Quick Tips for Planning a Great Wedding in Nigeria
Planning a great wedding can be both an exciting and stressful affair. With so many factors to consider and a budget to adhere to, organizing your dream day can appear rather daunting. Though Nigerian brides-to-be are expected to plan the majority of their weddings, grooms should not be left entirely in the dark. When planning a successful wedding, you should remember the three magic words: organization, communication and compromise. By focusing on these three things and by observing the tips below, you should be on your way to a stress-free and beautiful wedding day.
1. Set a date:
Couples should set a date that is at least six months away in order to leave enough time for preparations to be made. Remember that some wedding venues will be booked up to a year in advance, so it is worth considering this before setting a date. Moreover, though it may seem obvious, if you plan to have an outdoor wedding, do not set a date that falls within the Nigerian rainy season!
2. Set a budget:
Weddings can be extremely expensive affairs and so it is very important that you set a strict budget for each of your expenses. You should establish how much each family is contributing and how much you have to spend yourselves from the outset; do not wait until the last minute to realize you do not have sufficient funds. Remember that your guest list will largely be decided by your budget, so do not start inviting long-lost relatives before you have established how many people you can cater for.
3. Hire a wedding planner:
Wedding planners take a lot of stress away from the bride-to-be, allowing you to relax more. If your budget covers a wedding planner, it would be wise to appoint one as soon as possible. If it does not, you can do it yourself, but make sure that you delegate various tasks to friends and family in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed. If you cannot find a good wedding planner via recommendation, you may want to browse the jobs section of your local free classifieds site in order to find this kind of service in your city.
4. Do your research and communicate:
When planning a wedding, it is important to know exactly what you want and communicate this to others. The only way you can do this is if you have done some thorough research beforehand. Use online resources and bridal magazines to identify what you want and take pictures to vendors to help them meet your needs better. Communication is the key to planning a great wedding so whether you are delegating to friends, organizing with your wedding planner or negotiating with vendors, ensure you have been specific with your requests.
Planning your wedding may be stressful at times, but remember that the reason you are getting married is not for one day of festivities but for a lifetime of happiness. Your wedding day is an important event, but learning to compromise with your partner will make for a harmonious marriage.
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