By Maria Immaculate Owechi
Kasese songstress Heli Loyce Agaba, famously known as Heli Esli, secretly tied the knot with partner Sunshine Melody, CEO Kanta Group of Companies on November 14 at St Paul’s Church of Uganda, Kasese. Only 11 people were invited to the wedding.
Melody reveals that for their wedding to be top-notch private, they invited their parents and a few close friends for a private thanksgiving ceremony at church. On arriving, the guests were surprised to find that it was not a thanksgiving ceremony but rather their wedding.
“My best man found out about the wedding when he arrived at church. He didn’t even dress up as other best men do,” Melody revealed.
The couple later hosted their guests for a small dinner in their home.
Melody estimates that exclusive of dressing, they spent only about Shs300,000, most of which went to the kitchen and silverware for the dinner.
Here are more details about the ceremony.
How did you cut on the costs?
Melody: My wife made her gown by herself through her fashion outlet Heli Fashions.
My ceremonial suit was an offer by Falcon Suits including the changing attire by Darion Fashions.
For transportation, we drove ourselves back home.
How much did you spend on photography and videography?
Melody: Jo Amen photography is a photography unit under our company Kanta Group of Companies. They did the photography at no cost.
The videographer too is the official video director to my wife’s music projects. He also offered the service at no cost.
Why did you make a secret wedding?
Melody: We didn’t want to spend a lot of money because we had already made a huge party for our introduction ceremony in July.
Everybody also expected something huge from us for the wedding but we decided to stop going by other people’s demands and rather do something simple that can benefit us. We had actually made a budget of Shs49m for the wedding but decided to channel this money into our next business venture.
We also wanted to celebrate with key people that have really been there for us in hard times.
How did your parents react to the surprise?
Melody: They were happy because after I was introduced, they kept asking us to make the wedding at least by July. They were so happy we fulfilled their dream and that we didn’t waste money.