The Bride Wore . . . Um . . . Toilet Paper?


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Winners of the 11th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest presented by Cheap Chic Weddings and Charmin. From Left the second-place design by Mimoza Haska, the first-place design by Donna Vincler and the third-place design by Carol Touchstone. (Credit:

Any designer worth his/her salt can create a chic wedding gown using silk, satin or chiffon. But to craft one from a few rolls of toilet paper takes some talent. That, however, is exactly what the ten finalists of the 11th Annual "Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest" showcased on June 17, 2015.

What made the unconventional fashion show incredible was the intricate designs of the gowns that featured ruffles, appliques, full skirts, long trains and even gorgeous bodices. In short, they were dresses any bride would be proud to be seen in!

The competition is the brainchild of Laura Gawne and Susan Bain the co-founders of Cheap The entrepreneurs came up with the idea in 2004 as a way to promote their website that gives brides and grooms tips on how to plan elegant and stylish weddings without spending their life savings. It was so successful that it became an annual event, one that is now sponsored by Procter and Gamble, the makers of Charmin toilet paper.

The rules are simple. Designers who wish to compete for the $10,000 USD prize are asked to submit photos of wedding gowns made from toilet paper (Charmin only of course) and "sewn" using needle and thread, paper, glue, and tape. No closures or Velcro is allowed. Entries are judged based on creativity, originality, workmanship and use of toilet paper.

This year's competition attracted 1,500 entries. The top ten selected by public vote, were invited to strut their gowns at a live runway show hosted by Kleinfeld Bridal, an upscale wedding dress boutique in New York City.

Though all ten ensembles were impressive, there could only be one $10,000 USD winner. This year, that honor went to "Top Hat, TP, and Tails," created by Brentwood, Tennessee designer, Donna Pope Vincler. It took the artist three months, twenty-two rolls of Charmin and copious amounts of glue and tape to put together the gorgeous tuxedo-inspired dress. Modeled by her daughter Aubrey, it boasted a halter neck and removable jacket. In keeping with the theme, Vincler also crafted a top hat and bow tie - all made from toilet paper of course!

Mimoza Haska, who took home the top prize in 2013, came in second, collecting a cool $5,000 USD for her efforts. The Surfside Beach, South Carolina resident's creation entitled "The Silhouette of my Garden," featured beautiful flower petals with slightly charred edges. For the second time in three years, Carolina Touchstone of Fort Lauderale, Florida took home the third prize of $2,500 USD. Her masterpiece called "Garden Party" contained an impressive 4,585 hand-cut toilet paper petals!

Though Haska and Touchstone will have to be satisfied with imagining a bride wearing their toilet-paper creations, Vincler may be able to witness one. That's because for the first time in the contest's history Kleinfeld Bridal is planning to transform the winning entry into a real wedding gown and retail it at their store.


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  • dulserb1
    dulserb1Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:37 am
    this so realistic as if it was a real dress i would have never noticed!
    • angelag19
      angelag19Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:34 am
      This is a very creative idea! I honestly would have never thought the dress was made of toilet paper.
      • karlygirl252
        karlygirl252Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:31 am
        that was so cool because they used toilet paper and it would be so hard to do that
        • audrie
          audrieThursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:30 am
          • stiles20112016
            stiles20112016Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:28 am
            All of these look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • eveauna123
              eveauna123Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:10 am
              I like the toilet paper idea it is cool
              • baylee234
                baylee234Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:07 am
                I think it was cool that they used toilet paper dress.
                • karlygirl252
                  karlygirl252Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:32 am
                  ya it is cool !!!
                • goatlord497
                  goatlord497Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:04 am
                  That's Crazy and I like it!
                  • haileyp2
                    haileyp2Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:59 am
                    Umm it was very interesting and wired but overall I think it is very cool how they put them together.
                    • kittycatlover6
                      kittycatlover6Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:58 am
                      Wow! This is almost as beautiful as a real wedding dress!