(Closed) Trash the dress or not?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m debating on doing a trash the dress session too. The pictures I’ve seen are absolutely gorgeous, but I’m having the same dilema. The dress I am getting is expensive, but I am only going to wear it once.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You don’t necessarily have to wear your same wedding dress, you could get a really inexpenisive used one from online, a thrift store, or other places.

I would love do to one, but can’t quite talk the hubby into it…if I did, I would for sure get a different dress for it which is partly why he’s not interested.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Ooh, I really like that idea!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ll admit that until a few days ago I had NO idea what "trash the dress" meant. I kinda assumed it was some sort of tradition where the bride literally ripped her dress apart! Am I the only one who’s just hearing about this?

Once I finally looked it up I spotted some GORGEOUS photos online. And my photographer is somewhat adventurous so maybe I should look into it myself… 😉

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

As gorgeous as someof the "trash the dress" photos are. . .i just CANNOT bring myself to "trash" ANY wedding dress. . even a thrift store one. . also. . i kind of don’t get the point? Maybe i’m looking at it all wrong. . but aside from the artistic value i dont see the point

@Honeypants- I’m with you there, i had never heard of "trashing" the dress until i came to the Hive. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@SaraBMarried, the point is that you can get some awesome photos that you maybe don’t want to risk on your wedding day (for fear of getting your dress dirty) TTD doesn’t necessarily mean ruining it, more just a chance to take shots (maybe at a different location that you didn’t have a chance to visit on your wedding day).  Check out http://www.trashthedress.com for an idea of what it entails.  

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m totally thinking about it too………it’s basically come down to…1) Do I want to sell my dress for $ that we can put towards something else that’s more useful?  Or 2) Should I just trash it since I’ll never really get to wear a dress like that again?  It’d be great to do another shoot in that dress and wear it a 2nd time!!   I still dunno……….What do people do with the dress after they trash it??  Toss it out??  What CAN you do with a dress that’s been trashed?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@go2bee I think you could probably still salvage parts of it.  Like maybe save a section to make into a hanky for your daughter’s wedding, or for a patch to put in the back of her dress.  Some call it a Day After Shoot, or a Rock the Dress Shoot.  "Trashing" it doesn’t mean you will ruin the whole thing.  

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Hmm I really like the idea of keeping pieces of it and incorporating them into other things throughout our lives.  I’ve saved the scraps from the alterations and plan to add it to my baby’s blanky one day =)  Still undecided! HAHAH My dress is a ‘pickup’.  If I had a destination-type dress I’d totally go to the beach and literally trash it there….think of how awesome the pics would be!!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I personally am not a fan of "Trashing" the dress.  Yes, the pictures are beautiful, but I would encourage people to consider donating their dresses instead http://www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/

(I really like the idea of my dress having a "2nd party" and also having the proceeds go to such an important cause. )

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Also, keep in mind ladies, that Trash The Dress sometimes isn’t totally trashing it.  Depending on what a TTD session entails, the dress can still be professionally cleaned and be good as new to donate or to hand down or preserve.

@mlc297 ~ I had never heard about that site!  I think that is such a wonderful idea.  I will definitely be donating my dress then!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2007

I did a TTD and got a bunch of amazing pictures – and it was so much fun too!  Then I went and had my dress cleaned and it turned out perfectly fine – just make sure you mention to your photographer that you don’t want the trashing to be permanent and they can help you choose shots and locations that won’t hurt your particular dress.  It may help to talk to the cleaners beforehand and ask what types of things would actually ruin your dress (depending on the fabric).  My cleaner said they could deal with anything but motor oil (we did our TTD at my family ranch).

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

I say go for it!  In Sol’s own words to me, it was more of a "wash the dress" session. You can always get it professionally cleaned and then donate your dress afterwards if you want to.

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