Brides to trip down the aisle again

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Thirty brides will pro­vide the cen­tre­piece for a night of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment on Mon­day, Septem­ber 5 in the Re­gent on Broad­way.

Un­der new en­try cri­te­ria and with a new fo­cus, the Som­er­set Kin­der­garten an­nual Bride of the Year pageant gives new­ly­wed women an­other op­por­tu­nity to wear their gown and re­live wed­ding day highlights.

Som­er­set Kin­der­garten pageant or­gan­iser Jill Brider said this time there would be more fo­cus on the brides’ per­son­al­i­ties, en­ter­tain­ment, and with greater au­di­ence in­volve­ment.

‘‘It’s more than just the dress, and the au­di­ence will get to know the wearer more.’’

Brider hopes the change of fo­cus would at­tract a wider au­di­ence be­yond the friends and fam­i­lies of the brides.

‘‘Af­ter all, the pur­pose is to raise funds to help our chil­dren.’’

Em­cee, city coun­cil­lor Rachel Bowen will be in­tro­duc­ing the con­tes­tants along with the Som­er­set Cres­cent School kapa haka group, Mon­rad In­ter­me­di­ate’s Pasi­fika per­for­mance group, Evolve Per­form­ing Arts, a fash­ion show, and Down the Aisle - an on­stage four-piece band.

‘‘There’s also a wear­ables wed­ding gar­ment com­pe­ti­tion. It’s some­thing that has re­ally in­volved the chil­dren.’’

Court­ney Dya­son, 2015’s Bride.

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