For the 11th year running, Cheap Chic Weddings hosted their annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin. Out of over 1,000 entries, the top 10 finalists gathered at Kleinfeld Bridal to showcase their incredible creations. At first site, these gowns could pass for any of the couture selections available at the salon. The judges struggled to make the tough decision of who would receive the $10,000 grand prize. The winning gown will also be recreated in the couture house owned by Kleinfeld. Terry Hall, fashion director, explained that they have very special plans for the winning design.
Here are the first, second and third place winners:
First place winner, Donna, named her gown Top Hat, Tee Pee and Tails. She used a total of 22 roles of Charmin and various types of glue, tape and white thread. The top hat is made completely out of toilet paper and glue. The train is removable and has two elegant, functional looks. Her daughter was the model for her creation and the two shared a beautiful moment when given their reward. “I just had so much fun making it, I was kind of sad when it was over!” Donna says when asked about the intensive design process. This is the first wedding dress that she has made.
Second place winner, Mimoza, used 32 rolls of Charmin, clear packing tape, glue and a needle/ thread. She was the 2013 grand prize winner and has been in the top ten all four years she has entered. She wanted to create something breathtaking and eye-catching. She cut each petal individually and burned the edges. She then curled them to mimic a true flower petal. This stunning creation took three months to create.
Third place winner, Carol, named her ensemble Garden Party. She used 74 rolls of double Charmin Ultra Soft and Charmin Ultra Strong combined. She also used a roll of vintage Charmin that she found still packaged to give the flowers their subtle pink tone. This is her third time entering the contest and her second time being in the top ten. She was the 2013 third place winner as well. This gown is made up of 460 hand cut flowers.
Check out some of the other top ten finalists:
Photo courtesy of Kelsey Maloaey