Few things represent a wedding better than a bride in a white dress. And after all of the salon visits, fittings, and alterations, it's no wonder that many brides opt to preserve their gown after the wedding day. But some brides are taking a decidedly different approach: They're wearing their wedding dress once more in a much less careful manner (no bridesmaids carrying the train here) for a dramatic photo shoot, better known as "trashing the dress" (or TTD). Here's the scoop on this growing wedding trend. You can opt to do the session the day after your wedding day like this couple did or as an anniversary shoot to celebrate your marriage. Either way this session is bound to be full of fun and laughs.
Not necessarily. Should you decide to give this trend a try, you (and your wedding photographer) will discuss beforehand just how badly you'll trash your gown. The concept is to relax (finally!), let your creativity flow, and enjoy wearing your dress one last time in a fresh, liberating way. Some take a subtle approach for their photo session with a walk through the woods or a swim in a pool or pond, while others go a step further by heading to construction sites, changing greasy car tires, or wading through muddy puddles. Brides who have embraced the trend say that a TTD shoot gives the gown new life in lieu of simply sitting in the closet. Plus, they'll have photos in their wedding album that can look as though they're straight from the pages of Vogue.