with selling it – so i had the dress disposed of when i returned to the resort.  I originally asked our photog if there was any place to donate it, but that would include us paying for dry cleaning prior to donate it which was a waste of money.

I would not pay extra to do it though…

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 1 month ago by  LoveLikeCrazy.
Post # 9
129 posts
Blushing bee

I’m going to go against the grain here and say I’m super excited for my “Surf The Dress” sessions! We’re having it in Cozumel and I just can’t wait! 

To be fair, I’ve spent maybe a total of 300.00 on my wedding dress(es) because I’m doing all of the alterations myself. But also, it would take a lot of ripping to actually trash the dress enough to be unfixable. I don’t have any beading or applique so that could make a difference but salt water can actually be cleansing (or help set the color) for certain fabrics and others are easily cleaned after. 

I would pay extra for it – but pictures are the one thing I am not willing to stint on. I could have it at Denny’s as long as I got pro pictures, haha. 


Post # 10
707 posts
Busy bee

Hmm I agree with some pps – i don’t like trash the dress and think it’s kinder to donate a dress if you don’t want it. But if i had to do a trash the dress shoot I wouldn’t be paying much for it…

Post # 12
11050 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

MissBoots: It wasn’t for me but I know some people have had some great TTD photos. Depends on what you’re into I guess.

Post # 13
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Maui

I’m doing one the morning after my Maui elopement, and it will cost $499. I thought it seemed stupid at first, but my Fiance said he liked the idea because it’s different. I ended up with an extra dress I didn’t spend much money on but couldn’t return, and I also read that the dress would not really get ruined, so I decided to do it. If I only had my one wedding dress I probably wouldn’t have wanted to do it though.

Post # 14
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think it is a personal choice as with most things.  I am doing one, and I can’t wait.  I am most excited about the creative, fun photos that come out of those sessions – much more so than the traditional wedding photos (e.g. loving gaze) – my preference.  

When is the next time you will have the opportunity to take amazing professional photos with a great natural backdrop and be creative to boot?  You don’t have to trash the dress – you can do a fashion inspired shoot, maybe use scooters or bicycles, maybe at a historical site, etc.  These are shots that are typically not possible on your wedding day.  But even if you want to trash your dress and jump of a cliff, water ski, water ski, whatever, it is your prerogative.  

I wouldn’t let others’ disdain stop you from doing something that could ultimately be lots of fun.

Post # 15
329 posts
Helper bee

Go for it. Unless your daughter will love your dress her wedding in the future, the dress will forever be encapsulated in  box. Might as well have fun wearing it again!  I plan on wearing my dress sitting on the couch eating potato chips while watching tv. 

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