Ronaldo Cruz tissue-paper wedding dress (Photo:evening gowns)

A wedding dress made of toilet paper – where was this concept when I got married? Think about it: You can help save the environment and save money, too. Tissue would be convenient when the tears begin flowing, and when the day is done, you could unwrap yourself out of what’s left and use it for whatever else.

C’mon, you wouldn’t wear a toilet paper dress? Perhaps you would if you saw Ronaldo “Roy” Cruz’s work. Cruz, a 49-year-old Chesapeake resident, is a top 10 finalist in Charmin’s Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest.

Cruz’s dress will be featured during a finale fashion show at the Haven Rooftop at the Sanctuary Hotel in New York on June 16. In a first for the event, which is in its 12th year, the showcase will be live-streamed at Ripley’s Believe It or Not will display the finalists’ dresses at different locations around the world, a representative for Charmin said. The grand prize is $10,000.

Cruz, a florist, incorporated rosettes into his dress. It is quite durable and comfortable, he says; it’s made of Charmin Ultra Soft and Ultra Strong, and put together with super glue, tape and traditional needle and thread. It took him a month and a half in his spare time to produce his design.

“It is good enough to wear,” Cruz said by phone .

We’ll see how it holds up. Cruz has entered the contest three times. He was in the top 20 in 2014; last year he also made it to the top 10. You can vote at the website.

He said his 85-year-old mother, who is ill and lives in the Philippines, is the inspiration for this year’s creation.

“She told me to create a unique gown. This is what a lady would wear.”

Cruz, who learned to sew as a child in the Philippines, designed wedding dresses and pageant gowns when he lived there, he said. He has dreams of being a full-time fashion designer.Read more at:evening dresses online