The discussion was tons of fun, and in all honesty, the controversy surrounding “trash the dress” is very surprising to me for one key reason. No matter what your views may be about trashing your own dress, each bride’s gown is just that – her own, to do with as she pleases, whether before or after the wedding day.
So, while I can definitely understand that plenty of brides don’t want to risk destroying their own gowns, I’m a bit puzzled as to why many feel so strongly that others should skip it, too. I mean, sure, it would be wonderful if every bride wanted to donate her gown to charity or find another way to reuse it, but just as with every area of life, people are different. And rather than let it sit tucked away in a closet for years to come, rarely seeing the light of day, many brides would rather get another day of fun out a gown they put so much thought and money into. What’s so bad about that?
Though I don’t plan to completely “trash” my dress with paint or anything of that sort, I’d love to do a casual “day-after” shoot at an offbeat spot like the beach or a theme park. Would the dress likely get damaged and dirty in the process? Probably. But in the end, what difference does it make? As it is, my dress is tucked away at my parents’ home in California, where I can’t even pull it out to look at.
Fellow brides, what are your thoughts? Will you or did you plan a “trash the dress” shoot after your wedding?
(Photo Credits: Personal Library)