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It’s confirmed, it’s bigger and it’s better!

All is set for the annual Sunday Mail Bridal Gala and Expo that takes place this weekend at Harare International Conference Centre.

The prestigious and glamorous event will see the expo being conducted on Friday and Saturday where exhibitors will showcase their wares. The main gala will be held on Saturday night.

According to Zimpapers Business manager Charity Gwata-Chirume, all is in place for the show.

“The Sunday Mail Bridal Gala is the biggest event of its kind in the country and the organisers always put effort to make sure the brand grow with each passing year. We are ready and this year the event is bigger, better and full of suprises. We have exciting programmes and we are encouraging people to come in their numbers. The show will definitely be a success. We have already secured a reasonable number of sponsors but some are still coming on board to ensure the success of this event,” she said.

Gwata-Chirume said she was happy with how the corporate world has been supporting the expo.

“We are happy to say that different stakeholders are on board, which shows how important the annual event is. Some of the sponsors that have already pledged their support for the free wedding prize include National Foods Limited, Exquisite Fragrances, Rose Bridal, Jan Jam Fashions, Kenny Chris Wedding Stationery, Harusi Gardens, Harare Agricultural Show Society, Just Wedding Cars, Tonjis Hiring and Sunvalley Audio Visual,” she said.

Amongst the events lined up for expo at the Rainbow Towers gardens, include counselling, grooming and deportment, wedding deacutecor, cake and choreography lessons from experts.

The good news is that entry for visitors to the Expo is free while the music show will cost only $5.

This year Bridal Queen, Cake of the Year and Photographer of the Year will walk away with prizes from various sponsors.

The opening act of the gala will feature a combination of poetry, music and dance — dancehall clarks, acrobatics, ballet and traditional dances.

Zimbabwe’s finest musicians Jah Prayzah, Tocky Vibes, Mudiwa Mtandwa, Alexio Kawara and Baba naMai Charamba are billed to perform at the event. The Bridal Gala encounter will be a good platform to have Jah Prayzah and Tocky Vibes on the same stage. On the gospel note, Baba naMai Charamba will have a chance to take their latest offering “WeNazareta” to a higher level following their successful international shows in Australia and Botswana. The album is being marketed by music giant Sony.

Not to be left out is jazz sensation Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana who is also expected to serenade and rekindle her love with fans as she will dish out some of the latest and old jazz songs.

Star FM popular duo Phatisani Sibanda and Kudzai Violet Gwara, affectionately known as KVG, are the masters of ceremony.

Tickets bought for the event will also be used for a raffle draw where one lucky couple will win a free wedding voucher.

Last year saw lucky couple Shadreck and Fortunate Sadziwa, walking away with a wedding voucher. The couple later tied the knot last October at Serenity Village in Ruwa.

Contestants for The Sunday Mail Bride of the Year competition are drawn from across the whole country. Entries are collected weekly from recently wedded brides who submit their photographs as well as those of their wedding cakes.

An in-house committee selects the loveliest among the Brides of the Week to feature as the Brides of the Month.

The 12 brides will then be put to a readers’ vote and one with the highest number of votes will be crowned Bride of the Year followed by the first and second runners-up in that order. The same format is used for the cake competition.

The other nine finalists don’t walk away empty-handed, they get consolation prizes.

The gala has in recent years established itself as the premier Bridal Show in the country.0

Source : The Herald