Would You Trash Your Wedding Dress?
Trash the Dress and Day After Sessions
The times, they are a changing. Gone are the days of preserving your wedding dress for decades in a box, brushing aside the mothballs every time you find yourself feeling nostalgic. Brides today are taking a different approach, choosing instead to preserve those memories with some photographs and a whole lot of fun.
In preparation for your big day, you probably devoted months to agonizing over the dress decision. You tried on more options than you care to admit, dragged friends and family along for shopping trips which stretched out over hours, and maybe even spent well above your dress budget once you discovered “the one”. It is quite possibly the biggest decision a bride makes on her wedding day, next to picking out the groom of course. And that dress symbolizes something – it is a large piece of the equation allowing you to feel like a princess, even if for just one day.
But then, what are you supposed to do with it? Pay a couple hundred dollars to have it preserved? Sealed up so tightly in a box that you rarely get to enjoy it? Saving it for what? The day your daughter or granddaughter may want it? You know better than that, even now at the height of your love for this dress. It is far more likely they will want the same joy of shopping for that special garment that you experienced yourself. Styles change, after all. Fashions alter. And the likelihood is strong that no one will ever love your dress as much as you do.
“Trash the dress” sessions have been on the rise for the last decade, with an increasing number of brides realizing they don’t actually want to be responsible for the care and storage of this piece of clothing for the next 50 years. So instead, they are saying goodbye to their dresses in style, and allowing photographers like myself to capture those last moments of glory.
Although commonly called “Trash the Dress” sessions, I don’t make you actually ruin your dress, but it may get dirty.
In San Diego, we have many perfect locations right in our own backyards; there are few photos as captivating as a bride and her armor of white being overtaken by waves, laughing and running through the surf with her new husband at her side. There are other possibilities as well – taking your dress on an epic hiking adventure, or packing it up and taking a trip down to Baja. Then there is always the option of using something personal from your lives, a hobby like painting or sculpting that will make the entire session customized to you and your love. You can even wait a few years and include any subsequent children you may have in the festivities, making it a family affair for an anniversary or special occasion.
The point is to have fun, and to not be afraid of getting a little dirty; to preserve this dress you selected with such care in a way that truly does it justice. Wilting away in a box, it will never receive the attention it deserves. But used as the perfect prop over the course of a few hours in one last impressive sendoff? Those are the memories you won’t soon forget.
Particularly if you have the photos to prove it.