With 10 years running, you could say that a quirky competition known as the “Toilet Paper Wedding Contest” is truly on a roll.
The annual nationwide contest, created by the website Cheap-Chic-Weddings and sponsored by Charmin, is exactly what it sounds like: a battle of the best, most elaborate wedding gowns made entirely out of toilet paper.
That’s a whole lot of white, plushy two-ply.
Besides Charmin Toilet Paper, other materials designers are allowed to use include tape, glue, a needle and thread. That's it. Entries must also include a toilet paper headpiece.
The contest began two weeks ago and participants have until May 13 to submit their masterpieces by sending photos of their design on a model or mannequin to the Cheap-Chic-Weddings website.
From there, contest co-creator Susan Bain said the top 10 wedding dress entries will be chosen and online voting will open to the public. The contest will culminate on Jun. 12 at The Sanctuary Hotel on The Haven Rooftop in New York City where the top 10 designs will be showcased.
There, a winner will be chosen and the victor, quite fittingly, will receive a nice stack of paper – a $10,000 grand prize. Second place will walk away with $5,000 and third place will receive a $2,500 prize for their toilet paper creation.
The winners will be selected by a panel of judges, which includes “Project Runway” contestant Kate Pankoke.
But to take top honors in this year’s contest, designers will need to bring forth their TP A-game.
Bain told NBC 7 that contestants must step it up every year and with the 10th anniversary of the contest, this is especially true this time around.
Bain said details and extra accessories on the dresses get more intricate each year. Also, much like a wedding, competitors tend to use themes.
“Contestants use themes and name their dresses. Last year we had a dress that converted from long to short, a Japanese wedding kimono and a steam punk-inspired dress. The winner used glitter glue to form realistic calla lilies!” said Bain. “Above all of that, the workmanship has gotten better.”
Bain said the gowns are examined carefully by judges who always take into consideration how much the entry looks like a real wedding gown.
“To win this year it will take great photos [of the dress] at the start of the contest, excellent structure to the dress and details we haven't seen before,” she added.
Last year’s winner was an entry dubbed “Beautiful Swan,” pictured above.
For more information on the Toilet Paper Wedding Contest, click here.