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Help! am a bridesmaid and am broke

We all want to support those closest to us and to be there when they need us. What are friends for! To be by your friend throughout the highs and lows of the wedding planning process, to see her jitters on The Big Day, to see the sweet but nervous smiles throughout the ceremony, and to cry along with her as she exchanges vows with her soon-to-be husband is something every friend wants to do. And, if you’re a lady there’s a very high likelihood that you’ve had a friend ask you to be in her wedding.

But what do you do if you’re broke, in debt, have no money, and you get asked to be in a wedding? We get a lot of emails requesting for tips on how to handle the high cost of being a bridesmaid.

The emails usually go a little something like this:

When my best friend whom I have known since campus asked me to be her bridesmaid, I was super excited.  Not only because she’s a great friend, but also because I’ve never been a bridesmaid.  As the planning started though I realized that being a bridesmaid is going to be really expensive and I really don’t know if I can manage it.  I don’t want to ruin my friend’s plans, but how do I not go broke?  Help!


Those who have been bridesmaids before know that being a part of a wedding party can definitely get pricey.  With the bridesmaid dress, hair, make up, the bridal shower, the wedding gift, the traditional party visits, etc the total can accumulate to a tidy sum running into thousands of shillings. For many girls this can be quite a shocker especially if it is your first time of being a bridesmaid. But, reaching out for help is good and we won’t lead you astray. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak to Dr. Catherine Masitsa wedding expert and CEO of Samantha’s bridal from July 29th to July 31st at the Samantha’s bridal expo.



It’s now official: SAMANTHA’S Bridal announces Gilad as Brand Ambassador for ‘Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair’


Now in its 13th year, SAMANTHA’S Bridal, Kenya’s Premiere Bridal event, is happy to announce it has partnered with Kenya’s own ‘King Wa Mapenzi’, Musician Gilad Millo, with the aim of taking SAMANTHA’S vision to a new level. The Israeli-Kenyan pop sensation’s hit song ‘Sema Milele’, which has been dubbed ‘Kenya’s Wedding Song’, as Kenyan couples continue to march down the aisle to the popular tune, has been chosen as the theme song for this year’s Fair.

Gilad, together with SAMANTHA’S Bridal, Founder & CEO, Catherine Masitsa, have already been surprising brides throughout Nairobi as part of the pre-Fair campaign, which kicked off this week. The duo are promising more surprises in the run-up to the three day experience at the end of July and an eventful, action packed weekend full of love and music.

SAMANTHA’S Bridal Wedding Fair will officially open on Friday 29th July with a celebratory performance of ‘Sema Milele’ followed by a full live ‘Gilad & Super band’ concert on Saturday 30th July. In addition to experiencing everything Wedding’s in a hands-on, interactive atmosphere, ticket holders will also automatically enter a competition with this year’s first prize – Gilad singing ‘Sema Milele‘ at the winner’s wedding of choice!

“We are excited to have Gilad with us this year” says Catherine Masitsa, Founder & CEO of SAMANTHA’S Bridal adding, “SAMANTHA’S is a well established Brand representing an institution known for its high standards. In addition to his popular love songs Gilad is a family man, whose positive energy resonates well with Kenyans. We look forward to an amazing Bridal Fair”.

“When Catherine approached me with the idea I was flattered to be associated with a brand, which is so well respected in Kenya” says Gilad, who is very excited to be part of this year’s Bridal Fair. “Off course I look forward to singing ‘Sema Milele’ at the Fair and to putting on a full concert with Super band, but what I am also about spending time with young couples and families at the Fair and sharing in this experience together with the thousands of Kenyans, who will come through this iconic Wedding Fair during these 3 days” says Gilad.

The hippiest, hottest expo in the wedding industry is here


So in love!

You have found it all in one person, now find it all under one roof at the Samantha’s bridal expo at the Sarit Centre from 29-31st July

Prepare to be dazzled, wowed and entertained

East Africa’s leading wedding expo once again ignites the 2016 wedding market with a line-up of cutting edge surprises and performers designed to amaze, inspire, educate, and delight all that attend. The Samantha’s wedding expo is an event that will not only allow you, the bride, to source and see the hippest, hottest trends in the wedding industry, but it will allow you to experience them in action too.

This is an expo of approximately 120+ bridal suppliers showcasing the best of the best ideas in the wedding industry.

A stroll through the expo Hall will allow you to gain valuable ideas and vendor details allowing you to create the perfect wedding AND THEN …

IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH … make an appointment to Sing along “Sema Milele” with our special celebrity artist and friend, Gilad Milo aka King wa mapenzi, Gilad Milo is also the brand ambassador for this July’s wedding expo

BOOK NOW for the wedding event experience of the year … the music, the clothes, the floral design, the dazzling décor – we will provide a specialized experience, showcasing event professionals who are passionate about setting the standards of producing only the best in weddings.

We will have asked all our exhibitors not to report on the trends, but rather set them and allow for our attendees to experience them in action, enticing the imagination of all who attend with an epicurean treat.

You will enjoy a wedding fashion experience that is sure to amaze and delight the senses, walking away with inspiration that will last a lifetime.

The hippiest, hottest expo in the wedding industry …

Not only will The Samantha’s bridal expo be bringing the best of exhibitors to the 2016 expo, but also this year we are excited to be partnering with the COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NAIROBI.



The Cake Challenge

All roads last weekend were headed to the Samantha’s Bridal wedding fair which was held at the Sarit Centre. Within the Fair was another event the Cake Challenge theme ‘Have Your Cake and Eat It’ everybody liked and loved. Mouth watering cakes were on display for everyone to see, admire and vote, there were also cake samples that were being given out for free for tasting and voting for the Cake with your best design, flavor and size.

Thanks to Unga Limited which provided the necessary support and materials that made the Cake challenge successful. They expressed their love and the winners were given prizes and giveaways from Unga limited.

The overall winning cake was designed by Cake Elegance, see the photos below:

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Winner Cake Challenge,: Cake Elegance


1st Runners up was the Valentines cake house.

!st runners up Valentines Cake
!st runners up Valentines Cake

2nd Runners up was cake City, see the photo below:

2nd runners up Cake City
2nd runners up Cake City

The event changed the minds of brides and grooms to be and they got a chance to know on how their weddings cakes will look like thanks to the people who baked and participated in the challenge. Old monotonous way of cake baking was changed and new ways of design adopted.

Check the photos below of all the cakes that took part in the competition:

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Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair is ON

The Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair opened its doors yesterday with glamour. On top of the game were regions most recognized bridal fashionistas and wedding stockiest, the runway was graced with beautiful models showcasing bridal gowns from designer present.

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Sarit Centre expo hall was filled with good music from the well known Homeboyz entertainment. The exhibitors know very well what you need and they brought all their products and services for you to choose. Deco, wedding gowns, table set up, honeymoon gateways, entertainment, cakes and wedding cards.

Photo By My Photography
Photo By My Photography

Today it will even be better with KTN broadcasting live from Sarit centre, the song bird Atemi will also be performing live with one of her breath taking song that became a hit Bebi Bebi, expect more fashion show on the runway, the most awaited bridal make over and the coveted cake challenge. All that happening at the Sarit Centre expo hall.

Tickets are still selling at the Entrance Kshs 400 for regular and Kshs 2000 VIP Indulge ticket, Get yours now.

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A Holistic wedding decor approach

Nowadays people come to weddings to see what is unique physically and they forget the marriage part that they came to witness, A holistic approach during the wedding has been discovered by Jacens Events. They make your wedding day unforgettable by balancing all aspects, watch out this video by Samantha’s bridal team to get more on-the kind of approach they use to make your day memorable.


Get to know more about Samantha’s bridal fair

The 12th year anniversary edition of Samantha’s wedding fair taking place at Sarit Centre is the ultimate wedding planning day out – Kenyan style! The fair brings on board the most comprehensive and creative bridal products and services. You will find everything from stationery, beautiful blooms and wedding gowns to jewellery, table décor and honeymoons to ensure your wedding day will be the most memorable. Also on hand the presence of the regions top wedding planners, photographers and caterers, each with a wealth of experience, expertise and advice on how to tailor your wedding to your individual needs. Check out the video and learn more about Samantha’s Bridal Fair

Don’t miss out on this!

Samantha’s Bridal Wedding Fair Giveaways


The weekend of the 26th–28th of February will mark The 12th expo of the Samantha’s wedding fair and the 8th year anniversary, cementing its status as Kenya’s leading bridal show with a record number of visitors through the door. This assures us that we are succeeding in our vision to streamline wedding preparation for as many brides-to-be as possible so that it is an effortless and enjoyable task.

The show constantly improving standard is clearly evident in the exquisitely decorated stands, with every exhibitor vying for the covetable title of ‘Best Stand’. This aesthetic benchmark has been set very high this year. Another sure draw card for the show’s visitors will be the opportunity for the visitors to enter the draw and win various prizes which include tickets to Mauritius, weekend getaways, flowers delivery for a year, goodie bags, wedding cakes, jewellery among others.

This Wedding competition will be made possible through a media partnership with the Standard Group and is expected to record an unparalleled number of entries as hopeful entrants submit their forms during Friday to Saturday shows transforming the fair into a hub of activity and excited energy.

The package giveaways:

  • Discounted Wedding Photography Voucher.
  • Wedding Cake by Hope cakes.
  • Return ticket and accommodation in a Five (5) star hotel to Mauritius.
  • Night accommodation at PrideInn Hotel Nyali on BB.
  • Night accommodation at PrideInn Hotel Diani on BB.
  • We will give 2 prizes as follows:
    • Fairmont The Norfolk – Sunday Brunch for (2) people.
    • Fairmont Mara Safari Club – (2) nights for Two (2) people (excluding transportation, game drives and park fees)
  • Complimentary Voucher for Lunch (2 pax) at Royal Kitchen.
  • A System and entertainment for church, reception and evening party.


Dress-up your bride’s maids

While retaining her signature aesthetic of classic elegance, Wambui Mukenyi is giving the collection a lighter, fresher, more feminine edge. Using only the best quality fabrics , the new collection upholds the standards of quality and design integrity for which Wamboi Mukenyi is renowned.

Wambui MukenyiWambui Mukenyi has created a collection of Exquisite bridal gowns and brides maids dresses. Each gown has been designed to make every bride feel and look amazing on her special day. You can expect to see delicate laces, flowing chiffons and feminine embellishments, all making this collection both stylish and on trend for the fashion conscious bride.

Wambui Mukenyi 22Visit stand number 46 on the Samantha’s Bridal wedding fair at the Sarit centre and get your brides maid dressed up.