Of All the Useless...

TTD sounds like something your mother might tell you about in a hushed voice. Maybe as part of the "beautiful cycle" conversation. But it is highly unlikely, in the event that your mother paid for your wedding dress, that she will give you any hint at all what TTD might be. So get this. TTD is Trashing the Dress.
Trashing. The. Dress.
The how-many-hundred-dollar-dress.
A couple of days ago The New York Times ran an odd, though not particularly authoritative piece on this popular new post-wedding trend. To us it seems almost as odd to us as paying $2500 for a dress that is only worn once. And while we are inclined immediately to point you toward any number of donation links in an effort to stop the wanton destruction of couture (oh yes, we have been known to support a closet's right to contain an article of couture or two), we are also wondering if this is not another example of a message getting lost in artistic translation. If you are really feeling so anti-wedding after the main event, why include the parts of the main event to which you are opposed? (We are guessing TTD has something to do with resenting the dress and the tendency toward intense dieting before the wedding, but we aren't going to go there today.) Why not make the main event more personal and a celebration of the new life one couple has chosen for themselves?
Now tawk amongst yawselves.
Modern crafters, of all people, are familiar with modifying traditions. If not because they are currently subverting tradtition with their crafts, then at least because crafting is intrinsically rooted in personalization of patterns. So here's a couple of ideas:
Though the contest may be over, but there's a lot of inspiring ways to use toilet paper, yes toilet paper, at Cheap Chic Weddings.
Or pick up this month's issue of Ready Made (our sometimes petty bitch target) and check out Todd Oldham's column, Hot Toddy for a super cute pattern to make yourself.
This is not to say that we think keeping the dress, however clever, in a box that looks as if half the woman is still wearing it is not equally odd. Check out The I Do Foundation, Making Memories, and let any brides maids know about The Princess Project.


1 comment:

sk8ordiehard said...

When I was getting ready to "tie the knot" I resented all aspects of tradition and researched it fully to I would have educated answers for all the people who wondered where the wedding cake was (no fertility rituals for me, thanks). But from what I remember, we now have the traditional bouquet (which I also didn't have) because the TTD tradition goes waaaay back. After a woman was married, the wedding guests would tear at her dress to have a memento. Now she throw the bouquet to distract others from tearing at her dress. Oh wait-- now she throws a stand in bouquet and keeps the actual one as her own souvenir. UGH, it's all too much for me.