Wedding Budget List: Typical Expenses in Nigerian Weddings (Shopping List)

How do you make a wedding budget list to use in estimating the cost of your upcoming Nigerian wedding? One of the best ways to make up a wedding budget list is to ask newlyweds or a wedding planner for the typical things couples spend on during their Nigerian weddings. But what if you don’t have anyone around to ask, and you don’t want to forget a single thing last minute! In this post, I will show you an example budget list  – typical things Nigerians budget for in their weddings. Feel free to copy, modify and use the list to arrive at your own wedding budget.  So, read on to see the list.

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What Should You Budget For in a Nigerian Wedding?

One of the first things to do when planning a white wedding is to set a budget, based on how much you (the couple) can afford to spend. But that’s just a figure, right? You don’t just take your entire wedding money to the market to start shopping (that’s dumb). You have to first sit down to make a wedding shopping list of things to buy, services to hire and how much to spend on each.   A wedding budget list is simply a shopping list of every possible expense you are likely to spend for your wedding.

Nigerian Wedding Budget List for Shopping: Example of Typical Expenses

Below is an example of a wedding budget list – this is the list of expenses that will make up your wedding cost. So, you can also call this a wedding expense list, some people call it the wedding shopping list. Below is just an example, as some couples include more items in their wedding shopping list, while others choose to keep it basic – it all depends on whether you plan to have a low-key wedding or big wedding.

The Wedding Rings

  • Wedding rings (bride + groom) ___________
  • Wedding ring box or pillow ___________

Bride’s Attire

  • Borrow/ rent a used or pre-owned wedding gown ___________
  • Bride’s shoes ___________
  • Bridal Accessories: bouquet, veil, headpiece; earrings, necklace etc ___________
  • Bridal beauty: Hair/ Nails/ Makeup ___________

Groom’s Attire

  • Groom’s Shoes ___________
  • Groom’s wedding suit ___________
  • Groom’s Accessories (e.g cuff links, belt etc) ___________
  • Flower boutonniere/ pocket handkerchief) ___________
  • Groom’s Grooming (e.g haircut, beard shaving) ___________

Stationery & Souvenirs

  • (Printing of) Invitation cards & program ___________
  • Souvenirs/ Favors to gift guests ___________

Venue & Decoration (for Reception)

Venue hire (incl. necessary rentals such as canopy tents, chairs) ___________
Decoration: venue, bride n Groom’s cars, venue décor ___________

Reception Food & Drinks

Wedding Cake (assuming N150/ guest count) ___________
Food ___________
Drinks/ Juice/ Water ___________

Reception Entertainment & Visuals

Photography & Video Coverage ___________
Master of Ceremony (MC) ___________
DJ only (No Music Band) ___________

Transportation

Car and bus hire to transport bride, groom and wedding party (bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents), close relatives and VIP guests to/ from wedding venues ___________

Other Vendors (optional)

  • Wedding planner services ___________
  • Ushers ___________
  • Food servers ___________

Miscellaneous (reserved fund, in case of emergency) ___________

So, YOUR TOTAL WEDDING BUDGET is: __________________ (this is where to write the total of amounts you budgeted in the above items).

That’s it for our wedding budget checklist of expenses for planning a Nigerian white wedding. Be sure to read the article that covers the traditional wedding budget items list.

After the Wedding Budget List, What Next?

You’ve made the wedding budget list for wedding shopping, now what? Having a list of likely wedding expenses or possible expenses is just the beginning in the process of knowing how much your wedding will cost. Among other things, you have to guesti-mate (I mean, budget) for each item in your wedding budget list – how do you do that?

Find below other articles we wrote to help you as you plan your wedding budget:

  • Nigerian wedding budget calculator – this one is a hands-free way to automatically determine a breakdown of how much you should spend on different areas of your wedding event.

Final Takeaway: Wedding Budget List for Shopping

No two weddings can be the same in terms of how much the couples will spend, because different couples have different priorities as well as are different in how much money that is available for them to spend. So, this wedding budget list is the list basic expense items in many Nigerian style weddings. Feel free to add more items or remove from the above Nigerian wedding shopping budget list, to suit your personal wedding taste and style.

My advice: It’s a good idea to print this wedding budget list and keep a copy in your handbag, so that it will be easy to find whenever you are shopping or negotiating with a wedding service vendor.

So, that’s it for the list of expenses to have in your wedding budget (shopping) list. It’s your turn now – tell me in the comments below, did I miss anything that you think should be on the above wedding budget list? 

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Comments

  1. wow!!! u have done well I’ve gotten answers to my questions from ur write ups and ur responses. Thank u so much but is it possible to have a Yoruba traditional wedding that will include d bride price rite with 300k cuz I have done my Court wedding

    • Thanks for the feedback, Bukola. The only way you can know how much the bride price and customary engagement list would cost is to officially collect “THE LIST” from the bride’s family, and then go to the market to ask for price of the items in that list.

  2. Chidi Stephen says:

    Dear stella,
    A pleasant evening to you. God bless you for the amazing job you are doing. Am planning to get married by August 2017, how can i plan a small but memorable traditional(igbo) and white wedding with a budget of 1m same day.
    Thanks
    Chidi

    • Dear Chidi, thank you for reading our wedding budget article for grooms. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

      Now, onto your question about tips for planning a small but memorable, same-day, trad and white wedding, below are my tips:
      – Decide in advance the number of people to invite (it’s best to keep it small, so that your wedding food and drinks budget can cater for them. More people would mean you would spend more OR some guests would not get food). A good way is to calculate by cost per head, based on cost of plate of food and drinks – ask a few caterers what they charge, and calculate from that to know how many people (100, 200 etc) your wedding catering budget can handle.
      – Before you do any spending, divide up your N1m budget into how you should spend it – so that you can avoid over-spending in some areas and discovering you need more money in others. >>You can do this by allocating certain percentage of that N1m to different categories of wedding expenses – Catering (food, drinks), Photography/ Video, DJ/ Live Band, MC, Decorators and so on – we prepared a wedding budget calculator guide (percentages) that you may use (click).
      wedding budget calculator guide (percentages) that you may use (click).
      – Don’t do everything yourself – get a few friends/ family to help you out and DELEGATE things-to-do to them (traditional wedding checklist and white wedding checklist) and follow them up every few days.
      – Have a plan on a few trusted friends/ family or hired hand/ wedding planner to coordinate activities on the day of your wedding – you don’t want caterers, photographers and other wedding service vendors calling you or your bride on that day to ask for where or when to do things. Read our Wedding Coordination planning tips here.
      Wedding Coordination planning tips here for ideas you can use to organize your help team.
      YOU MAY ALSO SEE MEMORABLE, LOW-KEY WEDDING TIPS BELOW:
      – Low-key wedding Tips: for have an unforgettable, celebrity-type small wedding in Nigeria

      Low-key wedding Tips
      – Making Small Weddings Work and Look Big: Everything you need to know, do or avoid when planning a small Nigerian wedding
      Making Small Weddings Work and Look Big
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      – Make good photography a top priority – that’s the only thing that will make your wedding TRULY memorable after that day. Plan and book a good wedding photography team ahead of time (the best ones are booked far in advance, don’t choose just any one last minute). Very tiny weddings look grand in pictures years after, because they had good photography.

      Those are tips I can think of this moment. Hope they help.

  3. Michael Michael says:

    Hi Stella,
    I’m Michael. You are doing a very great and good job here. I have been following your tips but it seems my days are number now. The timing is still around August or September by God’s grace. With the economy situation here in Nigeria, how can I minimise cost and maximise the availabile resources at my proposal. I have less than 500k but still more 300k.
    Thank you.

    • Hello Michael,
      Thanks for reading our wedding budget tips. I must commend you – you have done a lot by saving up; most people do not have that much and some have even got married with less than that.
      >>First things to think of is hall/ venue and feeding. (1) Get a free venue or a very cheap public garden or hall. (2) Don’t invite everybody, because you can’t feed them all. To ensure your wedding budget of N300k – N400k is enough and gives you an amazing celebration, the most important thing is to not to invite too many people – find a caterer and ask him/ her how much it would cost to feed so-and-so number of guests. That should give you an idea of how much to reserve for wedding food – and use common sense to reduce the planned number of guests until you get a Naira amount that is within your affordability.
      >>We wrote some detailed articles with extensive tips on many ways to cut wedding costs and amazing ideas you can use to have a big-looking wedding with small money (click). have a big-looking wedding with small money (click). Be sure to click that link to see the tips, and also read the other wedding cost-minimizing posts that we mentioned inside that post.
      Don’t worry, your wedding will be better than you imagined – just follow the advice.

  4. Dear Stella,

    Good evening and how is your day going?

    Please i need your help, I and my husband don’t have money for our wedding and people are asking us when will that day be?

    Now i am planning to have my wedding on December 2017 and i don’t know how to go about it and i want to have my wedding in big way and also i don’t have big money to do it.

    Please help me on this matter.

    • Dear Chika,

      Thanks for reading and sending your question. Here are my answers:
      Advice #1: Save up – start saving now: You said you don’t have money for your wedding but desire a big wedding: I have to be frank with you, my dear, you need some money to have any kind of wedding at all (even a tiny one). So, the only way is to save up for your wedding plus beg your family/ friends to support you financially. There’s no other way.

      Advice #2: Be true to the size of your pocket. Once you save up some money, even small, then plan your wedding, and you can follow our articles on how to have a great wedding with small money and cut down costs. Here on this blog, we are always telling couples to plan their wedding according to their pocket size, and it would still be awesome IF YOU FOLLOW SIMPLE WEDDING PLANNING TIPS. Here’s our tips to having a big girls wedding with small money (click).

      Advice #3: Don’t wait too much. Just do it! Start thinking of the next 6 months to 9 months and plan towards that time. Here’s an article on why you should not delay your wedding any longer (click).

      Advice #4: Consider having it outside December (choose other months). Know that December is a time when things get very expensive in Nigeria, and since you would not be planning your wedding with much money, you need to think of fixing it at a season that things are not costly – so that you can get a lot of things done with small money.

      Read and use over 100 ideas and tips from us on how to save wedding costs and have your wedding in a big way, when planning with small money.

      Those are my tips, Chika, and I hope they’ll help you.

  5. good afternoon stella, please i need an affordable wedding planner urgently. please help

  6. Pls I need a wedding budget for trad and white wedding.

  7. favour says:

    I love ds.great job!I tink I wil folow ds wen planning mine.but can u list d budget of doin both d trad nd white weddn same day?

    • Thanks, Favour. Feel free to follow our wedding busget list tips; also know that what we provided is a guide and so you should feel free to change things up to suit your personal wedding style. (2) On your request, I will note that in our list of future topics to write on. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, to know when we write any new article and for daily wedding planning tips.

  8. How can I have a low key wedding of 300k. Pls help me and my wife to be !!!

    • Welcome to NaijaGlamWedding Deric. You can click here to take a look at this sample wedding budget where the couple spent a little over N300k – you may want to model your own budget after that one, but in your case reduce the amounts of items so as to arrive at N300k. In addition, follow our low-key wedding planning advice and tips here (click) and here (click) – AND also read the other related articles we mentioned in those posts – they will show you more ways to cut down your wedding costs to match your budget. I wish you success as you plan the wedding.

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