Are you a stylish bride-to-be preparing for your Nigerian wedding but constrained to a tiny low budget? So you’re wondering how to use the small money you have to plan an elegant wedding that looks like a million bucks? You’re thinking: where can I possibly cut down without sacrificing the quality of the wedding I have dreamed of?
If that sounds like you, then you’re the one I had in mind when writing this article – because you’re about to discover the 9 smart ideas you can use today to save costs while planning a low budget Naija wedding.Photo Credit: Wedding Photography by Obi Nwokedi
I recommend that you print out this list and work through them one by one.
#1: Buy a Small Wedding Cake with a Few Tiers/ Steps
Save costs on wedding cake and still delight your guests’ sweet tooth by making one small but cute wedding cake with a few tiers/ steps – to display in the reception. Then buy a big un-iced and un-decorated, normal cake from any good cake store to serve the guests (it’s cheaper than getting wedding cake for the entire guests) – no one will know the cake they ate is different from the one displayed, and you’ll score a big point by impressing guests who were happy to be served big cake portions and you also win by not paying an arm and leg for a big wedding cake to serve the entire guests. By the way, if you have or a talented friend or family member, you can ask them to help you bake the regular cake instead – so that you’ll further save money.
#2: Rent a Cheap Wedding Venue
Pay less on venue by renting a cheap town hall or an open field/ garden. Have your wedding in the morning or afternoon of a week day, and you’ll see less crowd that you can really afford to feed.
#3: DIY at Home Instead of Paying Wedding Vendors
Don’t buy everything, make some yourself. Ask your mom’s friends, aunties and close talented friends to help you with catering (food), baking the wedding cake, snacks (chin-chin, fried meat, moi-moi etc), souvenirs, MC etc – but please draw the boundary when it comes to photographers and makeup artistes – hire known experts on those ones because you won’t have a second wedding in case your makeup and photos didn’t come out right – and you want to be able to show people nice photos after the wedding.
#4: Put Together Your Own Personal Planning Team
If you can’t afford a wedding planner, assign one of your super-organized friend as your wedding coordinator. This person should be a hands-on and known to (delight in planning everyone’s birthday parties) with the task of your wedding day coordination as well as your pre-wedding planning buddy. You gotta give that role to somebody if you don’t want to see your wedding going the way you didn’t anticipate. Be sure to give her the wedding planning itinerary checklist/timelines and phone number of all your vendors to work with, – and you can be the wedding project manager, following up with everyone who’s helping you, while using our wedding day itinerary as a guide to when every task must be done by.
#5: Save Cost on Wedding Venue Decoration
Find an open field/ garden with a natural scene. Or a hall with neutral walls and floors – no dramatic wall and floor colours but with a great ambiance – so that your venue still looks amazing without needing any or an extensive decoration – and you’ll not have spent any money on venue decoration. Then have tables and chairs covered in a simple colour cover cloths. Did you know that the wedding cake is also part of a wedding decoration, so that when you set a wedding cake with simple-design in your reception venue, it adds to set the room. By all means avoid colour-riot, rainbow-coloured reception venue decor. The secret to appealing design and decoration is “less is more”.
#6: Hire a Good DJ instead of hiring a Live Music Band
Music bands are more expensive than a DJ – any day. So, don’t hire a live band, instead get a good DJ – you’ll save money and your guests will have so much great time that you’ll have to beg them to stop dancing (long after the wedding party has come to an end). Please don’t choose a semi-pro DJ over a professional one, just because it’s cheaper – be ready to pay a little extra on getting a DJ that will get your guests up and dancing. An unprofessional DJ always dulls a wedding. Instead of hiring an amateur music band that your guests do not enjoy listening to, hire a good DJ that will make your guests never want to stop dancing.
#7: Don’t Pay for a Master of Ceremony
Ask a slick talking friend to MC your special day.
#8: Rent a Wedding Gown Instead of Buying a New One
Rent a pre-owned but trendy wedding gown – not all rented wedding gowns look frumpy and old school – ask some shops that sell wedding dresses instead of hiring from a wedding caterer or cake baker .
#9: Your Groom Could Wear a Pre-Owned Worn Suit
Instead of buying a new wedding suit, your groom can wear an old, unworn suit that’s fit for the wedding occasion. There’s always that suit that hasn’t yet be worn, lying in your groom’s suitcase – because he had reserved it for a special occasion. After a while, he forgot about it. Ask him to check his suitcase.
Your Small Budget Wedding Takeaway
There you have it for my 9 smart ways to reduce the cost of your wedding in Nigeria. This article is a the second part in our series on smart ideas for saving costs when planning a classy, small Nigerian wedding – you can find the part 1 here. And, be sure to read our other articles on how to save costs on Nigerian wedding:
- 5 Ways to Use Small Money to Organize a Fabulous Wedding
- 10 Unique Ideas to Get a Big-Girls Wedding on a Small Budget
- How to Plan a Low-Key Wedding in Nigeria
- Simple Things to Do to Wow Guests When Planning a Small Wedding
Now tell me, what are you doing or plan to do to save money in your low-cost wedding? Or do you have any small wedding budget tips that I missed in the list above? Tell me in the comments box below.