Trash the…wait, what?
The cost of a wedding gown doesn’t stop at the price you see on the tag. There’s accessories, shoes, and if you need a petticoat or crinoline those can get expensive. Next, you have alterations, which can cost several hundred dollars depending on what you need done. Lastly, when the wedding is over and all your gifts are opened and your thank-yous are sent, you have the expense of “storing” your gown. Depending on how you decide to store it, the process can be expensive, again costing up to several hundred dollars. Of course you can just opt to shove it in a closet, where it will consume space and deteriorate over the years eventually resulting in a garment bag full of dusty taffeta and lace.
Recently I’ve been turned on to the “Trash the Dress” phenomenon. Although not exactly new to the scene (Trash the Dress surfaced circa 2005 and is credited to photog John Michael Cooper of Las Vegas) it is becoming a more popular idea amongst brides. Some people call is “Cherish the Dress” or “Rock the Frock” instead…but it all boils down to one thing….destroying your wedding gown.
Some brides might gasp at the thought of destroying their dress, but in my opinion “Why not?” I guarantee that in 30 years your unborn daughter is not going to want to wear it (but I bet she will love the photos that emerge from your Trash the Dress session), and I guarantee I would rather take that space in my closet that would be occupied by my vacuum-sealed gown and fill it with new clothes and expensive jeans. So, that being said, who wants to stick around after our wedding to see me jump gown-first into Lake Superior?
Below are some of my favorite “Trash the Dress” photos…