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The Gift of Giving

37 different gift items that you can give at a wedding

Slim Down

How to become a thinner bride

Who does what?

DIY

Unity Candles

Signature Inspiration

Real weddings, colour palettes, Decoration Ideas and so much more

Wedding duties and responsibilities

Wedding Countdown 12 months checklist to guide on what needs to be done

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

In Every Issue 9.

Editor’s Note

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What’s New?

SPICING UP YOUR WEDDING

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Read and Watch

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Do It Yourself (DIY)

UNITY CANDLE

Signature Inspiration 15.

Signature Fashion

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Color Palettes

BROWN, GREEN, PINK, VIOLET, BLUE, ORANGE, RED, YELLOW

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Wedding Elements

FOLDED NAPKINS IDEAS, CAR DECORATION IDEAS, INVITATION IDEAS, CENTERPIECE IDEAS, CHAIR DECORATION IDEAS,

Signature Traditions 28.

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Borrowed Traditions WHERE DID ALL THE WEDDING TRADITIONS ORIGINATE FROM?

Kenyan Traditions KIKUYU MARRIAGE TRADITIONS KAMBA MARRIAGE TRADITIONS


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Signature Planning 23.

Getting Started:

WHAT NEEDS PLANNING?

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12 Month Wedding Countdown Checklist

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42. Wedding Duties and Responsibilities 60.

Signature Health

Laws of Kenya on getting married

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How to Become a Thinner Bride

66. Choosing a Wedding Planner

Signature Honeymoon

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Wedding Budget 10 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR WEDDING

Bush Blazers Honeymoon Planners

Signature Dictionary Signature Weddings

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Ceremony Terms

14. Fun and Unique Weddings 75.

Real Weddings

CAROLINE AND ABRAHAM EUNICE AND JAMES

Signature Directory 97.

Signature weddings vendors

Signature Gifts 91.

DINING GIFT IDEAS KITCHEN GIFT IDEAS BEDROOM GIFT IDEAS BATHROOM GIFT IDEAS

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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ongratulations on your engagement!! Here at Signature Weddings Magazine, we like to think we are a little different, our belief is that couples planning their wedding should be able to do so with ease. Given the average cost of today’s wedding and the rising cost of living, we believe that both brides and grooms appreciate any financial assistance given to them, however small. This is why it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Kenya’s first and only FREE hardcopy wedding magazine that is accompanied by a fully-featured FREE online version. Four times a year in February, May, August and November, our Kenyan brides will get everything that a bride would expect from an expensive wedding magazine without the expense! We kick off our first issue “Getting Started” with answers on where to start planning for your wedding. During this time of anticipation and expectation, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the multitude of projects involved with planning what may be the most important day of your life. Signature Weddings Magazine is here to help you make this exciting time in your life much easier! In this issue we give you answers to some of the questions you might have about starting the beautiful journey of planning your wedding. What needs to be planned? Where did all this wedding traditions come from? What are the duties and responsibilities of the bridal party? What does the law require from me in order to get married in Kenya? How do I choose a wedding planner? These are some of the questions we have answered for you. It’s all in the details… so enjoy bringing your personal style and family traditions together to create your own exclusive style! Remember, we would love to hear from our readers for suggestions and comments. If you would like us to feature your wedding in our magazine, you can email me directly at editor@signatureweddings.co.ke .

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Bridal discounts This is a great way to save money

when you are planning your wedding. Bridal discounts are simply special offers which will get you discounts from the listed retail price of many goods and services, at a variety of different wedding shops.

Wedding Advice & Tips: Access all manner of

helpful information, tips and advice on all aspects of planning your wedding. From what bridal gowns to consider for your shape, to the most important things to consider when choosing a reception venue or photographer!

Color palette: Visualizing your wedding colors

doesn’t have to be difficult. We are here to help inspire your color choices & help you see the many ways that you can use color to bring your wedding to life.

Shop online: The shop online section is a one stop shop for all your wedding needs. Whether you are looking for transportation, wedding invitations, or sparkling decorations and bridal wear or shoes, you will find it all on the website.

Real Weddings: When you start planning your

wedding, one of the best ways to start to visualize your style is to see how other couples planned their

wedding day. Our Real Weddings section has photos to inspire all of your details, from the attire and ceremony to the reception and transportation.

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SIGNATURE INSPIRATIONS

Spicing up your Wedding Capturing the wedding romance with a Love Letter Ceremony

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ou may want to consider capturing the wedding romance with a Love Letter Ceremony.

Before the wedding day, the bride and groom each write a love letter expressing their deepest feelings towards each other. During the wedding ceremony, the officiant will elaborate on the meaning of the letters as the bride and groom place their letters in a wooden wine box. The letters should not have been read by anyone except the author of each letter. While this can be personalized however you wish, the letters may describe the good qualities you find in one another, the reasons you fell in love, and your reasons for choosing to marry. The box should be big enough to hold a pair of wine glasses, a special bottle of wine to share later in your marriage, and the love letters. The bride and groom will then close the box and lock it with a key. When the time comes, whether in the midst of hardship or while celebrating their 5 year Anniversary, the couple can reopen the case and relive that special moment when they said, “I do.” The letters will finally be shared along with a special wedding day bottle of wine.

Share your story with the guests

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ave an image slideshow made of various pictures of you and your fiancée each as you were growing up and then of you together up to a short time before the wedding and set the image slide show to a special song. The video is not only a great keepsake for the bridal couple to look back on; it is also an entertaining accessory for guests to enjoy during your reception.

The Perfect Photo

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f you want a good picture of your dad walking you down the aisle, instead of a picture of your “backs”, take a few steps down the aisle, stop, turned around and have photographer take a picture of you two. If the photographer is able to capture the church alter and your waiting fiancé at the back on your photo, you will have the best photo ever.

Photo Guest Book

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nstead of having an ordinary guestbook, that you hardly ever look at, create a photo guest book. The guestbook attendants can take Polaroid photos of each guest... either individually or in a group; however they come, and put it on the pages of the guestbook/ scrapbook.  The guests will then sign on the bottom of their picture.  This way you will have a photo album of all the guests at our wedding!


Who is who?

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henever guests go to a wedding they are always wondering who the people in the bridal party are and what is their relation to the bride and groom.  To avoid this at your wedding, in the program, list each person in your wedding party with a little paragraph on how you know this person and a little fun titbit and/or why they are special to you.  It will be nice for your bridal party to read and give your guests a special insight of your friends and family so as not to leave them guessing who is who!

Flower bouquets for the bridesmaids

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or your wedding, have your bridesmaids start the walk down the aisle without a flower bouquet. As they walk down the aisle, each guest seated at the edge of the aisle on the bride’s side should hand the bridesmaids a flower. The bridesmaids will gather them together and when they reach the front of the church, the groomsmen can tie a ribbon around the bouquet.

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READ AND WATCH

Kiss the bride

The DIY Wedding: Celebrate Your Day Your Way by Kelly Bare (Chronicle Books, 2007) This smart, creative compendium of wedding planning tips, advice, and easy-to-accomplish tasks is an informative reinvention of the generic bridal guide. By encouraging brides-to-be to channel their inner wedding consultant in order to create personalized ceremonies and unforgettable moments, this howto guide supplies everything brides need to know, including information about successful budgeting and project-making. A comprehensive list of resources, understandable cost comparison sidebars, and inventive ways to involve family and friends are great additions. The result is a pressure-free planner for brides who think outside the box.

Destination Wedding Planner: The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Wedding from Afar by Alison Hotchkiss (Chronicle Books, 2009)

Planning a destination wedding is a dream for many couples, but a nightmare reality for those woefully unprepared for the undertaking. Enter the Destination Wedding Planner—a top-to-bottom resource guide for globetrotting couples planning far away nuptials. Among the essential information in this book are tips about how to successfully manage all the details, from choosing a locale and setting a budget to assembling a reasonable guest list and making travel arrangements. Included worksheets, checklists, and documents make planning seem within reach. Penned by a seasoned industry pro, the Destination Wedding Planner is comprehensive and insightful.

Thomas and Robin are deeply in love and ready to spend the rest of their lives together. Nothing will stop this wedding from happening, not even overprotective feuding mothers, a missing father, and a mischievous teenage sister. However, this couple is about to face their biggest challenge. While Robin believes she is marrying the perfect man, Thomas is consumed with guilt about a past infidelity. The not-so-perfect couple s love for each other is put to the test in this irresistibly genuine comedy about love, commitment and the power of forgiveness. Language: English Runtime: 1h 20mn Genre: Comedy | Romance Directed By: Ibrahim Yilla Starring: Reagan Gomez, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Persia White

R Revenge of the Bridesmaids

Abigail Scanlon and Parker Wald are best friends since childhood who return to their small, southern hometown of Lambert, Louisiana from New York City for a visit. After running into old friends, they learn that their close friend, Rachel, has lost the love of her life, Tony, to their ex-friend, Caitlin, a conniving golddigger who pretends to be pregnant to trick Tony into marrying her. Intent upon preventing a loveless marriage, Parker and Abigail go “undercover” as Caitlin’s bridesmaids to sabotage the wedding. Language: English Runtime: 1h 26mn Genre: Comedy | Romance Directed By: James Hayman Starring: Raven-Symoné, Joanna Garcia-Swisher, Beth Broderick

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Fun & Unique wedding stories It’s ‘I yabba dabba do’ at Flintstones wedding

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couple dressed up as Fred and Wilma Flintstone while their best man and maid of honour were inspired by Barney and Betty Rubble from the cartoon TV series.

which was quickly replaced by the theme tune to The Flintstones. After tying the knot in Norwich, the couples visited a dinosaur park for their wedding photos. http://www.metro.co.uk/

With 165 guests dressed as cavemen and women, Wilma and Betty entered the ceremony to the traditional strains of Wagner’s Bridal March ...

Hold the onions

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wo fast food addicts celebrated their marriage with their dream wedding cake – a 42lb cheeseburger. The mammoth burger was nearly half a metre wide and weighed the equivalent of about 100 quarter pounders. It was the highlight of the couple’s wedding reception which was held at a local diner in Norwich.

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Couple wed dressed as ogres

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nother couple who decided against the traditional white wedding decided to get married dressed as Princess Fiona and Shrek, the main characters from the Deamworks film. The pair were married in front of 100 guests who were also dressed as characters from the 2001 film. www.metro.co.uk/

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SIGNATURE FASHION Description: Strapless wedding gown Colour: white Fabric: Organza Emblishment: Applique Length: Court Train Size: US Size 10 From: Le Marie Fashions Tel: 0722 635319 Website: www.lemariee.com

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SIGNATURE FASHION Description: Ivory Satin Strapless wedding gown with a brown satin waist band Fabric: Satin Emblishment: Applique Length: Floor Size: US Size 12 From: Le Marie Fashions Tel: 0722 635319 Website: www.lemariee.com

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SIGNATURE FASHION Description: Beautiful short sleeve bridal gown Colour: white Fabric: Satin Emblishment: Embroidery Length: Floor length Size: US Size 12 From: Le Marie Fashions Tel: 0722 635319 Website: www.lemariee.com

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SIGNATURE PLANNING

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d e t r a t s g n i t t e g ...

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hen first starting the wedding planning, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed with the lack of knowledge of what needs to be planned and organized. Here is a guide to help you grasp and have the basic understanding of all the areas that go into making up your wedding day and where decisions and actions need to be taken.

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Setting the Date After getting engaged, this is the first thing to do. However, it isn’t as simple as it seems and there is a great deal that you should consider before choosing your date. The location, the wedding theme, family availability, probable weather, the availability of venues and potential date clashes are just some of the things that should be thought about when pencilling in the date for the Big Day.  

The reception The reception is a generic term typically applied to the venue where the Wedding lunch (meal), speeches, cake cutting and presents giving take place. It is sometimes the same venue as that which is used for the service, or alternatively is usually within a 30-or-so minute drive from the service venue. Menu’s, seating plans, timings,  accommodation for guests, room set-up, last orders and more all need to be co-ordinated along with other elements such as music, entertainment and decorations.

Picking a Theme This seems a minor decision in the grand scheme of things but you will be surprised how many other decisions your chosen theme will influence. Choosing a wedding theme idea for your wedding is the most important decision you’ll make for the big day and it should reflect your personalities and set the tone for the whole day. The key is to remember that a theme can be as elaborate or as subtle as you like. Whether you want to go all-out with an African twist, or simply want to stick to a certain colour scheme, a theme can provide an ideal focus as you plan your wedding.

Picking a Colour Scheme The colour scheme will flow throughout the course of the day – from your bridesmaids’ dresses, decorations, cake, favours, flowers, accessories, table linens and even the invitations. You could use your favourite colour or colours that emphasise your overall wedding theme or perhaps you would want to reflect the time of year with darker deeper colours for cold season weddings or lighter brighter colours for a hot/warm season wedding. When it comes to choosing colours, the choice is endless!  

The Service Services can be traditional, religious, customized, romantic, multi-cultural, interfaith, etc. The service is among the first decision a couple has to make, followed closely by the venue’s location, time of the service, readings and hymns/music. Factor in the various registry offices across the country as well as the number of churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and more, and you can see that there are various choices available to choose from. Parents may have strong views on the service, especially if they have strong religious beliefs, so prepare yourself


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Hair and Beauty Entertainment When it comes to the entertainment portion of your wedding this should be treated with care as with all your other very important wedding details. The entertainment seems to be one of, if not the most important components to a reception. Sure, the food, decorations, and socialization are very important but without entertainment, these events would take on an entirely different personality.

Music Music for the wedding is a must whether it is a CD, a string quartet or swing band and DJ on the evening. Choosing wedding music is just one of the many tasks leading up to your big day and it can feel like an overwhelmingly important one. Music sets the mood, and really does a lot for the ceremony.

Flowers The beauty of flowers can add to any occasion and blend seamlessly with your theme and colour scheme. You will need to organize flowers for both the Reception venue and the venue for your Service - they will also be used for buttonholes, corsages and, of course, the bouquet.

Once you have decided upon your theme and chosen your outfit, you will need to decide upon how to wear your hair and how to have your make-up done. It is important to remember that the hair and makeup should not compete with the bride’s dress; rather the hair and makeup should complement the dress. It is very important to arrange hair and make-up trials to help you decide on what suits you. For all you Groom’s out there, you too will need to think about your beauty regime such as shaving and haircuts.

The Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Outfits Usually hired rather than bought outright, the Groom, Best Man, Ushers and Fathers of the Bride & Groom will all need to be kitted out in formal outfits with a consistent theme that compliment the Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids dresses. Groomsmen attire is all about being attractive yet subtle at the same time.

Decorations Wedding decorations are a very important part of your whole overall theme. It sets the mood for this special day, and presents your guests with a beautiful and memorable setting that creates a serene or party atmosphere. If you are planning a break in the day, it is quite common for different arrangements to be used for the service, the reception and evening party to help set the scene and add to the fun and romance.

The Wedding Dress

One of the most important decisions you will make when planning your wedding is selecting “the perfect gown,” meant to dazzle your man. Whether you know exactly what you are looking for, or if you’re beginning your search with little more than a general idea, there are several things you should consider before purchasing your gown, the cost, material, design, colour, measurements, accessories and so much more need to be determined. The gown should reflect your personality, taste and style and set the tone for your wedding.


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Wedding Rings The wedding rings, usually gold, platinum or white gold symbolise marriage and indicates commitment and fidelity. Typically worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, they are exchanged at the service and it is becoming popular these days to have matching rings for both the Bride and Groom.

Photography & Videography Photographs and film provides a lasting memory to your Big Day that you can revisit over and over again – even show them to your children and grand children! Choosing the photographer and videographer, package, style of imagery and more are all things that you need to think about.

Stag and Hen Nights The Stag and Hen nights, whilst usually organised by the Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid respectively, you will sometimes require some input. Possible dates and activities (that’s right, you don’t just have to get plastered – you can actually do something a little different!) should be mentioned to the organisers in advance to help them sort things out.

The Wedding Cake

The Wedding Cake is the traditional cake served at the end of the Wedding Day to all guests. The image of a three tiered cake decorated in white icing still is popular, but with modern utensils, equipment and ingredients, if you employ a skilled cake-maker your cake’s design is only limited by your imagination.    

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Guests One of the key tasks that will closely affect the overall cost of the wedding (and the number of presents you receive!) is determining the guest list. There are however three potential guest lists to determine. First, those who are to be invited to the Engagement Party (should you choose to have one), second, those who will be invited to the Service and Reception, and finally those who are to be invited to the Evening Reception. Relatives may have strong opinions that differ from yours on this, so be prepared for a bumpy ride!  

Transport Normally, there are three separate groups to cater for when hiring vehicles for the Wedding transport. You and your father should arrive at the wedding venue in one car. Your mother, the bridesmaids and other members of the bridal party travel in a separate car, with the groom, the best man and grooms men in a third. Sometimes more than two vehicles are needed to carry the bridesmaids and the groom’s party (albeit with some jigging about of passengers if the Reception venue is different to that of the Service). Previously vintage cars or classy cars were the mainstay of the Wedding transport, but these days a glittering Rolls, horse and carriages,a helicopter, a red hot Ferrari, perhaps a boat, a plane, Tuk Tuk’s or even Combine Harvesters are being used.

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Bridesmaids Outfits The bridesmaid’s outfits will often, but not always,  match in colour but perhaps vary in design to accommodate the varying ages and sizes. Aside from choosing a colour you like, you’ll want to pick one that fits the tone of the ceremony: elegant, refined, causal, religious, etc. You’ll also want to choose a colour that flatters the bridesmaids. The outfits can be hired, bought or designed from scratch, all of which are perfectly acceptable as long as the Bride is still the star of the show!  

Stationery Invites, thank-you cards, orders of service, menus, place-cards, not to mention the writing and proofing of them, are all part of the stationery that you will need to sort out. A consistent theme and style will usually run across all of the stationery items and be closely linked to the style and theme of your wedding.

The Honeymoon The honeymoon typically follows the Wedding Day and can involve anything from a 4 week worldwide cruise to a night in a hotel in a national park somewhere in Kenya. If you are going abroad, unless the flight/boat leaves the next day, you will also need to consider how to spend the time in between the wedding and the honeymoon.

Gifts Gifts need to be arranged on three different fronts. First (and most importantly!) you need to sort out gifts for yourself and establish a gift list. Second, you need to determine what you will purchase for members of the Wedding Party as a token of thanks for their assistance. Finally, you may also choose to purchase small gifts for your guests to accompany the traditional sweet-based favours – teddy bears for the younger guests, a lottery ticket for those a little older perhaps.

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Where did theWedding Traditions originate from? Favors Today Kenyan weddings seem to borrow a lot of things from the western culture when it comes to the ceremony and way of doing things during the wedding day. Have you ever wondered why the bride stands to the left of the groom, or why the wedding ring is worn on the left hand? The origins and meaning behind some of our most cherished wedding traditions may surprise you.

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Tossing The Bouquet

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ossing the bouquet is a tradition that stems from England. Women used to try to rip pieces of the bride’s dress and flowers in order to obtain some of her good luck. To escape from the crowd the bride would toss her bouquet and run away. Today the bouquet is tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry.

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he custom of giving guests wedding favors as something by which to remember the wedding day has existed for hundreds of years. In modern times, the most popular favors appear to be the gift of five sugar-coated almonds to each guest... representative of health, wealth, fertility, happiness and a long-life.

Giving Away The Bride

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he tradition of the father giving away his daughter has its roots in the days of arranged marriages. Daughters in those times were considered their father’s property. It was the father’s right to give his child to the groom, usually for a price. Today a father giving away his daughter is a symbol of his blessing of the marriage.

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The Wedding Ring

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he wedding ring has been worn on the fourth finger of the left hand since Roman times. The Romans believed that the vein in that finger runs directly to the heart. The wedding ring is a never-ending circle, which symbolizes everlasting love.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue “Something old” represents the bride’s link to her family and the past. The bride may choose to wear a piece of family jewellery or her mother or grandmother’s wedding gown.

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“Something new” represents hope for good fortune and success in the future. The bride often chooses the wedding gown to represent the new item.

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n ancient times, men would often capture women in order to make them their brides. A man would take along his strongest and most trusted friend in order to help him fight any resistance from the chosen lady’s family or even the challenges of other men who might have designs on the captured woman. Thus, this friend was considered to be the “best man” among the prospective suitor’s acquaintances. The best man accompanied the groom up the aisle so he would be at hand to defend the bride.

“Something borrowed” usually comes from a happily married woman and is thought to lend some of her good fortune and joy to the new bride.

Bridesmaids

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he tradition of a bridal party has been an established custom for many centuries. For many years, the purpose of a bridal party was to fool evil spirits. The bride’s friends, richly dressed in a similar fashion to the bride, were thought to cause confusion among any malignant presences that might be lurking. During Saxon times in England, the chief bridesmaid was particularly responsible for the making of the bridal wreath, the decorations for the bridal feast and for dressing the bride. Today, the major function of bridesmaids is to support and assist the bride during any stressful times during the course of the wedding.

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colorpalettes

brown

Brown Brown is a natural, down-to-earth neutral color. It is found in earth, wood, and stone. It represents wholesomeness and earthliness; it also represents steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, and health.

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Green

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Green is spring, youth, hope. it is the color of nature and suggests air and tranquility. Green balances the sensations caused by the other colors and gives one a framework that enhances tranquility, creating a soothing and serene atmosphere.

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pink

Pink Pink is romantic, innocence, and youthful joy. Pink has always associated with femininity and sweetness. It is also a color that always looks good in flower arrangements, either in the bride’s bouquet and decoration, especially in its milder variant.

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purple

Purple Purple is royalty. A mysterious color, purple is associated with both nobility and spirituality. Deep or bright purples suggest riches where as Lighter purples are more romantic and delicate. www.signatureweddings.co.ke

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blue

Blue

The blue color of sky and water is synonymous with serenity, and is the spiritual color, related to intelligence and emotions deep. It is the color of wisdom but also of dreams and what wonderful. Especially when combined with white, is fidelity.

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Orange is vibrant. It’s a combination of red and yellow so it shares some common attributes with those colors. It denotes energy, warmth, and the sun. It stimulating the emotions and even the appetite.

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colorpalettes red

Red Red is related to fire, heat and passion. Red is the color of love by definition, as it symbolizes blood, revolution, joy, action and strength? It is a very intense color, so it should be control power. White may bring a frivolous air.

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Yellow is the color that links to the sunshine and light stands radiant, joy and vitality. Although traditionally it has been related with envy and jealousy. It is one of the colors with more energy spectrum and can bring a touch of vivacity and naturalness.

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Wedding Countdown Checklist

OO Get ideas for honeymoon locations and research pricing.

10 -12 MONTHS BEFORE

Find out who pays for what and start a budget.

Set a wedding date (consult with registry office and officiant)

Meet with clergy. Arrange for pre-marital counselling or classes suggested by clergy.

Create a guest list.

Compare calendars and select a tentative date.

Finalize flower and décor ideas, and select a florist. Include specifics of each floral arrangement in your contract.

Choose your wedding party.

Sign a caterer.

Order your gown and wedding veil.

Shop for and select the perfect bridesmaid dress.

Book your honeymoon!

Finalize contracts with your wedding photographer and videographer.

Book your DJ/band.

Browse and purchase wedding dress accessories, including shoes, lingerie, purse, and gloves.

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Introduce both families and officially announce your engagement.

Conduct interviews and hire a wedding coordinator if applicable.

Decide if you want premarital counselling.

Start looking at photos of wedding dresses for inspiration.

Begin thinking about where you want to honeymoon. Visit and book your reception site, and make sure it has room for parking. Visit and book your ceremony location, including rehearsal time.

Create a save-the-date guest list.

6 - 9 MONTHS BEFORE

Alert out-of-town guests of wedding date and/ or send a save-the-date email.

Find a bridal salon and begin trying on wedding dresses and veils. Get in shape for your wedding gown by starting an exercise routine.

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Start looking at floral designs and interview florists for style and cost.

Search for menu ideas and start meeting with caterers. Research wedding photography and interview wedding photographers/videographers. Get ideas for music and interview bands/DJs.

Choose your officiant and discuss ceremony ideas.

Start thinking about your entire gift registry options.

Select three hotels in varying price ranges and reserve rooms for out-of-town guests.

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Start thinking about cultural traditions for your wedding

View wedding invitation styles and research proper wording.

Look at photos to get ideas for wedding cake designs, and meet with bakers to taste samples.

Discuss menu ideas with your catering manager. Shop for wedding rings

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Look for the groom’s tux and decide what groomsmen will wear.

Confirm your bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories.

Have your mother and future mother-in-law coordinate and select their dresses.

Compare pricing, place your wedding invitation order, and book your calligrapher.

Purchase your wedding rings and send for engraving if applicable.

Get ideas for wedding favors.

Schedule your last tasting and finalize menu.

Find gifts for each other, your attendants, your shower hostess, and your parents.

Confirm tuxes have been ordered for groom/groomsmen.

Prep for your honeymoon – do you have everything you need?

Choose your getaway! Finalize wedding transportation.

Take care of business: Look into joint bank accounts, insurance, and merging your money.

Select your music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, and review with musicians, singers.

Confirm dates for bridal showers and bachelor parties.

Check that there are enough options left on your registry.

Make sure you’ve started your registries before bridal shower invitations are sent.

Choose your baker and finalize wedding cake.

Finalize rehearsal dinner plans and order rehearsal invitations, menus, table numbers, escort cards, and any other stationery accessories.

Mail invitations eight weeks before your wedding day.

Reserve rental equipment such as chairs, tables, linens, tents, etc.

Research and book your rehearsal dinner location.

Get ideas for wedding hair and makeup.

Notify any family or friends whom you would like to give readings, sing solos, serve as guest book attendant, etc.

Interview and hire any additional management staff and babysitters if needed.

Give your guest list to shower hostesses and check that your registry has enough items.

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Have your first bridal gown fitting. Remember to bring stockings, shoes, the appropriate bra, hair accessories, jewelry, a camera, and your mom or best friend.

Finalize ceremony readings and songs, and review with performers.

Order liquor/beverages not handled by caterer.

Meet with your officiant to finalize the ceremony, including attendant formations.

Begin writing your vows if applicable.

Begin writing thank-you notes for bridal showers and early wedding gifts, and update your registry at the same time.

Finalize guest list and submit invitations to calligrapher.

Research where to get your marriage license.

Book makeup artist and hairstylist.

Order your wedding favors.

Prepare a photo and video shot list, naming important family members and guests.

Candles, baskets, ring pillow… it’s time to start browsing and purchase wedding accessories!

Schedule the bridesmaids’ luncheon and buy attendant gifts if you haven’t already.

Consider signing up for dance classes.

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Finalize your vows for the ceremony.

Get your hair colored, trimmed, retarched or braided (don’t wait until two days before the ceremony).

Confirm final headcount.

Finalize your “must play” and “don’t play” music lists and review with musicians.

Give final attendance numbers to vendors and confirm final date/time for deliverables and pick-ups after wedding.

Pack for your wedding night and honeymoon.

Practice your first dance wearing your bridal shoes.

Create a “wedding box” to gather your ceremony accessories (marriage license, candles, ring pillow, basket, guest book) and assign someone to transport.

Prepare a “reception box” for accessories such as guest books, cameras, toasting goblets, cake toppers, etc., and assign someone to transport.

Pick up your wedding rings.

Get your marriage license, typically no earlier than 30 days before the wedding.

Prepare all of your wedding favors for transportation to reception venue and assign someone to move them.

Finalize your seating arrangements (making sure you involve both sets of parents) and submit to caterer.

Prepare place cards.

Confirm dates/times/locations for all photo and video sessions the day of the wedding.

Confirm dates/times/locations with all vendors.

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Finalize your jewelry, which may include something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

Prepare a must-have shot list for your wedding photographer and videographer.

Design and order your wedding program.

Confirm honeymoon and travel arrangements, and give loved ones your itinerary in case of emergency. Call guests who haven’t RSVP’d.

Research how to change your name.

Mail your rehearsal-dinner invitations.

Purchase small candles, candies, and mints for your guest powder room.

Meet with your stylist to discuss and test the perfect makeup and hair for your bridal style.

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Prepare a list of payment envelopes – including tips – earmarking who is responsible for distributing to vendors.

Hand out assignment lists and checklists to ensure everyone knows their tasks, including person responsible for transporting gifts.

Have your final wedding gown fitting.

Finalize your wedding-day schedule (including receiving-line order) and share with attendants, parents, and all vendors.

Confirm all of your beauty appointments.

Hand out ceremony box to appropriate person.

Confirm pick-up times, schedules, and addresses with your wedding-day transportation.

Hand out reception box to appropriate person.

Hand out favour box to appropriate person.

Pick up your wedding dress and make sure all of your accessories are together.

Give rings to best man

Assign someone to mail your announcement cards.

Pick up the groom’s outfit, make sure it fits, and gather all of his accessories together.

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Get a manicure, pedicure, and massage.

Rehearse ceremony with officiant and wedding party.

Confirm arrangements for honeymoon

Compile an emergency list of all wedding vendors with phone numbers

Give each other wedding gifts.

Give attendants’ and groomsmen their gifts.

Get a good night’s sleep!

THE WEDDING DAY

Your day has arrived! You may be nervous, but try to eat breakfast and drink plenty of fluids.

Take a lavender bath – it’s very relaxing.

Be sure to wear a button-down shirt for your hair and makeup appointments.

Don’t forget rings and wedding license.

Thank everyone for their help.

Enjoy the day!

AFTER THE WEDDING

Get your wedding dress cleaned and preserved.

Preserve your bouquet.

Write and mail your thank-you notes.

Complete your name-change kit.

Check into your store’s bridal registry completion program.

Meet with photographer and videographer to finalize albums/video.

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Wedding Duties & Responsibilities Best Maid ON THE WEDDING DAY

BEFORE THE WEDDING

Help the bride get dressed, calm her nerves and reassure her that she looks beautiful.

Make sure that all bridesmaids get their hair and makeup done, get to the ceremony on time, and have the correct bouquets.

Keep groom’s ring until minister asks for it on day of wedding.

Keep a watchful eye on the flower girls and pages (if there are any) when entering the church.

Walk down the aisle just before the bride makes her grand entrance.

Stand next to the groom in the receiving line.

Stand to the groom’s left, with the other bridesmaids to her left.

Stand beside bride during ceremony.

Sign the marriage license as a witness after the ceremony, along with the best man.

Help bride choose a wedding dress.

Help choose the bridesmaid dresses.

Provides emotional support for the bride.

Coordinate the bridesmaids.

Assist bride with wedding plans if asked.

Help bride with other wedding tasks such as addressing invitations, recording wedding gifts, etc.

Spread the word about where the couple is registered.

Plan the bachelorette party with the bridesmaids.

Help bride remain calm prior to ceremony.

Attend all pre-wedding parties.

See to it that all bridesmaids get to the rehearsal; coordinate transportation and lodging, if necessary.

Rearrange the bride’s wedding gown train during the ceremony as necessary.

Keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and showers (or delegate a bridesmaid to handle this).

Hold the bouquet and possibly gloves during the exchanging of the rings until after the kiss.

Pay for your own dress, if that is the agreement reached between you and the bride. The bride is not obligated to pay for the dress.

Cut the wedding cake after the bride and bridegroom have cut their first slice, and offer cake to the guests.

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While the bride and groom take wedding photos with their families and members of the bridal party, the maid of honor can help the photographer identify who’s who, and make sure that the most-have shots are taken.

Dance with the best man during the formal firstdance sequence and possibly be announced with him at the beginning of the party. Also dance with other groomsmen, the groom, and more.

At the reception, the maid of honor may be asked to make a toast along with the best man.

check in with special guests to make sure they are being taken care of.

Check in with the bride to make sure she has eaten enough to keep her energy up and offer to accompany her to the restroom (some careful dress manipulation may be necessary).

Play hostess along with the other bridesmaids at frequent points during the reception: show guests where to sit, direct them to restrooms, tell them where to put presents, invite them to sign the guest book, etc.

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Best Man It is an honour to be chosen as best man and it is therefore important that you know what your role is

ON THE WEDDING DAY

Help the groom get ready and give him some last words of encouragement.

Dance with the chief bridesmaid during the first dance

Make sure the groom arrives at the wedding ceremony well in advance.

During the ceremony, the best man stands at the altar with the groom, and will provide him with the bride’s wedding band for the exchange of rings (if there is a ring bearer, the best man should look after him to make sure no rings are lost).

Once the party gets started, the best man can act as one of many hosts. He should be a gentleman and ask the bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom, and other female guests to dance.

He should circulate, introduce himself to guests and check in on the bride and groom to make sure things are running smoothly.

Sign the marriage license as a witness after the ceremony, along with the maid of honour.

At the ceremony, assist with anything that needs done.

Be on hand to help with anything they might not have thought of, whether it’s safeguarding money given to them during the reception or fetching cocktails for elderly relatives.

Escort the chief bridesmaid from the service.

Drive the couple to the wedding-night hotel or airport after the reception. If you perform this service, you’ll need to stay sober throughout the reception. If you have a feeling this may not be possible, hire a limo to drive the couple into the sunset.

Give the couple a wedding present.

BEFORE THE WEDDING

Help the bride and groom with any planning they need done prior to the wedding.

Arrange the stag / bachelor party and make sure the groom returns in one piece!

Attend the rehearsal with the bride and groom and all the other attendants. This is his chance to figure out how you’re supposed to walk down that aisle.

At the reception, help with any problems that any guests might have, and make sure that you take responsibility for any gifts or cards that guests have brought with them for the bride and groom.

The best man should attend the rehearsal dinner. This is often the time for many speeches: The best man can kick off the night with a toast and organize other guests who would like to express their well wishes.

At the reception, the best man typically gives the first toast: This should be short, sweet and to the point.

On the day before the wedding, collect the wedding attire and make sure that everything fits for each of the wedding party members.

Look after the wedding rings until the service.

If the groom gets overwhelmed with wedding details (or is overwhelmed merely listening to the bride’s to-do lists), the best man should be around to lend a sympathetic ear.

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Bridesmaids ON THE WEDDING DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING

The bridesmaids may travel with the bride if the ceremony is to be held in a location other than where they got dressed.

Run errands for the bride during the wedding planning process.

May assist in caring for the flower girl or ring bearer before the ceremony.

Provide plenty of emotional support during the planning and on the wedding day.

They march down the aisle in the processional and may stand in the receiving line.

Scout out bridesmaids’ dresses, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories. Pay for the entire ensemble.

Stand in the receiving line at the bride’s request.

Assist in making favors and decorating the reception hall.

Serve as auxiliary hostess at the reception by introducing guests, making sure they know where the bar is located, and inviting them to sign the guest book.

Assist in addressing invitations and announcements.

Help to plan, co-host, and pay for the shower and bachelorette party with other bridesmaids.Pay for their attire.

Hit the dance floor when the music kicks in. Dance with groomsmen during the formal first-dance sequence. Also, be on the lookout for toe-tapping guests who might need encouragement and/or a dance partner.

If the maid/matron of honour isn’t already handling this task, keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and showers.

Give the maid/matron of honour a break by helping to carry the bride’s train whenever necessary.

During the shower, the bridesmaids should help hostess and introduce themselves to the other guests.

Bustle the train before dancing begins, and be ready to help fix it if it comes unhooked. Accompany the bride on visits to the restroom, if asked.

The bridesmaids should attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and familiarize themselves with members of the wedding party and the bride’s and groom’s families.

The bridesmaids should fill in details that the bride or maid of honor might have missed

Check in with the bride to see if she needs a glass of water or a lip-gloss retouch.

The bridal party should prepare a wedding-day emergency kit, filled with items such as Band-Aids, mouthwash, stain remover, hair spray, tampons and any other possible necessities.

Give the couple a wedding present.

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After the bride returns from her honeymoon, they can schedule some one-on-one time to recap the best memories of the day.

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Groom’s Men BEFORE THE WEDDING •

The groomsmen are there to support the groom in the chaotic hours before the wedding. A little comic relief is always welcome, as long as nothing gets out of hand.

Periodically check in with the bridesmaids to see that everything on the bride’s side is flowing smoothly.

Stand beside best man during ceremony

Prior to the processional, the groomsmen may be asked to serve as ushers, which could involve handing out programs, greeting guests and directing them to their seats, and seating honored guests.

At the ceremony, you may sometimes be obliged to escort the mother of the bride or groom to their seat

Act as escorts to the bridesmaids.

Attend and help out with organizing the wedding photography.

Possibly give a speech during the wedding speeches.

Dance with a bridesmaid during the first dance.

Provide bridesmaids with transportation from the church to the reception

Be available to give guests directions to the reception.

Dance with bridesmaids or single female guests during the reception and evening party.

Give the couple a wedding present.

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ON THE WEDDING DAY •

Help the groom and best man with any pre wedding planning

Assist groom and best man with errands and bachelor party/ dinner.

Attending all pre-wedding festivities (engagement party, couple shower, and bachelor party).

AFTER THE WEDDING

The groomsmen should attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner and get to know the other members of the wedding party and bride’s and groom’s families.

The groomsmen are expected to pay for their own wedding gear

If you used rented tuxedos, ensure the best man receives everything in order for him to return the items.

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Bride’s Mother

Mothers love being involved in their daughters wedding and in most cases, will do whatever they can to help. However, sometimes there can be confusion as to what the duties of the bride’s mother really are. Although much of her responsibilities will be out of love, traditionally, she will also take on a few specific duties.

BEFORE THE WEDDING If the bride and groom were interested in having an ethnic wedding or incorporating family tradition or heirlooms into the ceremony or reception, the brides mother would take care of all the research. Assist with the selection of the gown, accessories, and Attendant’s attire. Compile the guest list and help address the invitations.

ON THE WEDDING DAY responsible for walking the bride down the aisle and giving her away to the groom. (In some traditions both parents accompany the bride.) Riding with the Bride’s Father from the Service venue to the Reception venue

person seated at the ceremony and the first to greet the guests in the receiving line. She is seated in a place of honor at the reception. As part of the ‘first dance’, dancing with the Bride’s Father when invited onto the floor.

She is the Official Hostess at the Wedding reception. She is the last

Assist in the ceremony and reception details. Purchase her own dress, she has first choice in color but consults with the Groom’s Mother. Keep the Father of the Bride informed of Wedding plans. The bridal shower and rehearsal dinner are attended by the bride’s mother and she may be involved in some of the planning. Acting as a calming influence to the Bride-to-be prior to the Big Day. Looking after your daughter at all times - just doing what a mum does best! Riding with the Bridesmaids to the Service venue If the bride’s father has passed away or is away then the bride’s mother would be

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BEFORE THE WEDDING

Everyone has seen W the happy father of the bride escort his daughter down the aisle of the church and hand her to the groom. It’s perhaps the most poignant symbol of the wedding-a father passing the responsibility of his grown child to her soon-to-be husband. However, this is just one of the duties that the father of the bride is responsible for to ensure that the wedding nuptials go as planned. From hosting pre-wedding events to picking up some of the bill, the father of the bride is a major part of the wedding party.

The father of the bride may funds part of the wedding expenses.

The father of the bride is responsible for telling the father of the groom about fittings for formal wear.

Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

Give a toast to the couple at the engagement party and rehearsal dinner.

He may aid in getting out-of-town guests where they need to go. He may also pick family up at the airport, provide maps or give directions.

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official hosts of the wedding and reception.

Riding with the Bride to the ceremony. Escorting his Daughter down the aisle, and either stays there or sits in the front left pew.

He may stand in the receiving line, and mingle with the guests as Host of the reception.

He plays the role of money man on the big day. He is responsible for making sure the finances are taken care so the bride and groom don’t have to.

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Bride’s Father

The father of the bride and the mother of the bride are the

Standing in the receiving line alongside the Bride.

The father of the bride should plan on greeting guests at the reception, provide introductions and express thanks on behalf of the bride and groom for everyone’s attendance.

During the reception, it’s traditional for the father of the bride to make the first speech of the evening.

As part of the ‘first dance’, dancing with the Bride’s mother

when invited onto the floor

Sharing a father-daughter dance at the wedding reception to a meaningful song chosen together.

Mingling with the guests is important during the reception, as is escorting everyone out the door when it’s time to go home.

Being one of the last to leave on the night, making sure that everyone gets away all right and that all bills have been settled up (possibly in conjunction with the Groom’s father)

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THE LAWS OF KENYA on getting married

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REQUIREMENTS FOR A MARRIAGE IN THE OFFICE OF REGISTRAR OF MARRIAGES

Bring original and copies of the Identity Cards or Passports of both parties Complete Notice of Intention to marry form and pay Kshs.200. The Notice runs for 21 days. In the event that either one or both parties are widowed, the Death Certificate of the departed spouse and a copy must be produced. In the event that either one or both partiesare divorced, a Divorce Decree Absolute must be produced. Should the documents be in any language other than English, an official English translation must be attached After 21 days, the couple completes the affidavit under S 11 of the Marriage Act, gets it commissioned by the Registrar and completes a Marriage Certificate Form. They pay Kshs.1, 500 and then book adate for the marriage. The marriage must take place within three months from the date of giving the 21-day notice.

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In the event that parties, for a very good reason cannot give the 21-day notice, the Registrar of Marriages has the discretion to waive the Notice. This is not a right and can be denied. Requirements 1. Valid Identity Cards or Passports will be the only accepted forms of identification. If a person has any other form of identification, he/she MUST give the 21-day notice. 2. Death Certificate of spouse if widowed and Divorce Decree Absolute if divorced. 3. Documentary evidence of reason why notice cannot be given e.g. invitation letter from an Embassy inviting the applicant for an interview on a specific date. 4. Completed Application form. 5. If application is approved, a fee of Kshs.6, 250 is paid. 6. A marriage date is then booked. 7. A Special License is also required if the wedding is to take place in a place other than the Registrar’s Office. It is applied for after. Notice has been given. A fee of Kshs.10, 250 is payable. 8. All couples must bring two witnesses on their marriage day.

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REGISTRAR CERTIFICATES AND SPECIAL LICENSES FOR PERSONS GETTING MARRIED IN CHURCH UNDER CAP 150, THE MARRIAGE ACT

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Where couples get married in church under Cap 150, Notice is given both in church and in the Office of the Registrar of Marriages. After the Notice period of 21 days, a Registrar’s Certificate is issued by the Office of the Registrar of Marriages and taken to the Church Minister who shall officiate the ceremony. The notice is given at a fee of Ksh.200 and the Registrar’s Certificate at Ksh.300. 2. A Special License is issued if the couple cannot give the required three weeks notice and the fee is Kshs.5, 050 if a church minister shall preside. 3. Where the ceremony shall take place in a place other than a church or Registrar’s Office e.g. a garden, hotel etc, a Special License is also needed to license the venue for a wedding even if Notice is properly given at a fee of Kshs.5, 050. 4. A church minister must have either a Registrar’s Certificate or a Special License from the Registrar of Marriages to perform a wedding under Cap 150.

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All non-Africans must get married under Cap 150, The Marriage Act because the African Christian Marriage & Divorce Act, Cap 151 which most churches use, does not apply to non-Africans. The marriages of non-Africans married under this Act are null and void.

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CERTIFICATES OF NO IMPEDIMENT UNDER CAP150, THE MARRIAGE ACT

These are issued to Kenya citizens wishing to have their marriages, either to Kenya citizens or foreigners performed abroad. The certificate confirms that the applicant is single and has capacity to enter into a marriage. 2. The applicant completes the application form and attaches a copy of their identity documents. A fee of Ksh. 5,000 is payable. 3. Applicants living abroad may channel their applications through Kenya’s missions in their countries of residence. The fee is paid there and the form completed. The mission then forwards to the Registrar of Marriages in Nairobi, the receipt confirming payment, a duly completed form and an authenticated copy of the applicant’s passport. 4. Where the applicant’s home district is Nairobi, notice of the application is displayed for 10 days, giving anyone with an objection to the intended marriage opportunity to raise his or her objection. 5. After 10 days, the certificate is prepared and collected by the applicant or forwarded to the mission through whom the certificate was applied. 6. Where the applicant’s home district is not Nairobi, a letter is sent to the District Commissioner (DC) of the applicant’s home district, requesting them to display the notice of the intended marriage on their notice board or do investigations through the Chief of the applicant’s location on the marital status of the applicant. The DC then writes to the registrar and if no legal objection has been raised, the certificate is prepared in the usual way and dispatched through the usual channels.

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CHURCH MINISTERS LICENSING, ISSUANCE OF MARRIAGE BOOKS AND FILING OF RETURNS UNDER CAP 151 The Office of the Registrar of Marriages licenses church ministers to perform marriage ceremonies and issue marriage certificates. Any duly registered church can apply for the licensing of its minister(s).The application letter has to be on the official letterhead of the church and signed by an official of the church i.e. registered office bearer. The church must ensure that its annual returns are up-to-date before making the application. A license for the minister is then prepared, signed and sent by post to the church or collected by applicant’s agent. A gazette notice is also prepared alongside the license and the licensing of the minister sent to the Government Printer for gazetting in the Kenya Gazette. Marriage certificate books are sold at Ksh. 20,000 for a book containing 100 certificates. These are only sold to duly registered churches that have a licensed minister and after conforming that returns

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from the previously bought book have been returned to the Office of the Registrar of Marriages. Within seven days of conducting a marriage ceremony, a minister is required by law to file the duplicate marriage certificate with the Registrar of Marriages. It is the duty of the Registrar to maintain all records on statutory marriages in the country.

NOTE: All changes are subject to change upon gazettement in the Kenya Gazette. For further information please contact Registrar General Sheria House 2nd Floor, Room 208 P.O. Box 30031 Nairobi Tel: (+254) 020-227461 See also: www.attorney-general.go.ke

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Do It Yourself - Unity Candles Unity candles or wedding unity candles are a symbolic representation of the newfound love and unity that you and your spouse have found in one another, a bond that will last a lifetime, which is also how these candles got their name to begin with. When a couple lights these candles at the altar after they have said their vows, when they light these candles together as one, that is the sign that from then on they are one with each other till death do them a part, and that is part of what makes the ceremony such a beautiful one to watch for all the attending guests.


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Step 1: Does the idea of a paper unity candle with your own personalized message on it sound appealing? Is the price tag of a personalized unity candle set not so appealing? Then check out this project for a really easy (and lovely) way to make your candle special. Below you will find a step by step tutorial showing you how to do just that. Done months in advance, and made to match your theme or express the words in your heart. The paper can even be removed and the candle used again and again for other decorative purposes.

You will need 1. Embossed paper (5/- each from Office Mart, Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi) 2. 1 pillar candle (150/- from the Consolata Shop at the Consolata Church, Westlands, Nairobi ) 3. 2 dinner candles (25/- each, Nakumatt Supermarket) 4. 2 colour ribbons, 1 meter each (10/- per meter, River Road) 5. Ruler (10/- from any bookshop) 6. Pencil (5/- from local shop) 7. Super Glue (25/- at the local shop) 8. Scissors (from 45/-)

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Step 2:

Decide on the message you would like to include on your candle. Arrange it in your word processor with the spacing, alignment and font that you would like. Print the message on the embossed paper. When printing, make sure that you print the paper as “Landscape”, so it comes out the wide way.

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Measure the dimensions of your pillar candle to help you decide how much of the embossed paper you will need to go round the candle. When you’ve decided how much you’d like to trim off of the embossed paper, use your pencil to mark the paper before cutting. A straight edge is important.

Step 6: Step 5: wrap the embossed paper around the candle and secure using glue

Step 4:

You should have something like this

Step 7: You should have something like this

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Cut off the ribbon size you need for the top and bottom part of the candle. Take the 1st colour ribbon and wrap around the candle at the top and at the bottom. Secure with glue at the back of the candle. (The back should be where you glued the embossed paper together)

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Step 8: You should have something like this

Step 9: Cut 2 thin strips of the 2nd colour ribbon. The ribbon should be thinner than the 1st colour ribbon. Wrap the 2nd colour ribbon on top of the 1st ribbon on the top and the bottom of the pillar candle

Step 11: cut the 1st colour ribbon and wrap around the two dinner candles. Secure with glue.

Step 12: cut 4 thin strips of the 2nd colour ribbon. Take 2 strips and join them at a 90 degree angle. Secure on the candle using some glue. Repeat for the second candle

Step 10: You should have something like this


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Step 13: You should have something like this

Step 14: Take the scissors and place the sharp side on the strip ribbon. Pull out the scissors on the ribbon as if you are peeling off the ribbon (as shown). Make sure the ribbon remains tight when you are pulling. Repeat for all the strips.

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Finaly

Cut the strips into smaller strips

You should have

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nyone who has ever been involved in the preparation of a wedding knows the immense amount of time, money, and stress involved in the process. There are so many details to attend to that go far beyond the gown, the ring, or the color scheme. In every bride’s mind exists a vision of what her perfect day will look like. Ask any woman and she’ll most likely tell you how she’s been planning her special day for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, once the planning begins, many brides find out that a few barriers stand between the dream and the reality. The cost of creating a dream wedding for one thing, as well as finding the time to make all of the endless arrangements. The average bride will spend a year of headaches trying to find a way to bring her fantasy to fruition, compromising on many points, only to find herself a frazzled sobbing mess on her big day because the wrong shirt came for the tuxes or someone dropped the cake on the way in. Then when the last guest leaves and the honeymoon is just a memory she regrets that she didn’t really enjoy the most precious and wonderful day in her life because instead her vision ended up consumed by chaos. Not that long ago, wedding planners were thought of as a luxury to be used mainly by the elite. Not so any more.

So who exactly is a wedding planner?

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What can a wedding planner do for you? The list is long but here are a few of the duties you can expect: •

Help you to create the type of wedding you want. With that knowledge you’ll be able to pick your venue, vendors, colour scheme, theme, music, etc.

Help you create a budget sheet and keep track of where your money is going and how much you still owe.

Help keep you on your budget and not go over...too much!!

Suggest vendors that fit your budget and ideas.

Make a wedding planning schedule so that you know what you’ve done and what still needs to be done.

In most cases a wedding planner can save you money because of their connection in the industry.

Take care of any emergencies that arise.

Create a wedding day schedule.

What type of packages do the wedding planners have?

She (or he) is a specialist who plans weddings, or assists in the planning of weddings, on a professional basis. A wedding planner does not take over the planning of your wedding for you (unless, of course, you want her to), but rather, she/he advises you and assists you so that you have the all the information you need for the most spectacular wedding possible on a budget you can afford, and then you make all the final decisions.

Full Planning Package - This Package offers wedding planning and event supervision from beginning to end.

What does a wedding planner Charge?

Day Package - This package is for the bride who has researched and picked her own vendors and made all her own arrangements, but needs someone to make her wedding day run smoothly.

Wedding planners can charge 3 different ways and you will have to ask yours how they work out their prices: •

by a percentage of the total cost of your wedding,

by the hour; or

A flat fee.

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Partial Planning Package - This package is for the bride who may have already completed part of her planning and needs less help than a Full Package, but more than the Rehearsal and Wedding

A la carte Services – (loosely translated to “having unlimited choices, with a separate price for each service”). This package is for brides who want only one item handled by the planner. Could be you need stumped on invitations? You need the planner to look everywhere for that perfect band, find the perfect dress for you or get that horse drawn carriage. Many planners offer a la carte services to suit your specific needs. Ask the Expert Package - This package is for the bride, that doesn’t know where to start or has made her own plans, believes she has everything handled, but would like an expert to go over everything with her. 67


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Wedding planner’s contract How do you find a good wedding planner?

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s with all other wedding vendors, word of mouth is always good, bridal shows or ask other wedding vendors about wedding planners that they’ve seen at other weddings. Call first and see if you like them over the phone. If you don’t then don’t bother wasting time with the appointment.

A professional wedding planner will have taken a wedding coordinator /wedding planner course and have a diploma or certificate to show for it. Call the organization on the certificate to make sure that it exists.

Is the wedding planner organized?

Do you feel comfortable with them? Are they friendly?

Do they have a website where you can learn more about them? Are they computer literate?

Do they know their stuff?

Do they have any references?

How long have they been in business?

Are they within your budget?

Do they have another job or do they plan weddings full time?

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f you are only going to see a wedding planner for planning lessons then you will probably just get a bill. It is impossible to have all details on a wedding planner’s contract, for the simple fact that they are dealing will all aspects of your wedding day and have many duties. The contract should at least have the following:

How the wedding planner charges (percentage, flat fee, hourly).

How many meetings will there be and if the wedding planner will visit vendors with you?

A service description.

The total cost of their services.

Your contact information.

Your wedding date.

Yours and their signature.

The amount deposited and still owing, and the due date for last payment.

Cancellation policy (if you cancel).

No show policy for the wedding planner.

If you like them and the answers you get, great...if not go elsewhere. Make appointments to meet at least 2 wedding planners. Never choose the first wedding planner you meet, you need to compare.

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uring the ancient times, prospective couples used to meet and court during climatic seasonal activities such as during planting or harvesting times. Once a man met a prospective woman, he declared his intent. This would be followed by arrangements on a date where the groom visits the bride’s home. In modern times, the first visit is attended by the grooms and his age mates or friends, which is then followed by ‘Kuhanda Ithigi’.

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n this day, the groom’s family was told the requirements that they needed to fulfill before the bride’s family consents to their daughter being married off to the groom’s family. A lot of discussions take place regarding the dowry items and their corresponding values. If the groom’s family had come prepared, they would give whatever they had to the custodian of the bride’s family/clan. At this juncture, the groom’s family will acknowledge the requirements stipulated by the bride’s clan. Another will then be scheduled where the groom’s family will come to pay the dowry based on all what had been requested. In this day, they will also formally request for a ‘ngurario’.

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gurario is kikuyu equivalent for wedding. Once the family has complied, they arrange for another date for the occasion called ‘ngurario’. This ceremony was meant to bind two families together using a joyful combination of song, dance and romantic comedy fueled of course by plenty to eat and drink. Due to the current socio economic dynamics, the 4 events can be condensed into 2 or 3 days but not less than 2. For example you can’t get to know the family, pay dowry and ngurario on the same day. However, you can know the family and get to be notified on dowry requirements on the same day. Then on the second day, pay dowry and have ngurario on the same day with proper arrangements in place on the exemptions. The steps above were relevant and were meant to protect and prevent the groom from seeing the bride as a commodity to be bought out. During the ngurario, a ceremony known as ‘gutinia kiande’ would take place. ‘gutinia kiande’ is symbolic ceremony for binding the couple and was assumed that after the ceremony, the woman would never leave her matrimonial home and that her parents would never accept her back.

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Kamba marrige traditions

Initial Visit (Kuoka)

When a man meets a woman, this is followed by a considerable period of time, normally more than 6 months. Depending on the level of commitment, either or both of the parties can inform a relative or a close friend of what is going on. When they are ready to commit, usually the fiancé will inform his parents, either directly or through an uncle and the family takes it from there.

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he man proposes to the woman either publicly or privately. As is the case today, the man gives the woman an engagement ring. It is in the initial visit that the engagement is made public.

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t this visit, the man’s relatives will seek to clarify that one of their own intends to marry from the family. If an agreement is reached, bride price and other requirements that need to be fulfilled will be expressed by the woman’s relatives. There is usually haggling and negotiation but once all has been agreed, it is documented. The delegation now strategizes on how it will settle the bride price and communicates the same to the woman’s parents through their appointed spokesperson.

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his is a small ceremony arranged for either the man or the woman. The main theme is to prepare them for marriage life by giving them gifts which they can use to prepare for the wedding. So in this ceremony, the woman’s and man’s parents came and give their advice and presents. The engagement is also made public. If a pre-wedding is not arranged, the presents will be given at the wedding ceremony.

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his is the first step towards marriage. An uncle or parent of the man will contact one of the woman’s uncles or any other close relative and arrange to visit the woman’s home. This visit is called kuoka. A delegation of 5 to 10 people is involved although more people can be involved depending on the accessibility and availability of the man’s’ relatives. The woman’s relatives will host the delegation. The visitors usually bring presents and any produce depicting the agricultural activity in their region.

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uring the second visit, the man’s relation will go to the woman’s home and prepare a meal for them. Alternatively, the man’s kin can decide to pay the woman’s kin to do the cooking. Whichever way, the man’s relatives are the hosts in the woman’s home. In this visit, part or all of the bride price is paid. It is important to note that there is no end to payment of bride price and this is a life time commitment. Presents are also exchanged. If in agreement, the couple to be are allowed to go on with wedding preparations. If the bride price has not been settled fully, subsequent visits will follow the same approach.

Kutaiwa Kutaiwa means to be advised. This is usually a small delegation that takes some presents to the woman’s parents. The woman and the man are given advice on how to conduct themselves in married life by an assembled panel of elders. At this event, the woman is informed that now she belongs to the man’s lineage and should respect them. Once this is concluded, the pair is free to wed.

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he wedding day is one of the most pleasant and memorable events in the life of a woman. Brides and even grooms nowadays, want to look their best for their special day. In order to fulfill one’s dream of looking good and thin on this special day, one should take into consideration certain things that not just help her look thin but makes her feel good and energetic. This also enables her to handle the stress and exertion which is quite natural. Developing a healthy diet is not only beneficial for losing weight for your wedding day, but it is also necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Ideally, a bride should indulge in right nutrition and lifestyle around 3 - 4 months before the wedding so as to have a desired effect on the body. During this time follow the tips below to make changes in your diet and lifestyle so as to have a thinner body along with a good glow on the skin and hair.

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Include good quantity of water (about 10-12 glasses daily) and avoid diuretics like coffee and energy drinks as much as possible. Water will help your complexion and will help your metabolism work faster. If possible, aim to have at least 5 glasses of lukewarm water along with 5-6 glasses of normal water throughout the day.

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Include a minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic activity like brisk walking, jogging and swimming every day. Doing exercise daily will get you motivated and can be a good wedding stress reliever. Also, do gentle yoga stretching to release tension and meditate for 10 minutes while doing slow and deep breathing.

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Start the day with a good breakfast as it will help jump-start your metabolism and reduce mid-morning cravings. Recent research indicates that rather than eating 3 large meals daily, our metabolism is better served by regular and small meals. Have 5-6 small meals per day

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with one meal every 3-4 hours. Also, always have a light and an early dinner (before 7:30 pm).

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Choose healthy foods that are comparatively less refined and less processed like brown rice and whole wheat flour without removing the bran (choker). Avoid white flour and white rice.

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Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups. Your body needs a wide range of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and other nutrients in order to function efficiently. By eating a range of food types, you can be sure that you are getting your daily-required amounts of these important nutrients.

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Eat a lot of high-fiber foods including fruits, vegetables, beans and grains. High fiber foods help you lose weight because they are not only nutritious but also very filling. Also, high fiber foods help slow the absorption of carbohydrates so that blood sugar levels are more consistent. Stable blood sugar helps to limit food cravings.

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Choose roasted, grilled or steamed preparations over deeply fried preparations. Also, avoid consuming too much processed, baked or fried foods as they are difficult to digest.

Do not increase stimulants like tea/coffee to more than 2 cups/ day and totally avoid diet soft drinks. Include one serving of papaya and pomegranate daily. Consume 4-5 overnight soaked almonds daily in the morning. Indulge in proper and sound sleep for at least 7-8 hrs.

Avoid high glycemic index (GI) foods such as white bread, cornflakes, baked potatoes, watermelon, etc. Eating low-GI foods means you avoid spikes and dramatic falls in blood sugar so you get a much steadier stream of energy.

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ou should take special care of yourself on the wedding day to combat stress and exertion.

Have proper meals on the wedding day with fruit/vegetable juices in between to keep yourself going. Avoid long gaps between the meals. To keep the stomach clear on the wedding day, have a glass of lukewarm milk on the previous day night. Avoid consumption of too much caffeine and alcohol as it can lead to facial puffiness. Along with caffeine and alcohol, also avoid rice, corn, junk foods, canned juices, sugar contents to overcome bloating. Have a good sleep before the wedding day. Lots of times, the brides are awake along with others, because of the various things happening in the house. Lack of sleep added with the stress because of the wedding, may take the glow away from your face. Along with all these, you must not forget to remain positive and cheerful and should enjoy the special day of your life so as to cherish its memories in the years to come.

Along with these, you must not forget to remain positive and cheerful and should enjoy the special day of your life so as to cherish its memories in the years to come.

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Ceremony: Nakuru West Church Of God Reception: Nakuru West Church Of God Photo Session: Hotel Kunste- Nakuru Gown: House Of Brides Bridesmaids Dresses/ Flower Girl/ Mens Wear/ Parents Wear: Laban Kitaka 0723294989 Cake: Valentines Cakes Catering: Nakuru West Church Tents And Chairs: Nakuru Tents And Chairs Flowers And Decoration: Eva Kamau 0722357083 Photography and Videography: Platform Event Manager 0722707987 Shoes: City Walk HIS NAME: Rings: Nagin Pattni

ABRAHAM MAKUTWA HER NAME: CAROLINE MUTISYA WEDDING DATE: 5TH SEPTEMBER

THE MEETING We met in church – NPC Buruburu. Abraham was a member of the church and so was I. We fellowshipped in the choir together with his cousin Miriam, who is my best friend, and she did the honors of introducing us. We started out as friends for a year and as the year came to an end we started dating.

THE PROPOSAL We had gone out for lunch, something we did regularly, but this time round the lunch ended on a very different note than the ones we had before. He took me to a Chinese restaurant in town and after we had enjoyed the lovely lunch, he popped the question.

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WHEN DID YOU START PLANNING THE WEDDING?

We started the entire plan a year before the set date. We opened a joint account and started saving up for the wedding and we also talked to our close friends early enough who also made their contribution in good time.

HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR COLORS AND WHAT WERE YOUR THEME COLORS? I decided to go with Lilac because it’s a cool and calm color.

TELL US ABOUT THE PLANNING: Well for me the most challenging bit of planning my wedding was the fact that the wedding was to happen in a land that was foreign to me. My wedding venue was at Nakuru, a place where I wasn’t really used to. Gathering of the entire bridal party and getting them to go for measurement and fittings for their clothes was not an easy job to do, but with time things got better. Not getting support from the people you expected to get most support from was another thing that I really struggled with and also choosing the right best couple for us, but with God’s guidance we made the right choice. Apart form the many challenges we faced, I believe that the savings account we opened a year prior to the wedding day really helped us out when planning and budgeting for the whole day.

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WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY? Wow! The best moment would be when I was saying my vows. It dawned on me that ‘YES’ it’s a reality and not a movie. At that moment I broke down into tears of Joy because I was saying YES to a new life with a wonderful friend and love of my life.

ADVICE TO OTHER BRIDES: The secret to as stress free planning period is, early planning. Once you do this, you will have an easy time organizing everything into place and stress will be very minimal. Ensure that you delegate each and every item of the day to your trusted friends as the BIG day draws nearer, so that the burden is off you on the BIG day.

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THE HONEYNOON: SOUTH AFRICA & MAURITIUS The whole honeymoon planning came as a surprise to me because my husband planned it all. I only came to know of the destination of the honeymoon after spending our first night in South Africa. If the groom decided to surprise the wife, it’s important for him to start saving up for the honeymoon early and to research on possible venues so as to avoid disappointments on the wedding night.

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PARTING WORDS: PRAYERS! It’s important for

the couple to pray about everything. It is also necessary to have a kitchen cabinet in your committee which deals with the sensitive details of the wedding plans.

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HIS NAME: JAMES KAIRU HER NAME: EUNICE MWANGI WEDDING DATE: 5TH JULY

VENDOR NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS

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Pastor: Rev. Tom Otieno (ACK Church) Ceremony: Kari Westlands Reception: Kari Westlands Photo Session: Holiday Inn Westlands Gown: The Bridal Place 0723700948 Bridesmaids Dresses/ Flower Girl: Ligaki Apparel Biashara Street Parents Wear: Ligaki Apparel Cake: Cynthia Aliwa-Robs Caterers Catering: Robs Caterers And Confectioners 0721 952820 Tents And Chairs: Pam Decors Martin Kings Flowers And Decoration: Martin Kings Photography and Videography: Bliss Entertainment Prodution/Low Budget Ads/Maki Produtions. Shoes: Lilys Bridal Rings: Nagin Pattni

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TELL US ABOUT HOW YOU MET. James and I met in 2005 when I joined the company where he worked. Although I left the company six months down the line, I knew he was the one for me and we continued seeing each other. I prayed about it and there was so much peace that’s how I knew he was the one that God kept for me.

TELL US ABOUT THE PROPOSAL We went out for a movie and a dinner date. While we were still on our date we began talking and one thing led to another and the next thing I knew, I was saying yes to his proposal on us getting married. I was so excited I couldn’t stop blushing the entire evening. After the proposal he came home to meet my family.

WHEN DID YOU START PLANNING THE WEDDING? I had started planning the whole wedding in my head from the day James proposed. I knew what I wanted for my big day, months before I started meeting the vendors. I started going out to meet the vendors 4 months to the wedding.

WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY? There are so many but I think the main one was when we were exchanging our vows, I felt like we were the only two people in the world at that moment in time. Listening to the Band 360 performing and Cucu Nyakairu (a kikuyu comedian) entertaining the guests were also moments I still remember fondly.

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WHAT WERE YOUR WEDDING COLORS AND HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THEM? Our wedding colors were orange and gold. We decided on orange as it is a warm color.

TELL US ABOUT THE PLANNING: I started the real planning 4 months before the wedding it was so hectic for me because most of the time I was all alone, running up and down all over Nairobi looking for things. James helped with all the big decisions regarding the vendors. I had attended several bridal shows to scout for vendors and get their contacts details beforehand. This helped me so much as I managed to do so much within the little time I had left before my wedding date.

TELL US ABOUT THE HONEYMOON My honeymoon was a sweet surprise from James. He planned all the details perfectly and still managed to keep it a secret from me. We went to the coast and I really enjoyed every minute we spent there together.

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WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO BRIDES PLANNING THEIR WEDDING? Always follow your dreams and heart and do what you think is right to ensure you have the wedding you have always dreamt about. The wedding is about you and your fiancé and what you want on your big day. Make sure you don’t compromise your big day by allowing others to dictate to you what they would like to see at your wedding. I would also advise brides-to-be to start planning earlier because it’s not easy to get a nice venue and suppliers. Try and book one year before the wedding.

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WEDDING QUOTE: ‘’To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us apart…..’’ is a commitment and a covenant that should not be broken. www.signatureweddings.co.ke


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10 ways to save money on your wedding day You’ve dreamt of your wedding day for ever, but how long have you been saving your shillings for the big day? Not to worry, here are 10 ways to help you keep by your budget, while still having the wedding of your dreams.

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Pick an off or time There are just not enough Saturdays in the week! Try working with a different day of the week - Friday, Sundays? How about a Thursday or Monday? Religious obligations may steer you in one directions or another, but moving away from a Saturday affair will give you extra money to spurge for an awesome honeymoon.

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Choose a site that comes with everything You may think using a raw space, or even your own backyard will save you money, but in reality, the cost of all the rentals ( tents, tables, chairs, linens, china etc) will set you behind ... never mind the additional stress headaches!

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Pick an off month Sure, everyone dreams of being a February Bride ( Valentines ), but a January or July bride will save a lot more money. By working off months , many vendors (including caterers and musicians) will be a lot more flexible with their pricing. So, you may still have your Saturday wedding in July, it just may need to be indoors because of the cold

Scale back on flowers Work with your florist from what is in season, rather than what is not... Re-use flowers from the ceremony at the reception for centerpieces, or around the cake.

Cut the guest list How many long distance relatives and long ago friends do you need to invite? Share your day with those nearest and dearest to you only. It will be more meaningful and you may actually have a chance to mingle with all the guests.

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When comparing he cost of venues, factor in the cost of getting yourself (and possibly your guests) from one to other. It may end up cheaper opting for a pricier venue where you can have both the ceremony and the reception, rather than pay for transport between a ceremony location and a reception location.

Don’t go for obvious venues While hotels or country clubs are an obvious choice for a reception; don’t disregard church gardens, school grounds or company grounds. They can cost a fraction of big hotel prices, which are in to turn a hefty profit. Plus less obvious venue can still look as beautiful once you have decorated them.

Make your friends paparazzi for the day Many of your guests will record the day for posterity, so why not ask them for a copy of their photos and videos? Even though they’re not professional photographers and videographers, if they take enough shots, hopefully some of them will be good ones (just make sure you still do the formal poses though).

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Never mention the ‘W’ word The simple mention of the ‘W’ will generally increase the cost of most things by 2 or 3 times the nornal price. So where possible refrain from letting them know that it is your wedding. Call it a party or celebration, not until after you get a written quote should you mention the word wedding.

Use your friends’ skills One of the best wedding reception ideas for saving money is to find out if any of your friends or relatives have special skills and ask them to provide you with services as a wedding gift. For example someone who is a chef may be able to make you a wedding cake, a hair dresser can do your hair or a photographer can take your wedding photographs.

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THE BUSHBLAZERS COMPANY How long have you been in business? We have been operating since 2003 and we have over 2000 honeymoons successfully organized and actualized to date.

Cruise Honeymoons Luxury & travel Honeymoons Self fulfillment pilgrimage type for example Israel, Rome, Mecca.

Do you market your tours locally? How do you do it and to whom?

Discovery & historical fulfillment for example Egypt

We do market our tours locally and also internationally. Our number one marketing tool has always been the word of mouth. We make sure that we give the best to our customers who later refer others to us. However we also advertise using the e-marketing, on wedding magazines, participate in wedding expos, print media, T.V and radio stations. Our target markets are both the young people planning for their weddings and also other couples planning wedding anniversaries and romantic getaways. We also organize family holidays as a follow up after honeymoons and therefore we also target family audience when we are doing our advertising.

The best honeymoon type or destination really depends on the couples’ interests but statistics show that Beach Honeymoons top the list followed by Safari honeymoons.

Describe your tours? Our honeymoon tour packages are unique and special carefully custom designed to produce rich experiences to our honeymooners. What is your most popular package among Kenyans, and why? Beach honeymoons: By the sea, Mombasa, Malindi and Lamu. These are honeymoons by the positive splendidly beautiful beaches and tranquil turquoise blue waters .Water has always been associated with Romance & beach destinations are warm and conducive. Safari Honeymoons: In the wilderness with animals grazing away the peacefully and the mystic sceneries Adventure Honeymoons: Around the scenically rocky river beds and romantic sunset, or challenge your physique with a back drop of the magnificent Mountains with a million sunrays seeping through a truly fascinating experience www.signatureweddings.co.ke

This is because Water has always spelt romance… for centuries; romantic couples have always been attracted to water full destinations, oceanic warmth that provides total body and mind therapy. The human body has since time in memorial been remedied and healed with water solutions. Water does it all!! What distinguishes your travel company from others?

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packages without leaving out any detail, no logistical involvement for the honeymooners, we do the walking and the work, they choose, pay for the package & enjoy! Mounted on and founded upon Christian principles, we do not cut corners, we are candid and offer only what we know will not disappoint you. We have, over time, established reliable and strong networks all over the world and have the capacity to plan from simple to complex Itineraries- with us , you will never be stranded anywhere in the world as long as we have offered and planned for you the package. These networks also enable us bargain for and offer discounted rates for our honeymooners We treat each honeymoon as unique, we do not focus on mass market but on a niche’ market of those that want a special and memorable experience and not any other kind of get away- a honeymoon happens once, let it happen in style!

e are the oldest most experienced and most innovative, flexible honeymoon planning shop in the whole of Kenya, are well established, appointed & licensed to offer Air travel & related wide range of tour & travel services

We do not focus on price- while price makes one of the major factors to be considered on choosing a honeymoon package, our main focus is quality and creating unique experiences, - we value the quality of each package and will only offer what we know will provide value, convenience and quality to our honeymooners- after all, a honeymoon happens once!

With over 5 year experience of planning different types of honeymoons, we have travelled widely and sell packages that we understand and have experience, this way we are able to imagine ourselves in the customer’s shoes and try to offer solutions to their wishes and dilemma’s

Our previous honeymooner’s testimonies tell it all- we provide value and convenience, unraveling pleasant moments of truth for every promise we make!

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With over 50 Honeymoons successfully planned monthly over a period of 5 years, we pride ourselves in our technical expertise We deliver exactly what we promise. Integrity and reliability are the foundation upon which our business is mounted With us, what you see is what you get, there are no hidden costs. We give factual and thoroughly researched information to help you make sound choices and decisions. We offer complete

What advise can you give couples who are planning to honeymoon in Kenya? Plan your honeymoon early Consult experts in honeymoon for expert advice, do not do it yourself, avoid stress Budget for it- honeymoon happens once in a lifetime. Consider planning your wedding in a low season as this will offer cheaper honeymoon deals “Kenya” offers a unique naturally beautiful

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environment for honeymoons and Romantic holidays. Remember honeymoon is the only thing that the couple fully experiences with all their senses; it is the only thing they fully consume out of the whole wedding affair. Kenya is a beautifully endowed country; we have some of the most beautiful sceneries, beaches and variety of wildlife .We have some of the most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in the world, some so exclusive, so private…. So peaceful that the tranquility makes honeymooners feel as though they were the only couple in one Romantic Island….

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ur most reasonably priced local honeymoon packages range between Kes 75,000 - 150,000. However we do more explicit packages depending on the customers budget, time available for the honeymoon and the honeymoon destination. Our honeymoon packages includes: • • • • •

2 Return air tickets (where applicable) Return airport transfers (where applicable) Transport (where flights are not applicable) Accommodation on Full board basis Game drives (where applicable)

Our most popular Breath taking honeymoon packages 5 - 14 nights ranges between Kes 200,000 to Kes 450,000.

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Contact Details Bushblazers Tours Travel & Safaris The Travel, holiday & Honeymoon Shop Arrow House, 2nd Floor, Koinange Street Tel: 020 2241321, 312967, 2063836 Cell: 0722321239, 0727676011, 0732676011, 0731561628, 0722321 239 Email: holidays@bushblazers.com, honeymoons@bushblazers.com

Delivering Value & Convenience, Connecting you with your Travel, honeymoon/holiday dreams

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Gift Ideas

Goblets

Dinnerware set

Chinaware set

Suitcase

Serving Platter

Serving set Iced Beverage Glasses

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Napkins

Decorative Bowls

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Sauce Pans

Toaster Oven Coffee Mixer

Ceramic Bakeware

Food Processor Glass Bakeware

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Stand Mixer

Blender

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Non stick Bakeware

Sandwich Maker

Juice Extractor

Ice Cream Maker

Deep Frier

Muffin Pan

Roasting Pan

Waffle Maker

Knife Set

Bake Ware

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Candle Holders

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Bathroom Accesories

Scented Candles

Towels

Bathrobe and Slippers

Bed Sheets

Lamp Shades

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Decorative Vases

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Ceremony Terms Aisle: Main passage way between rows of seats at the ceremony site. Aisle Runner: A long piece of fabric or carpet that is laid down on the ground of the main aisle for the entrance of the bride and the bridal party.  It commonly extends from the entrance area of the aisle to the ceremony site. Amphitheater seating: Seating that is arranged in sloping tiers so that spectators in the back can see over the heads of those in front all facing towards the ceremony site.

ceremony. Flower Girl: Young girl up to 9 years of age that immediately precedes the bride either carrying flowers or scattering rose petals. Flower Children: These are small children (boys or girls) that immediately precede the bride down the aisle, scattering rose petals or carrying flowers. Greeter: Person or persons that greet people as they arrive at the ceremony.  Greeters usually hand out programs.

Best man: Man of honor standing up and with the groom.  The best man has special duties he is expected to perform leading up to and during the wedding.

Groomsman: Man of honor standing up and with the groom.

Bridal Party: People participating directly in the wedding ceremony.

Groomswoman: Woman of honor standing up and with the groom.

Bridesmaid: Woman of honor standing up and with the bride.

Hand fasting: A betrothal or wedding ceremony in which the couple’s clasped hands are tied together.  The tying of the hands may be done by the officiant of the ceremony, by the wedding guests, or by the couple themselves.

Bridesman: Man of honor standing up and with the bride. Candle Lighters: These are children or young adults who light the candles at the altar prior to the start of the wedding. Ceremony in the round: When the ceremony takes place in the center of all the seated guests. Formal wedding: Wedding that is conducted with the highest form of social correctness and formality.  There are several characteristics that can define a formal wedding: engraved or thermo graphed invitations for up to two hundred guests; two to six bridesmaids and ushers; Bride attired in long gown and veil; Groom and ushers in tuxedos; reception with full meal, drinks and dancing follow the www.signatureweddings.co.ke

Informal wedding: Term used to describe a casual and relaxed wedding.  An informal wedding could be held anywhere including City Hall, garden or church.  A simple ceremony is performed. There are several characteristics that can define an informal wedding: usually less than fifty guests, small informal reception at a private residence or a restaurant may follow the ceremony. Page Boys: Young boys up to 7 years of age who follow the bride down the aisle carrying the train of her gown. Interfaith ceremony: Ceremony marrying two people of different religious faiths.

Non-Denominational: Not formally aligned with any one religion or faith. Maid of Honor: Woman of honor standing up and with the bride.  The maid of honor has special duties she is expected to perform leading up to and during the wedding. Presentation roses: Part of the ceremony when the bride presents a single rose to the mother of the groom and the groom presents a single rose to the mother of the bride as a sign of love and respect. Procession: When the bridal party walks down the aisle to start the ceremony. Program: A printed order of the events of the ceremony given out to wedding guests as they arrive. Officiant: Person who officiates the marriage ceremony making it legal and binding. Reader: Person who reads a passage, religious or otherwise, during the marriage ceremony. Reading: Inspirational passage, religious or otherwise, read during the marriage ceremony. Recession: When the bridal party walks down the aisle after the marriage ceremony. Ring Bearer: A child under the age of nine years old who walks down the aisle as part of the bridal party carrying the wedding rings. Ring Blessing: Part of the marriage ceremony when either the officiant or the guests say a prayer over the couple’s wedding rings. Rose Ceremony: Part of the marriage ceremony when the couple exchanges a single rose as a symbol of their commitment to each other.

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Runner: A long piece of fabric or carpet that is laid down on the ground of the main aisle for the entrance of the bride and the bridal party. It commonly extends from the entrance area of the aisle to the altar. Sand Ceremony: Part of the marriage ceremony when the couple pours two different colors of sand into one vessel symbolizing how their lives have become intertwined. Semi-Formal wedding: A somewhat formal wedding.   There are several characteristics that can define a semi-formal wedding: printed invitations for under one hundred guests; Groom attired in either a dark suit or a tuxedo; Bride attired in a floor-length gown; one or two bridesmaids and ushers; reception with buffet or hors d’ oeuvres following the ceremony. Theatre Seating: Seating arrangement where all the chairs face towards the front where the ceremony will take place. Ultra-Formal wedding- Term used to describe the most formal, ceremonious wedding. There are several characteristics that can define an ultra-formal wedding: engraved invitations for at least two hundred guests; up to twelve bridesmaids and ushers; Bride attired in a gown with a long train and long veil; men attired in suit tails (white tie for evening weddings); lavish reception with sit-down dinner and drinks following the ceremony; live band or orchestra at the reception. Unity Candle: Pillar candle that is lit by the couple from two individual taper candles that were previously lit by the mothers of the bride and groom.  It symbolizes the intertwining of their two lives. Ushers: People who greet the wedding guests as they arrive and make sure they are seated in the correct place. Vows: Pledges that are exchanged by the couple to make the marriage binding Wedding day emergency kit: container filled with items to deal with any last minute mishaps the day of the wedding.

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