19th August 2016 is the day David Ssekitto and Florence Nakiganda were officially declared husband and wife at Martyrs Church Katwe at a service presided over by Rev James Bukomeko.
Big wedding 4 just like the past three seasons started with Capital FM staff selling the concept to potential partners; before we go on air we ensure all the needs of a wedding are met.
The big breakfast crew of Marcus ,Oulanyah and myself then call for entries while encouraging people to write their love story.
One of the biggest tests is telling the story well and making it as captivating as possible. This season had more participants than before ostensibly because we are in the fourth season we have earned the trust of our audience.
Initially the sentiments were that there’s no transparent and genuine competition. Over the years the big wedding has proven to be the most transparent with 4 couples now that can attest to the fact that there was no payment made or any form of lobbying, at least not with us, though they are allowed to campaign for votes.
The call for entries lasts for two weeks and we receive those through email, Facebook and hand delivery. The next phase involves picking the best twenty of all letters received, this time as we said we had more letters in number, and the level of creativity also improved.
We take two weeks to read these letters on air; two a day, and each letter we read is posted on The big Breakfast on Capital FM (Facebook page.) People following the big wedding get to have two stories to savor each day.
At the end of reading the twenty we task the listener to give us the best five. Voting takes place on weekends on the facebook page and SMS. A team sits at the end of voting to count the votes after which a call is made on Sunday evening to invite the first of five finalists.
We make our guests comfortable and urge them not to panic or fear the microphone because it might affect their votes! This year’s first couple was Cedric and Vickie, a great couple with a good story.
The last couple to be hosted was David and Florence who were accompanied to the studio by their daughter Hilda who wrote the letter to win the wedding for her parents…………that was a first and as if it wasn’t enough there was a second letter written by a girl wanting to win the wedding for her father and step mum. When the step mum met her father she was around 4, at first glance I thought this was going to win.
When all the five couples are interviewed we engage people in the last round of voting. On the Monday we are to announce the winner we leave people in suspense, we urge all the finalists to wait by their phone because only one number would be called. I always imagined how that moment of waiting felt but this year one of the finalists almost made me feel it, he said he felt like he was going to die and leave his young family, he was certain he had won.
Once the call is made and the winner made public, we embark on serious work. Meeting the couple and linking them with service providers so that colours can be identified, clothes picked, gown selected, all that happens between the announcement and the wedding day. It has always been a great honor organizing a wedding for a deserving couple.
Over the years we have had different people support us including Seascallop restaurant, Events Warehouse, Seven Trees, Image Elegant amongst others.
The following people made the 2016 Big Wedding a success and for that we are grateful; Grace Gardens, Kaka Catering Services, La Patiserrie, Le Petit Village, Globtek, Club Beer, Pepsi, UgaMarket, RwandAir, Swahili beach resort, Wink Bar, Pink Coconut, Imara African Coffee, Ras Bizz, Star times, Africa Wines Ltd, Brenda Maraka, Hair BY Zziwa and Igongo Cultural Centre and Country hotel
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