So the vows have been exchanged, the cake has been cut and you are now officially a Mrs. While you are still basking in the “after wedding” glow one may wonder, what do I do with my beautiful wedding dress? For many, they choose to preserve their gown, either as a keep-sake, or in the hopes that they will pass it down their future daughter. However, if you are not looking at preserving or passing down your gown, there is an artistic and fun way to get one last hoorah out of your dress.
Trash The Dress
A Trash the Dress photo shoot is where the bride completely “trashes” her fairy tale gown to capture a once in a life time photo. These pictures are as unusual as they are memorable. The entire trash the dress phenomenon has made a huge impact since it was introduced in early 2000, and ever since then brides are searching for new ways to top existing trends. Trash the dress allows both bride and groom to present an alternative flare to the dos and don’ts associated with traditional weddings.
One thing to consider when in search of a photographer is their portfolio, and that it should contain a section of trash the dress photos. Not only will you be able to view their photography skills but you will also get some fun, new ideas and poses that you could use in your session. Be clear with your photographer and what your vision is. You only get one shot at trashing this beautiful dress, and you want to be sure that you are getting the shots that you envision.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to ways to trash your dress. Much of it depends on where you live and the time of year. Brainstorm areas where it would be unlikely that a beautiful white gown would be. Do you live near train tracks or an old train yard? How about a funky part of town with old or run-down buildings? Are you near a lake, streams or the ocean? Once you have your location picked out, then the fun really begins! Don’t be afraid of getting on the ground, kneeling in mud, lying on your back and really getting dirty. Climb trees, rocks or fences. Snow and rain make for some beautiful shots, so don’t be deterred if the weather calls for rain or snow on the day of your wedding!
If you live near the mountains, how about you drive up the canyons and get some great shots climbing on rocks, wading in streams, rolling in open fields and wandering through trees. If you live near water, like the ocean, consider a water photo-shoot. Wear your gown as you splash and swim in the water, roll in the sand, and explore the shoreline.
Just remember, this photo-shoot is meant to be dirty and a bit funky. At first it will most likely feel a little strange getting your dress dirty. You were so careful with it before and during your wedding, that actually getting down on a dirty floor with it will seem a bit strange. However, after a few minutes and a few great shots, you will ease into in and it will be fun to “Trash the Dress”!
Guest Author Bio: Olivia Nicholas is a seasoned wedding planner with over 10 years in the wedding business. She has a passion for all things related to the celebration of marriage; from engagements to weddings to the honeymoon. This passion also motivates her to work in her spare time as a freelance writer and author for MyWedding.com