It is an age old question: what do you do with your wedding dress after the wedding? The combination of the price of the dress, the inability to wear it again and the sentimental value makes every bride wonder how to store or reuse this special frock. After all this was the dress, picked out with the help of mothers and sisters, painstakingly altered to fit like a glove and now it is all over. Unless you went simple and can have the dress dyed, or nontraditional and can wear it to any old cocktail party, what are you going to do with yards of silk or tulle?
In the past most brides took their wedding dress to a local cleaner and paid hundreds of dollars to have it cleaned and preserved. Typically it was packaged in a huge box with a small viewing window (for your kids to peek in and laugh at the yards of lace?) and was frozen until you pulled it out 25 years later and tried to convince a family member it was still in style and could totally be worn again. (Hint: it probably isn’t in style.) Some women hung their dress in a closet and eventually let their daughters play dress up in it, and others had it taken apart and used the fabric to make a baptismal gown for their infant.
Some trash the dress photo shoots are more low key and feature the bride (or bride and groom) siting or standing in a setting where she might have gotten dirty before. These unexpected shots are whimsical and can let a bride or couple really express their inner personality:
Some photo shoots don’t trash the dress at all but they are so unconventional you wouldn’t have had time or patience for them on your big day:
A common theme in trash the dress shoots is getting the dress wet in an ocean or lake:
The sky is really the limit with trash the dress shoots, or in this case, the temperature:
Other photo shoots get a little bit crazier and really and truly trash the dress. I mean, who would play with ketchup and mustard and grape slushees on their wedding day?
Trash the dress photo shoots are unconventional and fun, but the sentimentalist in you might object. What about you- do you think wedding dresses should be preserved for future generations or should would you wear your dress into a dirty field, food fight or lake all in the name of artsy photos?
Daisy is a lawyer married to a lawyer (insert lawyer jokes here) living in a small condo in a big city with a new baby and beagle. She breaks up the legal-speak by blogging about life in Chicago, which is filled with escapades of urban living. In the summer she enjoys patio dining and in the winter wonders what she was thinking when she moved here. You can read more from Daisy on her blog, Just Daisy.