HOW much would you spend for your wedding? "US$370,000," a Harare couple have answered.
Timonthy Matangi and his wife Patience, nee Kadada, faced the astronomical bill for their garden nuptials in Glen Lorne, Harare, last week.
From hiring a helicopter from South Africa for US$40,000 to paying Oliver Mtukudzi a slightly above-market fee of US$20,000, the couple - who have lived together for 20 years - would not let cost come between them and their dream wedding.
The wedding procession "got many people shell shocked", gushed the Herald newspaper.
"So extravagant was the wedding that the Glen Lorne neighbourhood came to a standstill when the couple arrived at the reception aboard a private helicopter," the paper reported on Saturday.
The 600 guests were joined by the couple's children who reportedly flew in from Australia on a chartered jet. The bridesmaids were chauffeured in top-of-the-range cars such as the Mercedes-Benz S600 and Bentleys.
The bride wore a US$10,000 black diamond ring. The bride and groom were kitted in imported designer garments while the bridal party wore matching grey suits and blue ties.
Guests took home a piece of the six-deck cake at the end of the "grand spectacle", the Herald added.
"They wanted to celebrate a life well lived. I am motivated to do the same," said their daughter, Pride.