Trio step up to save event
The future of the Central Southland Bride of the Year competition is secure, after a group of local women have stepped in to run the event.
After 35 years of involvement, Central Southland Provincial Rural Women NZ decided their time was up, hoping to find a group to take the competition over.
For several months its future was uncertain, but that’s all changed thanks to Hannah Hawkins, Zephyr Dougan and Beverley Lindsay, who are excited about the bridal competition.
‘‘When we heard that the Bride of the Year was available we wanted to be involved.’’
Great support from Rural Women NZ members passing on information had made the transition easy.
Lindsay said the trio also wanted to put their own stamp on the event, to be held on March 19.
‘‘We wanted to have some really good prizes this year.
‘‘Instead of the public voting, we’ve got independent judges to streamline the event.’’
There will still be a people’s choice award, with a separate prize love weddings,’’ for the winning bride.
‘‘The business support for the event and for prizes has been awesome.
‘‘The locals have really got behind it.’’
And while it had been a big commitment bringing the show together, it had been worth it.
‘‘It’s such a great event.
‘‘Your wedding day is so special and this competition allows brides to wear their dress again and feel pretty.’’
Hawkins agreed, and said the competition was like a celebration of weddings.
‘‘Every bride is beautiful in their own way.
‘‘It’s all about being able to wear that dress again and we wanted to be able to give brides that chance.’’
The women had promised Rural Women the competition would be retained in Central Southland, and Dougan said they wanted it to be about the community, with all funds raised going to local charities.
‘‘It’s a community event to bring people together.’’
Excellent entry numbers had already come in, but there was still time for new brides to put their names forward.
Entries close on March 15.
Central Southland Bride of the Year organisers Hannah Hawkins, Zephyr Dougan and Beverley Lindsay, get into the spirit of the competition.