If you’re looking for a cheap wedding dress, then why not consider getting it made out of toilet paper? You’d be forgiven for thinking these bridal gowns are designer labeled – well they are designed, but their material of choice is toilet paper.
Every year, Cheap Chic Weddings and Charmin (a brand of toilet paper in the US) run their annual toilet paper wedding contest. This year’s finalists showcased their gowns on a runway in New York. The top prize was $10,000 and all stops were put out for the winning dress.
Laura Gawne, co-creator of the contest told Reuters that the rules were simple. “They have to use Charmin toilet paper, any kind of tape, any kind of glue and they can use a needle and thread.”
The dresses can have no attachments of fabric or anything that will help the dress close together.
It’s the 11th year the contest has been held, with Charmin on board as a major sponsor. The winning design then gets made into a ready-wear-gown.
This year’s winner was by Donna Pope Vincler who designed this tuxedo-style halterneck dress with a removable jacket. The dress was accessorized with a top hat and bow tie. Donna admitted it took her about three months, 22 rolls and lots of tape and glue to make.
“It’s amazing how strong glue and toilet paper can be. After I made it I was hitting on it like a drum … it’s very sturdy,” she said. “I don’t even know how many layers (there are)- I just did it until I thought it would stay together.”
Third place winner Carol Touchstone hand cut and traced 4,585 petals that were painstakingly hand stitched together.
All winning designs can be seen at Cheap Chic Weddings.
Which wedding dress is your favourite design?