It’s been only a few weeks since Taco Bell first announced their Love and Tacos sweepstakes, but it looks like the taco chain may already have a winner.
Diane Nguyen, a 31-year-old from Los Angeles, and her groom-to-be Nick entered Taco Bell’s contest in the hopes of winning an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas, where they will become the very first couple to marry at Taco Bell’s new on-site chapel.
Along with her entry, Diane submitted a photo of herself in a homemade wedding dress she crafted entirely from Taco Bell food wrappers and hot glue:
According to Nguyen, she and her fiancé heard about the contest when they were on vacation in Southeast Asia, and immediately began work on the dress as soon as they returned home. They also enlisted the staff at their local Taco Bell to help set up a photoshoot.
Nguyen’s hard work paid off, and she was chosen Monday as one of just 10 finalists in the restaurant’s Love and Tacos contest.
It’s time to spill the beans. We have been engaged for 4 years, and together for 10. Taco Bell has been there through the years, from the after school runs, to late meals after work (or a night of partying). Our love for each other is as cheesy as a quesadilla. We’re nachos getting married, it’s going to be a Las Vegas tacover. Lettuce celebrate our love at the Taco Bell Chapel in Vegas, cuz we are ready to guac and roll. #loveandtacoscontest #tacobelle #burritodress #iloveyou Link in the bio!! https://www.tacobell.com/loveandtacos/161600
Final judging is expected to take place on Tuesday, Mar. 7, with the contest winner to be announced “on or around” Mar. 16, according to the official contest announcement.
Still, the creative California-based couple faces some stiff competition from their fellow contestants, including one woman who got engaged to her fiancé in a Taco Bell and says she “will riot if we aren't married in one.”
While no other entrant in this contest made her own dress from discarded food wrappers, it’s not technically the first time a Taco Bell fiend has made an outfit from things she found lying around the restaurant.
In 2015, artist Olivia Mears was asked to appear in a Taco Bell commercial after showcasing the dress she made from food wrappers and sauce packets:
There are a few more examples of Taco Bell-inspired dresses making the internet rounds, too:
If Nguyen ends up winning Taco Bell’s Love and Tacos contest, she, Nick, and four guests will be awarded airfare to Las Vegas, as well as a catered meal at the Las Vegas Cantina location. Winners will also be entitled to a hotel room, a spa visit, a VIP table at Drai’s Nightclub, dinner at Gordon Ramsay Steak, a Cinnabon Delights wedding cake, and various Taco Bell-themed wedding souvenirs including a garter belt and a bow tie, among other prizes and cash.
Couples looking to tie the knot at the Taco Bell chapel can also pay $600 for a wedding package starting summer 2017.