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Wemindji, Que., hosts toilet paper wedding dress competition

Several couples in the Cree community Wemindji, Quebec, took part in a recent group anniversary where those married in the month of July made wedding dresses out of toilet paper.

Couples married in July hold mock wedding event

Couples married one month ago were invited to a feast where husbands were asked to make their wives wedding dresses out of toilet paper. (Mickey Decarlo)
Wemindji Deputy Chief Frank Atsynia and wife Deborah Diamond were married in July 2014. (submitted by Mickey Decarlo)

A group anniversary feast in Wemindji, Que, turned into an unusual wedding dress-making competition last week.

More than 20 couples took part in the wedding dress competition and many more in the feast at the community hall.

"We were given toilet paper and were told to make a wedding dress and veil for our wives," said Wemindji Deputy Chief Frank Atsynia, laughing. "We competed to see who is the fastest. I was the first to finish. It took me 10 minutes to finish."

After the wedding dress competition, the couples were invited on stage while one of the organizers said a few words about the importance of marriage. A prayer was read to renew vows of the couples present. 

Harry and Dinah Asquabaneskum, from Wemindji, Que., were among the game participants. (submitted by Mickey Decarlo)

Participants say it was a touching moment for all of the couples. Atsynia and his wife, Deborah Diamond, have been married since July 2014.

"It's best not to be shy, to show your love to your significant other and to tell them too," said Atsynia. "If we do this, as adults, our children will learn from this. This is what I hope to see: people to show love to one another."

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