Our last stop for the day (we opted out of part five and will try to meet once more with the couple tomorrow). Reception was at yet another building, and started at 5:00 and ended at 8:00. This is where you will typically have up to 400 or 500 guests. We were told that although you invite everyone you know to the whole day, people pick and choose what they attend. And we can see why! Each ceremony was between two and 3 hours long, with driving and much waiting in between. This being our first and only African wedding, we soaked up as much as we could.
|The stage for the wedding party. And yes, those are bright white lights.|
|We got a bit confused throughout the day as to who was in the wedding party, but we did notice that at each different ceremony, the main people had on different outfits.|
|Cutting the cakes. After the relatives were served (and that included us!), these cakes were cut into small pieces, piled on platters, and handed out row by row during the ceremony.|
|The gifts ranged from baskets of fruit to big boxes. The fruit was symbolic for either a fruitful life or past fruit in their lives.|