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Are you a fearless bride...Would you do a "Trash the Dress" Photoshoot!

There’s a new post-nuptial trend sweeping the wedding world: “trash the dress” photo shoots. This involves the bride donning her gown after her ceremony or even the day after – the most popular destination location being the beach – to get shots of her essentially ruining her dress. It sounds dreadful, but the pictures end up looking dynamic, intriguing, and unique. They show the newlyweds in a more relaxed atmosphere; posing as if to say, “the stress is over!” The new fad is garnering attention – both positive and negative.

Are you thinking of trashing your dress, also known as "fearless bridal" or "rock the frock". Here are pros and cons of subjecting your bridal gown to post-nuptial destruction.


Unique pictures. It’s difficult to be completely innovative when it comes to taking wedding photos – this may be one of the last ways to get creative. You and your spouse will have an off-the-wall set of pictures to add to your album, and they are sure to be conversation starters. You’ll look like you belong on the cover of a high-fashion magazine!

Destination Wedding. The original thought might be planning your honeymoon, but it might end up being a perfect wedding location. Many couples choose a destination wedding in spectacular surroundings on an island, beach or near a lake. If nothing else this affords you the opportunity to spend time in a picturesque location for amazing snapshots above and below the water.

Trash the Dress. What better way to cap off your celebration than having one last romantic frolic – clad in your finest – with your beloved? Some couples find it more symbolic than hopping into their getaway car and riding off into the sunset. Trashing the dress can feel more realistic, as it represents the not-so-beautiful side of marriage.

Buy similar Dress. Not sold on the idea of ruining your precious designer wedding gown? Then do what so many other brides do is get a similar inexpensive dress just for the photos. But whatever you do, if you can afford to, go ahead and book a “trash the dress” photoshoot. You’ll be glad you did!


Ruining the dress for the future. This may seem inconsequential at present, but imagine some time from now, your daughter wants to wear your dress – or use its fabric for her own – and you cannot provide it for her. On a lesser scale, there may come a time that you’re feeling nostalgic and want to put the gown on again, or simply gaze at it for a while – you’ll be disappointed when you remember you had to throw it away.

Dip your toes. It should be noted that there are ways to participate in trashing the dress without destroying it – the exact level of “trashing” your gown reaches is up to you. If you’d like to keep it fully intact, you could just walk barefoot in the sand or lift your dress and dip your toes into the water… you might get the hemline wet, which is much less permanent.

At Forever Bridal & Formal we can cater to every budget as well as Alterations and Accessories for all your wedding needs. We can help work with you to find a dress to suit your destination and photography locations. And as far as “Trashing your Dress” we can discuss dress options and a potential second dress if you want to keep your original Wedding Dress in pristine condition.


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