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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Trend Alert: Trash The Dress...

Wedding season - somehow it's already upon us. 

Hands up who hasn't had a recent slew of relationship statuses changing from 'in a relationship' to 'engaged' everytime that they log onto Facebook? Any day now the thick white envelopes will start dropping through your letterbox and the Hen planning emails will takeover your inbox...

And what's the key topic dominating all conversations with your newly engaged girls? The dress of course. Even before their husband-to-be has got up from proffering the ring on  bended-knee, every bride I've ever known has been visualising the dress. 

They've barely finished saying 'yes' before they're leafing through bridal magazines weighing up dresses, surfing Pinterest wedding boards for inspiration and dreaming of all things white and floaty. Post-proposal I've accompanied lots of friends on dress shopping trips where we've spent hours in changing rooms agonising over gown after gown and then agonised again while looking through the photos of the shopping trip over a post-shopping bottle of wine. 

Dress finally settled upon, the bride inevitably ends up spending twice her planned budget on her dream dress before moving onto the equally difficult decisions of choosing shoes, underwear, a veil and jewellery... All this time, effort and huge expense is justified on the basis that it's her big day. 

But once that big day has come and gone, the dress is zipped up in its safe house bag never to walk down an aisle again, the tiara's laid carefully in a safe place never to sparkle again and the shoes are tucked away in their tissue-lined shoe box never to dance again. It's a sad, sad tale. Particularly when you consider that that one dress is probably without question the most expensive garment hanging in the bride's wardrobe... While the majority of brides are content and perfectly satisfied with their wedding photos as a lasting memory of the day that they wore their dream dress, there seems to be a growing trend for other brides not being able to leave it at that and wanting just a little bit more...

'More' comes in the form of trashing the dress of their dreams all in the name of art! 

Believe it or not, this fad is being embraced by more and more women worldwide because it offers an unconventional element to their perfect, shiny wedding albums. The general thinking behind the crazy ritual is that following the momentous day, the bride gets to wear her princess dress one more time for a final farewell photoshoot. While the wedding day pictures serve the purpose of capturing the beauty and purity of the dress and everything it stands for on that special day, they may fail to bring to life anything honest about the bride herself. Which is where Trash The Dress comes in - giving brides the opportunity to have fun in their dresses and express themselves freely in a way that they maybe couldn't on their wedding days. The aim of the game is to swap those pastel-hued, romantic backdrops and dreamy fixed expressions for happy-go-lucky, bold stances and disruptive actions. 

Over on the other less cheerful side, the other camp of dress trashers are the girls whose happily ever after endings didn't quite work out. Divorce just through, white dress taunting you every time you open your wardrobe? What better final parting image for your ex-husband than the dress you said 'I do' in completely destroyed? Hmmmm... perhaps a little bit mental, but potentially lots of fun!

I personally don't get it, but i'm not sure that I'm meant to! It's either for you or it's not. That doesn't mean to say however that I'm not awfully intrigued by the whole thing. 

Check out some of my favourites including the tasteful...


Image via Pinterest.com

Image via Pinterest.com


Image via Pinterest.com

AND the downright awful/ terrifying...


 Image via fastflowers.com.au

 Image via theweddingshoppe.net

Image via lovetripper.com

 Image via filmphoto.wordpress.com

Image via photography-on-the.net

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