Trash the Dress!

Standing waist high in lake water clad in your bridal gown isn’t usually included in your wedding day fantasies. However, for some, it is becoming a fun way to commemorate the most important dress a woman will ever wear. The “Trash the Dress” movement is a growing trend in the wedding industry and has no signs of slowing down.

Not into the idea of stowing your wedding dress away in the attic to yellow with age? Well, Trash the Dress, also known as Rock the Frock or Fearless Bridal, may be just right for you. Dress-trashing brides generally dismiss the idea of hiding their wedding gown away for future generations and instead, opt to memorialize the dress for all to see with a collection of fun photographs that will capture the glory of your gown for eternity. This novel trend in wedding photography consists of a photo shoot conducted after the celebration in which the bride “trashes” her dress by posing for pictures in all sorts of environments that aren’t really suited for wedding wear. Depending on a bride’s motivation for doing the shoot, these photos can range from graceful and serene, if you’re going for a sentimental feel, to rebellious and dark, for a statement-making “death to the dress” approach.

Both moods and settings for a Trash the Dress shoot vary widely. Popular backdrop options for your shoot include any beach, lake, or river, a wide-open meadow, or on a dirty city street. For a more out-of-the-box choice, try tailoring your shoot location to the theme of your wedding. If you are getting married on a pretty countryside or rustic farm, try taking your dress for a horseback ride. Going for a vineyard theme? Stomp grapes in your gown! Are you and your groom the artistic type? If so, allow your creativity to shine and let your dress be the canvas for your next masterpiece.

Though it isn’t for everyone, the Trash the Dress trend is undoubtedly an exciting new way to immortalize your wedding dress while having a lot of fun in the process.

Check out our slideshow below to get a closer look at what Trashing the Dress is all about!

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As a professional ceremony officiants I believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to serve basic needs, both of society and you as an individual. In close collaboration with you and your loved ones, I love to create and perform personalized ceremonies that reflect your beliefs, your philosophy of life, and your personality.

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