(Closed) Trash the Dress… Any bees do this or plan on doing this?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I like the ones that don’t actually ruin the dress – but I’d rather donate my dress than full-out ruin it.

Post # 4
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

2 of my best friends also got married this year, so we are planning a 3 person TTD session. I won’t actually trash my dress with paint or sharp objects, but I will do some more adventurous shots since I am not as worried about my dress getting dirty. One of my friends is planning to pick up a cheap dress from David’s Bridal to use instead of her actual wedding dress.

Mr. LK says “Have fun, honey.”

Post # 5
2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We are going out after our ceremony and reception (afternoon wedding in Vegas) for an evening on the town in a substitute wedding dress.  Our photographer is going with us at the beginning of the evening and we are going to do a trash the dress/urban session with her.

I have been buying sample dresses off of ebay and reselling some of the ones that I do not want.

Here is my current stash of dresses for TTD/Gambling and the most expensive one was around $200.  They are all in mint condition 🙂  So you can look on ebay or craigslist or even a department store and get a different dress for TTD.

Post # 6
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i did one on the beach. i had seen beach TTD pics before and LOVED them and wanted them so bad.  DH was reluctant but went along with it to make me happy (his main concern was spending more money on the photo shoot – but we got a good deal, so it was not that big a deal).

and well, now when you ask Darling Husband what was one his favorite things about our wedding, he will tell you the TTD session! He had a total blast doing it!!! 

As for my dress, i did not want to take a chance ruining it ( am trying to sell it now), although i have heard most can be dry cleaned.  But also, i was not sure my particular dress was that appropriate for the look i wanted in the TTD pics. i wanted more of a simple dress and i found a cheap one and got it!  I was also able to wash it in the washing machine after and it came out perfect.  My real wedding dress did get very dirty as my wedding was on the beach and it also came out perfect after dry cleaning.

here is a link to my TTD pics if you are interested.


Post # 7
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Darling Husband really wants to do this.  I’m not necessarily opposed to this I just don’t want to ruin my dress.  I would have to go buy a cheap dress at David’s to ruin.  But also, I’m just not sure what we would do with those photos.  Between the engagement photos and the weddign photos we have more photos of us then we know what to do with.  

Post # 9
11050 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@dynamic_duo: Haha I was just about to mention your name 😉

Post # 10
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@roxy821: thank you!!   I have heard of that too (after i did mine) that the bride does it by herself. but that never even occured to me!  just like how some people do “bridals” – i never would have thought of that on my own. i always wanted pics of the both of us for anything wedding related!!  Although, for my wedding and TTD, the photog did take some shots of me only and they did turn out cool.  but i would never frame a wedding pic of just me!  maybe i will put some in our album….

@CatyLady:  Smile

Post # 11
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Personally, I am not a big fan of Trash the Dress pics in general (although PurpleUnicorn – your pics are pretty awesome, so I may be changing my mind). I do like the ones in water better than ones with paint/dirt, etc. Even if it is a cheap dress it just makes me cringe!

I have never discussed it with my Fiance (I’m pretty sure he has never heard of such a thing), but I know he would think it was crazy. He would probably flip out if it was with my actual dress since we spent so much money on it, and I don’t think he would see the point in buying another dress (even if it was cheap) just for the sake of ruining it – he is the frugal one in the relationship 🙂


Post # 12
3501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

We are doing a TTD session. 2 of them actually! one on our honeymoon in the ocean, and another when we return at the MN state fair. we even did a TTD on our cruise last march. nothing as drastic as our wedding outfits or anything, but it was fun to get a taste of it! my Fiance was all for it – but i think its because were both picture addicts and would do almost anything for a good photo! lol!

Post # 13
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am doing this. 100% 


Post # 14
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had considered this, and our wedding photographer (our friend) has been asking if I want to. But when it comes down to it, I can’t bring myself to trash a dress that cost that much!

Post # 15
5531 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

If I did, I would want it to be over the top.. I saw a pic once of a girl who lit her dress on fire! (photoshop im sure lol) but I would want something like that!

Post # 16
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I don’t understand this trend at all. Can someone explain it to me? I just genuinely do not understand what the reason is for doing this. Besides destroying a perfectly good dress that you could potentially sell or donate or keep as a memento, symbolically it seems backwards to destroy a symbol of a happy occasion. Like, mortgage burning parties make sense to me because you hated having a mortgage. Destroying a wedding ring after a divorce makes sense to me because you didn’t have a happy marriage. Destroying a wedding dress after a happy wedding seems so backwards! I know I must be missing something. Please tell me!

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