(Closed) Trash the dress??

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Post # 3
7339 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@deliciousgroove: I am doing a TTD session, it’s included in my pic package but there is NO WAY I’m trashing MY dress. I’m gonna go buy a cheaper dress that I can totally have fun with. I actually told my girls that I think it would be fun for them to also go get another dress and come trash it with me, hihi…

Post # 4
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I dont think I would have the heart to trash mines so Im thinking if I do decide to do something like that, I will buy a cheap dress to do that in

Post # 5
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

When did this phenomenon begin?  Personally, I think it is THE most ridiculous thing anyone ever came up with.  First of all, I see no point rolling around in the mud in any kind of clothing, just for the fun of it.  There is no way on this earth I would trash my beautiful wedding dress.  It pains me that I only get to wear it once.

Can someone explain to me the significance of doing something like this?  As I said, I find it ridiculous, no matter what the dress cost.

Post # 6
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Trash the dress, also known as fearless bridal or rock the frock, is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place. It is generally shot in the style of fashion and glamour photography.

Usually brides decide to have pictures taken on a beach, but other locations include city streets, rooftops, garbage dumps, fields, and abandoned buildings.

Some sources claim that the trend was originally started in 2001 by Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper.[1] However, the idea of destroying a wedding dress has been used in Hollywood symbolically since at least October 1998 when Meg Cummings of the show Sunset Beach ran into the ocean in her wedding dress after her wedding was badly interrupted. Since then the style has spread around the world and most notably in the UK, with photographers like Steve Gerrard[2] and Mark Theisinger,[3] amongst others, shoot their unique ideas of Trash the Dress.

A model often wears a ball gown, prom dress or wedding dress, and may effectively ruin the dress in the process by getting it wet, dirty or in extreme circumstances tearing or destroying the garment.

It may be done as an additional shoot after the wedding, almost as a declaration that the wedding is done and the dress will not be used again. It is seen as an alternative to storing the dress away, never to be seen again.

Post # 7
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I found a really nice dres by max and chloe for about 160! (Dillards) I would never ever ever trash my real wedding dress.

Post # 8
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I could neverrrr do “Trash the dress” pictures. I’m way too much of a perfectionist/clean freak and I think it would give me a heart attack. lol

Post # 9
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I felt the same, and i actually looked around for a white maxi dress that wouldnt be totally see through but when mentioning this to my sister she was like why not use mine…its sitting in moms attic. (she got married 10 years ago, and has been divorced for 4 years so she had no attachment to the dress)

Sand and water wont hurt the dress though – but will need to be professionally cleaned so if you do use your dress, or one you care about just be careful where you sit – i sat on some rocks (my avatar!) and got some algea on the dress that was just stubborn when trying to get out. but here is my favorite pic from our TTD shoot.


Post # 10
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did a ‘trash the dress lite’ session.  Basically, I wore my dress for shots around town that we would never have had time to do on our wedding day.  I brought my rain boots and did go in a local lake, but I held my dress up the whole time.

Darling Husband wore his suit, but no jacket and converse instead of his dress shoes. I had flip flops on for everything but water stuff.

I crawled out on a tree limb for a few.  I just lifted my dress up all the way (there was nothing behind me) and scooted out.  It took a while, but my dress did not get any dirtier than it was at the end of our wedding reception. 

Here are a couple shots from it – we’re still awaiting all our pictures and only have a few sneak peeks:


Post # 11
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i did a “trash the dress” session and bought a much cheaper dress ($140). well actually my sister was with me when i tried it on and she bought it for me as a wedding present!  point was, i was not going to do a TTD unless i found another reasonably priced dress because i need to sell my real dress!

second thing, not all TTDs actually trash your dress! the dress i bought for my TTD just got wet and sandy, i washed it and its like new!  i plan to wear it for my BBQ at home reception next month!

last, i think it was sooooo totally worth the session. you get amazing and fun and unique pics, and it was a BLAST to do!  my husband said it was one of his fave things about the wedding and he initially agreed to the TTD just to make me happy!

you can check out my pics here:



Post # 12
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Another idea for those that are seeking another dress is to look at your local Goodwill and/or second hand/thrift stores!  I just saw 5 gowns today on an outing while I searched for games for my students. 

Post # 13
2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

My TDD pics are my favs.  I think it’s a freakin’ genius idea and I love all the pics in this thread.  Totally worth spending a hundred or two on an inexpensive dress and way too much fun to not to do:)

Post # 14
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I want to TTD but not MY dress too… after alterations I’m sure my dress will have cost me $3K so no way am I going to destroy it… the idea of a cheaper dress and a day of fun with my new hubby and his cool sis (our photographer) would be worth the $100 for another dress!

Post # 15
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@deliciousgroove: I would totally do it. thouse pictures are so cute!

Post # 16
394 posts
Helper bee

From a photographers perspective:

The idea is not necessarily that you are intending to “trash the dress”, that is just the title that was given to these types of shoots. This misconseption is what has lead to many photographers reffering to these types of shoots as “rock the dress” sessions.

The point of the shoot is to take the type of portraits that you might really want on your wedding day, but are too scared to do for the risk of getting your dress dirty on your wedding day. A lot of couples lay in the grass (possible grass stains), climb or sit on dirty things (trees, buildings, fences, horses, etc), walk through fields or down the beach, roll in the surf at the beach. The point is to take these amazing shots on a day other than your wedding day, when you will be a little less concerned with keeping the dress spotless. 

I know there are a lot of people who will actually trash their dress (or a secondary dress), but it is definitely not required of a “trash the dress” session. Also, I have heard from plenty of beach brides who say they got their dress cleaned after fully jumping in the ocean or a lake and their dress looked like new. 

Hope this helps clarify things a bit 🙂

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