Bride of the Year a kindergarten fundraiser
Bride of the Year couldn’t be a more appropriate fundraiser for Somerset Kindergarten.
As families of many of the brides are closely involved with the kindergarten movement, Somerset Kindergarten has organised the event for the last 47 years.
This year’s Bride of the Year will be held at the Regent on Broadway on September 5 at 7pm.
Somerset Kindergarten prides itself on its amazing natural environment where children can play, explore and learn, so this year its fundraising goes towards the ongoing development of its outdoor facilities with plans to extend the verandah to create more space.
Head teacher Jill Brider says government funding provides the basics but events such as this with local sponsorship, raffles and auctions ‘‘top up the resources that kindergartens need.’’
About 30 brides, who’ve married or settled in Manawatu over the last 15 months, have entered the competition. They have the chance to wear their wedding dress, meet the judges beforehand and strut the Regent aisle and stage while MC Rachel Bowen entertains the audience with highlights of proposals and wedding days.
‘‘It’s a winning formula for the brides,’’ Jill Brider says. ‘‘They love to wear their wedding dress again, enjoy the luxuries of make-up and hair and look back on the event with fond memories.’’
The brides will enter from the top of the auditorium and process down the theatre to the stage, accompanied by bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, groomsmen and models. The live band Down the Aisle will provide music and local designer Steele Clothing will model their new line of garments.
There’ll also be performances from Somerset Crescent School kapa haka, Monrad Intermediate Pasifika and Evolve Performing Arts Centre.
In addition there’ll be a Wearable Arts Wedding Garment competition where some Ruahine Kindergartens, including Somerset, will model a wedding inspired outfit that’s been created and constructed by children and teachers to reflect their community.
‘‘The raffles, silent auctions and spot prizes, including best wedding attire, will be part of the evening so be sure to come along with spare cash,’’ says Jill.
The winning bride will receive over $1000 in prizes with second and third also winning generous prizes. All brides receive goodie bags for taking part on the night.
Bride of the Year will be held at the Regent on Broadway on Monday, September 5 at 7pm. Tickets, which include a complimentary glass of bubbles or juice, from TicketDirect.
Somerset Kindergarten head teacher Jill Brider (left), Bride of the Year Master of Ceremonies Rachel Bowen and youngsters from Somerset Kindergarten.