Friday, June 15, 2007

Trash the Dress

There's something new in wedding photography. It's called Trash the Dress. Stash it and never wear it again or get rid if it for the sake of art and memories. Many comments convey that most women think this is a ridiculous waste when the dress could be donated to charity or saved for a daughter. Here in my city wedding dresses are donated to the theaters and playhouses for costumes, and the designers do a fabulous job redesigning them. The production for which they used the most wedding dresses was Beauty and the Beast. But I digress.

I guess I don't hold a strong opinion. The dress belongs to the bride, so she can do whatever she chooses with it. And as a lover of photography, I must say the pictures are lovely. You can click on that link above to see the website and many of the photos.

I think I would choose a vat of chocolate for my photo shoot.

Another fascinating tidbit brought to you by Moi.


  1. What an interesting idea. My dress was preserved and it's in the attic in what my husband calls the dress coffin. I can't imagine anyone ever wearing it since it's so dated so why not do something different.

  2. Hilarious, Maureen! The dress coffin.

  3. I'm the kind of person that hates to see anything thrown out or destroyed when someone else might get some use out of it. Some dresses are really expensive and I would rather them be given to someone who could use it.

  4. Beautiful dress is also in a "dress coffin"...I love that term Maureen! It was my Mom's dress 37 years before I wore it. I'm saving it for my daughter if she wants to wear it. It's now 68 years old! Almost a true antique. I couldn't imagine "trashing" it.

  5. I once saw in "Fleamarket" program how a white wedding dress was turned into a blue dress:

  6. Of course I couldn't read a word of it, Minna, but the pictures are cool!

  7. I also do not like to see anything that is in good condition thrown out. I will probably keep my dress (I say probably b/c I am not married..and therefore do not have a wedding dress) and wait a few years to see how I feel about it.

    That is really neat that they use the dresses in the theater!

  8. I'm like the rest of you when it comes to throwing things out ~ can't do it ~ and like Betsy I, and all 3 of my sisters wore my Mom's wedding dress. Mom was married in 1958 and it will be my 29th anniversary on Saturday.

  9. I too don't like wasting a good thing but the photos ARE very artistic;
    Cheryl, you share such "outside the box" things (pun intended regarding the dress coffin);
    and Of COURSE we would expect you to choose a vat of chocolate instead of mud or water!! ROFL

    LOVE plays so like the Theatre recycling/refurbishing idea. Historical novel note: isn't that what women who could sew used to do with their wardrobes or gave their out-of-style garments to their maids/servants to make over for themselves.

    I sold my $25 wedding dress for 50 cents at a garage sale for a little girls dress up box since our 2 sons won't be wearing it.
    But I do love traditions: hope SOMEONE will want to wear my $50 garden/picture hat with real French lace. We have a hankie that is 60+ yrs old & write the couples names & wedding date on the flat box it is kept in. There is a small cladenaugh ring worn by the bride just for the service, most can only get it on their pinky. Dad had 3 half-pennies from WW II England that each of us girls wore in our shoes. (Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a lucky ha'-penny in her shoe.) And he didn't know he would have 3 daughters when he brought them home, wasn't even engaged.
    My cousin wore her mother's dress to her second wedding (same physique) and my sister wore our great-aunt's graduation dress from 1916 to her second wedding after some inserts added to the waist (Aunt Ella was a string bean, Linda was only a size 8!)