Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Trash or treasure

Why? Trash the dress. Seems like a big waste of money to me. We are a definitely a nation of too much money to waste.


Amanda said...

What happened to preserving the dress for your daughter to wear? I hope they look back in years to come and regret the trashing. My 23 year old dress of simple white velvet is tucked away ready for a grand-daughter to wear - if one of my 3 sons obliges!

Bill Stankus said...
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Bill Stankus said...

Wedding dresses, ho-hum - they're expensive and have hollow symbolic meaning - but I agree totally with you, we spend too much money on whims and waste.

Regarding the video, the bald guy snapped nicely composed photos. The young woman photographer, cliched and so-so.

S'mee said...

With shows like "Bridezilla", "Platinum Weddings!", and "Amazing Wedding Cakes" this is just another way of spending over the top, on our "princesses" who "need" the gynormo wedding because it's all about HER! Back when the earth was cooling I was stupid enough to think the wedding was a sacred ceremony about being committed to one person for the rest of my life and vowing to do such in front of close family, friends, and God. It *was* sacred and not so much about being a princess.

Heaven help these marriages... and the financial disaster that surely will follow.

simply me said...

I agree wholeheartedly! Somehow it wreaks of spitting in the face of tradition. Is nothing sacred anymore?

Angela said...

Actually, I was contemplating doing this with my sister as the photographer...

I did NOT pay a lot for my dress, which I love. However, I don't have any misguided concepts of passing on my dress to any future children I may have. Chances are, they will have a different taste than my own. I already have a very different sense of style than my own mother, not that hers is bad or tacky, just different.

For the last three years, my dress has just been hanging in my closet waiting for me to decide what to do with a its heavily beaded and shiny mass of fabric.

If I can get one more awesome photo shoot of the dress, it seems like a better use than turning it into a tiny useless throw pillow featured in a curio cabinet somewhere gathering dust...in the end, it's just a dress. I just thought I'd add an opinion from the other side. :)

Kim Carney said...

Hey Angela!
No.1 only with the guy photographer who does some awesome work. -- if you are going that route.

Well, here is my take on it.

I have so many expensive things hanging around in my closet. Not as precious as a wedding dress since D and I got married in Vegas (Chapel of Love ;) but I do still have the navy blue Limited pant suit that i got married in.

I guess what makes me feel a little weird about this is ... that there are so many brides-to-be that can't afford a nice dress. Goodwill? Salvation Army? A tax write-off for you? Or the person donating and giving another person the opportunity to have something they couldn't otherwise afford. Or having someone find "treat" for less money.

To me (who will not throw away a plastic bag until it has lots of holes and can't be used again), destroying something expensive with sentimental value just seems wrong. I hold onto things way past the due date. But that is me! That is not you! YOU might get some extraordinary photos of you sister from the destruction! ;)

I always thought of doing a "wedding chair". Taking an old chair and re-doing it with a wedding dress.

So, don't mind us old-folks who were raised by drepression-era parents ...
Have fun! And do what you want to do with YOUR own dress. ;) xoxoxo