Trash the Dress, TTD for short, is also known as Rock the Frock or Fearless Bridal. It is a post-wedding photography session involving the bride and groom or sometimes just the bride out in situations where you would not normally see a bride because it could potentially ruin her wedding dress. This trend is growing increasingly popular because produces astounding photographs that will be treasured and brides get to enjoy one “last fling” with their beloved wedding dress in a way that they could never enjoy it before.
Trash the Dress Photography – Is Your Photographer Going to Make it Worthwhile?
While you may have it all planned out in your head that your TTD photo session is going to be groundbreaking, you need to make sure you have a good photographer to capture exactly what you are looking for. Even if you have gone the budget route for your wedding photography, you can hire someone different to do your TTD session once the wedding is over with. Look through their portfolio; see if they have done TTD photo sessions before. Trash the dress photographers are ideal, but even if they have not done a “Trash the Dress” photo shoot before, they might have a strong background in fashion photography and on location shoots. Just because someone has nice studio photos in their portfolio does not mean that it will translate well into going out and taking photos in water, abandoned buildings, or wherever you have chosen for your TTD photo shoot location.
Trash the Dress Photography – The Dress Isn’t Necessarily Ruined
Yes there are plenty of things you can do in your TTD session that will completely ruin your dress such as painting it (check out the example on Nine Photography’s website), but there are many ways you can “Trash the Dress” while not really ruining it. Simply going out in the snow, rolling around on the beach, riding rides at the carnival, venturing out into the desert, hanging out in abandoned buildings, and roaming the streets of your favorite town may get the dress dirty, but dry cleaners can work wonders. For the most part you are safe even submerging your dress in water so you may want to do your TTD session while you are on your honeymoon.
Trash the Dress Photography – My Dress is So Expensive!
If you have an expensive wedding dress already, you should consider picking up a second dress if you still want a TTD photo session. $200 is my personal limit; I would not ruin a dress that cost more than that simply because of my income level. A friend of mine sent me a link to Milanoo.com recently where you can buy wedding dresses for under $200 and for those prices, I would not have to think twice about participating in a TTD session.
Trash the Dress Photography – I Want to Save My Dress in Case I Have a Daughter
Be honest with yourself, would you have worn your mother’s wedding dress? Styles change rapidly and it would probably be at least 20 years before that dress would be worn by your daughter. Doesn’t she deserve a beautiful dress on her wedding day that fits her personality and style? Not to mention that there is no guarantee that you will have a daughter so I would not let this reason alone keep you from participating in Trash the Dress.
Trash the Dress Photography – Pick the Concept of Your Dreams
The world is your oyster when it comes to picking out how you would like to TTD. You can go anywhere and do anything. It is a great time to be totally carefree after all of the stress you endured throughout the wedding planning process and gives you the chance to create fashion-editorial-worthy photographs. You could go to a pool, river, pond, or fountain. You can frolic through the woods, snow, flowers, or desert. You could splatter yourself with paint or mud or catch your dress on fire (assuming you have a realistic expectation that these actions literally will trash your dress). Be creative and let loose!
Trash the Dress Photography – Links to Superb Trash the Dress Photos
-The Washington Post – Trash the Dress
-Most Popular Trash the Dress Photos on DeviantArt
-Trash the Dress Group Photo Pool on Flickr
-DivineCaroline Trash the Dress Photo Contest Winners
-Trash the Dress! WordPress Blog [no longer active, but still an abundance of TTD photographs for you to view and gain inspiration from]
Once you have found a photographer who is worth of trashing your wedding dress, start thinking of some ideas on how you would like to trash your dress. If you have already purchased a wedding dress, consider purchasing a back up dress (you might even be able to find one through eBay or Craigslist for cheap) for your Trash the Dress photo session. Keep in mind that dry cleaners can work wonders if you want to do a mini photo shoot and not completely ruin your dress. Get yourself a wedding present that makes you feel like a superstar, do a Trash the Dress session!