How to do a fabulous wedding on a small budget

Sage magazine shows you 5 ways to cut corners and still have your dream wedding.

Affluent Kenyans spare no expense in making their children’s nuptials a once in a lifetime affair (see separate story on wedding planners). One business mogul spent Ksh28 million on his son’s wedding. The event was held at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club but what really drove up the cost was the traditional ceremonies held at the bride’s and groom’s homes, which were catered by Sarova Hotels.

At the traditional Itaara ceremony where the bride’s family visits the groom’s home to see where she will be living, everything was shipped in from Nairobi, including DJ, sound, flowers and there was even a bar where alcoholic drinks of every description were available to the guests, who comprised the crème de la crème of Kenyan society.

For us ordinary mortals who cannot afford such lavish spending, there are a few tricks you can employ to cut costs and still have a fabulous wedding. Continue reading


Cashing in on ‘I Do’

I love weddings (watching them on TV actually; attending them, not so much) and I’ve always wondered, why do they have to cost so much? In the February issue of Sage magazine, we reflect on the cost of saying I Do to the one you love.

It features conversations with wedding planners, business opportunities created by the wedding industry and 5 ways in which savvy but cash strapped brides are saving money and still getting a fabulous wedding. That is one article you don’t want to miss!

This issue also features football legend Joe Kadenge whose compelling story by the incomparable Owaahh is a must read. Our finance writer shows you how to invest offshore and Kithaka wa Mberia, one of Kenya’s most successful authors shares tips on how to make money from books.

Along with that is our usual sprinkling of articles on personal finance, fashion, style, decor, fitness, food, motoring and the arts.

Sage is only Ksh400 bob and is available in Nakumatt and Chandarana supermarkets. A digital version is available on Magzter.

Have a fabulous read!

Grab your copy of Sage second issue!

I don’t know about you but for me, the end of the year is always a period of reflection where I contemplate what I’ve achieved vis-à-vis what I had planned when the year began. The reflections are not always happy ones, sometimes bitter sweet, but always, there is a sense of hope that whatever dreams I have, will come to pass in the New Year.

For many infertile couples, getting to hear about in Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), offers hope of a new dawn after years of stigma with the wife bearing the brunt. Cruel relatives have by then called her all sorts of names, often urging her husband to get himself another wife to bear him children, never mind that he could be the one with the problem.

Although IVF has been around for a decade in Kenya, it is still controversial. Surrogates have been called everything from gold diggers to adulterers, and couples deemed selfish for spending so much money – sometimes millions – in the quest for a child who carries their DNA. Our second issue explores all things IVF; from the business end of the procedures, to the ways in which infertile couples, egg and sperm donors, surrogates, doctors and other stakeholders are navigating this minefield, courting cultural and religious taboos at every turn, while a legal vacuum compounds the agony for couples fortunate enough to be blessed with an IVF baby.

In this issue we also walk with Zain Verjee, former CNN anchor, as she embarks on a journey into entrepreneurship in the digital space. Kenya’s most popular blogger, Jackson Biko has honoured us with a rare interview and Them Mushrooms, still going strong after four decades, share their musical voyage, filled with triumph and tragedy alike, as well as their plans to take their music in a new direction. These are just a few of the gems we prepared for you, so turn the page and get reading. We love to hear from you, so drop us a line when you’re done, or talk to us on social media.

Wishing you a joyful and fruitful 2017.

Sage magazine is finally here!

More than a year in the making, loads of work, plenty of obstacles. But it was all worth it. My newest baby is here. Not a book, but a magazine. A business and lifestyle magazine that is also geared towards the arts. No surprises there, since I’m an artist.

Among the artists featured in the launch issue: Jua Cali, Kenya’s king of Genge, Osborne Macharia, photographer par excellence and Tom Mboya, who abandoned an 8-year hotel career to pursue his first love: painting.

We have an indepth feature on the changing landscape of media in Africa with one of Africa’s great journalists Wangethi Mwangi, former editorial director at Nation Media Group and now a senior advisor at African Media Initiative. Wangethi shares his insights on the biggest stories of the last three decades, his personal interactions with two Kenyan presidents and how the Internet is shaping the future of media in Africa.

Sage magazine also features plenty of investment and career advice, and lifestyle features including fitness, decor, motoring, food and travel.

We have a great team starting with the #SageSquad, Ronni Waithaka and MaryG Waithaka, who have been instrumental in putting the mag together. And then there’s #TeamSage, a wonderful cast of writers and photographers who we’re honoured to be working with. Just to mention a few: Kelly Murungi (Rookie Manager), Owaah, Oyunga Pala, Magunga Williams, Dickson Otieno, Judith Mwobobia, Fredrick Omondi and Andrew Onyango.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for taking a chance on us and believing in the dream even before we could show you the finished product. Looking forward to a wonderful journey together.

Sage magazine is a monthly publication and is available in supermarkets and newspaper vendors from December. A digital version will be available on Magzter. Price just Ksh400 bob. Grab your copy today!

Click here to read the entire first issue (November).