By Joan Salmon
2020 begun with a lot of promise for what the future held. Business was booming and the weddings were happening on a whole new level. Then it happened, oh yes, the COVID19 pandemic happened and the free birds were turned into prisoners in their own homes. It was farewell to the parties, the nightlife, and unfortunately, even the weddings.
Even when the President talked about ‘scientific weddings’, not many jumped to the idea. It was a different ballgame. How do you squeeze your 800 guest list to 10? That would be insane.
But over the months, things are easing up and people have laxed a bit that we can now see weddings having 100 people.
So just in case you are still on the fence, it would be prudent to say that things may not change much in regards to weddings. If you need a little push to having your wedding, then here is why this is your ideal wedding year.
Your marriage will still be official
While mass weddings were prohibited, thank God, getting married was not. So whether you want a party of five or 10, as the President said, you will still get married. Besides that, Brian Wamudanya, a wedding planner, says with all the saving you two had done, you will have enough to go to your dream honeymoon destination.
Unlike the people that got married in the total lockdown days where some wedding suppliers were scarce, hence sky-high prices for some wedding essentials, with eased regulations, most are back in business. As such, Angela Birungi, an events decorator, says you will definitely save a lot as there is now room to negotiate because losing a customer is not something many are willing to do. “Obviously, what you are putting on the table ought to be worth it.”
Ugandan weddings had never been small, to the extent that even with a list of 800, you still need to budget for an extra 200 which is huge. Thankfully today, Wamudanya says people will understand why they may not be invited or attend online. “That allows you to have a function with close relatives and friends.”
You can celebrate big later
After the micro wedding ceremony, you can choose to have a big celebration later. Mariam Kyaterekera shares how they had a wedding with minimal resources because they needed to make it right with God. “That was in 2007 but we went on to have a bigger one two years later.” In the same spirit, a micro wedding today can be followed by a bigger celebration whenever you feel like. A year or 10 years later, it is up to you, there is no rush.
More personalized options
It is not simple to have your personality thrive in a big wedding ceremony. For example, carefully allocating chairs to a 1000 guest list is no easy task. However, with a micro wedding ceremony, Birungi says you are at liberty to have a themed wedding, add fine details, and make unique photo locations because the budget and numbers allow. “For example, personalized thank you cards are possible when the number is small.”
Unique foods and drinks
Unlike with big weddings, where there are several people to cater to, with a micro wedding, the possibility of getting top notch services is high and the foods can get richer. More to that, Aloysius Wangwe, a food enthusiast, says the way the food is prepared is also beautiful because the workload is less hence a hearty meal.
Priorities are easily made
With money saved, seeing it is a micro wedding, you can easily spend on those things that matter the most. For example, you can get that much needed massage before the wedding that you would have forfeited, order for that gown or suit you only dreamed of wearing on your special day.
With less money needed from friends and family, it will also give them a chance to give you more meaningful gifts.
So loosen the brakes and let the planning start because 2020 brings more smiles than tears for those intending to get married.