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How Wedding Committees Impact Friendship In Modern Eastern and Southern Africa

Every relationship evolves as time passes by. Milestones like weddings have changed female friendships around me. In some parts of Zambia, marriage and building families come with celebrations and ceremonies which need budgets and more often than not, the budget is not affordable for most couples. This is how the WhatsApp wedding committee gained traction among Zambians and other Africans. 

A wedding committee is a group of an engaged couple’s friends and relatives who each contribute a fixed amount of money towards the wedding celebration months in advance of the actual ceremony.

Usually, the bride (or her maid of honour) and groom send out invitations to their friends and relatives to ask them to join a WhatsApp group, to help them cover wedding costs or to buy specific home furniture.