Last week, ten finalists from all across the country modeled their toilet paper wedding gowns at the contest finale at Loft 29, including last year’s champion 26-year-old Van Tran of Brooklyn.
A whopping 1,517 contestants participated in the 13th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest presented by Cheap Chic Weddings and Quilted Northern®, organizers say. They collectively used about 250 rolls of toilet paper to fashion the gowns.
“This year’s crop of designs continues to impress and convey what is truly possible when toilet paper is crafted for greatness,” said Susan Bain, Cheap Chic Weddings Co-Founder.
The contest rules were simple but definitely not easy: make a wedding dress out of only the brand’s toilet paper, tape, glue, or needle and thread.
“These dresses, with the incredible level of detail and the uniqueness of the design, make them showroom ready,” said Michael Russo, a celebrity wedding designer and judge at the contest.
The first place winner, Kari Curletto from Las Vegas, won $10,000 from her ravishing ravels, and second place winner Susan Brennan from Detroit took home $5,000.
And third place winner, Mimoza Haska from South Carolina, won $2,500.
And an honorable mention of $1,000 was awarded to the fan favorite dress by Ronaldo Cruz, sponsored by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
“We were amazed to see how the finalists worked with our meticulously designed Quilted Northern® Bath Tissue to create runway ready, couture craftsmanship,” said Brian Rice, Senior Director, Design & Packaging Innovation for Georgia-Pacific.
“While our first foray into fashion may be unexpected, we are excited to put our experience in crafting for comfort in the bathroom to use in this new world.”