Wedding dresses can be awfully expensive, but with a little ingenuity — and a whole lot of two-ply toilet paper — a gorgeous gown can be rolled out in no time.
That’s the premise, at least, behind the seventh annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest being hosted by the bride-on-a-budget website Cheap Chic Weddings.
Every spring, the wedding website holds a contest to see who can make the best-looking bridal-wear out of just a few simple tools: tape, glue and, most importantly, toilet paper. Contestants can sew the toilet tissue together with a needle and thread, but that’s the extent of the materials allowed.
Cheap Chic Weddings co-founder Susan Bain told AOL News exclusively that this year’s TP contest is set to launch sometime in early April.
She said contestants will have about six weeks to complete their toilet-tissue creations and submit photos of their gowns. After that, finalists will be carefully selected and judged on their dresses until a grand-prize winner is flushed out.
Bain said she plans to announce the winner on or around July 7. The first-place seamstress will walk away with a $1,000 prize, while second and third place earn $500 and $250, respectively.
Although the contest doesn’t officially kick off for about a month, Bain said now is a good time for serious contestants to get a jump-start on their dresses, or at least begin brainstorming and sketching out ideas for designs.
It also wouldn’t hurt, she noted, to start stocking up on toilet paper because you never know how much two-ply a prize-winning gown will call for.