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Newlywed bride dies after "trash the dress" stunt


Horrible news over the weekend of a newlywed woman drowning while posing in her gown for a "trash the dress" photo shoot in Rawdon, Quebec.

"Trashing the dress" is an increasingly popular trend for brides to bid adieu to their wedding dress while taking artsy photos.  Many women jump into water, roll around in mud, or even stage death scenes in their gowns.  Here are a few examples:

Of course the news of this woman's death is very tragic, but I also have to wonder why women do this.  Not only can some of these scenarios be dangerous but to me the very idea is preposterous.  What do you think?
Aug 28, 2012 @ 02:22 pm

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What a tragic story.

I personally wouldn't do a "trash the dress" with my gown, as I loved it so much I couldn't possibly destroy it. Wedding dresses are often so expensive, I couldn't understand someone doing it unless it was an inexpensive dress to begin with.
Aug 28, 2012 @ 02:44 pm


I agree with you! And whether the dress is expensive or not, why not consider donating it to a second-hand store so that another cash-strapped bride can have her beautiful day too, you know? I've heard that some brides trash the dress as a symbolic gesture in honour of their new marriage, but I think that if keeping/handing it down to a daughter/niece isn't an option, donation is another great way to celebrate your love - like passing the torch!
Aug 28, 2012 @ 04:27 pm


Honestly, what a stupid ritual and what a terrifically horrible way to die. I agree with mamaluv, if I wanted to part with my wedding dress as a symbolic gesture that I found my life partner (so I won't need it anymore? Why would I want to get married again in the same dress anyways!?), I would part with it by "passing on the torch" and handing it down to someone else so she can have her dream wedding too.
Aug 28, 2012 @ 05:12 pm

I saw this on the news

But when I heard about it they said she had just gotten married and they were taking wedding photos. I guess the station I was watching got it wrong.
I think this is a stupid idea in the first place. I agree why not donate the dress if you don't want it any more. These women that don’t want their dress any longer should all get together and start a rent a wedding dress store. Men rent their suites and a lot of women just don't have the money to buy a nice dress. This all just seems like a big waste to me and now it was not only a wasted dress, but a wasted life.
Aug 28, 2012 @ 06:43 pm

So sad!

This is so sad!! But it was a dangerous scenario! Why on earth would you ever do these photos on a river near a waterfall!?!?! In most other circumstances, I actually really love the idea of trash the dress photos. I think they're just another cute way of remembering your special day. I really like some of these ones!

Personally, I wouldn't buy a second hand wedding dress so I see no problem with it! I love how they look. really cute and a great memory!
Aug 29, 2012 @ 06:09 pm


I'm a wedding photographer, and I personally love the idea. I think keeping it simple and fun is amazing. I would never have a client do any sort of "stunt" for a picture opportunity! This is such horrible news, but hopefully it will open some eyes to photographers out there.
Aug 29, 2012 @ 06:17 pm

Trash the dress

I love trash the dress, but as a photographer I would never make my customers do something dangerous ...( I would never had done this to my dress).
Aug 30, 2012 @ 05:00 pm

Disposable Society

I think the whole trash the dress thing is stupid and shows what a disposable society we are. Artsy photos? SURE! Ruining a costly dress? No. Why not take an artsy and non damaging photo, then DONATE the dress to someone less fortunate? Sad in so many ways....
Aug 27, 2013 @ 01:06 pm

Trash the dress

I love the trash the dress ideas... I think it is fun and beautiful photos come out of it... I also think this was a silly way to die, the photos should be be dangerous and safety first! I think that these women probably did pay a lot for their dress and as such it is their choice to do as they wish with it... plus wedding dresses go out of style so quickly... I wouldn't want to wear someone else's old wedding dress... what if their marriage didn't work.. I would probably feel like there is bad mojo in it lol...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 02:43 pm


I meant the photos should NOT be dangerous... sorry
Aug 27, 2013 @ 02:43 pm

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