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Vanessa’s kuhingira was graced by some top government officials like Chief Justice Bart Katurebe, Gen. Ivan Koreta, Engineer John Nasasira-the Chairman National task force, among others.
At half past one, couple by couple, guests by guest started walking into the huge multiplex tent. At a half past one, the beautiful Batooro ladies donning their busuuti kitooro wear along with men dressed in their suits and others wearing kanzus started walking into the beautifully decorated huge 20 feet Fotogenix tent.
As guests strolled in, their eyes popped and you could tell they were dazzled by the highly raised shinning crystal and flower chandeliers; uniquely colored fresh big petal flowers on every table; real wax candles-forget the plastic Chinese ones that many decorators use, and the beautifully decorated high table.
Rather than settling for the venue’s foldable lawn chairs, the couple opted to hire grey Chiavari metallic chairs to come up with the silver and grey theme.
As people settled in, they were treated to Mixology 256’s tropical cool cocktails to help them settle in, relax and get into the party mood.
Everything seemed to be going fine until a few minutes into the function when the skies turned dark and it threatened to rain. Luckily the rain disappeared giving way to a clear soft sky and a soft sunny afternoon that made everyone radiate even more.
This made the colorful and tasty ice-cold cocktails such a good idea, and a necessity for such a posh function. In fact, every guest starting ordering for one or two. And not before long, the cheerful conversations and laughter were going through the roof. Signaling that the guests were now feeling relaxed and in a partying mood.
The whole idea of inviting people is not to solely witness your happiest day but to make it a merry and memorable day for you and your guests, and a cocktail bar is a right recipe to nail this. Professionally made cocktails will get your guests in a party mood even before you, the bride and or groom step into the venue. And when you do, your guests will expressively and sincerely cheer you on, filling your heart with joy and lasting memories.
Besides, who doesn’t enjoy the sight of happy and cheerful guests at their function? So if you can afford it, you should definitely hire a professional mixologist to create a cocktail bar.
The other advantage of having a cocktail bar is it adds class and flair to your event. It is interesting watching the mixologist pour a jigger of whiskey and, or gin into the shaker, toss in a piece or two of lime, tear a few fresh mint leaves and add them in, throw in a few ice cubes, and shake the mixture in the shaker. Ohhh-the sound the shaker makes when the barman vigorously shakes it.
The brittle snapping sound of the ice cubes breaking and fusing with the rest of the ingredients, the showmanship with which the barman vigorously shakes the shaker, and the flair with which he empties the mixture into your glass. By the time he hands you the cold glass, it’s like your brain has already sipped half of it. And you walk away feeling like this is your signature cocktail. Like it was specially crafted and customized just for you.
It is for this reason that I advise the emcee to always encourage guests to walk to the cocktail bar and order their cocktails rather than having it delivered to them by a waitress. For a cocktail is more than just a drink, it is an experience!
Okay, enough about cocktails. Let’s get back to the story. Shall we?
At around two-thirty, as more guests were still arriving, they were served a delicious African buffet that included “Eshabwe” -It is kuhingira dah! !!!
The meal included among others mildly chilly meatballs; barbecued soft mouth-whetting goats meat; pumpkin pie -forget your usual pumpkins; salad pie; fruit salad and a variety of vegetable salad-including one with soft yellow corn.
After the meal, we were treated to dessert to help digest the heavy meal. The dessert consisted of a variety of cakes, fresh fruits, and pastry along with wine and other drinks.
At about 4 pm, Brian, in the company of his friends and relatives arrived at Seven trees. They were led to their preciously organized eating area where they had their yummy lunch. After which, they were led to the venue where the rest of the guests were awaiting them.
A few minutes later, Vanessa along with her strikingly gorgeous entourage followed suit and sat at their set high table. However, unlike other introduction ceremonies where the bride matches to a traditional folk song, Vanessa matched to Ela Mai’s Trip song-A sign that she had part of her kuhingira tuned to her taste.
In Buganda, the groom-to-be first seats behind his entourage where he will later be picked by the girl’s aunt (senga). The senga then brings him forward, seats him in a special seat before his entourage and introduces him to her brother (the girl’s father) and the rest of her family. However, this is not the case with Batooro. They do not have that kind of fun fair. Once the muko (in-law) is done eating, they discuss dowry and when they’ve come to a conclusion, they are led to the venue and the ceremony proceeds.
Once Vanessa and her entourage were seated, the emcee went straight for the kuhingira session. One of the significant cultural items during an Ankole traditional marriage is “Omugamba,” and if you are marrying from any Ankole tribe, you have to carry it to the girl’s home-And so did Brian.
Once Vanessa’s aunts were done giving her gifts and illustrating to her component of the mugamba, the emcee called onto the omuvugyi to kwevuga. “Okwevuga” is a traditional Ankole form of rapping, in which the heroic deeds of the individual being honored are recited for the entertainment and information of an audience. It usually procedes dowry and is considered by many as the most entertaining part of kuhingira.
The following event was handing Brian his bride. But unlike in Buganda where the groom is handed his wife, in Ankore, the bride is not handed to her groom but rather to his parents. This is because to the parents, their in-law is also their child, and they don’t trust their daughter with a fellow child.
However, Brian later came forward, collapsed on one knee and gave his fiancée, the engagement ring to complete the customary marriage.
As Vanessa went to change for the cake cutting session, guests were entertained by the Nkwanzi cultural group who danced to all three Kinyankole, Kitooro, and Buganda folk songs.
She changed into a grey gomesi with silver embroidery along with a glittery grey sash. Vanessa kept it classy with little accessories -wearing only short stud earrings and no necklace or wrist bangles except for a wristwatch.
The cake (designed by Creme de la Creme) was not just beautifully designed but also tested finger-licking good.
After enjoying the cake, guests were treated to a yummy mouth-watering barbecue of goats meat and chicken that they really loved. Closing off your function with a barbecue is a great idea because it saves your guests the hustle of buying food on their way home or having to prepare supper once they get home. Secondly, some of your guests will have consumed large amounts of alcohol by this time. Offering them a barbecue before they head out helps them sober up a bit and reduce the morning hangover effect as well.