Would you trash the dress?

To trash the dress or not to trash the dress? When the nuptials have been sealed with a kiss, the guests have all gone home and the last crumbs from the four-tiered, fairytale-inspired red velvet wedding cake have been devoured; this is the dilemma of the modern day bride.

What is the ‘trash the dress’ tradition?

The trash the dress tradition allegedly began with Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper during the early years of this millennium. Gaining immense momentum during the past decade and a half, it has become a hugely popular post-wedding ritual.

Also known as ‘fearless bridal’ or ‘rocking the frock’, it involves brides letting off a little steam after their big day, being photographed in wet, dirty and dusty landscapes effectively soiling or in some cases completely destroying, their couture creations.

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Why trash your dress?

With the average wedding dress costing in excess of $1200, many question the sanity of brides who willingly choose to ruin what was once prized as a family heirloom. Is it a case of post-traumatic wedding stress, liberation for jilted lovers or simply an overt statement of escapism after the pressures of planning the perfect nuptials?

Most brides see trashing their dress as a light-hearted way of gaining a little more mileage out of their bridal gowns – because really, when will you ever wear it again?

Trashing the dress allows brides to express themselves in a fun and fearless way, capturing some more great images in the process.

Popular trash the dress options

Trash the dress photo shoots often take place at beaches, rivers, waterfalls, lakes and other common waterways. Other popular backdrops include; dirty city streets, rooftops, garbage dumps, in the rain, forests, fields and abandoned buildings.

These days really anything goes, with brides becoming more adventurous and opting for scenarios from paint ball to pillow fights, with many now choosing the ‘double trouble’ option to involve their new partner in the dress-trashing adventure.

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To trash the dress or not to trash the dress: a personal choice

So there you have it: the hows and whys of the trash your dress tradition. Ultimately, the choice is up to you.

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