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Saturday, February 23, 2013

“What Am I Going to Do With My Wedding Dress?”

You probably spent hours, days, weeks or months looking through magazines and at bridal shops for that perfect wedding dress. You most likely spent hundreds of dollars to purchase it and have it altered only to wear in one time at your wedding. After the wedding, brides have an important decision to make and that is what to do with the dress. What do you do with the used wedding dress?

TrashTheDressIf you’re like most brides, it’s carefully preserved, in a box, taking up loads of valuable storage space somewhere in your house. Or maybe it’s just hanging in your closet, still taking up equally as much storage space.

Why leave your gorgeous wedding dress to languish in the closet, only for your daughter to eventually decide it’s not really her style? Your daughter may want to have it altered into something more modern or may simply wants to wrap her bouquet in some of the lacey fabric.

Here are a few ways you can repurpose your wedding dress:

Since there’s a pretty good chance you will never wear it again you could trash your dress for the sake of some really awesome photos. Think water, mud, paint! The options are endless. Hire a photographer and with your husband come up with some wild and crazy ideas to “Trash the Dress!” You could save it and trash it on your first anniversary. “Trash the Dress,” also known as “Rock the Frock,” or “Drown the Gown,” is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is totally out of place. This unexpected trend has emerged in recent years and it happens after your wedding day… obviously.

HillaryAnnePhotographyYou could sell it to recoup a little of your investment. If this is your plan, you have two options — direct sale or consignment. Consignment is when you bring your dress to a store, and they sell the dress for you. When the dress sells, the store will send you the proceeds, less their consignment fee.

You could donate it to a charity. Make it available to someone less fortunate by donating it to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. It would be a blessing for someone on a limited budget to be able to wear a great dress. The Brides Project resells your used wedding dress and gives the proceeds to cancer research. Brides Across America gives your gown to a military bride in need. Remember that donating your dress generally comes with a tax write-off as well.

If you have the heart to do this – it involves scissors – cut your gown into fabric squares and turn it into a beautiful heirloom wall or bed quilt. Leftover pieces can be used as “matting” for your favorite wedding photos and scrapbook projects. You can turn your veil into sachets for your drawers, baskets and closets.

Here are a few creative suggestions:

• Save it to wear at a Halloween or costume party. Go as a runaway bride, or a Bridezilla.
• Use your wedding dress to make a skirt for a baby bassinet. Perhaps “your” baby.
• Use it as a beautiful skirt under your Christmas tree.
• Make a covered photo album from it.
• Have a tailor cut your dress into cute boudior pillows.
• Make a ring pillow for the ring bearer for your daughter’s wedding.
ringpillow• Donated it to the costume department of a local school or college theater group.
• Make a hankie with lace attached as a keepsake or to use as a “something old” for your daughter’s wedding.
• Make a pillow for your bed, using the fabric from the dress, and embroider your wedding date, bride’s name, groom’s name, and any other pertinent information.
• Use the silk to cover the matting inside a picture frame.
• Create a “something old” hankie with lace attached for your daughter to carry.
• The satin from the dress might make a nice cushion or as the lining of a jewelry box.
• Create a shadow box, using a piece of the dress, a photo, the jewelry, your garter, and any other important things that you want to cherish and pass on to your children.
• Hang it on a tailor’s dummy in your guest room, as an exhibit.
• How about sachets for the dresser drawers or to hang on closet hangers?
• If you’d like to wear your wedding dress again, you can easily alter the dress by raising the hem and dyeing it another color.

No matter what you decide to do with your wedding dress, the wedding photos and memories will last a lifetime. If you decide to keep your wedding dress, there are some precautions you need to take to make sure it is well preserved. Read the bonus article below.

Photo Credit: Top left, Hillary Anne Photography

BONUS Article: How to Preserve and Store Your Wedding Gown
101 Ways to Use a Used Wedding Dress

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Trash the Dress? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

“Trash the Dress,” also known as “Rock the Frock,” or “Drown the Gown,” is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place. This unexpected trend has emerged in recent years and it happens after your wedding day. It is generally shot in the style of fashion and glamor photography. It’s a new trend in wedding photo sessions done after the wedding day. It’s not about preservation. It’s about doing something remarkable and having a photo of it to show to your friends.

dresscreekUsually brides decide to have pictures taken on a beach, but other locations include city streets, rooftops, garbage dumps, fields, and abandoned buildings. This has to be one of the most misunderstood trends to come out of America within wedding photography in recent times.

The idea of destroying a wedding dress has been used in Hollywood symbolically since at least October 1998 when Meg Cummings of the show “Sunset Beach” ran into the ocean in her wedding dress after her wedding was badly interrupted.

Some say “Trash the Dress” is your way of showing your commitment to your husband by confirming you are not going to be wearing the dress again.

firedressTrash the Dress or TTD as it’s more often referred to was actually started by John Michael Cooper, a photographer from Las Vegas, whose Website shows some prime examples or really radical “Trash the Dress” shoots – including one shoot where the dress was actually set on fire – don’t show this one to your mothers gals!

You’ve spent a small fortune on your wedding dress. You’ve painstakingly kept it crease and dirt free until the big day, and you may even have had it professionally dry cleaned afterward. But now what are you going to do with it? Some brides say “Trash it”! The alternative is to suffocate it in plastic and throw it in a closet.

So why trash the dress?

trashbeachTo get remarkable images that forever remain ingrained in your mind… and sometimes, your dress may get dirty. It’s a risk that a bride has to be willing to take. But the results are breath-taking!

You can ride on a ferris wheel, run across the desert or even pose lying in the sand on the beach without worrying about scrapes, sand, water damage, hot tub, or even a little dirt, a photo wearing the dress and apron baking cupcakes or something yummy, because the wedding day has already passed.

Perhaps even a photo of paint – a story of sticking together through life’s ups & downs, sometimes called messes. The best part is that it gives brides the freedom to choose new places to take photographs without worrying what will happen to the dress.

If you are a bride who loves drama or who wants to add a little more quirkiness to your memories, you may want to consider booking a “Trash the Dress” photo session with your photographer.

Brides want the unscripted moments captured, but they also want a photographer that can get very creative during a Trash The Dress portrait session. That’s why couples everywhere are donning their wedding finery and not only descending into caves, but plunging into breakers, walking through abandoned amusement parks, wandering through cornfields, wading into forest streams and chasing other wild pursuits in an increasingly popular ritual and edgy extension of wedding photojournalism called “Trash the Dress.”

painttrashSome brides say it changes the dynamic of the day from stuffy and traditional to fun and lighthearted. Plus, it provides a reason for another new tradition.

Trash the Dress Video: Click here and here!

NOTE: The photo of the girl in the creek is by Varia Lebiadzenka, Toronto. The photo on the beach was by award-winning photographers Mike Peyzner and Natasha Valik, Choco Studio, San Francisco Bay Area. The dress on fire is from http://www.bridalwave.tv The dress with paint was by Blue Nalu Photography, Hawaii. The couple with the blow torch was taken by Edwin Tan, Malaysia.

Larry’s Note: Old traditions are hard to break, but bridal couples must be mindful that just because something has been around for a long time, doesn’t mean that fashioning new rituals isn’t perfectly acceptable and perhaps even preferable.

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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