The wait is finally over for 26 couples who have walked down the aisle at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero; this Friday evening.
Clad in white flowing gowns, the brides looked their best and seemed content with the simple mass wedding that brought together their families and friends. This was the first mass wedding in the history of this Cathedral and was attended by thousands of friends of the family of the wedding couples.
The wedding was presided over by His Grace Stanley Ntagali, the outgoing Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.
Amid ululations and cheers, the Archbishop in his sermon narrated to the couples that on his wedding day he never cut a cake; but that for the 42 years he has been married, he has lost count of the cakes he has eaten.
“It is not what you see; but the love a person has for you, which matters. These days’ marriages are breaking because people are not marrying for love but for convenience. Marry the person you love. The riches will come,” said Ntagali.
Ntagali noted that when he was still in Masindi Diocese, he realized that many people feared to get married because of reception.
"Stop making excuses that you do not have millions to entertain your guests at the reception. A reception is a luxury. If the two of you agree, get your parents’ blessings and come to Church for (more) blessings. The church is the most important thing, not the reception,” said Ntagali.
Ntagali advised women to always welcome visitors in their homes and also to love their co-wives’ children.
"The more you stay together, you start resembling. So many times I say something and immediately my wife says that she was also thinking about the same thing. Have genuine love and hate evil. A family that prays together, stays together,” noted Ntagali.
The First Lady and education minister, Mrs. Janet Museveni, in her message read by Jocelyn Rugunda, noted that many young couples misguidedly believe that in order to get married they need to have a lot of money to splash on a wedding reception.
“This kind of thinking has prevented many young men and women from getting married. Sometimes, this pressure gets couples into undesirable relationships and they start families on an unstable foundation. The real work of marriage begins as soon as the vows made,” she said.