Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com has announced the winner of their Eighth Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest.
Two-time grand prize winner Susan Brennan is a 26-year-old aspiring artist and designer from Orchard Lake, Mich. She enjoys art, fashion and the outdoors. Brennan is also a member of the Detroit Pistons Cheer Team.
Brennan calls her dress Bohemian Cupcake — the top portion, including the headpiece, has a free-spirited vibe and the bottom looks like delicious frosting. It’s relaxed yet sophisticated and flirty, the cut out details make it modern. She says she wanted the dress to have a balance of texture and lots of detail.
Brennan takes home the top prize of $2012 for her creation. She used 10 rolls of Charmin with hot glue, packing tape and needle and thread. Brennan was also the 2011 grand prize winner.
The second place winner is Katrina Chalifoux, a 50-year-old electronics technician and certified mechanic from Knoxville, Tenn. Chalifoux loves to make costumes and her main inspiration for her gown was a lily, and the challenge of creating a garden of flowers on the gown. She used 28 double rolls of Charmin with medical tape, glue and needle and thread. Chalifoux is a three-time contestant and the 2008 grand prize winner. She won $1,000.
he third place winner is Jennifer Henry, a 31-year-old alternative material designer and stylist from Las Vegas, Nevada. She has made over 70 different designs out of all sorts of unconventional materials, but this is her first made out of Charmin. Her alternative design line is called Flockflockflock. Henry’s dress was inspired by the velvety texture of Charmin tissue and whipped cream from the can. She used 36 rolls of Charmin, packing tape and double stick tape. This is Henry’s first year entering the contest. She won a $500 prize.
Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com asked their readers to create wedding gowns using toilet paper, tape and/or glue. Entrants were allowed to sew as well. Charmin and Life in Mobile Inc. were sponsors of the contest. Dresses were judged on creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.
Laura Gawne and partners Susan Bain and Roxie Radford, who operate the website on saving money on weddings, base the contest on the popular bridal shower game.
“The top dresses this year showed incredible attention to detail,” Gawne said.—McClatchy Tribune