'Trash the dress' trend leads to controversial shot with flames

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  • Maudine SLC, UT
    July 23, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    Many brides have their dresses professionally packed away where they sit for 20 or 30 years in the hope that the daughter or a niece or someone else will have the same taste as the original bride and wear the dress.

    Many posters object to the idea of the bride destroying the dress because it could be donated to others.

    Although there is something to be said for passing the dress down or donating it and allowing someone access to something they would not otherwise be able to afford, why is it a bride's responsibility to make her dress, her day, and her memories about someone else?

    I realize a lot of you may think this is a selfish idea - but if a wedding day is as special as so many claim, why should she not be allowed a little selfishness? The whole idea of a wedding is based on selfishness - why draw the line at what happens to the dress?

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    July 23, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    Dumbest idea ever.

  • Kelliebelle66 West Jordan, UT
    July 23, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    Thank goodness this wasn't a fad during my mother's time as a bride. My grandmother had my mother's wedding dress professionally packed away. The dress even miraculously survived a house explosion! 22 years later we unpacked the dress for my wedding and it was as white and beautiful as the day my mother wore it. It was a wonderful tribute to my mother and it saved a lot of money. We do live in a free society where people have the freedom to do as they wish to a certain extent and I'm not trying to be critical of others' choices. I am just grateful that my mother's dress was around for me and is still there for my daughters or nieces or future generations, not in flames in a photograph.

  • cindyacre Shelley, ID
    July 23, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    Why not donate the dress? You will feel a whole lot better about helping someone else than "proclaiming" personality - with destruction?

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    July 23, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    We are increasingly a society of people who want attention heaped on us and will go to weird selfish, destructive extremes to get it.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    July 23, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    For me, its seems to be commentary on the state of modern marriage, devalued and under-appreciated. This act appears to be driven by social media, but to each her own. They have the freedom to act out in a public display for notoriety, fame, or a demonstration of their invincibility.

    I first thought of the sling-shot bride phenomena detailed in the desnews the other week.

    In our family, all of the young single granddaughters recently posed in their grandmother's wedding dress, for a collage portrait given to the their grandmother on her 50th anniversary.

  • vern001 Castle Rock, CO
    July 23, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    The wastefulness is appalling. Give the dress to someone who can't afford one if you don't want it anymore!

  • PhotoSponge nampa, ID
    July 23, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    Stupid. The whole idea of "Trash the Dress" is stupid! Why would anyone want to "trash" a dress that is, #1 very expensive, and #2 that represents the most beautiful day of your life, thus far! It makes no sense. If you did it, then you were really sold a bill of goods....

  • infoman Cedar Hills, UT
    July 23, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    I guess that makes more sense than just leaving your dress hanging in your closet for the next 70 years, but I'd think burning it would be more appropriate if you were celebrating a divorce.

  • CG Orem, UT
    July 23, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    Why not donate the dress to a second-hand store? There are many young women who would love to have such a dress for their special day, but can't afford one.

  • LVIS Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    Brave Sir Robin--they are trashed after the wedding.

  • MAYHEM MIKE Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2013 7:44 a.m.

    Now I'm convinced the world has gone completely stark raving mad. . .

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    July 22, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    Shouldn't these women be free to be photographed as they wish? Whether it's with the fresh dress, distorted dress, or no dress. It's their choice and they should have artistic license to do this.

    Personally, I think it's very clever.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 22, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    I don't understand - don't you take the wedding pictures before the wedding? That's what I did. So why would you want to trash the dress before the big day?

  • raybies Layton, UT
    July 22, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    Depending on the bride (of course) I'd love to see one involving a wood-chipper.

    Actually my sister in law did her bride's pictures in snow, and they turned out looking amazing. She looked like the icequeen she is... :)

  • fish8 Vernal, UT
    July 22, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    I think the word you wanted is extinguished not distinguished.

  • DHan Syracuse, UT
    July 22, 2013 12:05 p.m.