Relive the wedding day

19:55, Feb 19 2013
Maureen Hamilton
Central Southland Bride of the Year committee member Maureen Hamilton admires a wedding gown entered in the Winton competition.

Central Southland Bride of the Year competition organisers are hopeful entries for the March 18 event will be as good as last year.

Last year 30 brides and 20 bridesmaids entered the Winton-staged competition, which is put together by Rural Women New Zealand's Central Southland branch as a fundraising event.

Committee member Maureen Hamilton said year after year the competition was successful, with good numbers of contestants walking the catwalk on the night.

"We're hoping to get good numbers again this year.

"I think the brides like the chance to wear their dresses again and I think the public like to get involved with the voting."

On the night it is up to the public to choose their favourite bride and bridesmaid.

Last year entries came from throughout Southland, with the winner from Lumsden, she said. "The brides recreate the day of the wedding, with their hair done and makeup - it's quite a big night for them . . . But it's not all about the dress, I think the brides have got to have a bit personality too - they've got to smile and walk well."

Dress styles had come and gone throughout the years, with most of the gowns now being bought off the hook and following the latest fashion trends.

Central Southland Bride of the Year competition
When and where: Monday, March 18, Winton's Memorial Hall, 7.30pm.
Brides married between February 2012 and March 2013 are eligible to enter.


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