Every bride should wear white. Even if the dress is white for reasons other than what you'd expect, like, say, being made out of toilet paper. Women have been making dresses out of toilet paper during bridal showers since time immemorial. But recently, an extreme version of that tradition took place.
The 13th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest proved that your dress doesn't need to be the highest quality fabric to be elegant. In fact, it doesn't even need to be fabric. The event was held by toilet paper company Quilted Northern in conjunction with Cheap Chic Weddings.com.
The designers had one challenge. They had to create a wearable, fashionable gown and headpiece completely out of toilet paper. Designers could use glue, tape and thread to assemble the dress, but other than that it had to be completely TP.
10 finalists were chosen to participate in the fashion show finale held July 20th in New York City. The lucky winner went home with $10,000. Those who didn't win were able to dry their tears and blow their nose with what their gowns were made of.
The gowns were critiqued by a panel of celebrity judges. This year's judges included actress Jenna Ushkowitz and celebrity party planner Mikie Russo. And if contestants felt nervous, they could dry their sweaty palms on their dresses!
The dresses did not disappoint. “This year’s crop of designs continues to impress and exceed our expectations of what truly is possible when toilet paper is crafted for greatness,” said Susan Bain, the cofounder of Cheap Chic Weddings. If they can put a man on the moon, they can make a dress out of TP, right?
The winning dresses will be displayed by Ripley's Believe It or Not! Which is fitting, because we still can't believe all of these dresses are made out of TP. Additionally, Ripley's will be donating 20 of the paper gowns to brides who were effected by the sudden bankruptcy of wedding dressmaker Alfred Angelo. Hey, at least the gowns are still white!
First prize went to Kari Curletto, a Las Vegas-based actress and mother of two. In her spare time, Curletto worked at night creating the gown after her children went to bed. This was Curletto's first time entering the contest.
The dress took Curletto three months to make. Majestically entitled "Quilted Enchantment," the toilet paper dress features 1,500 hand-cut butterflies. The dress is adorned with a six-foot cathedral train. It's a look that really says, "Wow! Can you believe I'm wearing toilet paper?"
Curletto proves that winners never quit. "Quilted Enchantment" almost never happened. "It kind of feels like I'm dreaming right now," said Curletto. "Halfway through I was going to quit. I was crying and thinking, 'Well, I just can't do it. It's too much,' and a butterfly flew into my yard and landed on my hand."
Susan Brennan of Detroit came in at second place with her gown. Mimoza Haska of South Carolina took home third place. Ronaldo Cruz of Virginia won "Fan Favorite" for his creation. And yes, they were all made of toilet paper too.
This year's Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest was old hat for Cruz, who is a florist by trade. Cruz won in both 2015 and 2016. While he didn't continue his lucky streak for a third year in a row, his two-piece floral ball gown with snowflake cut outs was popular with the fans.
There's one major advantage of making a dress out of toilet paper. If the marriage doesn't work out, you can get an obvious second use out of the dress. Plus you didn't flush a bunch of money down the drain!