{Trash The Dress} To TTD or not?


TTD=Trash the Dress

Def. Trash the dress, also known as fearless bridal or rock the frock, is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place. It is generally shot in the style of fashion and glamour photography.

While many brides plan to preserve their beautiful gowns for years to come, many more brides have opted for this modern and edgy trend of "trashing the dress".

Trash the dress sessions usually take place after the wedding, once the dress has been worn. Many brides not only opt for this, but trashing it means they are taking their dress to new heights, having fun with it, and even ruining their dress, which they couldn't do before walking down the aisle. It is a way of closing the chapter of their pre-married life, having one last hurray in their gown, and then "trashing" it to make way for the new chapter in their life.  In a way, trashing the dress becomes artwork for years to come.  The dress might not be hanging in the closet after the session, but the photography will last, which will remind the bride how fearless she was in her day, doing anything possible to ruin her dress, on purpose.

Many photographers are loving this trend, especially if they have photo journalism backgrounds. TTD sessions enable photographers to produce edgy photography for the edgy bride. Many brides will walk into the ocean, lake or swimming pool. They might roll in the grass, tear the dress up, go skydiving in it, really anything!


We have a few examples of Trash The Dress sessions here on the blog, click here to view some different styles for inspiration.  Tons of ideas exist out there. I've seen a TTD session where at the end of the shoot the bride threw her dress into a garbage can and lit it on fire!

*Here's a great tip: If your photographer for your wedding offered a free engagement session as a bonus to your wedding photography package, and you declined, maybe ask if a Trash The Dress session can be in place of the engagement shoot, its worth asking!

Will you trash your wedding dress?  We'd love to hear from you! Have fun trashing that dress, and share with us if you feel so inclined!