Your suprise wed­ding

The Manica Post - - Teenchat / Blabber Mouth / Weekender Guy & Girl / -

MUTARE is at last do­ing some­thing that pos­i­tively touches peo­ple lives and hearts in a re­spect­ful, re­li­gious, tra­di­tional, re­spect­ful, car­ing, fun-lov­ing and artis­tic way un­der the ban­ner of ‘Your Sur­prise Wed­ding’.

Utate Gar­dens, a con­fer­ence and event venue has part­nered The Man­ica Post, Pik­itcha Africa and other play­ers in the in­dus­try to spon­sor sur­pris­ing wed­dings re­cep­tions to cou­ples, who af­ter 30 years of mar­riage with­out af­ford­ing one.

How does it work?

Cou­ples are iden­ti­fied through the com­mu­nity or churches with the team mak­ing sure that all tra­di­tional rit­u­als such as lobola have been fol­lowed and then approaches the cou­ple with the sur­prise news.

There­after, a wed­ding date is set and the ex­tended fam­ily and com­mu­nity ral­lies be­hind to give the cou­ple an amaz­ing wed­ding. The beauty of the wed­ding is that the cou­ple is not in­volved in the prepa­ra­tions and is ex­empted from pay­ing for any­thing. The wed­ding is a sur­prise for the cou­ple.

Al­ready some cou­ples have been iden­ti­fied and more are be­ing sought.

This type of pro­ject has never been done in Zim­babwe or Africa. Utate Gar­dens has truly put Mutare on the map as a true di­a­mond city. I have no problem en­cour­ag­ing Mutare com­mu­nity to sup­port this kind of pro­ject. It is rare that in such try­ing times, a com­pany chooses to find peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to as­sist. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions show that Utate have other projects at the venue, such as sup­port­ing lo­cal wood or stone carvers to show­case their wares.

They also sup­port lo­cal up­com­ing mu­si­cians and artistes, by giv­ing them a free plat­form to per­form weekly.

Mutare has many wed­ding venues which of­fer amaz­ing wed­ding choices, but Utate truly has an African feel with its struc­ture be­ing ware­house style alu­minium, dec­o­rated min­i­mally with wood, bam­boo, sand and rock.

Of cause The Man­ica Post be­ing the pa­per of the peo­ple, is giv­ing its read­ers an op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in this pro­ject. If you know a cou­ple in your com­mu­nity or church that has been to­gether for at least 30 years and has never wed­ded, please get hold of us. You could also get in­volved in “Your Sur­prise Wed­ding” as a spon­sor in the fol­low­ing ar­eas:

1. Spon­sor a News­pa­per spread each month

2. Spon­sor the “Your Sur­prise Wed­ding” ar­ti­cles each week through ad­ver­tis­ing.

3. Spon­sor an as­pect of the wed­ding (decor, cater­ing, bev­er­ages, bri­dal wear, make-up, nails, rings, PA sys­tem, video and pho­tog­ra­phy etc).

4. Spon­sor the whole wed­ding

5. Any other way

◆ Please get hold of the Man­ica Post Ed­i­tor on 0778175925 or Utate Gar­dens on the num­ber be­low and get in­volved as soon as pos­si­ble. That is not all though. Be­tween Novem­ber and De­cem­ber 2018, if you bring 10 orig­i­nal clips of the wed­ding col­umn to the of­fice of The Man­ica Post Ed­i­tor, you will have a chance to be fea­tured in the col­umn. It is ex­cit­ing times; change your mind­set pos­i­tively by sup­port­ing those in need.

Un­til next week, God bless!

◆ Ann Ruthen­burg can be con­tacted on 0719933845.

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