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still have we still have weather fronts lingering across scotland and easter in england. another fairly lingering across scotland and easter in england. anotherfairly cloudy picture on monday with outbreaks of rain. the heaviest of the showers will be in yorkshire and lincolnshire. the will be some heel and thunder and heavy downpours of rain. higher pressure and more sunshine than we have seen today. temperatures around 23 degrees. on shoes day the next front will work and across northern ireland and to the west of scotland, bringing in some rain. in the south and east you are unlikely to stay dry. temperatures will be up a degree two. highs of 26 celsius. it looks like it will continue to see low pressure in the north—west, bringing in showers and edinburgh and belfast. after a warm middle part of
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the week, it will turn colour. —— cooler. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. police are treating a shooting in manchester's moss side area as attempted murder after ten people, including two children, were wounded. none of the injuries are thought to be life—threatening. nasa's daring solar probe mission has successfully launched from cape canaveral in florida, after the launch was called off yesterday. the mission will analyse the sun's atmosphere for the first time. rail passengers in the north—west have faced another sunday of disruption, as operator northern cancels around 80 train services. now on bbc news, it's time for more from the money & power season, a new craze is seducing couples across uganda.
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in a quest to show off new found wealth or status and in a race to outdo their neighbours, brides and grooms are going to extremes on their big day. ugandan weddings are now big business. big dresses, big venues and big bills. i am on the shores of lake victoria and i am here to witness one of the biggest weddings in kampala in recent weeks. over a quarter of a million couples are getting married every year in uganda. but in a country where the average annual income is just over $700, many people are spending a small, and sometimes unaffordable fortune, on their wedding. you feel like your husband cannot provide. you feel like you really made a mistake. rita is an up—and—coming wedding planner in kampala. so this is your dress.
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she started her own events company three years ago. rita is meeting a bride—to—be for a very special appointment. that is lovely. this has a touch of white and champagne and a lot of embroidery. you don't like the embroidery? nope. wow. we shall get there. this, no. wow! it looks so nice. i love the fact it holds your waist so nicely. i can't breathe. we are going to try millions until we get what you want. wow, it is really nice. how much does that crown go for?
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200. 200,000? only? 200,000. i don't believe you. rita is an estimated 130 wedding planners in the capital. i think we shall get it for your mother. wedding planners, bridal salons and a range of new businesses are all profiting from the new, more modern approach to getting married. the big white wedding. we have fallen in love with this game. if she wanted to buy it and take it away, how much is that? 4.5. $1500. that would be perfect. thank you so much.
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this is the dress? yes! rita's workload is increasing. she now usually works one wedding every weekend. in uganda getting married is a big deal, it is an achievement. since i started this business about three years ago, the wedding business has really changed a lot. it is really a lucrative business right now. more and more clients are getting interested in wedding planning. rita has noticed a marked trend towards bigger, evermore lavish weddings. five years ago you would talk to somebody and you would say, 80 people are enough. it is about you getting married. today, 80 people, are you serious? bridejoyce has invited 1500 guests. today she is getting married to her
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high school sweetheart, ronald. the couple had a traditional union ten years ago, but like many, they now want a second ceremony, a big white wedding. this morning i am on the shores of lake victoria to witness one of the biggest weddings in kampala in recent weeks. put a show. rita has come to meet and observe one of the most successful wedding planners in the country. over the last ten years andrew has built a reputation, organising the most extravagant weddings. roughly how much went into this wedding? they spent like 300 million up to 400. that is interesting, that is over $100,000. that is huge. it took us three months
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to organise this wedding. and we do this every time. we have a video team, we are like 20 people and we collate it, so it is a big team. like 100 people altogether. that's nice, that's nice. the dress looks beautiful on her, it complements her so well. it's about 8 million ugandan shillings, about $2500. their wedding guests begin to pour into the reception. this is bigger than i expected, so huge. we even have national tv right here capturing this lavish wedding. we have some of the biggest places in
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kampala over here, the decor is lovely. it cost over 9000 us dollars, that's really huge. fight i'm running out of words. you may thinkjoyce and ronald's reception could rival a royal reading but the couple are part of a new wave of successful ugandan entrepreneurs. they run two thriving retail businesses and a restaurant in kampala, earning them an annual income of 800 million ugandan shillings, 200,000 us dollars. 5—star venues production crews, fireworks, 60 cakes, their very own thrones and caterers serving a feast for all the guests. these are just some of the things couples across uganda now request on their wedding day. such demand is fuelling the
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growing wedding industry full stop people like rita, andrew and decorator asher are all reaping the benefits. do you think weddings have changed a lot over the years from ten yea rs changed a lot over the years from ten years ago? how have they changed? of course they've really changed. initially we didn't have always, we didn't have intervals, flowers we are importing from nairobi, we didn't have the activity. from india, china, to recreate effects here. and that a wedding when no expense has been spared, it's no surprise the entertainment is a national treasure. that's one of the most expensive musicians in uganda. but not everyone in the country can
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afford big white weddings, with planners, limousines and pop star performances. one groom, with the help of his two sisters, is busy organising his big day with less than 2a hours to go. organising his big day with less than 24 hours to go. how much was it? 50. i need to know the budget first. i do know how much is going to be spent here. joseph is a 29—year—old businessman who works in kampala, but he's come home to a rural town in eastern uganda to get married. his traditional wedding is costing him 7 million shillings, 2500 us dollars, a fraction of the
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big white weddings in kampala. i'm going to finish up the shopping. have you gone slightly over budget? yeah. yeah, some small things that i never expected actually, but they are coming in right now at the last minute, so i'm going in somehow. i'm not regretting it, i'm happy and doing it for myself, it's a one—day thing in life that i don't need to ta ke thing in life that i don't need to take it for granted. meanwhile in the neighbouring townjoseph‘s bride—to—be, 27—year—old cissy is preparing food for her guests.|j began realising that i fell in love with joseph when began realising that i fell in love withjoseph when he sent me a song.
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he sent me a song and the song was so he sent me a song and the song was so touching, it made me reflect about my life with him. that song made me have a sleepless night. it kept ringing in my mind over and over and i kept ringing in my mind over and overand i said, kept ringing in my mind over and over and i said, ok, kept ringing in my mind over and overand i said, ok, that thing i heard that time made me realise that actually i liked him. i was in love with him. as tradition dictates, cissy‘s father fabian will host the wedding at the family home. and excited, it's greater than before, because we stayed with you for a longer time. how was it for
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you? those for a longer time. how was it for you ? those moments for a longer time. how was it for you? those moments you have? your you? those roorooots goo have? ¥§¥f if you? those roorooots uou have? ¥§¥f if is you? those ruorueots you heye? 333356 3? is like you? those ruoruehts you heye? 3336 3 is like putting you? those ruoruehts you heye? 3336 3 is like - putting your wedding is like we are putting your last, last, this is the person i want, this is the person i want to stay with, this is the person i want to be the father or mother of my children, so that is a very touching moment. you feel very excited that you are at last going to be husband and wife. what did you take for appreciation to the family for raising money? that time you were talking in terms of animals, but my father—in—law was an older man so he wanted the equivalent in cash.
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cissy‘s parents got married 45 years ago. for generations gifts such as cattle have been offered as a dowry marriage. the the woman's hand in marriage. the offerings increased with the woman's worse, her social standing, her education, age, looks and so on. while that tradition continues throughout uganda and beyond, cissy‘s parents did not askjoseph faure bride price. —— did not ask joseph for the bride price. that evening joseph collect his final gift ahead of tomorrow's celebrations. this is it. i'm not paying a bribe price. i can't equate
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it, she is far more than this, a beautiful woman, very intelligent, very loving, and above all she's god—fearing. that's the most important thing i love about her. i'm going to send mobile money. with everything now paid for ahead of tomorrow the total wedding costs cissy and joseph just under 2000 us dollars, a quarter of their annual earnings. with the help of their families the couple have come in on budget. the big day has arrived. cissy‘s mother, catherine, has come to spend her last moments with her youngest daughter before she embarks on a new chapter. so far, so good. everything is ok. my family is happy, you can see from my mum right there. everyone is happy. my prayer for
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cissy is that joseph has come everyone is happy. my prayer for cissy is thatjoseph has come here, has wooed her for a long time, that he will be a loving husband and an understanding husband, a caring husband. i'm happy that my family doesn't ask for bride price or ask joseph for bride price, and he chose to bring whatever he can afford, so i'm happy about that. it shows the appreciation for them raising me up and he shows his respect to the culture, but it's out of his own will, not by force. bride price means of course will, not by force. bride price means of course now will, not by force. bride price means of course now the husband, you are his property, whatever you do is for you. so when joseph
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are his property, whatever you do is for you. so whenjoseph came we received him and we told him sicily was too precious for bride price, so whatever they are bringing is a gift, not a bride price. in uganda i'm happy that it's dying out. i love you too, mummy. cissy and joseph have decided to have a type of traditional wedding which alongside religious and civil is finallyjoseph and his entourage
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arrived. the main celebrations can now commence. asjoseph is as joseph is from asjoseph is from a tribe in eastern uganda and cissy is from the bantu group, the dancers must formally greet and invite him across her family's threshold. cissy‘s system and maid of honour, joyce, is tasked with seating joseph. he comes covered, dressed like the other girls, the other sisters and a little difficult from the groom to choose. this is one of the oldest
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traditions in the ceremony. joseph must identify his bride amongst her sisters. it's a final test the groom must pass before he earns the bride's hand in marriage. the pressure is on! one mistake and it's all off. you got presence from joseph and the family members. each gift offered to cissy‘s family have a significance like the two white coats that symbolise her purity. —— goats. the
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union is finally blessed and celebrated by their family and community, making them lawfully husband and wife. at each stage of the ceremony cissy changes from one outfit to another with a grand total of five dresses. as night descends it's time for a universal tradition. dancing! i feel super excited and i'm ifeel super excited and i'm really happy that she's mine. she's mine, i'm super excited. i'm extremely excited. i'm happy. the function we nt excited. i'm happy. the function went well. i'm happy that this is
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out went well. i'm happy that this is our ring. thank you, the promise i won't mistreat you. i'll do my best to keep a smile on your face. backin back in kampala rita is meeting a couple who had a very different wedding experience. right now i'm on my way to visit my old clients. i think they're waiting here, moses and joann. they are such a lovely couple but right now they are going through some financial difficulties because of the expenses they had to incur for their difficulties because of the expenses they had to incurfor their wedding. they had to go into debt and it greatly affected their marriage, so i'm going to check on them and see how they are progressing. father, injesus' father, in jesus' name father, injesus' name we thank you because of your precious god.
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33—year—old moses is a pastoral whose livelihood is dependent on trinity donations. his 27—year—old wife joan is a trinity donations. his 27—year—old wifejoan is a new mum. she works odd jobs when she can. moses, tell me, why would you under such pressure to have this big wedding? first and foremost because of my position as a pastor, is a man of god, to give the community what they are expected of me, so i wish i'd listened to what you had told me, the advice of doing something that is quite minimal, but i have no choice. cover had a chance to do it again i'd do it much better and more affordable cost within my means. moses and joan spent 10,000 us dollars on their wedding ceremonies, half of which went towards the bride price. they still owe $4000. it's
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been so, so, at times it can feel like hell. all this debt, ifinally feel my husband is now at peace. the situation has been so tends to me, asa man, situation has been so tends to me, as a man, as a father and other husband, as a pastor, sometimes you end up feeling like you haven't done enough, you end up making sacrifices to put food on the table. like some days i used to tell my wife that i'm fasting, for her to have a meal that we couldn't share, both of us, it's brought a lot of stress and strain undera lot of brought a lot of stress and strain under a lot of pressure on me, even between me and my wife. basically with stress you can develop depression, you feel like your
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husband cannot provide, you feel like you really made a mistake, but sometimes we really get off the hulk and we kind of fight over financial issues. i think that such a horrible impact, that anyone could ever choose to have. i can't call it extravagantly on your wedding day. god, the water is coming into my soul... as the leader of his community moses wants to know what can be done to prevent other couples ending up in a similar situation. he's heard a group of politicians are proposing a change in the law to regulate weddings and support young couples getting married. monica is an mp leading the campaign. there
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has to be regulation indeed, regulation of marriage, so we don't commercialise and make it a business. as a country we have not moved faster to address the costs embedded in celebrating the various steps of marriages, customary marriage, civil marriage and the church marriage, and that's why we are working together as members of parliament to streamline these types of marriages and provide for the best requirements —— basic requirements which are acceptable under the law. that's why i'm so much interested in hearing what the parliamentarians are discussing about it will stop the mps are also proposing a legal change to the tradition of bride price in an effort to reduce wedding costs. the first thing we require is that bride price doesn't have to be paid and if it is paid it should not be refundable as it has been. as a pastor, i have men behind me who are
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intending to marry. the cost is putting them off? yes. back here, newlyweds cissy and joseph are contemplating what their marriage will bring. making is happy, growing old together. seeing our grandchildren together. at the office they will be calling me mrs, not miss. i'm happy that i came to yourfamily, not not miss. i'm happy that i came to your family, not the city, where things are so high, you know? we've seen so many things are so high, you know? we've seen so many people make it look big at the end of the day they end up clashing. its new level, new
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responsibilities, amongst our friends, but with us we just work towards having it work. till death do us part. as couples across uganda decide on how they wish to celebrate their marriage they leach find they'd unique way of balancing tradition and the allure of the big white wedding. hello, it's been a day of mixed fortu nes hello, it's been a day of mixed fortunes today. some spells of
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sunshine around but for most places there's been a lot of cloud. the cloud has been producing heavy showers. this is the scene taken by one of our weather watchers, some fairly thick grey clouds they're set to produce more rainfall as we head through the rest of this afternoon and evening. for the week ahead is still looking rather unsettled. in the north and west in particular its breezy and showery. the driest and warmest weather is expected in the past few hours. it's been across parts of scotland, eastern england and heavy showers in the west too. we'll continue to see showers for north—west england, wales and the south—west, some heavy showers, so some heavy rainfall falling in a short space of time, there could be quite a lot of surface water around. more rain to come across parts of the south—east of england and east anglia through the course of the night too. fairly cloudy and mild for most of us overnight with temperatures holding at around
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14-15. to temperatures holding at around 14—15. to start our new working week low pressure is still in charge. we've got high pressure across the azores, trying to nudge and across the uk. but we still got weather fronts lingering across scotland and into eastern england will stop another fairly cloudy picture on monday with outbreaks of rain across parts of scotland, not particularly heavy but slow—moving. the heaviest showers will be towards yorkshire and lincolnshire, some hail asunder and lincolnshire, some hail asunder and heavy downpours of rain likely here. further towards the south and south—west, higher pressure in charge with more sunshine than today and an improved picture for wales and an improved picture for wales and south—west england. temperatures around 23, largely dry for northern england. tuesday, the next front worked in across northern ireland into the west of scotland bringing rain and perhaps into the north—west of england, further south and east across the uk you are more likely to stay dry on tuesday and temperatures will be nudging up by a degree or two. highs of 26 in the south—east, 18-22 in two. highs of 26 in the south—east, 18—22 in scotland and northern
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ireland on tuesday. we'll continue to see low pressure in the north and north—west, bringing showers to edinburgh and belfast. mostly dry with some sunny spells for cardiff and for london. after a warm middle pa rt and for london. after a warm middle part of the week it will turn cooler later in the week. goodbye.


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