For many brides-to-be, the Ponoka Bridal Gala on Friday, Feb. 27 at the Kinsmen Community Centre was the perfect place to check out what’s in style this year.
Over 100 people attended the gala, which featured a multitude of vendors and two fashion shows showcasing elegant bridal wear and bridesmaids’ dresses. Co-organized by Heather Goodwin and Amanda Nickerson, there were 20 vendors ranging from hotel accommodations to jewelry and make up vendors at the gala.
“It’s good for all the local people to see the different vendors,” said Goodwin.
The fashion show was the one part that most attendees look forward to the most, she added and while they did not have a full accompaniment of grooms’ suits and lingerie in the fashion show, she expects this will be something added for next year.
Nickerson said she expects they will also diversify their vendors to showcase wedding cakes as well and other exciting wedding vendors. She hopes to host it earlier in the year to take advantage of brides planning their summer wedding. With some expected changes for next year, the 2015 gala went better than she expected.
“I enjoyed connecting central Alberta brides with central Alberta vendors,” said Nickerson.
With 130 guests attending, the gala saw bigger numbers than in previous years. “It was more than any we’ve had at any bridal show.”
Prizes valued at a total of $2,000 were given away to lucky visitors.