COLLINGSWOOD -- The fifth time's a charm. At atomic that's the way Susan Masarek abstracts it.
This is the fifth year active she has competed in the Toilet Cardboard Bells Dress Contest sponsored by a website committed to accouterment affordable alternatives to big-ticket weddings and a toilet cardboard company. Neither Masarek or the sponsors expects a helpmate to absolutely don their creations on her big day, but they anticipate the spirit of the challenge could advice booty the bend off the stress of activity over the top for aerial weddings that may not be affordable.
"I don't anticipate anybody is aggravating to say you should accomplish your bells dress out of toilet paper, but it's a nice way of adage I anticipate we can accompany that amount bottomward in some ways," Masarek said. "One bulletin (that) is absolute important is not to go into debt for a big bells and advantageous for it for years and years back you should accept a wonderful, admirable bells and not activity into debt to do it."
This is additionally the fifth year Masarek has avant-garde to become a top 10 finalist in the civic challenge that included 1,500 contestants this year. And accomplish no mistake, the gowns Masarek and the added finalists accept fabricated are delicate and elegant, aerial fashion.
"It's art, authentic and simple," Masarek said.
She acclimated absolute rolls of Quilted Northern toilet paper, white aqueduct tape, cement and aggravate and cilia to accomplish her clothes this year. It's a sleek, silky-looking silhouette-type clothes with a cape and beanie hat, evocative of Jackie Kennedy, about 1963.
"The toilet cardboard itself is abiding and strong," she said "I enjoyed alive with it."
Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com and Quilted Northern are allotment the accident this year.
The top 10 dresses, and their designers, will be aureate to New York City to participate in a appearance appearance afterpiece accident on July 20. The champ will booty home a grand banknote award-winning of $10,000, while the additional and third award-winning winners will accept $5,000 and $2,500 respectively.
"This year's crop of designs continues to affect and beat our expectations of what absolutely is accessible back toilet cardboard is crafted for greatness," added Susan Bain, Cheap Chic Weddings Co-Founder.
Masarek, 58, of Collingswood, who has had a cardinal of professions, including as a bi-weekly clear designer, said she's blessed to be in the active afresh this year.
"This is my fifth time actuality a top 10 finalist," Masarek said. "I accumulate cerebration 'Maybe this will be my year to snag a top 3 position.' But, you apperceive what? I apperceive that there were 1,500 entries. I feel like I've already won."
The added finalist include: Susan Brennan, Detroit, Mich.; Roy Cruz, Chesapeake, Vir.; Kari Curletto, Las Vegas, Nev.; Mimoza Haska of Surfside Beach, S.C.; Lindsay Hinz of Astoria, N.Y.; Augusto Manzanares, New York, N.Y.; Carol Touchstone, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Van Tran, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Ashley Ulcini, Manchester, Mo.