Thanks to Pinterest, the world of weddings has gotten much more DIY. Also much more mason jar-heavy. Is a wedding even a wedding anymore without some sort of home-decorated mason jar hanging around? And those chalkboard signs, man. Everywhere. But I digress. Recently, some brides have taken DIY weddings to a whole other level, creating wedding dresses at home instead of stopping at Kleinfelds's. When Cheap-Chic-Weddings challenged readers to create a dress out of toilet paper (yes, toilet paper), these girls really went all out. And I mean all out.
The contestants were allowed to sew, tape, or glue their creations together and were judged on creativity, originality, beauty and (but of course) the use of toilet paper. Cheap-Chic-Weddings has been holding the contest for ten years now, and for their ten-year anniversary competition, they really upped the prizes. The first prize winner received $10,000, second place $5,000, and third place won $2,500. Not bad, right? I wouldn't mind having someone pay me for my wedding dress, instead of dropping a ton of cash on something I'll only wear once.
Here are the winners. Prepare to look at toilet paper in a way you never have before.
Third Place Winner – Amber Mills of Texas
Keep in mind, this is only third place. And the gown is entirely made out of toilet paper. This dress took Mills three months to create, and she found the special blue toilet paper on eBay. Proving both her level of creativity, and the fact that eBay really does have everything you could ever want.
Second Place Winner – Katrina Chalifoux of Tennessee
Katrina also won in the 2008 contest, where she placed first. So apparently this is a thing, guys. Like a hobby. People do this more than once. For fun. I guess.
First Place Winner – Susan Brennan of Michigan
Brennan only spent a month making this dress. One month and 17 ultra-soft two-ply rolls of Charmin. Are you impressed yet? Because I am.
"It’s got this lace-looking top, lots of beading. And then it’s got a kind of 'princessy' long skirt, but then you can take it off and there’s a short little fringe shirt underneath it for dancing," Brennan said.
Brennan also won first prize in 2011 and 2012. Are really you surprised? Me neither.