South African businessman Milton Mbhele broke all the traditional rules of a polygamous wedding when he recently married four women on the same day.
The four brides, dressed in flowing white gowns, walked down the aisle together, before saying “We do” to the 44-year-old groom.
Mr Mbhele says he didn’t marry them purely for the spectacle but because it also made financial sense. “I don’t know how much four different weddings would have cost me but I know doing it all at once saved money,” he explains.
“For example I only needed one tent, I needed to hire one caterer and one photographer for the entire ceremony.”
“I began putting money aside for the event towards the end of 2007 and started collecting quotes for things like the tent and catering costs early last year.”
He says he loves all his wives — Thobile Vilakazi, Zanele Langa, Baqinisile Mdlolo and Smangele Cele — equally and also treats them that way.
Mr Mbhele himself wears four rings on his finger. He says this is a sign of his commitment to all his wives.
The wives say they were shocked by the news that Mr Mbhele wanted to marry them at once, but add that they agreed because they love him.
Some two weeks after their much publicised two-day ceremony, Mr Mbhele says he is overwhelmed by all the attention his wedding has attracted.