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Jamie Beckman is the lead blogger for the Sexcerpts blog on SheKnows.com. She has written about relationships, health and lifestyle trends for Redbook, USA TODAY, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Best Life and First for Women magazines, as w...

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In a sense, all wedding dresses are disposable. Unless you plan to pass your gown down to your daughter, granddaughter or great-granddaughter, you'll probably wear your dress once — and then the back of your closet gets to soak up all the glamour. The brides below took the throwaway concept of a big day dress one step further when they participated in Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com's toilet paper wedding dress contest — you've gotta see what they came up with!
Toilet paper
Toilet paper wedding dress contest

Cheap chic

In a sense, all wedding dresses are disposable. Unless you plan to pass your gown down to your daughter, granddaughter or great-granddaughter, you'll probably wear your dress once -- and then the back of your closet gets to soak up all the glamour. The brides below took the throwaway concept of a big day dress one step further when they participated in Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com's toilet paper wedding dress contest -- you've gotta see what they came up with!

So what's the story behind this competition? It all started with Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com founder Laura Gawne and her partners Susan Bain and Roxie Radford. The three based the contest on the popular bridal shower game, asking their readers to create wedding gowns using toilet paper, tape and/or glue.

"Creativity," "originality," "beauty" and "the use of toilet paper" were the categories that could net you points in the Eighth Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, and the dresses below more than delivered. The contest was sponsored by Charmin and Life In Mobile, Inc., and the winners were announced at the oh-so-appropriate Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium in NYC.

Take a look at this art in motion!

First place

First place toilet paper wedding dress

  • Grand prize winner: Susan Brennan, 26, of Orchard Lake, MI
  • What she won: $2,012
  • What she used: 10 rolls of Charmin with hot glue, packing tape and needle and thread.
  • About her dress: Susan called her creation "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."

Second place

second place toilet paper wedding dress

  • Second-place winner: Katrina Chalifoux, 50, of Knoxville, TN
  • What she won: $1,000
  • What she used: 28 double rolls of Charmin with medical tape, glue and needle and thread.
  • About her dress: "Katrina loves to make costumes, and her main inspiration for this gown was a lily and the challenge of creating a garden of flowers on the gown."

Third place

Third place toilet paper wedding dress

  • Third-place winner: Jennifer Henry, 31, of Las Vegas, NV
  • What she won: $500
  • What she used: 36 rolls of Charmin, packing tape and double-stick tape.
  • About her dress: "Jennifer's dress was inspired by the velvety texture of Charmin tissue and those oh so sweet ribbons of whipped cream from the can!"

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