How pandemic may have forever changed wedding culture

While some couples have opted to cancel their weddings because of the pandemic, others have defied it by going ahead with their plans although not quite as initially planned.

Titus Masika, 32, and Rebecca Kakai, 27, decided to have their wedding on April 12, one week later than their original wedding date. They couldn’t cancel because everything was ready, including approval from the Attorney General’s office.

The AG’s office directed that only 15 people would be allowed to attend while strictly observing social distancing rules, wearing face masks and using hand sanitisers during the ceremony. 

The Daily Nation reported that the wedding was held at New Life SDA Church in Nairobi and cost Sh30,000. However, the couple’s parents, who are based outside Nairobi, could not attend.

“We are definitely going to have another wedding, but without the vows, once the world has figured out a way to deal with coronavirus. Our parents, friends and relatives will be present, and the bridal party will make a procession into the venue and our friends and relatives will come,” Ms Kakai was quoted saying. 

Godfrey Mutwiri, 29, and Grace Nkatha, 24, had their wedding in Meru County on April 18 after five years of dating. The original budget was Sh240,000 but they ended up spending less than Sh40,000 due to the limited number of guests.

Government guidelines dictated that there would be no serving of food in the traditional manner during the reception. The Standard reported that guests each got a banana, a cupcake, a boiled egg and a bottle of soda. Instead of a wedding cake, the newly-weds shared a boiled egg.

“How extravagant a wedding is does not matter. What is important is the marriage itself,” said Ms Nkatha.

The 45-minute ceremony was attended by the couple’s parents, their best man and best maid, a pastor and his wife as well as two of the couple’s sisters, who were bridesmaids.

The Covid-19 pandemic could forever change the way weddings are conducted in this part of the world. The pandemic is forcing a broader reckoning among lovebirds and inspiring them to re-evaluate their priorities. In doing so, certain things they once thought were non-negotiable have become superfluous.