(Closed) Trash the Dress – Anyone Done It?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Have you/ will you do a trash the dress session?
    Of course! : (2 votes)
    13 %
    Maybe : (7 votes)
    44 %
    Absolutely Not! : (6 votes)
    38 %
    Other - please explain : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are planning to do this! And it was funny to see my fiance more worried about his suit getting ruined than my dress. I guess it’s fair, since his is more likely to be ever used again.

    You can work with your photographer to choose locations where the damage to the dress can be controlled. We are planning some historical ruins and a beach, I am sure you could find much cleaner locations such as your favorite cinema/restaurant/diner or the farmers’ market.

    Post # 4
    460 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Don’t do it if your not 100% sure. I will probably do trash the dress photos, but I don’t have plans to make anything out of my dress. Save it for your (future) babies if that is what makes you happy

    Post # 5
    2538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m looking for a cheap wedding dress to trash and won’t use my actual dress. Have you thought about something like that?

    Post # 6
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I’m actually considering it, but I would do it well after the wedding.

    Thing is, my dress only cost me $180 to start with (yay China replica! I love my dress!!!), and if I don’t trash it, I plan to donate it/give it away. If it cleans well after a TTD, I would probably donate it anyway!

    Post # 7
    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I bought a seperate dress for this.  $99 is alot easier to throw away then a $1000 dress.

    Post # 8
    1020 posts
    Bumble bee

    i would if i have the budget to hire a photographer for it. i’d also buy an inexpensive dress for it rather than wearing my actual wedding dress.

    Post # 9
    493 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    You either trash it or you don’t.  Don’t try to have a dress cleaned after trashing it.  It’s not worth it.

    Post # 10
    2342 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We did this is Aruba and it was so much fun!  But I didn’t do my actually dress, I did a cheap white dress.  But if he’s offering it for free you should take him up on it and maybe get a cheaper white dress!

    here’s a pic of us (my fav pic)!  Here’s the link to see more from our shoot!  We actually got in the water at the end! 

    Photo taken by Scott Hayne Photography

    Post # 11
    443 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’m seriously considering it..I love seeing pics from brides who have done a TTD session.  I can’t decide if I want to do it in my actual wedding dress or buy a cheap dress.  One of the photogs I”m considering has underwater equipment and wants to do one on the beach and in a cenote but I haven’t decided on that yet either..

    What kind of makeup should you wear to TTD?

    Post # 12
    151 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    This idea seems so wasteful to me.  If you don’t want to keep your wedding dress you could sell it after the wedding or donate it to a charity.  Ruining it just to get some “interesting” pictures is ridiculous to me.  If you do decide to do this, then definitely buy a cheap white dress.


    Post # 13
    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think the term “TRASH” the dress gets taken so out of context.  We did a TTD session the day after in Maui and sure I was in the sand, dove into the ocean, climbed rocks etc but it’s certainly not trashed.  We actually rinsed the dress out in the ocean, twisted it to get the water out, shoved it into a back pack and took it back to our condo and soaked it in the tub to get the salt water out.  The lace is fine, the silk is fine, the only thing that is wrong with my dress is the hem of the crinoline stuff fell out, but I think that actually fell out prior to trashing it.  In order to really trash it I think you need to cut it up or set it on fire or something.  I did see a few ladies on the beach that gasped in horror but to us we friggin’ loved doing it.  The pictures turned so amazing, and the few hours we were taking the pictures were really special. 

    Post # 14
    4123 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I Love shooting after wedding shoots. It only goes as far as YOU let it. Some people want to get wet, some don’t.

    My favorite thing, is mainly that you don’t care as much about your dress afterwards. You can lean on brick without fear, you can be in a dirt ally without fear, etc. You don’t have to wallow in mud. And you DONT have to ruin your dress.

    Personally, I don’t like the bride floating in water or in mud or being coated in paint juxtaposition. Many times, it looks cheesy and ick and not couture. It sounds like, “oh this will be shocking” but it’s just many times so poorly executed that it’s just… eh. I would much rather create a striking image of you in a place where you can be carefree and BE YOURSELF in your dress.. and just not worry about if along the way it gets a tad of dirt on it.

    I really want to do one in the Vegas Desert myself 🙂

    Post # 15
    2829 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I am doing it. Oh baby oh baby. I am going to buy a dress from a consignment store (Salvation Army/ Value Village etc), I don’t really care if it is super flattering, or isn’t my “ideal” dress, because I am going to trash it. My SO is also going to pick up a “used” suit from a similar store, and we are going to be absolutely ridiculous. I would rather go this way rather than try and have the dress cleaned afterward, since I have known several brides who couldn’t get grass stains out of their trains with professional cleaning.



    It depends on how extreme your TTD session is going to be. You could go with waterproof if you are going heavy on the water/underwater theme.

    If you are going for a more classic or subdued makeup look for your actual wedding, you could go crazy-overboard with some extreme eye makeup and whatnot (think about “artistic” shots from modeling mags etc). But totally not necessary. Have fun with it!

    Post # 16
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I actually love the idea of a trash the dress session, because they look so fun and you can get so creative!  BUT i could never bring myself to do it!  I love my dress, and either want to keep it forever or hem it short and dye it to wear another time.  

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