(Closed) What's the point of Trash the dress shoot?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4442 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

More pictures of an already over-photographed time in your life!  I have friends that had professional honeymoon pics taken… then maternity, then each month baby pictures.  It’s ridiculous!

I sold my dress, no way would I have trashed it!

Post # 4
12257 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Some people like the oppertunity to do something bizarre while wearing their dress!

I always think the swimming ones look fun, but a TON of women have drowned doing them!

Post # 6
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I find the idea unnecessary and kind of preposterous. Why buy a nice (probably expensive) dress just to “trash” it after the wedding? The entire idea of a trash the dress session is ridiculous to me lol. Perhaps I’m not artistic enough to understand? Who knows?

Post # 7
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@weddingbee098:  I’ve seen a few that made it look like a cool idea for some artsy photos. But my dress is way too beautiful (and expensive) to go swimming in or drag in the mud. No thanks! 

Post # 8
1941 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Agree with PP’s, they are NOT my taste at all, however I have gotten FLAMED for voicing this opinion in the past. 

There are other great uses for wedding dresses in my opinion: handing them down a generation if wanted, making baptism gowns, donating to charity, etc. I think trashing something so sentimental and expensive seems kind of crude. Again, thats MY opinion. 

Post # 9
44 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

There are many wedding trends that I don’t like but just because they’re not my taste…and say to each their own. But this is one that I think is absolutely APPALLING!!!!

To me, it is a gross celebration of consumerism and throway culture. If you don’t want the dress, and don’t want the hassle of selling it, then donate it…someone else would love it.

And yes, I realize that flowers are resource-intensive and then they die…and there are other wasteful things about weddings, but somehow this is different to me. Because it’s something that could easily have a long life and you’re flaunting the fact that you’re ruining it.

Post # 10
3672 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@weddingbee098:  My mom was a wedding photographer and did a couple trash the dress sessions. The pictures were always super cute! There were some of brides at the beach or an amusment park, just cool pictures of the couple having fun! 

EDIT to ADD: that the dresses could be washed again 

It is someones dress and they can do what they want with it. Most trash the dress sessions don’t ruin the dress completely so there really isn’t harm in doing them. Most people don’t wear their dresses again or even have their dresses handed down. They could donate or sell but some brides like to keep it as memory. My grandma kept her dress and had it cut down and we all used it for dress up! 

Me and DH are considering a trash the dress session and we are planning on just running around the park nearby and having fun in our clothes! The outfits can be cleaned later and we will have some cool shots plus a fun memory! 


Post # 11
9256 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I think it’s so you get some fun pics with your husband and you don’t have to worry about keeping your clothes pristine.  You can roll around in the surf or lie in the grass or run through the woods or whatever.  I think the title is misleading and “trash” is a little extreme… people usually aren’t out to actually ruin their dress.

That said, we’re definitely not doing it.  I already have a gazillion lovely pictures from our wedding and not enough wall / photo album space for them.

Post # 12
141 posts
Blushing bee

Yes! I am doing it because I get to do things in my dress that I wouldn’t want to do on my wedding day. I am not going crazy with mine like some people. I am not getting into a paint fight or diving into the ocean. However, my dream is to have pictures of me in my dress on horseback and lying in a field or haybales, etc. I wouldn’t attempt any of that on my actual wedding day. So, I am not trashing mine so much as just getting it a little dusty and dirty.

^ My inspiration

Post # 13
1941 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@marilen:  +1 to this sentiment EXACTLY! To me it was like when some photographer (Tyler Shields I believe?) Bought a $200,000 Birkin bag and ran a chainsaw through it and then lit it on fire…. it was disgusting! 


Obviously this was an extreme example, but I think they are similar. 

To clarify- to ME this isn’t trashing a dress…. 

This is: 

Post # 14
44 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

@rosie.jonesy.9:  So, this I like. I didn’t realize there was a spectrum of dress trashing. I think these types of shots need a new name so they’re not lumped it with the extremists.

I’d just seen the “dress ruining” shots and totally flipped. Paintball, mud pits, fire…ugh.

Post # 15
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We are doing a big Paintball fight on our 1yr aniversary, but we are wearing white novelty T-shirts.

I will have BRIDE written on mine with a fake sweetheart neckline and a white Tutu, my MOH and Flower Girs will be in similar shirts and skirts. My Groom will have a fake suit on his with GROOM on the back and shorts. And the Best Man and the Ring Boy too will too be wearing similar shirts and shorts.

I love the idea of getting the family together, having a backyard BBQ and a big paintball fight.

But we wont be hiring any photographers, everone has a camera in their phones and we love the idea of first person veiw of the action.

I shudder at the thought of spending $1000 + on a perfect wedding dress just to trash it, so we have added our own twist to the trend.

Post # 16
9692 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@weddingbee098:  I question what the point of saving it is. It’s expensive so I might as well get as many different pictures as I can and I see no value in holding onto a dust collector. I have no need to sell it as I am not hard up for cash. I’d rather have as much fun with it as possible!

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