I’m sure there will more than one bride or bride-to-be out there who reads the title of this blog and cringes in horror. Destroy your wedding dress? Absolutely unthinkable!
Or is it? There’s a new craze sweeping the ranks of the recently married, and quite bizarrely, it consists of brides who take great pleasure in destroying their gown after the big day, as the New York Times reported back in June.
It’s not as crazy as what it sounds. After all, as the website Trash the Dress explains:
“Go ahead, you know you want to. Trash it. Get it dirty. Get it wet. Roll around in the mud. Drench it in the ocean. Totally trash it.
Why? Why not? You’ve made a commitment to your husband. He’s your one and only true love, right? Then you’ll never need the dress again. And no, your daughter won’t wear it in 20-30 years. So you have two choices:
1) Suffocate it in plastic and throw it in a closet, or 2) Show your husband how committed you are by trashing the dress, and get some great fun pictures while you do it!”
Take a look through the site and you’ll see some pretty amazing pictures. There are brides submerged in their wedding dress in water, brides rolling around in paint… and it looks like they’re letting go of a whole lot of wedding stress while they’re at it.
I was also very taken with a photo by del Sol Photography of a bride swimming underwater – it’s such a lovely shot, and could be more of a memento than having the dress hanging in your cupboard, gathering moth balls.
After all, as Caren Chesler in the New York Times said: “Brides have long had an admittedly complicated relationship with their wedding gowns, which they struggle to find, spend a small fortune on and sweat over making fit properly – all for a fabric confection that is typically worn once”.
One of the more bizarre “Trash the Dress” photos you’re likely to see, however, was taken by John Michael Cooper, who is widely believe to have started the trend. He warns “tell your mother to close her eyes”, and with photos like the burning bride on hand, it’s not hard to see why…
(And for the record, no brides were harmed in the taking of that photo.)