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Trashing Your Dress

  |   By Alison McGill

This seems to be the new “it” thing sweeping the wedding world—a bride having her photo taken after her W-day laying in a haystack, running through mud—all in the name of destroying her wedding dress.

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Trashing Your Dress

I quite honestly had not heard of this phenomenon until this summer when a reporter from a Calgary newspaper called to get my input on the subject of dress trashing. When I asked my team if anyone had heard of this, none of them had either. I did some research and called the writer in Calgary back, giving her an earful of what I thought of this new tradition: in my opinion, it’s dreadful and ridiculous. I guess it’s supposed to be fun and a little crazy, but quite frankly I just don’t get it. I’m a fashion lover and wouldn’t dream of trashing anything I own—especially a pricey or elegant gown (your wedding gown is likely both). I also question the mentality of “trashing” anything. Isn’t that kind of like destroying a hotel room or throwing a TV out the window? Isn’t that the kind of behaviour we expect from tripped-out, messed-up rockers like Amy Winehouse? If you feel the need to trash your wedding dress and you find the whole idea fun and novel, I guess that’s cool; but I’m still struggling to understand this one. I’ve heard some women want to do it because they find it cathartic and a release after the wedding is a wrap—but if it was that stressful for you in the first place, then maybe you need to change your attitude about things and how you handle your emotions. Maybe I’m taking this all too seriously—your thoughts?

This article was originally published on Nov 14, 2007
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