How to organize a Nigerian wedding in 2022 with a limited budget
The most important thing for your dream wedding to be perfect is to plan and define a budget for the celebration…
Organizing the wedding of your dreams and that of your partner is a challenge that is well worth it, since it will be a milestone in your lives and, without a doubt, a beautiful memory that will remain forever. Here are 8 ideas that you should take into account.
The first thing you have to do is decide how much money to allocate for the realization of this event. If in addition to the wedding celebration you decide to have a honeymoon, it is best to have both budgets separately.
In present day Nigerian wedding, it is worth that you contribute the capital to carry it out and it is also worth receiving financial or material help from family and friends. Once you know how much money you have to organize your wedding, it is time to decide what you are going to spend it on.
Court, religious wedding or both:
Something key in weddings is to determine if you want, in addition to the civil/court wedding, a religious wedding and if they will perform both ceremonies on the same day or one will precede the other.
To save more, the recommendation is that the court wedding takes place directly at the Civil Registry and a few days later the religious ceremony takes place in the place of your choice. But realistically, it’s too emotional and too practical to have the two events together, so sometimes it might be worth spending a little more to put the ceremonies together.
The procedures in the Civil Registry and in religious temples are often overwhelming for some people, but we recommend that it be the first thing you start to find out to have all the requirements ready. If you have little time, we recommend hiring a Wedding Planner who are experts in this type of follow-up and will make the process much easier for you and your partner.
The guest list:
Define who you will invite to your wedding. The people on the guest list must mean a lot to you and accompany you on one of the best days of your life. Don’t feel bad if you can’t invite everyone, as people who like you will understand the situation and be empathetic. A few weeks before the event, try to confirm attendance and thus be able to rearrange places if necessary.
The godparents and witnesses:
Another important detail is choosing who will be the godparents and/or witnesses of your wedding. Depending on the type of ceremony, they will have to choose a series of people who will symbolically participate in the celebration in the front row, witnessing the union. Make sure you pick the best.
The time, the day and the place:
It’s important to find the ideal date to get married, some prefer to do it at a particular season of the year because they are more stable times for the weather and they can choose to hold the event both indoors and outdoors. However, getting married during the mid-year is usually cheaper, although there is always the possibility that the weather will play tricks on them and they will have to face the consequences.
Getting married during the week or on a Sunday is also cheaper than doing it on a Saturday, although sometimes the availability of your guests may be less. For all this, depending on the date and time of your event, they will choose the place that best suits your needs and where both you and your guests can enjoy an unforgettable moment. The recommendation is to reserve the place at least 6 months in advance.
The bridal outfit:
A part that the couple will enjoy a lot or (in some cases) might cause them some indecision, is the choice of the wedding dress and the groom’s suit. The reality is that there are designs for all tastes and in the end it is very important that they feel comfortable and spectacular with the chosen outfits.
We recommend starting your search for your bridal outfit 6 to 3 months in advance, but testing at least 15 days before the event to ensure a super fit. In the case of the bride, it is also essential to choose a flattering hairstyle and appropriate makeup, which is why it is good to test beforehand with your trusted stylist.
Food and drinks:
At any wedding, the banquet cannot be missing, but the choice of dishes will depend on your budget. Currently you might not be able to offer ostentatious multi-course menus, a buffet for all tastes or but can opt for the simplicity of a easy meals and end it there.
In terms of drinks, they can offer non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks to their guests depending on the uses and customs, however, it is recommended that they be products of acceptable quality, but don’t break your budget doing that.
Another important decision is whether to have a wedding cake. Try to find a supplier that stands out for the quality and delivery, because without a doubt a good wedding cake is remembered. The recommendation is to book the banquet at least 3 months in advance.
Filming and photography:
A real way to immortalize the memory of your wedding is in photographs or video. Therefore, do not stop hiring a qualified service that can record that exceptional moment. Try to review the previous jobs they have had and choose those suppliers that can be original and are able to capture the unique details of each couple. You can make this choice at least 2 months in advance
I hope these tips are useful to you and remember: your wedding will be the best, and withing a budget because it will be yours, I assure you.