10 Photos That Will Make You Want to Trash Your Wedding Dress

You only wear it once, right?

Updated 04/03/17

One of the most common questions a bride asks is what she should do with the wedding dress after she's said "I do"? It’s a tricky one to answer considering that it’s probably the most expensive dress she’s ever bought, yet only worn once. Those who can’t bear to part with it prefer to preserve it for sentimental value or to pass on to their daughters. And others take a more practical approach and sell it in hopes of making some of their money back. But there’s a third option — trashing the wedding dress.

While most may gasp in horror at soiling a four-figure dress that carries memories, there’s no denying that a trash the dress photoshoot makes for stunning — and equally memorable — photos. Whether you’re frolicking in the waves or tossing color bombs, trashing the dress creates a bonding experience with your partner captured in a unique way. Not convinced? Let these pictures do the talking.

Van Middleton Wedding Photography

A grey-blue sea and rocky outcrop brings a tone of edgy romance to this coastal trash the dress session, rich in elegance and love.

Gina & Ryan Photography

If you’re not sold on completely trashing your dress, running along the shoreline is the perfect compromise. It playfully captures everyone’s favorite romantic date activity and the pink hues of the setting sun while only dirtying your hemline.

Jason & Anna Photography

Capture the romance down below. The underwater photo is a classic, carrying out a laidback, relaxed vibe. A white wedding dress undoubtedly pops against the vast teal blue.

Janet Moscarello

Shower each other in color with vivid powder bombs. Bursts of vibrant orange add life and whimsy to this joyful couple.

Beautiful Day Photography

There’s something private and secluded about a lagoon that offers a feel of intimacy, ideal for a dreamy photoshoot.

Van Middleton Wedding Photography

This aerial shot offers a look at paradise, capturing true love against the glistening turquoise sea. Float away into serenity and bliss.

Sharon Santos

Shots of candid moments like a splash fight in the ocean memorialize free-spirited fun.

Jo Cole Photography

Getting messy has never looked so enjoyable. Channel your inner Jackson Pollock and treat your partner like they’re your canvas. The result is wild and colorful.

Photo Souvenir

A trash the dress shoot at the ocean doesn’t mean you need to get in the water. Laying on the sand as the waves crash around you is sexy and sultry.

Van Middleton Wedding Photography

This black and white still looks like it’s straight from an old Hollywood movie. Kissing under a hidden waterfall — what’s more passionate than that?

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