(Closed) Trash the dress shoot–yay or nay?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m considering it as there’s nothing else I can conceive to do with it. And I would like some special photos as I’m not enthralled with our original portraits. The bottom of my dress is already filthy to the point that I doubt it could be cleaned well enough to wear again. Also, it wasn’t terribly expensive (~US$400) and I had to do some last minute alterations that altered the silhouette (in kind of a makeshift way that no one would notice besides the wearer) so I don’t think I would feel comfortable donating it. I think saving it for future generations is dumb. Both my mother’s wedding dresses are still hanging in her closet and when I got engaged I never even considered wearing either of them even though we’re the same size.

Post # 19
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Worker bee

I say nay.  Wedding dresses have so much detail that someone or several people spent a long time making each one.  I think it’s better to just donate the dress or repurpose the fabric rather than trash it if you don’t care about it anymore.

With that said, there was another woman on this site that posted a photo shoot where she wore her dress again and had photos taken of her doing everyday things in the dress such as brushing her teeth, cooking, have a beer at a bar.  I thought this shoot was so cute, and I would definitely do this later as another reason to wear the dress.

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I dont know if there is one near you but for our epics, we played in a spray pad fountain at a local park. They turned out super cute! Not us but the same idea.

Post # 22
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Newbee

I shot a trash the dress session last month at a lake and it was fantastic. Just a girl in a beautiful dress in the water with her two boxers. They turned out to be some of the most gorgeous shots I’ve ever taken. My bride actually got a dress for $20 at Goodwill, torn off the things she didn’t like about it, and rocked it!

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love how ppl who hate ttd shoots r the first ones to post on a thread specifically asking for ideas from other ppl who love them and DID do one. It’s like they can’t figure out that TTD does not always actually mean physically destroying it. It’s just an industry term. Geez.

Op, ignore the ppl who say it’s stupid, it’s YOUR dress, not theirs, and YOUR wedding, not theirs. They cant shame u out of doing anything.

I did a ttd where I went into the ocean waist deep, as well as other photo ops on the beach and near foliage, and sat on the ground. It created very exotic, unique photos of us, and my dress and it cleaned exactly the same as it would have if it had only been dragged along the dirt the day before. My dress got more trashed on my wedding day than on my ttd shoot. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee

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Ham1320:  I’m divorced. I did a ‘trash the dress’ shoot where the dress just got a little dirty and wet at the bottom. It didn’t really get “trashed”, it was more like a “do over” of bride and groom wedding pictures. I am glad I did, because I used my ‘dream’ photographer for the pictures who was booked already on my wedding day. It also poured rain on my wedding day so I had to take all pictures in a lobby so the scenery was not really great and the wedding day photographer I picked turned out to be just awful. The only pictures I wound up using were from the trash the dress shoot. Anyway, I had the dress professionally cleaned and then I donated it. As long as you’re not setting it on fire, you can probably just get it cleaned and still can donate it.

Post # 26
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Worker bee

I love paint splatter ideas for trashing the dress! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Post # 27
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Busy bee

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BeeG35:  I’ve also heard the term “day after” shoot but then people get up in arms if the bride and groom didn’t actually do it the next day. LOL. I always called mine “the do over pictures”

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I never wanted a TTD session or planned for one, but the day after our wedding I found myself in our remote family cottage with nothing else to wear but my dress (my parents forgot to leave the weekend bag they were supposed to drop off). So we decided to snap a few photos, call it a “day after” shoot if you want to, while we were waiting to be picked up. It was just my husband using my normal camera, but I love some of the photos he took so much:

I think it’s the combination of wearing “my most special dress ever” at the place where I feel closest to nature and where I’m happiest. So if you don’t feel like trashing your dress completely, perhaps you can select a place that means a lot to you and have a few photos taken there. For the record, my dress didn’t get a single stain from sitting on that dock or walking around in the forest (the cottage is sort of in the forest though, so it wasn’t like we went on a hike with me wearing it).

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