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Here comes the bride, all dressed in … two-ply?
Creative designers around the country are vying for the top prize in the 14th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, organized by the wedding website Cheap Chic Weddings in partnership with Quilted Northern.
More than 1,500 people around the country submitted entries. The top 10 finalists were recently announced, and their creations are out of this world.
Susan Brennan, a yoga instructor from Orchard Lake, Michigan, made a stunning dress with floral detailing that would not look out of place at a couture bridal shop.
Meanwhile, actress and singer Kari Curletto made a stunning, princess-style gown with unbelievable craftsmanship.
Curletto made a cage crinoline using only tape, glue and toilet paper, and she “spun 1,600 feet of Quilted Northern to make the fine, see-through lace for the Mantilla veil.”
“I used a modified power tool as my DIY spindle,” she added in a statement.
The first-place winner of the contest will win $10,000 and the second- and third-place winners will receive $5,000 and $2,000, respectively. The winner of a fan voting competition will also take home $1,000.
“We are in constant awe of these artfully crafted dresses year after year and hope to continue to inspire brides both past and present with these couture creations,” Susan Bain, the co-founder of Cheap Chic Weddings, said in a release.
Some of the contestants this year are first-time entrants, while others have entered multiple times in the past.
August Manzanares has entered three times, and has also reached the top 10 three times.
“I am a designer who loves to work with unconventional materials like toilet paper,” the New York City-based designer said in a statement. “I wanted to create and challenge myself in making the illusion of a lace fabric and making it more flexible to be more comfortable for a person to wear.”
Julie Haas of Stockton, Illinois, thought outside the box when she designed this blue and pink gown. This is her fourth year in the top 10.
And designer Frank Cazares outdid himself with this intricately woven dress and headpiece.
Finally, Mimoza Haska made this unbelievable gown inspired by spring.
“It’s a corset top and three-layered, princess-style bottom,” Haska explained in a statement. “The top layer is like lace.”
The grand prize winner won’t be announced until June 20, when the finalists will display their creations at a fashion show event at New York's famed Kleinfeld Bridal. But it’s safe to say all these designers are … on a roll!