By Elaine Viets
Ladies, did you ever have to wear an ugly bridesmaid dress?
Nothing can take away that feeling of shame when you wore that horror in front of all those people. Worse, it’s in a photo!
Now, I can make you feel better.
You can enter my Bridesmaid Dress Contest and win $100 in books. Think of it -– hours of soothing reading to take away the sting of that dress.
Enter the "I Can't Believe I Wore This Dress. It’s outrageous" category.
If you’re one of those fabled creatures -– and I suspect you’re rarer than unicorns -– enter it in the "I Can't Believe I Wore This Dress -- it's gorgeous" category.
First place winners in both categories will win a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice for e-books or tree books, and an autographed copy of "Murder Is a Piece of Cake."
Second place is a $25 gift certificate and an autographed copy of "Murder Is a Piece of Cake."
Third place is an autographed copy of "Murder Is a Piece of Cake."
That peach bridesmaid dress in the photo? My maid of honor, Sue Brandt Schlueter, is wearing it at my wedding in 1971. Sue is still my friend. I’m not sure which category the dress belongs in, but the style was cutting edge in Florissant, Mo., back then.
Only photos of bridesmaid dresses that you’ve worn may be submitted. Photos of dresses from other weddings or magazines are not eligible. Submit as many times as you like, as long as you’ve worn the dresses.
You may enter both the National Bridesmaid Dress Contest and the St. Louis Bridesmaid Contest. However, if you win in any category of the St. Louis Contest, your photos are not eligible to win the National Contest.
Enter now through Nov. 1. Click on the bridesmaid photo at elaineviets.com and upload your picture.
If you live in the St. Louis area, you’re doubly lucky. You can enter two Bridesmaid Dress Contests – the National Contest and the St. Louis Contest one.
The St. Louis contest has cool prizes including a VIP beer tasting party for ten at Schlafly Bottleworks, a chocolate tasting party at Kakao, dinner for two at the Fountain on Locust, a Gooey Louie cheesecake and autographed copies of "Murder Is a Piece of Cake."
Check out the St. Louis contest here: http://elaineviets.com/new/Events/default.asp
The St. Louis contest judging is 7 PM, Thursday, Nov. 15, during my talk at the St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63131. E-mail your photo to Carrie Robb, adult services librarian, St. Louis County Library at email@example.com.
Better yet, wear the dress to the library. A free autographed copy of "Murder Is a Piece of Cake" will be given to the first three women who wear their bridesmaid dresses to the St. Louis contest.
Hurry! Upload your photo at elaineviets.com.
Winning is a piece of cake.