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Posted: March 21st, 2013
Design a TP wedding dress — win $2,000

toilet paper 1Here’s your chance to be a designer. The Ninth Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Rolls Out — sponsored by Charmin. Don’t laugh — look at the impressive pictures of the dresses that won, and yes these are all toilet paper!

Make a beautiful wedding dress, and you just might win $2,000. Laura Gawne, Susan Bain and Roxie Radford operate the popular website www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com, and they are giving contestants until May 10, 2013 to submit toilet paper masterpieces.

They select the top 10 entries, and then the public gets into online voting for the top three dress designs that get showcased at a live event at RK Bridal in New York City on June 6, 2013. Celebrity judge Kate Pankoke, owner and creative director of Elaya Vaughn Bridal and Season 11 contestant on Project Runway, will crown the top designer. “Our world famous TP contest is attracting some amazing talent. We are excited to meet the finalists in New York City!” said Laura Gawne of Cheap Chic Weddings.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $2,000, the second place winner will receive $1000 and the third place winner will receive $500.

Here’s a glimpse of last year’s winners. Grand prize of $2,012 went to Susan Brennan from Orchard Lake, Mich., above. The 26-year-old aspiring artist, designer and member of the Detroit Pistons Cheer Team used 10 rolls of Charmin with hot glue, packing tape and needle and thread. Susan was the 2011 Grand Prize winner as well.

Second-place went to Katrina Chalifoux, of Knoxville, Tenn. The 50-year-old electronics technician and certified mechanic enjoys making costumes. She created a garden of flowers on the gown and used 28 double rolls of Charmin with medical tape, glue and needle and thread. A three-time contestant, she was the 2008 Grand Prize winner. She received a $1,000 prize for her entry.

Third place went to Jennifer Henry of Las Vegas. Henry, 31, is an alternative material designer and stylist who has made more than 70 different designs out of unconventional materials. She called this creation Flockflockflock, inspired by the velvety texture of Charmin tissue and ribbons of whipped cream. She used 36 rolls of Charmin, packing tape and double stick tape. This is her first entry and she won $500.

Here’s How to Enter:

First: Plan your design.

Second: Grab some Charmin Toilet Paper (Ultra Strong, Ultra Soft or Basic), tape and/or glue and/or needle and thread (that’s all you can use)! To help offset the cost of designing theses memorable creations, Charmin is providing coupons via the Cheap Chic Weddings website for those who enter.

Third: Make the dress and headpiece on your model or mannequin and take some digital photos (front, back and side).

All photos are to be submitted to Cheap Chic Weddings at TPdresscontest@gmail.com by May 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM EST. There is no entry fee. The Judging Panel at Cheap Chic Weddings with past eight years here: http://www.cheap-chic-weddings.com/wedding-contest-2013.html

Official contest rules along with lots of other wedding cost saving tips and information can be found at www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com.

Pam Parker is the mom of three, stepmom of three, GramPam to one and editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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