By Eronie Kamukama
On a minimal Under normal circumstances, a wedding is a one or two-hour ceremony. Basically, a couple will part with less than Shs1m for rings, Shs500,000 for Church, Shs1m gown for the bride and Shs500,000 suit for the groom. Vows are made, and wedding is done.
Ms Regina Ampumuza got married early December 2016. Two and a half months later, still overwhelmed with joy, 25-year old Ampumuza recalls how much they spent and as though the millions of Shillings expended do not bother her, she says: “It was worth it. We had planned for it and we got the results we hoped for.”
According to their wedding budget, the young couple spent about Shs57m to cover the day’s expenses!
Today, this is characteristic of young couples, especially in the middle income class. Local wedding planner at Gold Groove Events, Ms Ruth Ssenyonjo, says couples marrying in Uganda are splashing between Shs10m to more than Shs100m to say “I do.”
But what eats up big portions of the wedding budget?
Ms Ssenyonjo notes that food, décor and photography are at the forefront and Ms Ampumuza easily relates to this.
Ms Ampumuza notes that she spent Shs18m on the venue inclusive of food, ushers, tables and chairs. She also spent Shs4.5m on décor and Shs4m on photography. Click to read more…