Trash VS. Treasure: What Should a Bride Really Choose to do with Her Dress?

June 28, 2010 at 11:41 am 3 comments

Trash or Treasure Your Wedding Dress?

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In last week’s post, Looking for Something to do with Your Dress after the *I do’s: Trash It, I showed you one of the wedding industry’s biggest growing trends… brides trashing their wedding dresses and photographers documenting it for all to see! 

While this can create some seriously ahhhh to the mazing photographs, it’s not always a girl’s first choice to destroy the greatest dress she’s ever worn in the name of fashion… nor is it something her parents or other financial contributing parties necessarily look forward to having documented.  I mean hello?!?!  After alterations, a wedding dress can be QUITE an investment, and these days, sooooo many of us can’t afford to lose those :)

So, what are the options for the more conservative or sentimental brides still looking for a fun, captivating way to immortalize their dress?  Well, lots, actually.  Instead of trashing your dress with fluorescent paints, murky mud or less than sanitary pond water, why not treasure it forever in a high end, editorial fashion shoot??

You heard me right.  It’s time to let that inner-model shine!  Woot, woot! 

Often times still labeled as “Trash the Dress” sessions, brides will set up post nuptial dates with their photographers to have alternative photographs taken.  They generally take on the same feel and fall under two categories: style or location. 

The “Style” shots will more than likely contain more of a sense of who the bride is.  By allowing the bride more creative freedom, they can generate even more personal shots than before.  With their less traditional look and more editorial appeal, this type of “Trash the Dress” session doesn’t have to trash the dress at all.  In fact, it can simply showcase it in another way that could be more fitting to another side of the bride’s personality.

The “Location” shots will focus more on putting the bride (and her gaaarrrrgeous gown) in areas that will juxtapose with her pristine look.  Think industrial, urban or grunge.  Think farm, rural or po-dunk.  Think Goth, dark or rustic.  Really, think anywhere you’d want.  From old, closed down factories and dairy farms to dimly lit castles or even creepy cemeteries, location bridal shoots provide the atmosphere, while you (and possibly yours) provide the rest.

Think of these shoots as an extension of your wedding photos, but the more relaxed and carefree version.   It’s also super fun to include the hubs in the shots for more authenticity and even more captured memories!  <siiiiighhhh>  I love weddings :)

If you’re still having a hard time totally getting the picture, check out some of these artistic, (un)Trash the Dress Sessions:

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  • 1. Forever Flawless Hair and Makeup  |  September 24, 2010 at 7:01 am

    I have done this a few times for brides in Melbourne Australia. I am a hair and makeup artist. They LOVE it and it is such a fun day, as there is no pressure!
    See some of the photos at
    It is also ok if you don’t fit into it 100% as you can have the back taken out and just avoid photos of the back.

    • 2. Mary Dietz  |  September 24, 2010 at 8:57 am

      Haha! Thanks for the info, FLAWLESS :) Love the site, and here’s to things not fitting after the *I do’s* are done! Haha!

  • 3. Lindsey  |  June 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    So… what’s the time limit on this before too many years have passed since my wedding, because I LOVE it! (That is, if I can still fit into my wedding dress!) It rained on my wedding day so I wasn’t able to take all the gorgeous outdoor shots I wanted to, and this would be a great alternative. Maybe we should start an anniversary dress trend… :)


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