Top Ten Thursday: Top 10 Reasons To Destroy My Wedding Dress

How’s that for a blog post heading?

A few days ago I posted up on Facebook that I registered for the Color Me Rad Race.

It’s a 5K race where at certain markers they toss colored corn starch on you as you run by. By the end of the race you’re one big colored mess. Sounds fun right?

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Dan then mentioned how cool it would be if I did it in my wedding dress as a way to give it a fun hoorah.

Yea! Wait… what!? 

I finally decided that I would put it out there for you guys to choose on the Facebook page. Well, it seems a lot of you are keen on the idea of me destroying my wedding dress.

And because of that, I decided to see if I could use it to do something really cool and for a cause.


Top 10 Reasons To Destroy My Wedding Dress

1. Help Others. 

I am a HUGE advocate of the Special Olympics for personal reasons and simply because of what they stand for. It’s an important organization that I began to be active with last year with this and this.

So this is where I need your help! I WILL run in my dress… and dedicate it to the Special Olympics. I have seen how the SO can influence lives and I want to be apart of such an amazing team.  My goal is to raise over $1000 between now and the race (March 23rd). I am so blessed with amazing support and thankful for everyone in my life that I know this can happen!

All I am asking for a donation of $1-$5… please no more than that. I understand that the holidays were just here, but just a buck or two can go a really long way. I want to turn this into not just a fun experience but something that will benefit others. To tell you the truth, until I decided on this I was still having BIG self doubts if I could follow through.


Now, with something that really has a place in my heart, I want to turn this dress painting idea into something useful! Screw the fun pictures (though those are on the list)… it’s for a cause!

You can help by visiting my Special Olympics page and PLEASE spread the word! Tweet, Facebook, Google+… whatever, simply help spread the word and let’s see what Lifting Revolution can accomplish. Click the image or click HERE to give a donate.

While that is the #1 reason to destroy my dress… I did come up with a few others!

2. Christen My (Unborn) Children. 

A lot of people (including myself and my mom) have suggested keeping my gown for my future daughter, niece, etc. But the truth is, it’s a bit of a gamble to assume that she will A. be 5’5 or shorter. B. Be a size 2. and C. Assume she’ll want a cathedral wedding gown.

So about a year ago, I came up with the idea of taking the train and making a Christening gown for our future children. This is something that can be passed from generation to generation… and how cool would it be to have our kids wearing something that meant so much to us?

So yes, I WILL NOT run in my train… I would like to not break my face thank you very much.

3. It’s Just Sitting There. 

It’s been 2.5 years since we got married and that gown is still just on it’s hanger in my bedroom at my parents house. Not preserved, not boxed up. In fact, last time I went to look at it, it was in the dress bag but had fallen off the hanger. So it was in a big ball on the floor. Cool. 🙁

4. Friends Do Cool Things Together

I am so fortunate to have awesome friends.


So far J & I have: 2 Mudruns, the above Charleston Push-up Contest, Several 5Ks, an upcoming 70 mile relay, and a 1/2 marathon next weekend. Yea, we are pretty much inseparable with our fitness passion.

When I told my friend Jeanette about this, she immediately said that if she is in town (she travels for work) then she will wear her old gown and run by my side. Now, that is what I call friendship. I think it woud be a blast.

5. The Run Away Bride

Dan is running the race as well. And of course I’ll be running ahead of him… hehehe. So technically I will be his “Run Away Bride”. That just makes me giggle. And even though my dress weighs a ton… I will not let it slow me down!

6. Making Memories.

Life is short. The dress has so many great memories from my wedding attached to it. Once we get the Christening gown made, it will continue to make memories. Why not add another great memory by doing a fun race, doing what I love to do!?

7. Color On White Looks So Much Better

Sure, you can do the Color Me Rad in t-shirts and shorts… but think how much brighter the colors will look once they are on the white and crystals! Talk about a “wow” at the end of the race. I’ll look like I sat on a bag of Skittles.

8. Scrapbook Worthy Memories

I won’t lie, it’s going to make for a fun blog post to write up! The photos will be awesome and I will be so excited to sit down and type the experience out. That is the best part about blogging. I get to share my experiences with you… but these are memories that are kept! I am terrible with pictures and documenting events and the blog has helped me to make a scrapbook of my life. Years from now I’ll be able to look back on it!

I’ve heard of “Trash the Dress” and now I get to do mine. Now that’s a memory!

9. It Washes Out
I have heard that the powder used at the race is not permanent. So if I freak out after, I can take it to get it cleaned. Though, having the train cut off pretty much puts an end to future wears. But you never know… the color is reversible! Grab the Oxy Clean and Voila.

10. Why Not? 

And finally, why not? If I am having the Christening gown made that pretty much destroys me wedding gown. So why not use it one last time for something that can make a difference. The Special Olympics is something I truly am passionate about and if trashing my dress can help then let’s do this!

Where is your wedding dress?

Am I out of my mind?

I don’t often ask for favors… but I am today. Please take a quick minute, visit my Special Olympics page and donate just $1-$5. If you can’t then that’s okay too! But please help spread the word by sharing with your friends. Let’s see what we can make happen!?!?

Oh goodness.


  • What an awesome (slightly crazy but awesome) idea! I can’t wait to see how it goes!

    • Thanks so much Carly! It means the world to have the support!

  • My aunt had down syndrome and participated in the special Olympics as a bowler many years ago so that charity has a special place in my heart too. I hope you make your goal.

    • Thanks so much Cathy. I hope so! It’s such a wonderful organization. Those athletes give so much and are amazing to be around.

  • I love this idea! My wedding dress is in my basement in a giant garbage bag…never preserved, never cleaned…just balled up in the garbage bag for the past 9.5 years. Awesome.

    • Thanks Jamie! That’s exactly what my husband said about mine. It just sits there.

  • What a rad idea!!!! 🙂

  • My son is right side hemaplegic and I think it’s an awesome idea also my wife is a photographer and we would love to offer you a photoshoot afterward

  • Ronda

    Love it Taylor!!! Inspiring…I still have my gown (22.5 years old) sitting in a box….in the attic….:(

    • Thanks Ronda! That was Dan’s argument because my mom’s is the same way too… just sitting upstairs.

  • This is freaking awesome – what a cool idea (and for a great cause, too). I wish you were doing the race in the DC area because I’d love to see you running in that dress!

    • haha, you should make a trip down to Charleston! I am definitely planning on a race in DC this year though, just not in my gown lol.

  • Suzanne

    I will donate if Dan wears a tux. 🙂 That way you will then have the bride and groom “after” pics…now THAT might be worth it! I love the christening gown idea…and the cause is amazing!!!

    • Unfortunately Dan doesn’t have a tux and I really don’t plan to buy him one just to run in but that would be awesome!!

  • OMG Love this idea! Not only would it be ridiculously fun (and look cool) but what a great way to support Special Olympics. Can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Sans

    This is an awesome idea!! I wish I was in America.

    Good luck from Melbourne, Australia. 🙂

  • Heather

    I did this run in St Petersburg last month and there were a few ladies in their gowns. It was awesome! Just know that the color doesn’t necessarily come out. I had stained skin for days and my shirt I wore will never be white again. So if you have any doubts, don’t do it!

    • Good to know thanks Heather.

  • Chermaine

    I’m from Singapore and i think the Colour Me Rad race sounds awesome. But you know what, the idea of running for a good cause and in your wedding dress makes it even more so. My admiration for you just up-ed a few notches. Can’t wait to see your after-race pictures! Love your blog. All the best 🙂

    • Thanks so much Chermaine, that is very nice of you! Your name is beautiful!

  • Kim

    You are such an amazing person! I am so glad I know you! What a really cool way to actually have fun in a wedding dress, ha-ha. Now you know that those paint throwers are going to see you in that white dress and make it their personal goal to drench you. It it going to be so fun to see. Can’t wait!!

    • Thanks friend! I feel the same way!

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  • Love this idea! So happy to donate to such a fun/great cause.

    • Thanks Kimberly! Your support means the world!

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  • Shannon B.

    My son has Autism and will some day soon participate in the SO. This is such a cool idea and I am signed up for a color run in May!!! Might just have to dig out that dress and have some fun with your idea!

    • That’s great for your son, the SO program is so amazing and those kids have such heart. I think that they inspire me more than I can ever do them! Definitely go grab the dress!

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  • Melissa

    Thanks for all you are doing for Special Olympics and thank you for running with me at the Shamrock Race in Summerville this weekend. This was my sixth 5k!!
    Love Melissa (my mom wrote this for me) Melissa is a Special Olympics participate and is running/walking with the Charleston SO Running Club!!!

    • I am thankful to have you guys in my life! I love doing it! wow, 6 5Ks, that’s impressive!


    My niece is a downs syndrome child and is very special to all of us. She also participates in many of the Special Olympic events. May God Bless you for what you are doing. Take care and do have a fun day at the race.
    Loraine Sapp

    • Thank you for the kind words Loraine. That is great that your niece is able to participate as it brings so much joy and activity.

  • Oh what a great fundraising idea! My wedding gown is in my client and still fits (I’ve been married for 9 yrs). I now use it to play dress up with my 3 daughters. Their favourite game is Cinderella where they’re my step-sisters making me clean….

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