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12th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest

Cheap Chic Weddings and Charmin teamed up again for the twelfth annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, which launched this past Monday, and runs through May 15th!

Remember that time you won the toilet paper wedding gown contest and cousin Jen’s bridal shower? These dresses are nothing like that!

Think you’ve got the chops? Here’s how to enter:

First: Plan your design.

Second: Grab some Charmin Toilet Paper (Ultra Strong, Ultra Soft or Basic), tape, glue and/or needle and thread (that’s all you can use)! To help offset the cost of designing these memorable creations; Charmin is providing coupons by request at TPDresscontest@gmail.com

Third: Make the dress and headpiece on your model or mannequin and take some clear, unaltered digital photos (front, back and side). The dress must be able to be worn by a human!

For the first time ever, the finale event will be broadcast live across multiple online channels. Top ten entries will be chosen then online voting will be open to the public.

The top ten dresses and their designers will be flown to New York City to participate in a live fashion show finale event on Haven Rooftop at the Sanctuary Hotel in New York City on June 16, 2016 where the top three winners will be chosen.

At the Finale Event, the dress entries will be judged by members of Cheap Chic Weddings, Charmin, Edward Meyer of Ripley’s Believe it or Not, The Sanctuary’s Hank Freid, and celebrity guest judge Mikie Russo, event planner to the stars and member of the OK! TV Entertaining Team.

Good luck!








Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Photos

This past weekend, a Maryland couple’s engagement photos went viral because they had an adorable e-sesh in the middle of Winter Storm Jonas. First glance at this story you might think that the couple had this date set and just decided to move forward with the shoot anyway. Nope! The couple knew that they wanted their photos in a snowstorm, and luckily their photographer was on board:

Photos by Dotun Ayodeji

Engagement photos allow for couples to show who they really are – let their personality shine through. It’s not only fun and allows for you and your fiance to have non-wedding professional photos, but according to The Knot, it’s important to also get a feel of your wedding day photographer and get a sneak peek of the work that’s yet to come.

The Knot also advises couples to pick out a location of value – like a first date spot, park, college campus – it will not only make for a great keepsake, but will put you more at ease in a familiar environment.

My husband and I met in undergrad at SUNY Purchase – a small state school in Westchester, New York, about an hour north of NYC. It was a no-brainer for us to go back to “the scene of the crime,” so to speak, and have our photos taken there. We went all over the campus, but our favorite was the school gym where we both spent plenty of time – him as a basketball player, and myself on the dance team (yes, I danced at his basketball games). To me, these images not only represent our engagement, but bring back so many fond memories of when we first met.


Here’s a round up of other fun engagement shoots to inspire you for yours!









Mikaella’s Spring 2016 Collection

Attention future brides: You may have only just gotten engaged days ago, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your bridal gown! Mikaella’s Spring 2016 collection has a lot to offer with lace details and form-fitting silhouettes, that are sure to take everyone’s breath away as you walk down the aisle.

Style 2050:

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Style 5053:

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Engagement Rings Through The Years

With engagement season upon us, it’s time to take a stroll down memory lane and dig in to the origins of the engagement ring and trends throughout the years.

It has been documented that engagement rings date back to ancient Egyptians as they have been found buried with metal wire around the third finger of their left hands, the same finger we wear wedding bands on in present day.  The diamond engagement ring dates back to the Middle Ages when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with the letter M spelled out in small diamonds, though it is believed that an advertising campaign for jewelry De Beers from the 1940s is what really thrust diamond engagement rings into popularity with the slogan, “A diamond is forever,” a phrase that is well-known and still used to this day.

Now more than ever, we are seeing less traditional diamond rings and more gem stones taking front and center. Let’s take a look at how we got here.


Unlike what we think is a traditional engagement ring, 1930s rings boasted an art deco feel with not just diamonds but gemstones.


This decade saw the rise in big and bold rings, with intricate details that included ribbons, bows, and flowers.


Stacked engagement and wedding rings were all the rage this decade, which is likely due Audrey Hepburn’s trend-setting ring.  This trend is something we are still seeing today!


Celebrities set off the “bigger is better” trend, with record breaking carat sizes. Just check out Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat engagement ring from Richard Burton:

elizabeth taylor engagement ring from richard burton


The new popular cut was the princess cut – something I view as traditional, though at the time was viewed as a cut that strayed away from engagement rings past.



Two words: Princess Diana. Her iconic sapphire had girls ogling knock-offs!

princess diana ring

1990s – Present

We have been seeing a mix of decades past most recently, but it’s important to mention the rise of the halo ring these past few years.

Personally, I think you can never go wrong with a classic solitaire. What’s your favorite?

Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry

We all have that box of old stuff from our ex-boyfriends under our beds in our childhood bedrooms. That stuff ranges from silly knick-knacks, items of clothing, and jewelry. We typically give this box no mind, but every now an then, it sneaks up on you, and reminisce about that nice necklace you once wore in pride that is now collecting dust.

Enter website Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry; an online hub that allows for you to buy, sell, trade, and blog about the breakup. Though the name of the site plugs ex-boyfriends, it’s open to all dumpees, divorcès, and everything in between; to rid themselves of the literal excess baggage and make a little pocket-chance in the process.

The site’s search function is seamless and once you find what you’re looking for, you’re not only provided with pics and details of the product, but treated to “The Scoop,” the reasons behind the splits, an within seconds you will find yourself down the rabbit hole of lovers scorned:

I was in a serious relationship with this guy, let’s call him Doc since he was a surgeon. We were dating about a year; I had quit my job after he asked me to move in, and basically played housewife – without the wifey status. We flew to Vegas, Miami, places like that very often for his “work conferences”. One weekend in Miami, Doc got drunk – like pass out in the elevator drunk. Let me mention that while I was away on a trip to see my family the weekend prior, I came home to find a hair tie and a bangle bracelet on the ledge of our shower. NOT MINE!!! So while in Miami, I’m taking care of Doc getting him to the to and I’ve been dying to go through his phone, naturally like most girls would. Voila. FOUND IT. Bastard has individual photo albums for each of his girls he’s been “friendly” with. He’s got message after message after MESSAGE of “patients” of his… Found out these weren’t real patients, because real patients pay with money or insurance. Nope. These girls didn’t pay for anything, in fact, they got free Botox and their cell phone and light bills paid BY MY MAN for a small fee of having sex with him. DIS. GUS. TING. I waited until the next day to bring this to his attention. He had no idea what to do because there’s no way he could deny it. Want to know how he makes it up to me? Bastard goes to Tiffany & Co. and buys me this ring. HONEY, diamonds are a girls best friend but I will take loyalty any day over that. Needless to say, I accepted it. Along with getting my job back and a house of my own impressively quick after that. Bye Felicia.

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The concept of this site is really great – after a break-up, especially a bitter one, I can’t imagine a better way to get revenge and vindication. I think they should implement a dating section, too! Wouldn’t it be cool to see a match made from people selling jewelry from their exes? Definitely a story for the grandchildren!

Flower Friday | Cascading Bouquets

If I could get married all over again, there’s not much I would change. But as of late, I’m regretting my lack of a cascading bouquet! In my opinion, it’s traditional and classic, and clearly overlooked. Based on what I’m seeing more and more, over-sized and cascading bouquets may be making a comeback, and I am So. On. Board.

Here are some visions for you to drool over. Of course the ones I like the most are white/pink/muted in color, because that’s my favorite!

pink and white orchid cascade bouquet

huge pink white and green cascading bouquet


pink cascade bouquet

Wedding Wednesday | My Fourth Wedding Anniversary

I know it’s cliche, but it feels like yesterday that Steve and I were exchanging vows in front of our family and friends. I vividly remember the entire day, and how calm (seriously) I was. I made a million memories to last a lifetime! My favorite, though, was our first look.

From the very beginning of wedding planning, I was completely against seeing Steve before walking down that aisle. He wanted to enjoy cocktail hour, and I just wanted to keep with tradition. The further we got into planning, and the more photographers we met with, taking a first look photo began to seem like the better option.

I’m really glad I ended up caving, because the moment made for a great batch of pictures to look back on. We were laughing the entire time I was walking towards him, and you can see the fun we were having together. Certainly a great moment to reflect on today!

wedding first look pic