Bridal pageant returns to the stage
Since 1969, the annual Bride of the Year pageant has been the pride and joy of Somerset Kindergarten.
Somerset’s head teacher Jill Brider (yes, really!) says entries are open for this year’s glam Regent on Broadway soiree that gives brides who were hitched between November 1, 2014, and July 31, 2016 another opportunity to wear their wedding finery and relive that day. Responding to feedback from previous competitions, the organisers have significantly widened the period of eligibility, while it’s open to all brides who were married here, or who have since moved here.
‘‘Not only are there great prizes, but it becomes a memorable experience for those who take part,’’ Jill says.
The first prize pack contains products valued at over $1000.
Somerset’s bridal pageant has been around so long, there are now intergenerational connections.
‘‘I have friends who remember being in it. The mum of one of our organisers was in it back in the 70s. The nephew of Courtney Dyason, last year’s winner, attends Somerset Kindergarten. His great auntie was on the original organising committee in 1969.’’
It’s an event the whole Somerset Kindergarten community contributes to.
With spaces for 45 entrants, entries close on July 31. The $40 entry fee covers hair and makeup for the evening. To receive an entry pack, email Somerset@ ruahinekindergartens.org.nz or visit the Somerset Kindergarten Bride of the Year Facebook page.
Somerset Kindergarten Bride of the Year 2015 Courtney Dyason flanked by runner up Megan Williams, (left) and third place-getter Cara Hesselin, (right)