Investigative journalist John-Allan Namu has revealed how a lavish wedding took him and his wife into a financial hole.
Speaking on the “Financially Incorrect” show, Namu said the main issue arose because he was unable to control the number of guests attending the wedding.
He said: “Our initial cap was set at 250 guests, but the guest list kept growing, and every time we tried to resist, we were outnumbered.” The couple’s wedding was attended by a staggering 632 guests.
“It was a fantastic wedding for people who attended it, but in the back of my mind, I was like, how am I going to pay for all of this?”
Namu revealed that eventually his wife Makena had to sell her car, and he got a sh1.5 million unsecured loan.
“One of the biggest regrets that I have is caving to that pressure. That amount of money would have done so much for us,” he said.
The aftermath of the extravagant wedding was a financial struggle, particularly the unsecured loan taken to cover the wedding expenses.
“It took me time to pay that loan, it was the most painful loan that I have ever paid,” Namu confessed.
Namu is now keen to advise on young couple intending to do a wedding not to bow to family pressure.
“That anger from your parents will fade,” he says.