It is usual for Ugandans to order for their wedding outfits from overseas. Some people even regard it as a show of class, wealth and prestige. This act can make sense considering many gowns sold and hired in bridal stores are imported. On the flip side, having a couple living in a first-world country ordering their attires from a developing one is almost unheard of.
This, however, was exactly the case for Peace K Mutiibwa and Paul Sesanga who got married on August 14, 2019, in NewYork. The Ugandan couple that is based in America decided to have their attires and those of their bridesmaids made in Uganda.
“I know we have great talent in Uganda and I knew my attires would be made as I wanted and at a cheaper price,” Mutiibwa explains.
Rose Namuwonge of Rose Perfect Designers, Mutiibwa’s tailor in Uganda face-timed the bride and each of her bridesmaids, taking their measurements. When the work was done, Mutiibwa’s friend who had been on a visit to Uganda went back to America with them.
“The tailor did a good job, we were not disappointed, ” Mutiibwa comments.
The dresses for the bridesmaids, both the main and changing attire cost them $150 per person, about Shs550,000.
Mutiibwa’s attire cost her $750, about Shs2.8m. It was a two in one with a Cinderella gown and a short body-hugging dress for easy movement and freedom at the reception.
Her changing dress was $175, about Shs650,000.
Her husband, on the other hand, bought his suit in America.
Mutiibwa and Sesanga grew up attending the same church and fell in love during their campus days in 2001, while Sesanga was concluding his bachelor’s degree at Makerere University and Mutiibwa was joining Uganda Christian University, UCU. In 2014, the couple relocated to America.
“We had a small introduction ceremony in Uganda in 2014, but finally made the decision to tie the knot on Feb 14 this year,” Mutiibwa comments.
The couple is blessed with a daughter and hopes to celebrate their union with their family in Uganda someday.
My Wedding wishes them a happy marriage.