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Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin

Rachel Moore

Sometimes you read an article or see a clip on the news that you just can’t believe. This item falls into that category. A few weeks ago, I came across an article in The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch entitled, “Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Winner Crowned.” With a title like that, you have to read on! Apparently, the Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, which is hosted by Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com and sponsored by Charmin (go figure!), is in its eighth year. I love the name of the venue where the final judging took place — Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium.

According to the article, with “over 700 entries this year, participants were required to construct their wedding dresses out of nothing more than Charmin toilet paper, tape, glue and/or needle and thread.” Despite the restrictions, the level of talent and ingenuity amazed the judges. In fact, several of the dress entries included intricate details like faux embroidery, ruffles, pleats and even lace effects! This year’s winner, Susan Brennan, received a check for $2,012. Congrats, Susan! With that money, you can purchase a dress made out of satin, chiffon, organza, or any other material that won’t disintegrate in the rain!