For most of our weddings "Trash the dress" or Bridal session is available in our wedding packages.
and typically the bride whispers to me, after we offer it, "I don't want to trash my dress"
Don't worry! That's just what they call it.
You don't literally "trash" the dress, (Well not usually)
It's just an extra photo shoot some people do after the wedding so they can do some more creative pictures without being so overly concerned with getting the dress dirty.
Like the day of your wedding you might be afraid to lay in the grass or sit on a brick wall because you don't want any marks on the pristine white fabric for your reception!
But once the wedding is past you can do some very dramatic, inventive pictures if you aren't so worried about it, like walking on the beach and letting the edge of the dress get a little wet and dirty.
It's all about variety! Adding a scene that wasn't during your actual wedding day. Like the beach, a rundown church, or the city! Having people wonder how and WHEN did they get that shot on your wedding day.
Tips for trash the dress
1. Be creative and opposite of your actual wedding day!
If you are having a city wedding, go out to a hilly countryside for your bridal season, or if you're at a church on your big day, try the beach during sunset and jump in the water the next day!
2. Get ideas!
Pintrest. (Need I say more? )
Or ask us! We always know of a vast variety of perfect spots and how to perfectly pose you. :)
3. If you don't want to get your dress dirty. Consider buying an extra wedding dress!
A cheap or used one of course. Especially if you want to do something crazy like anything with mud or water ;)
Try thrift stores, craigslist, eBay or even some bridal stores! Laurels Bridal Gallery in Chicago has some dresses for less than $200 for this reason!
Or there are a ton of dry cleaners that can get ANYTHING out if you're willing to take that chance (although beware with Silk dresses because they can't be fixed if they get wet)
4. Be prepared
Especially if you plan to get wet or messy! Remember to bring: Towels, Extra change of clothes, swim suit for underneath your dress, couple of gallons of clean water to rinse off in, sunscreen if its hot, contact lens fluid and case (If you wear contacts), etc. etc.
5. Know your limits, but have fun with it! Go nuts if you're willing.
I've seen some amazing ones. Some brides go crazy with it, like jumping in a pool, lake or snow, soaking the dress in mud like they did a tough mudder, but you don't have to. It does make for some exciting additions to your album though.
Always tell us how comfortable you are with risking getting the dress dirty.
Have fun with it
See you soon!
Lauren and Chris Seibel