Guest Blog: Trash The Dress

Dear Diva’s –

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Kelli, The Diva’s Wardrobe Stylist Extraordinaire, is back again for yet another “guest blog” – this time sharing a radical new concept in Wedding Planning & Photography…. Happy Reading!

The Antiques Diva™


top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Some of you may be asking yourselves “What is she talking about?” But, my dear Antiques Diva readers… I’m telling you to Trash The Dress!! Your wedding dress that is!

This is cutting edge bridal photography and one of the latest, hot concepts finally making itself known to the general public. Trash The Dress sessions have been around a few years but seems like only dedicated creatives, professional photographers and folks in the wedding planning business knew this idea existed!

I, a rather “newly-wed” myself, personally think the idea is brilliant!! Why suffocate your wedding dress in a box for the rest of its life? You are married now and you have wonderful memories to cherish from your unforgettable day! And ladies, PLEASE, you know darn well that your daughter will not want to wear your dress 20-30 years from now! Why settle for your beautiful gown be stashed away in a closet somewhere when you have the possibility of calling a local Trash The Dress photographer for your very own session!!?? Ladies, bring your dresses out, steam them or have them pressed and put them on for the photo shoot of a lifetime!

I need to mention that I am not talking about posed, everyday, and sometimes rather boring wedding photos. MAIS NON! This concept is all about edgy, editorial type photos. I have been so inspired since my friend and stellar make-up artist Maggie Hansen, owner of Dolled Up Industries, told me all about the shoot she worked on in January that I decided to book very own Trash The Dress photo shoot with” target=”_blank”>Chris Austin!! I am so excited about this creative & exceptional opportunity! I am planning a “Vogue-like” shoot at a vineyard in Southern California for early summer. Stay tuned for a photo or two of my Trashed Dress!

While you are here, check out a couple of my favorite Trash the Dress photographers, Chelsea Nicole and San Diego’s very own” target=”_blank”>Chris Austin. I, like many brides, feel their wedding photos are pretty, but what about their personality? Why doesn’t it shine through in the photos? Ladies, a TTD session is the time to show the camera, and us, who you are!

There are so many wonderful venues to Trash YOUR Dress. Ladies, Brides-to-Be, Newlyweds… think grandiose and be outstandingly creative!! A vineyard, a château, a pumpkin patch, a strawberry field, an apple orchard, an old mining town, a river, the streets of Paris, London, Rome, a beach, a farm, an old train, Opera Garnier, a beautiful bridge in the Alps… the possibilities are truly endless!!

Many Thanks to my good friend The Antiques Diva for this opportunity to guest blog with her!

Until next time…

Keep the Inspiration, Keep it Glamorous, Be Beautiful!

Your Wardrobe Stylist Extraordinaire,
Kelli (Pre Trash The Dress Shoot)

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Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • Hi there,

    I’m a second year journalism student and have decided to write my assessment piece on the trash the dress phenomenon. I’m looking for thought and opinions on the trash the dress movement. No photo’s are required. Also the piece will NOT be published it’s purely for my assessment.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this

    Katy Downham

  • Mmmm, interesting reactions. I read the ‘Trash the Dress’ blog and thought it was brilliant, wondering why I hadn’t thought of it myself. Since most women probably want to keep their dress (yes mine is stashed as well) but wouldn’t wear it again (in my case it isn’t style that doesn’t fit but 2 dress sizes) revamping the thing is a refreshing idea. Yes, you could donate it but then you have to wrestle the demons that made you keep it for this long in the first place. My Scottish background would have me wrestling the ‘unlucky’ demon that would convince me parting ways with the dress would be tempting fate. So for me, the beautiful antique lace, layers of silk and hand embroidered pearl whatevers are going to see a new light. Great idea, thanks.


  • If you read the Trash the Dress website – most of the dresses can be cleaned and refurbished, so this isn’t a huge waste. Just depends upon the “Bride” and how far she wants to go with the photo shoot.
    I myself, like the Antiques Diva, have a nicely archived wedding dress from 20 years ago this July that will most probably never be worn again. Would be great to add to a little girls Dress up Trunk!
    Name Twin

  • Hi Antik Dish,

    You make a good point. Donating your wedding dress to charity is a very valid option — and one I, as The Antiques Diva (TM) would absolutely encourage!

    Unfortunately most women wouldn’t consider that option any more than they would consider “trashing the dress.” American women tend to save their wedding dresses (in specially sealed boxes). The point of this blog is to encourage readers to do something more with their wedding dress! My own has moved around the globe with me (in it’s archival box) and making a memory of the dress in magazine style photo session would certainly be better than leaving sealed and sanitized. As my dress is 12 years old and grossly out of style, I can’t imagine anyone would want to wear it, but it would make a fun special anniversary memory to do something special with it! Here in Holland we celebrate the 12 1/2 anniversary as a significant celebration – perhaps I should pull out my gown and have my “wedding photos” retaken!

    The Antiques Diva (TM)

  • What a shame…..In an age of “green living” and recycling I find this concept to be in poor taste. Instead of trashing these gowns don’t you think these dresses would be better donated to women who are less fortunate.What a waste………