Whopping US$370 000 wedding

Wedding 1Problem Masau Lifestyle Writer
WHAT can one do with more than a quarter of a million? Many people would buy houses, cars or probably invest but imagine splashing a whopping US$370 000 on a wedding?
“It’s amazing what people do for love, and it’s even more amazing what love does to people,” goes one famous English saying.
A classic example is that of American Vanessa Mendez, who donated a kidney to her husband and said: “I gave him my heart a long time ago, so what’s a kidney now?”

Wedding 2However, many people use their financial muscle to express matters of the heart.

Wedding 4A Mt Pleasant family has become the talk of Harare after throwing a dream wedding worth US$370 000.

Wedding 5The lavish wedding of Timothy Matangi and Patience Kadada that took place a week ago in Glen Lorne has got many people shell shocked.
So extravagant was the wedding that the Glen Lorne neighbourhood came to a standstill when the couple arrived at the reception aboard a private helicopter.

Wedding 6The helicopter hired from South Africa for US$40 000 had state-of-the-art equipment including the latest Blue Ray DVD and High Definition sound.

Wedding 3“My parents have been living together for the past 20 years and they decided to make their wedding a special one because they love each other,” said Pride, the couple’s eldest son.

The lovebirds have been planning for the wedding for a long time and went to great lengths to ensure that everything was tip-top. Another spectacle was the six-deck cake as well as the designer garments for both the bride and the groom while the bridal party wore matching grey suits and blue ties.

The ouple invited about 600 guests who were treated to music by superstar Oliver Mtukudzi who performed for five hours and pocketed a cool US$20 000.

“Oliver is known for his romantic songs that are soothing and for that he was hired to perform at the wedding. He put up a spectacular performance that endeared him with many people at the venue,” Pride said.

It was a grand spectacle for many people as the bridesmaids were chauffeured in top-of-the-range cars such as the Mercedes-Benz S600 and Bentleys. The bride, Patience, sported a black diamond ring which cost    100 000 rands. Some of the children who live in Australia were flown in a chartered plane to attend the wedding. As if that was not enough the newly weds had their honeymoon in Jamaica.

“They wanted to celebrate a life well lived. I am motivated to do the same,” said Pride.
After having established themselves in the mining business, who could blame them for using a “small” fortune to show their affection?
It is common worldwide for people to spend big on weddings. The most expensive wedding ever was that of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
The bill was US$48 million in 1981, or US$110 million when adjusted for inflation. The wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral in England was attended by dozens of royals; two million spectators; and a global TV audience of 750 million. Diana wore a puff ball meringue wedding dress with a 25-foot train of ivory taffeta and antique lace. The 27 wedding cakes and five-foot-tall main cake supposedly took 14 weeks to prepare, with a duplicate cake made in case of accidents.

Thirty years later their son Prince William and his love interest Kate had his own mammoth wedding.
Kate and William’s wedding cost an estimated US$34 million. That makes it perhaps the third most expensive wedding in history.
Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia come in second after paying an inflation-adjusted US$66 million.

The bride was the beautiful daughter of billionaire steel-magnate Lakshmi Mittal. The groom was a London-born i-banker, owner of Swordfish Investments.

The wedding featured invitations mailed in silver boxes, including plane tickets and rooms at a five-star Paris hotel. Five-day festivities at a 16th-century chateau and Versailles and a temporary wooden castle.

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  • Hombiro Chigombiro

    I’m definitely motivated..but madzimai amazuvano aya iiiii..zvaakuda Mwari mukati

  • Mimi

    And why not, congratulations to the lovely couple for having a lavish wedding. At least the $370 000 was not stolen from somewhere, it’s their money so let them enjoy it!! Kutoshaya zvangu wekuchata naye, hey. Couples have to eat their money vari vapenyu. What an inspiration, makorokoto, amhlope. Money is to be spent and where there is true love zvinofamba.

  • Kimberly Kadash andreezy bay b

    good on them. they deserve it. parents worked hard

  • Mukanya

    I love it.Well done.Me ive been in a marriage for 2 yeras only but ndakutoda kubudamo.Im not happy ,so im sayimg 20 years is not a joke akomana.Zvinodadisa kugarisana kwemakore akawanda kudai.

  • Observer

    Zimra………batai vanhu.

  • spraga

    Grand but I don’t see a complete breakdown to conclude it cost that much.

  • punungwe

    What a waste of money. Izvozvi kumusha kunoendwa netsoka nekushaya road dzakanaka.

  • mushandi

    congrats to them, at least its not tax payer’s money…

  • YOWE78

    anoita nezvei muface uyu

    • hamunyari

      Hanzi mining business. Mbavha dzinobira the poor in the country because they make deals that benefit only their pockets… smh

  • Just saying

    We arrived by helicopter at our wedding and it didn’t cost that much – this is an exaggeration #jussaying

  • Mafira Kureva

    thumbs up to them but it beats my imagination kuti midst poverty in Zim some have so much to spend on a wedding. I guess such an amount would have been more useful if it was put somewhere where it would create jobs for 80% of unemployed Zimboz.I am not hating……just saying

  • Irikidzai

    Spending so much in a poor country like ours, why not invest the money in something that will benefit society for a much longer time? There is too much shine in our nation, we do not spend on the right priorities.

  • chiendambuya

    $370 000.00 is a lot of money. I dare say they did not spend half of this on the wedding..if they did spend $100 000.00 good on them… it is not love but show …

  • Jena

    MaZimbo you cannot celebrate with others because imi hamuna.You only get married once if you do it right and there is no price you can pay for a once off wedding.Ukasadya mari yako urimupenyu uchafa uchingoisiya

  • tawela

    ukasadaro unoidyira kupi mari yako its worth paying for

  • Antonio delgado

    Wonder where they stole all this money?
    It had to come from somewhere or was it corruptly aquired???

  • Joe

    Its R100000 (one hundred thousand rand not rands)