The Kenyan Groom has to contend with a host of challenges most of them being financial. He has to be well connected with the right people and the right attitude to get things moving for the big day. Planning a wedding is no childs’ play it takes skill, organization, patience and working smart to make it a success.
11. The groom should set aside a realistic budget for his wedding. He is expected to have set apart a sizable amount of money to finance his wedding at least before he gets support from friends and family.
10. One year in advance would be ideal for the couple to get the measurements for their rings. Kenyans are very traditional and in most circumstances, the groom is expected to complete the traditional rites for him to have the girls hand in marriage. Once this has been done, his is allowed to proceed with the wedding plans.
9. The groom can now list of reliable friends to form a committee. Most importantly, he should involve people who are available at any time and trust worthy. This is the time for him to chose the best man and the grooms men. Other issues to be considered are the choice of wedding venue, reception, photo sessions . Enquiries should be done to confirm availability.
8. In Nairobi, the peak season for weddings is April, August through to December. It would be best to have the wedding during the off peak season in order to get lower rates for venues and services. The bride to be will be required to include her committee so that the time lines do not conflict with each other.
7. Weddings are a one time event and must be memorable. The groom in most circumstances will look for innovative ways to raise extra cash to cater for costs. In Nairobi, goat eating parties are organized so the friends and family can give their support in money or in other ways.
6. Once this has been done, the committee will now get make down payments for the venues , catering departments , tents, transport.
5. The groom has by now ordered his attire for the wedding and it should be ready at least three months in advance. His physically appearance should not be ignored a visit to the barber , manicures and a facial will go along way in giving him the radiant look on the big day.
4. It is his duty to make sure that the groomsmen have their suits ready in good time.
3. With the big day getting closer, the groom is required to make sure that all catering services and suppliers are in place with. Most importantly he must confirm the honeymoon reservations.
2. Talk to your fiance and see what both of you have in mind. This will save you any major surprises that may come up along the way.
1. Arrange for accommodation for out- of- town relatives and friends.