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Trash the Dress Sessions

I've never been to sure how I've felt about "trash the dress" photography sessions. They weren't something one did back when I got married. However I do usually love the results. After hearing about the Canadian bride that drowned because her gown was to heavy once it filled with water I have a real respect for how dangerous this can be.

I think that if you're going to trash the dress, Castaway Cay is a fantastic place to do it!

What do you think?

Source: magicaldayweddings.com via Kristen on Pinterest

Source: magicaldayweddings.com via Kristen on Pinterest

Source: magicaldayweddings.com via Kristen on Pinterest

Source: magicaldayweddings.com via Kristen on Pinterest

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I trashed my dress the day of my wedding without even having a trash the dress session! My photographer told me before the wedding that there was no such thing as a clean wedding dress... And boy is that true. The underneath of my dress was black by the end of the night! So... I guess I'd you were planning on having a trash the dress photo session you would need to take your dress to be cleaned first and start fresh.. Lol. I do however, love those pictures you posted! How fun!

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That is such a cute idea!! I love it!

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I love it in theory, but I spent so much on my wedding day I just couldn't justify spending MORE money to do another photo shoot. Some photography packages include extra shoots though so if that was the case I'd be all for it! I usually love the results and my dress has just been hanging on the back of my closet door since my wedding a year ago and I have no ideas as to what to do with it...

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Since most people do spend a lot of $$$ on their gowns I can not understand trashing them. I will admit that mine was cleaned and stored and never used again. However, both of our DILs had theirs cleaned. Then when the babies came along, they took them and had christening gowns made out of them. They were beautiful!

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I still have mine cleaned and hanging up. It's actually a 1950s style cocktail dress, so I'm just waiting for a chance to be fancy and wear it again!

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scrappy wrote:
Since most people do spend a lot of $$$ on their gowns I can not understand trashing them. I will admit that mine was cleaned and stored and never used again. However, both of our DILs had theirs cleaned. Then when the babies came along, they took them and had christening gowns made out of them. They were beautiful!

That's a really great idea!

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I think this is a horrid idea - trashing a beautiful, expensive wedding dress when there are so many worthwhile things to do with it. Clean the thing and (1) donate it to charity, or (2) save it for a future daughter's wedding, or (3) give it to a relative or friend who's short on cash, or (4) sell it to someone who can't afford a new dress, or (5) make christening gowns, as mentioned above, or (6) just save it so your kids and grandkids can see Mom's/Grandma's wedding dress.

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Allie wrote:
scrappy wrote:
Since most people do spend a lot of $$$ on their gowns I can not understand trashing them. I will admit that mine was cleaned and stored and never used again. However, both of our DILs had theirs cleaned. Then when the babies came along, they took them and had christening gowns made out of them. They were beautiful!

That's a really great idea!

Agree - this is a fantastic idea!

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crazycatperson wrote:
I think this is a horrid idea - trashing a beautiful, expensive wedding dress when there are so many worthwhile things to do with it. Clean the thing and (1) donate it to charity, or (2) save it for a future daughter's wedding, or (3) give it to a relative or friend who's short on cash, or (4) sell it to someone who can't afford a new dress, or (5) make christening gowns, as mentioned above, or (6) just save it so your kids and grandkids can see Mom's/Grandma's wedding dress.

The charity thrift store I go to always has a few gorgeous gowns on sale.

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I have a hard time seeing someone trash a dress that may have cost two or three or more months salary. But to each their own.

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I would NEVER trash my dress! I have seen so many girls who do it but there is a new*ish* thing here called cherish the dress, instead of trashing it, they basincally have a photoshoot in it with their husbands and do unusual things. But the difference is the dress doesnt get trashed lol

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Love those pictures but I as well wouldn't want to trash the dress

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If I'm being totally honest, I would LOVE to have a trash the dress session during our honeymoon. I've seen some truly gorgeous, creative and downright sensual shots from TTD shoots that so make me want to indulge. There is a relaxed but joyful air to so many couples when they do TTD sessions during their honeymoon - how can you NOT love that kind of buzz? Not to mention it's another chance to wear a dress that I truly love and feel stunningly beautiful in.

As far as really "trashing" my dress? I doubt it. The only fabric I'd really be worried about destroying (salt water, sand, general rough handling) is silk or lace. Beading can be replaced or repaired and good cleaning will take care of the rest from what I hear. If either of my "daughters" (not mine, I just love them like they are) wants to wear my gown when they get married they are more than welcome to it!

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Becks534 wrote:
If either of my "daughters" (not mine, I just love them like they are) wants to wear my gown when they get married they are more than welcome to it!

You totally just made me cry. bighug

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Why have I never heard of TTD before? *runs off to Google it*

OK, found myself over on Pinterest and wow, some of those shots are amazing and look like so much fun and so beautiful BUT I could never do it! You go to all that trouble to pick THE perfect dress only to destroy it? I'm pretty sure it could be salvagble from some settings but the ones with paint, mud and fire? Eek, it's almost like you're protesting against marriage itself *shrugs*.

The ones posted here are lovely, really bright and fun and nothing too irreparable...but there are some I found on Google that where just do SAD! Some of those brides looked to be drowning in the waters, one even sat on train/tram tracks with her head in her hands looking like she had just be left at the alter or something...I can understand if this was a regular photoshoot but not something I'd particularly want in my wedding scrapbook lol!

Each to their own, amazing shots but I couldn't go through with it!

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I agree...I have an acquaintence at work who is making a christening gown for her newborn granddaughter from her wedding gown. That in my opinion is the best way to use a cherished item. She is going to make a small tiara out of the beads and pearls from the bodice of the dress. I can't wait to see the finished product.