I say absolutely go for it!! I spent around $1,600 with alterations, did a trash the dress shoot, and would've done it all over again in a heart beat! Honestly, the bottom of my dress was more "trashed" after the wedding than it was after the TTD, in my opinion! I stepped on the layer underneath, which ripped, on the night of the wedding, and there was a big ring of dirt underneath my dress after the wedding. As soon as we jumped in the pool during the TTD shoot (our first stop before the ocean), the dirt all came off the bottom!
There was ruching on the body of my dress, and after the TTD, there was sand in all of the layers. We both showered off straight after rolling in the ocean, and then after my dress dried off, I just shook all the sand off, bundled it in a plastic bag and brought it home in a suitcase. Then I took it for drycleaning straight away when we got home and they didn't even charge me any extra money because of the sand!!
As for my husband's outfit, it wasn't trashed at all. It probably helped that the sand at our resort was bigger and not too fine (therefore not too muddy) but I cannot think of any time I've gone to the beach at home and had it stain my clothes. I don't think wedding clothes are any different, except the hesitation because of how much $$ we spent on them!
I don't think I've read a review where anyone that has done a TTD has regretted it. I sure didn't! It was tonnes of fun and the pictures are priceless!! I don't think that a TTD shoot necessarily "trashes" your dress anyways!
EVKnowsitall - I agree...what would we be saving our dresses for?! I had mine dry cleaned and preserved, only because it was so soon after the wedding and it was too soon to part ways with it just yet.
Originally Posted by VanessaBB
I just bought my wedding dress from avenue 22 bridal in Toronto. It's alot more bridal than I thought I wanted but I love it. I spent 1500$ with tax and alterations included was a sample gown from last year. I really had wanted to do a trash the dress photo shoot but when I said that at the store the lady freaked out saying this dress was way too nice! Ok what do you ladies think 1- is my dress going to get completly messed up cuz of some sand and water and 2- is there a price point that makes it ok to "trash your dress"?
Originally Posted by EVKnowsitall
Gooooood question. I want to trash my dress. My mom paid for it as my gift and it cost $2500 so EVERYONE is telling me I'm nuts. My fianc© originally was down until he decided to get a custom suit at $800 and now he refuses to trash his suit. I keep hearing from past brides and photographers that the dress rinses clean of the sand. The advice I have seen is to just rinse it immediately after the session and hang dry it.
I thought about doing a separate dress- but it wouldn't look or feel the same. The point of a TTD is to have super awesome pics in your actual dress. I also considered getting a cheaply made duplicate look alike. This can be made in China. A few brides have done this. You send a picture of your dress and have it duplicated for relatively cheap- $300 or so. This is still a consideration but despite what people think- so is trashing my real dress. What am I saving it for? I didn't want to wear my mothers dress, how can I assume my future child will want mine? Why else do you need the dress to stay in perfect condition? I can't come up with a good enough reason to NOT trash the dress other than people telling me not to.