At KBW’s Bridal Scavenger Hunt

Monday, November 03, 2014

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Kingston Bridal Week made optimal use of its new Hope Gardens location last week Saturday, to host its first Bridal Scavenger Hunt. The manicured lawns and gardens provided not only an idyllic setting but sufficient hideaways to stash $2 million in prizes.


Brides-to-be, grooms-to-be, families and friends came well prepared for the hunt. Indeed, running shoes, baseball caps and exercise gear defined the day's dress code.


The Scavenger Hunt kicked off at 9:00 am sharp. Participants lined up at the Hope Gardens entrance and on cue raced towards the nearest lawn to pick up envelopes containing the first clue: "What national publication prints Vows? If you know, purchase me to get the other clues." Jamaica Observer vendors on location were positively alarmed as a stampede of people waving 100-dollar bills bolted towards them to purchase copies of the newspaper. With the Jamaica Observer in hand, teams huddled to decipher the clues and quickly devise a strategy to conquer the many acres of land. Onlookers enjoying the beautiful day at Hope Gardens observed curiously as participants ran all over its many acres, guided by a list of 35 clues.


Quite a few grooms-to-be were spotted putting their tree-climbing skills to use as they retrieved wedding gowns hanging from branches. The first team to find five dresses received a free wedding gown rental from Petals and Promises while the second, a tux for the groom. The teams that found the most prizes went home with surprise giveaways: the first won a two-night stay at the luxurious Trident Hotel in Portland and the second a free bride's bouquet and groom boutonnière, plus 20% off the next store purchase at Tai Flora. The Scavenger Hunt's long list of prizes and surprise giveaways attracted 210 people, divided into nine teams, who registered for their chance to win copious wedding services offered by the participating vendors of Kingston Bridal Week. Brides redeemed their prizes the following day at the Kingston Bridal Week Expo, held at Hope Gardens' historical entrance.


    

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