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For the-bride-to-be one of the most exciting decisions is selecting her wedding dress. This usually means scouring stacks of bridal magazines, making multiple trips to bridal salons, and spending lots of time in fitting rooms. Whether the bride has simple taste, or is in search of an elaborate gown, the process can take some time before the perfect dress is found. There are even television shows devoted to this subject, those like Say Yes to the Dress, where viewers journey along with brides in search of THE dress.

The process doesn’t end there. Once a dress is selected, there are fittings to be had, perhaps even the shedding of a few unwanted pounds in between those fittings. It can be a lengthy process for sure, but a wedding dress is worn once-in-a-lifetime. After all of that has gone into finding the right dress, many brides later opt to have their gowns cleaned and carefully preserved for years to come.
While some brides, well, they choose to trash theirs.

Trash the Dress is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant wedding attire with an environment that is completely out of place. Locations may include the beach, perhaps even in the sea, abandoned buildings, garbage dumps, under the hood of a car, on a tractor, a city street, or under water in a swimming pool. Some claim that the trend was originally started in 2001 by a Las Vegas wedding photographer. However, the idea of destroying a wedding dress has been used in Hollywood symbolically since at least October 1998 when a television bride ran into the ocean in her wedding dress after her wedding was badly interrupted. Some couples choose to have their Trash the Dress session as an additional shoot after the wedding, almost as a declaration that the wedding is done and the dress will not be used again.

For more details, or perhaps inspiration, check out these photographs.
Then tell us - Will you trash the dress?

By Natasha
Natasha has been with assisting stationery consumers with finding the invitation or announcement of their dreams since 2003.
When not working with our customers, Natasha enjoys traveling all the corners of the globe and moonlighting as an event planner with her friend and colleague.


Name: Donna
Location: Des Plaines, Il
Location: After my marriage ended in divorce, my dress literally went out in the trash!

Name: Joyce
Location: Aw, Donna, that's understandable! I hear stories of divorce ceremonies and parties. I can see how throwing out the dress would be cathartic.

Name: Tracie Howe
Location: Seattle
Location: As a photographer, I would! I don't think a trash the dress shoot has to be destructive though. I'm looking for one to trash in an upcoming shoot, but I do feel guilty even considering trashing one. I like the idea about a bride making a declaration that the dress won't be used again, so that "trashing" it becomes a symbolic gesture.

Name: Joyce
Location: Neat concept, for sure, Tracie. I think the photos are often stunning and create a tension between the elegance of the dress and the rustic nature of the dirt/rusty car/whatever. If you'd like to share a photo after your shoot, we'd be happy to include it in this blog post with credits to you!

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