By Rashim Nabanja
As soon as a couple confirms the date of their wedding ceremony, the planning process for what they hope will be their most treasured day begins. Usually, couples create WhatsApp groups, make various phone calls to keep everyone updated and start to host wedding planning meetings to make sure things run according to plan.
Unlike the ordinary traditional way of setting up meetings that sometimes people barely attend, Moses Jedidiah Muwanguzi and Anita Tuhaise decided to set up a website to organise for their wedding. For this young couple, all it took was one click and everything about their wedding was at your full disposal.
Designed in their names ‘Moses and Anita’, the website was set up right from when they were planning their introduction ceremony.
The couple exchanged their vows at Full Gospel church Makerere on October 12, 2019 and later hosted their reception at Thobani House Kampala.
My Wedding had a chat with them and they got to fill us in on how they managed to make it work.
How did you come up with the idea?
Muwanguzi: The idea was brought up by a brother of mine who is an expert in that field. He mentioned the idea and ran through how it would work. It seemed unique since it is not something you often see or hear about so we decided to give it a try.
How was it set up?
Muwanguzi: Everything was entirely done by my brother. However, the website was designed to host various aspects like the venue of the event, the guest list, and also pictures of the bride and groom.
How does it work?
Muwanguzi: The website was designed to give people some brief information about the couple, and a few aspects about the wedding. It had a section where a person would confirm whether they were to attend the ceremony or not. All they had to do was input their details like name, phone number, e-mail and click ‘Attending’. The website also had a section where people would give their monetary contribution to the couple. For those that needed to get into direct contact with the couple, their contacts were displayed on the website. The website also had a link that could send you directly to WhatsApp so as to contact the couple.
Did people make use of it?
Muwanguzi: Yes, it turned out really convenient to a point that even some of our friends that were not in the country stayed updated with everything that was taking place and also managed to give some of their contributions.
How did you make sure people use the website?
Muwanguzi: I had to make sure I shared the link to my friends through WhatsApp and Facebook.
Didn’t some people feel relieved and take advantage to not use the website at all?
Muwanguzi: Such is inevitable, at the back of my mind I knew some would come through and some wouldn’t, so that didn’t bother us at all. We knew that all those that were supposed to attend would and those that wouldn’t possibly find any accuse of whatsoever reason they could.
How much money came through the website?
Muwanguzi: Around Shs10-12million.
How did you cater to the older generation that may not be able to use a website?
Muwanguzi: I never involved them since I considered it kind of being disrespectful, however, a wedding is about sharing ideas and it’s only the bride and groom that can choose what to take and what to drop, depending on their type of people.
Did you have anyone that found it negative?
Muwanguzi: Yes, a few people considered it to be extra and to them, it was a waste of time and data.
How did you handle those that didn’t like the idea/those that couldn’t access the website?
Muwanguzi: We held about two meetings to clarify a few things and also update those that didn’t have access to the website.
Of what added advantage was the website compared to the other methods?
Muwanguzi: The website saved us from holding too many unnecessary meetings. It saved time and gave us some space to breathe as a couple without becoming too anxious about the whole planning.
How much did it cost you?
Muwanguzi: It was a form of wedding gift from my brother to us. He set it up for free.
How much would it cost another person?
Muwanguzi: About Shs1.2 million
How much was your budget?
Muwanguzi: A total of Shs35 million
How did it benefit you after the ceremony?
Muwanguzi: The website currently still exists and it consists of pictures of the ceremonies and also those who want to know more about our love story.
Advice to people
Muwanguzi: Always plan for something that is within your means. Make sure that you are able to cover the largest percentage of your budget. Always try your best not to expect too much so that if the worst is to happen, you will be prepared for it so it will hurt less. Plus make sure you live your moment as a couple, whatever you want for your wedding, make it happen, this will keep you from having regrets in the future.