trash the dress

Trash The Dress

trash the dress
Trash The Dress…Looking for a way to put your wedding stress and anxiety behind you now that the big day is over? Photographer John Michael Cooper has an unlikely remedy: trash your wedding dress. The modern photographer created a concept that’s become a nationwide trend and is stirring up a bit of controversy.

John Michael Cooper’s ” trash the dress ” idea is exactly what it sounds like. Sometime after the wedding day is over, brides meet up with their photographer or videographer for an edgy, symbolic, or disturbing film session where they literally destroy their wedding gown. Many brides who participate in the new tradition say that the destruction of their dress signifies their freedom from the stress and anxiety of planning a wedding.

Each woman’s “trash the dress” day is unique and different. Some women choose water as their source of destruction, having their photographer snap pictures as they climb into a city fountain, roll on a sandy beach, or even wade into a dirty swamp. Others choose to have their new husbands help in the destruction, opting to be cut out of the dress with scissors or a knife or, in some extreme cases, set the garment on fire. Still others have chosen to rely on nature to ruin the gown by rolling in mud, sitting in dirt, or even hiking a dusty trail.

While it’s an unconventional method to overcome wedding-related stress, many brides find the “trash the dress” festivity to be cathartic and therapeutic. They also enjoy having a unique photo or video to remember their dress rather than preserving it in a box in their attics or closets. Not surprisingly, critics find the act offensive and irresponsible arguing that if brides no longer want their dress, they should donate them to charities or less-fortunate individuals. Here is a great place to donate your dress – White Chicago.
















7 replies
  1. David Savoia
    David Savoia says:

    This a genious idea. It will open up a whole new market for wedding photography. We are not sure if the trend will stick or be gone by 2011. Either way, the controversy will create more popularity among many brides.

  2. Wanda
    Wanda says:

    The bridal flowers that were popular at the moment were orange blossoms, white roses, lilies in the valley
    and white orchids. -Relax, may be the order with the day, enjoy a massage, a manicure and
    pedicure. Skip the rehearsal dinner or have the rehearsal dinner in a family member’s home by planning for a cookout or
    other type of dinner. If this appears like too much work, otherwise you still want everyone to have matching boutonnieres, try making the boutonnieres more manly with herbs or leaves as opposed to flowers.

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