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Posts tagged ‘wedding’
Posted: March 31st, 2014

2nd placeIt’s time for the 10th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin. Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, who operate the www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com, annually ask  readers to create wedding gowns using toilet paper, tape, needle, thread and  glue. You can win $2,000!

Feeling inspired? You have until May 13 to submit your design — just the photos. The contest judges creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.

Judges choose 10 finalists and open the contest to online voting. And the top 10 get a trip to NYC to show off their dresses.

The photo above is 2013 second place winner Susan Brennan, of Orchard Lake, Mich., a Detroit Pistons cheerleader. I chose her because she was the grand prize winner in 2011 and 2012.  She used 11 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, packing tape, scotch tape, hot glue and needle and thread.

3rd placeThe 2013 third place winner was Carol Touchstone, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pictured at left. She used 30 rolls of Charmin, Mod Podge glue, Scotch tape, clear packing tape, double-sided tape, white glue and needle and thread. She received a $500 prize.

Visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com to see more dresses and the designers.

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

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Posted: June 7th, 2013

Grand prizeI was amazed in 2012, and now another roll of winners wrapped up the Ninth Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin.

Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, who operate the www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com, annually ask  readers to create wedding gowns using toilet paper, tape and/or glue. Entrants were allowed to sew as well.

Charmin, Idoweddingrunners.com and Womengettingfit.com sponsor the contest. The winners were announced at an event hosted by RK Bridal in New York City. Dresses were judged on creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.

The winners are — all courtesy of www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com:

First place:  Mimoza Haska from Surfside Beach, S.C.  The Albanian born hairdresser and designer took home the $2,000 grand prize for “Beautiful Swan,” a dress with a cutaway bustier, hi-lo skirt, lilies and a crown style headpiece. She used 16 Rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, Glitter Glue, Glow in the dark glitter glue, Elmer’s glue, paper tape and needle and thread.

2nd placeSecond place: Susan Brennan, Orchard Lake, Mich. The designer and professional cheerleader for the Detroit Pistons is a yoga enthusiast who was the grand prize winner in 2011 and 2012. Her dress”City in Bloom” was a chic, yet whimsical design with an interesting balance of hard and soft. She used 11 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, Packing Tape, Scotch Tape, Hot Glue and Needle and Thread. The dress features large roses on a removable skirt with a halter style top. The dress converts to a short party dress.

3rd placeThird place: Carol Touchstone, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Her dress is named “Coastal Wave” for her love of the ocean. Carol wanted to create movement in her dress. It features a support hoop, asymmetrical accordion pleats and appliques. She used 30 rolls of Charmin including Charmin Basic, Charmin Ultra Soft, Vintage pink Charmin from etsy.com, Mod Podge glue, Scotch tape, Clear packing tape, double sided tape, white glue and needle and thread. She received a $500 prize for her submittal.

Now, that’s clever. Visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com to see more dresses and the designers.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

 

 

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Posted: March 21st, 2013

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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Posted: March 20th, 2013

Bride and groom kissing.It’s the first day of spring, and what better day to spring a proposal? David’s Bridal sent me an update on wedding etiquette — social-media style. Here’s the unveiling (get it un-veiling):

  • Skype a seat  49 percent of all respondents would consider “skype-ing” their wedding.
  • Hold the phone! 56 percent of newlywed women think it’s important to have social media rules at the wedding.
  • 61 percent forbid their bridesmaids from uploading pics of the bride donning her dress before the ceremony
  • 52 percent say the bride and groom must be the first to post a picture of their wedding to a social media site.
  • 3-year-old Pinterest is the ultimate tool for brides-to-be. 46 percent wouldn’t use an idea they found on a friend’s Pinterest board!
  • Phone it in – 68 percent of brides text fitting pictures to family and post videos on a social media site.
  • Cover it live – Last month, TheKnot.com held a live-streamed, crowd sourced wedding, and Brides magazine plans a live-streamed Facebook wedding. Companies like I Do Stream and Marry Me Live even offer webcasting services.

Thanks to Stacey Tropeano, senior account executive at Coyne Public Relations in New Jersey for the latest news on social media.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: March 19th, 2013

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My mother watched it. I watched it. My college roommates watched it. In retirement, my father watched it — peeking around the newspaper so we didn’t think he was watching.

The Young and the Restless is celebrating 40 years on CBS, and if you need any evidence of its popularity, just go to the Emergency Room. I was there a few years ago, and a bunch of strangers made me realize the popularity of this program that started out as a 30-minute show in 1973.

“Is that Mrs. Chancellor (Katherine Chancellor/Jeanne Cooper)? She’s been on there forever,” one patient said.

From another patient: “Oh look, it’s Nikki …. and Victor. Are they married?”

Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and  Nikki Reed (Melody Thomas Scottare the supercouple on this show.  In today’s episode, the couple wraps up a fourth wedding — to each other. Not that they’ve been un-restless in between those nuptials. Victor has been married 14 times and Nikki has headed to the altar 11 times. Lots of partners over 40 years and a lot of cake, flowers, engagement rings, tuxes and wedding dresses. Clearly this pair has kept everyone in Genoa City, Wisc., the fictitious city that is the supposed home to all the Y&R faithful, working — well at least for 25 weddings!

For a few moments in the ER, it was like watching old friends you grew up with return to life. I have no idea who some of these people are, but I do recognize many of the characters. To catch up, check out Soapcentral.com. And (Katherine Chancellor/Jeanne Cooper) – by the way — looks great. Wanna watch? Here’s a link to the CBS website – you can watch online anytime.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: December 30th, 2012

Our annual bridal guide is full of terrific stories of brides who got married on the water, in the city and out in the country.

Here’s a link to the digital magazine — a page turner and a keepsake with dozens of local brides and their stories. The link gives you access to all pages — cover to cover.

Every year we put this together, I marvel at the creativity of our region’s brides. That’s Lauren Blazek on our cover — her wedding will take place at the Maritime Museum, and she posed on the Niagara for our cover photo shoot.

We have a story of rappelling adventure — engagement photos that are truly some of the best I have ever seen. If a wedding is in the future of anyone in your family, this is a must read.

Clever brides, grooms and much more are waiting on your doorstep in today’s Erie Times-News.

We also have the complete guide to Brides World inside — it takes place Saturday Jan. 5 at the Ambassador.

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

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Posted: July 6th, 2012

Clever. Chic. Stylish and seriously cheap wedding gowns.

These toilet paper wedding gowns are winners in the Official Eighth Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, hosted by founders Paul Krupin, Susan Bain and Roxie Radford, creators of Cheap Chic Weddings. Sponsored  by Charmin and Life In Mobile, Inc., the contest announced winners, and here they are: Grand prize of $2,012 goes to Susan Brennan from Orchard Lake, Mich. She is a 26-year-old aspiring artist, designer and member of the Detroit Pistons Cheer Team. She used 10 rolls of Charmin with hot glue, packing tape and needle and thread. Susan was also the 2011 Grand Prize winner.

Second-place goes 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 costume.

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.

Photos from the contest, wedding ideas and more are here. For more information visit 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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Posted: October 27th, 2011

So what’s a mother to do? A stepmother that is.  It’s dress up time for a stepson’s wedding and the mother of the bride is wearing purple. So I guess vanilla is out the window these days and I’m glad to see it go.

So since it’s the holidays, I’m thinking cranberry, emerald or black. The bridal party is wearing brown. Hmmm. The search for a dress has not been pleasant. It left me with one conclusion. You can look like the great-great grandmother or at the other end of the spectrum, you can look, well, like you’re wearing negligee. I’m thinking something I can wear again — maybe to the Barber ball — I’m liking a one-shoulder black dress in black, cranberry or emerald. I’m off on the hunt. Tell me your thoughts.

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Posted: October 6th, 2011

Weddings have arrived for our family, and being a stepfamily opens a new chapter with another wedding on the horizon. Fortunately, it’s not uncharted territory for us. My hubby’s oldest son got married a few years ago. As a stepmom, here’s what I learned:
1. It’s all about the bride and groom and their bio-parents — we steps have nothing to do, but offer support — to our spouses. Silence is golden, and if someone asks your opinion, stay vanilla. No matter what you say, you’ll wish you hadn’t opened your mouth. Now, I’m not saying that’s what I did the first time around. I’m just telling you what I learned.
2. Give the kids a specific sum of money and tell them to enjoy making their plans. It’s easier. That way, the decisions are up to the bride and groom. When all the parents get involved if there’s any disagreement, someone gets hurt. It gets ugly. Just write a check and be supportive. Once again, I’m not saying that’s what we did the first time around. I’m just telling you what I learned.
3. Get approval on your dress or suit or whatever you’re wearing. I DID do this. I wore navy blue. I know wearing beige is what some etiquette guru might suggest, but be careful. Beige isn’t always a good choice for a lot of reasons. Ask the bride and make her happy.
Enjoy it all, and smile. It’s over in a flash. The happiness you see on the kids in their wedding pictures will give you happy memories forever. And once you read all the advice and Q&As on The Knot, you’ll discover that other people had some terrible problems. Be thankful you didn’t have those wedding bell blues.

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