Donna Pope Vincler of Brentwood, Tenn., rolled to victory in a recent contest that challenged participants to create a wedding dress out of toilet paper, turning 22 rolls of Charmin (worth approximately $30 at retail) into a $10,000 grand prize and the chance to see her design made into an actual (as in fabric) wedding gown.
The 11th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest presented by Cheap Chic Weddings and Charmin challenges contestants to create a wedding gown using toilet paper, tape, glue (sewing was permitted as well) with the results being judged in categories that included creativity, originality, beauty, workmanship and use of toilet paper.
This year's other top designers at a June 17 event hosted by Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City included third-place winner Carol Touchstone of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who took home $2,500 for her efforts, and second-place winner Mimoza Haska of Surfside Beach, S.C., who received $5,000. Touchstone also notched a third-place win in the 2013 contest, with Haska being the grand-prize winner that year.
Kleinfeld Bridal is connected in another way too: For the first time in the contest's history, the winning toilet paper design will be translated into an a one-of-a-kind ready-to-wear wedding gown by the folks at Kleinfeld.
"They're working on making the dress right now," said Cheap Chic Weddings' Susan Bain, who runs the site with partner Laura Gawne) "and when it's done we'll be giving it away through our site -- probably sometime in August or September."
Additional information about the annual contest -- including photos of the dress designs submitted by the top 10 2015 finalists, can be found at cheap-chic-weddings.com.