These Charmin Toilet Paper Wedding Dresses Are Actually Pretty Amazing

Until you can create an awesomely realistic wedding dress out of nothing but 2-ply, you're just not the DIY queen you think you are.
Charmin toilet paper wedding dress
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Make all the jokes about toilet paper wedding dresses you want (because, well, there are a ton of options), but the 11th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest presented by Cheap Chic Weddings and Charmin was on a whole other level than your standard make-a-toilet-paper-wedding-dress-as-quick-as-you-can bridal shower game. Case in point: 10 finalists (out of 1,500 entries) with all kinds of design backgrounds got to carefully pack up their hand-made toilet paper gowns and compete at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City for a chance to win $10,000 -- and have Kleinfeld make the winning creation into a real wedding dress!

The stakes were high, and judges Mikie Russo, wedding planner extraordinaire; Terry Hall, Kleinfeld's Fashion Director; Mara Urshel, Kleinfeld's co-owner; Velvet Gogol Bennett, Senior Communications Manager for P&G North America Family Care; and sisters Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, Cheap Chic Weddings co-founders, had their work cut out for them.

Using only toilet paper, glue, tape and a needle and thread, here's what we saw:

This toilet paper wedding dress inspired by South Asia-meets-Western style

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress

Created by: Susan Masarek-Wilson of Oaklyn, New Jersey

Number of toilet paper rolls used: 12 rolls of Charmin Basic and nine rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft

This toilet paper wedding dress inspired by a love of nature

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress

Created by: Judith Henry of Woodland Hills, Utah

Number of toilet paper rolls used: Eight Mega Rolls of Charmin Basic and Charmin Ultra Strong combined

Fun fact: If you look closely enough, you'll see two birds nested inside the headpiece!

This toilet paper wedding dress inspired by pops of violet

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress

Created by: Julie Haas of Stockton, Illinois

Number of toilet paper rolls used: 10 rolls of Charmin Basic

Fun fact: This dress not only has a removable skirt, but a removable purple sash too.

This toilet paper wedding dress inspired by classic design, elegance and sophistication

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress

Created by: Antonia Araujo of Carrollton, Texas

Number of toilet paper rolls used: 11 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft

This toilet paper wedding dress inspired by breast cancer awareness

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress

Created by: Frank Cazares of Anaheim, California

Number of toilet paper rolls used: 28 rolls of Charmin Basic

This toilet paper wedding dress inspired by a garden full of white rose petals

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress

Created by: Mimoza Haska of Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Number of toilet paper rolls used: 32 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, Charmin Ultra Strong and Charmin Basic combined

Fun fact: The designer burned the tips of the "petals" to capture the stage when petals start drying on the tips.

This toilet paper wedding dress inspired by a gilded garden

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress

Created by: Katrina Chalifoux of Knoxville, Tennessee

Number of toilet paper rolls used: 26 rolls of Charmin Basic and one roll of Charmin Ultra Soft

This toilet paper wedding dress inspired by Bridal Fashion Week and The Knot

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress

Created by: Carol Touchstone of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Number of toilet paper rolls used: 74 double rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft and Charmin Ultra Strong combined, plus a partial roll of vintage pink Charmin

Fun fact: This dress features total of 460 hand-cut flowers.

This toilet paper wedding dress inspired by a tuxedo jacket

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress

Created by: Donna Pope Vincler of Brentwood, Tennessee

Number of toilet paper rolls used: 22 rolls of Charmin Ultra Strong, Charmin Ultra Soft and Charmin Basic combined

Fun fact: The halter tuxedo jacket and train are both removable.

And the winner is...

The snazzy tuxedo gown!

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress

Donna's daughter Aubrey modeled the gown. And when Donna won, she got a little teary-eyed -- so it's a good thing that there was a ton of TOILET PAPER right in front of her to dry her eyes. Just kidding -- Donna, you're a DIY wedding dress wizard and we're bowing down to you.

And here's the back of the dress too:

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress

So whimsical and fun, right?

Charmin toilet paper wedding dress contest

The second (far right) and third (far left) runners-up also smiled pretty in their TP finest.

Congratulations to all of the 10 finalists!

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