Robin Chaibva – Leisure Reporter

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THE Sunday Mail Bridal Expo and Gala held last weekend proved beyond doubt that they are the biggest highlights for weddings and bridal enthusiasts in Zimbabwe.

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Beulah Billie and Patrick Noble Mwanza in a mock wedding display at the Sunday Mail bridal expo

Beulah Billie and Patrick Noble Mwanza in a mock wedding display at the Sunday Mail bridal expo

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The main event, which crowns the Bride of the Year, was preceded by a lively Expo on Friday and Saturday afternoon. The expo had 65 beautiful stalls, live marimba band performances and music, and the main event featured a wide array of family entertainment.

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Free wedding

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Thousands of ticket holders in the audience were treated to a raffle ticket competition. Every year, The Sunday Mail runs a raffle draw for everyone who would have bought a ticket to the event, the lucky ticket holder wins a free wedding.

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The lucky winner of the free wedding this year was Tafadzwa Mupofu-Mudzingwa.

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She won a venue from Zimbabwe Agricultural Society, photography and video filming from Sun Valley Audio, the groom’s clothing from Jan Jam, and bridal wedding gown and veil sponsored by Rose Bridal.

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The couple will be arriving in style in wedding vehicles sponsored by Just Wedding Cars, catering by Oreac Events, décor by The Events Company, wedding invitations by Ken Chris and a wedding cake from Cake Link.

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Bride of the Year

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The Sunday Mail Bridal Queen for the year 2014 is Rudo Madzviti (nee Zenda). Faith Mazorodze (nee Mufumi) is in second place while Tapiwa Bepe (nee Matyanga) is in third place.

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The Bride of the Year also walked away with $1 000 cash courtesy of Zimpapers, two honeymoons with one to Victoria Falls from The Sunday Mail and one courtesy of Montclair Hotel and two return tickets to Victoria Falls courtesy of Air Zimbabwe.

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The first runner-up won $800 cash, two return tickets to Bulawayo courtesy of Zimpapers and a second honeymoon at Bulawayo Rainbow courtesy of The Sunday Mail. The second runner-up walked away with $500 from Zimpapers, second honeymoon at RTG Hotel in Harare. All the top 12 brides got an award courtesy of Glass Creations, a flower bouquet and one month subscription of The Sunday Mail courtesy of The Sunday Mail and a personal care hamper courtesy of Exquisite Fragrances.

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Cake of the Year

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Lydia Chibaya (nee Mupfawi)’s cake is The Sunday Mail Cake of the Year 2014. In second place is Rudo Mudzviti (nee Zenda)’s cake while Tafadzwa Sandra Ngaru (nee Rwafa)’s cake is in third place.

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Lydia Mupfawi went home $600 richer. In addition to that she got a second honeymoon, two return tickets to Victoria Falls courtesy of Zimpapers and $200 cash courtesy of Gloria Flour.

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Rudo Zenda got $500 and a second honeymoon courtesy of Zimpapers. She also got $100 cash courtesy of Gloria Flour. Tafadzwa Rwafa went home with $400 courtesy of Gloria Flour, $50 cash from National Foods and a second honeymoon courtesy of Zimpapers.

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All the 12 brides also got an award for their cakes courtesy of Glass creations, a flower bouquet and one month subscription of The Sunday Mail courtesy of The Sunday Mail and a personal care hamper courtesy of Exquisite Fragrances.

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Photographer of the Year

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Photographers walked away with cash courtesy of Zimpapers and The Sunday Mail subscriptions for one month courtesy of The Sunday Mail.

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The Photographer of the Year, Elson Munetsi, got $300 while the second runner-up, Photofilm, got $200. On the third place was Gift Meda and he got $100.

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Baker of the Year

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Bakers were also honoured at the event. The Baker of the Year prize went to Hen Jack Jakes and Décor. On second place was Mrs Chinzara while Mrs Ruwanda was on third place.

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All the winners got one month subscription of The Sunday Mail courtesy of The Sunday Mail. They also received cash prizes courtesy of Zimpapers and Gloria Flour. First place baker got $200 from Zimpapers and $400 from Gloria Flour while the first runner-up got $150 from Zimpapers and $200 from Gloria Flour. The second runner-up got $100 from Zimpapers and $100 from Gloria Flour.