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The Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Competition Is A Fun Take On Bridal Couture


Beauty vloggers aren't the only ones to get inventive with basic household items like bottle caps or kitchen sponges, which were used as an eyeshadow guide and a DIY beautyblender, respectively. Budding designers and brides-on-a-budget can get creative via the Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest. Wait… what?

That's right — bridal toilet paper couture is a thing, at least with this contest, which is officially "The 13th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Presented by Cheap Chic Weddings and Quilted Northern."

Judging from the pics I've seen of past entries, you really can craft a stunning and wearable dress from this unconventional material.

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Those with designer ambitions and/or frugal brides are challenged to create an on-trend wedding dress and accompanying head piece. The caveat? The only tools that can be utilized to create the gown are toilet paper, glue, tape, needles, and thread, according to the press release received by Bustle.

Contest sponsor Quilted Northern, which is like the Taj Mahal of TP, recommends the Ultra Plush or Ultra Soft & Strong varietals. The brand is even offering coupons upon request to offset some of the costs! You can email to grab that discount.

This contest reminds of the fantastic Mychael Knight from an early season of Project Runway. He created a gorgeous white frock from coffee filters. If they had like-to-buy options back then, I'd have nabbed it on the spot. It was that good.

Toilet paper is a pretty delicate, uh, fabric. So creating a walk-down-the-aisle-worthy wedding dress using the material has to be tough. But imagine how whimsical and light-hearted it can be.

Here are the rules. Basically, you plan your design according to the stipulations stated above. Make the dress on a model or mannequin. The dress must be able to be worn by a living, breathing human. Take front, back, and side photos in well-lit conditions. Do not alter them.

Contestants have until 11 p.m. ET on June 5 to submit those photos — there is no entry fee.

Online public voting determines the winner of this couture contest. The grand prize is $10,000. Second place nabs $5000 and third place grabs $2500.

The finale is set for July 20 in NYC, where a panel of experts will select the winning toilet paper creation.

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I've Been Married 11 Years and This Is What I Remember About My Wedding Day


"If you see me shed a tear tonight, it's because they handed me the bill." Those were my father's closing words at my wedding nearly 11 years ago. That night was 15 months in the making. My mother and I pined over menus, flowers, cakes, and decorations. We wanted every detail to be etched into my husband's and my brain for as long as we both shall live. Four kids later, I don't remember any of that stuff.

For the most important day of my life, I chose a designer dress from a local boutique. It was beaded and gorgeous. I wore the dress for a total of six hours. Yes, less than your average workday. My dream frock ended up costing several hundred dollars an hour. Today, it is sitting in a Space Bag in my basement among Christmas decorations, old CDs, and baby clothes that I can't seem to part with. I have been busy this last decade and haven't had the time to get it preserved. Here's hoping my sewer line never backs up.

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Even though I was terrified that I might drop something on my beautiful white gown, I was hell bent on having a meal that my guests would be talking about for years to come. My mother and I tasted several types of cuisine and put together the perfect menu. We started with a salad and then, hmm, might have been Prime rib, could have been White Castle. I have no idea. I may just put out a Facebook poll for my 200 wedding guests and see what they remember chewing on that night. Although I do remember devouring an overpriced chocolate bar out of the minifridge in our honeymoon suite later that night because I was starving.

The cake was big and it was white, but I never had any of it. There would be none of that cake-smashing nonsense messing up my hair and makeup. There was, however, a for-the-wedding-album-only picture taken before the cake was whisked away. It was cut in the kitchen and never made its way back to me. Several bakeries, tastings, and endless selections were for naught. They could have thrown me a flapjack that night and I would have been thrilled.

My mother and I visited dozens of bars, clubs, and music venues to see the best local wedding bands. I wanted a male vocalist and musicians who could play a variety of music. After months of listening to every group in the city, we chose the perfect band and paid them a ton of money. We even recommended them to family and friends and anyone who would listen. I swore that I would follow them to every casino and club in the bistate area for the next 20 years. If you offered me £1 million and 30 seconds to tell you the band's name right now, I'd be walking off with the £3 I have in my wallet.

As a little girl I spent hours looking at my parents' wedding album. There was feathered hair, pleated polyester, and more than one ruffled shirt. I couldn't wait until I had an album of my own to spend hours reminiscing over. I am sure that I'll get around to looking at the album someday, when I can find it. I am pretty sure that it is in the secretary, but I haven't seen it since we moved two years ago. Maybe one day my kids will want to take a look, too. I'll have to somehow convert it to a digital slideshow to view on their iPads, though. Touching actual books is so beneath them.

My parents did everything they could to ensure that my husband and I, their only daughter, had the most amazing wedding experience. And I assure you, we did. But I don't remember the details from my wedding any more than I remember details from last Tuesday. I may not know what my shoes looked like, but I know that my parents worked their entire lives to make sure that I was wearing them. The cake may have never made it back to me, but the guests who got a slice were smiling and laughing and enjoying themselves.

That one day of your life is about so much more than the details. It's about the big picture. If you can reflect on your wedding day fondly, even if you don't have every minute memorised, that's OK. If you can look at your spouse lovingly and say, "You are the best decision I ever made," you are doing it right. And if you can start saving your pennies today for the biggest day of your own daughter's life, you will shed fewer tears when it finally arrives.

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Durham wife seeks lost wedding dress that husband donated to Goodwill


A Durham woman is desperately trying to get back her wedding dress after her husband accidentally gave it away to Goodwill.

Natalie Gelbert had her “priceless” wedding dress in a bag in the family’s car, she said on a Facebook post.

The expensive dress, which the family is still paying for, was going to be cleaned and preserved, she said.

But, also in the car were some bags of items to donate to Goodwill’s Roxboro Road location next to Food Lion, Gelbert said.

Gilbert’s husband got the wedding dress bag mixed in with the items to donate.

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“It was a total mistake,” said Gelbert, whose Facebook page indicates she was married about 18 months ago.

Gelbert realized her dress was missing two days ago and found out from a Goodwill employee it had been sold for around $25.

“I’m so, so, so upset and posting this in hopes whomever bought it might see this,” she wrote, adding four sad face emojis, including three who are crying.

Gelbert said that she wants to buy the dress back from the person who purchased it from Goodwill.

“I totally understand that it was a great deal and just a complete steal for them,” Gelbert said. “(It was) sold for dirt cheap, but to me it’s priceless and so, if they could find the kindness in their heart to return it to me or let me buy it off them, it would mean the world to me.”

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