A 12-Month Wedding Planning Calendar
Looking for a Nigerian wedding planning checklist or want a ready-made plan you can use right away? You see, planning a wedding is stressful whether you’re the bride or groom, and if you’re doing it without the help of a wedding planner, you need a checklist to stay organized and sane because there’s so much to do before the wedding day. This post is your step by step wedding planning check-list of things to do, month-by-month. Read on.
Scroll down for the complete to-do list for Nigerian white wedding.
Any wedding planner will advice that keeping a planning checklist or to-do list of the things you need to do is crucial to ensure you get everything done before it’s too late. This post is your month by month wedding planning countdown calendar, in a to-do list format, to guide you through the steps to preparing for a Nigerian white wedding, down to every last detail.
Wedding Checklist: Immediately After Your Engagement
- Congrats, your guy has proposed! Have an engagement party
- Start making arrangements for your Nigerian traditional engagement ceremony. We created a special checklist to help you stay organized before and up to your Nigerian traditional wedding day
Nigerian Wedding Checklist: 10 to 12 Months to Wedding Day
- Pick a date for white wedding, as well as the court registry wedding
- Decide on the wedding location (what country, state?)
- Define the tone, style and colour combo for the white wedding
- Research wedding ideas for how the whole event will look and feel – take our pre-wedding quiz for couples, to help you compile ideas on styling your wedding unique
- Also: Checkout our Pinterest wedding lookbook boards for latest wedding styles and trends
- Start looking for suitable wedding venues and vendors
- Set an overall maximum amount you can afford to spend (budget)
- Set the maximum number of guests you want to invite and share the number equally between the couple, bride’s and groom’s families – see details of how to do that in this post that teaches how to know how many guests to invite to your white wedding
Hire a wedding planner if you’re too busy to do the running around
- Take our 5-point test to find out whether you need a wedding planner or whether you have everything it takes to plan your white wedding successfully
- Agree on who pays for what, and who does what – between bride and groom (planning roles & responsibilities). It’s also time to ‘beg’ parents and close family for financial support or kind contributions
- Choose your attendants – bridesmaids & groomsmen – and inform them. [Ensure to get familiar with the things that bridesmaids are really supposed to do for a bride – read our essential Guide to Bridesmaid Duties and Responsibilities].
Wedding Checklist: 7 to 9 Months to Go
- Select and book wedding venue for the religious ceremony as well as the reception
- Book vendors (cake, caterer, venue decorator, photographer, videographer, invitation cards printer, wedding car hire+ drivers, makeup artist, hairstylist etc)
- Have an engagement photo-shoot
- Create a custom couples’ Wedding Site to announce wedding
- Shop for wedding rings for bride and groom – see pictures of assorted of trendy wedding rings, to get an idea of the bridal rings to buy
- Have the customary traditional wedding
- Book wedding party rentals, ushers & servers
- Book hotel accommodation for wedding night (to take off to your honeymoon) or as a bridal suite
- Reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests, and be sure to include the options, locations and price ranges in your wedding website or as a printed sheet to be placed inside each invitation card
- Research honeymoon destination and place
- Purchase your wedding gown, veil & lingerie, shape wear
- Have your bridesmaids purchase their dresses
- Book honeymoon accommodation & transport (& process visas, if necessary)
- Start shopping for trad wedding attire & logistics
- Shop for wedding favours/ souvenirs
- Have groom and groomsmen purchase their wedding suits
4 to 6 Months Before: Nigerian White Wedding Checklist
- Do all the customary Nigerian traditional engagement at the bride’s family house, as required
- Get the mothers and fathers shop for their attires
- Shop for bridal accessories (shoes, jewellery, headpiece, bouquet etc)
- Finalize venue decoration design details and wedding hall seating arrangement
- Purchase drinks and food (for in-house caterers)
- Have bridesmaids shop for their accessories
- Write out the wedding day itinerary and hand it over to your bridesmaids, groomsmen and vendors – so everyone knows the order of things and can help here and there
- Start addressing the invitation cards
- Confirm bridesmaids & groomsmen outfits & accessories are ready & fit well
- Have preview trial runs for wedding makeup and hairstyle – if you’d like to do it yourself, learn from our wedding makeup video tutorial, and also choose a style from our in-vogue wedding hair-styles
- Start wedding skin beauty and grooming (including skin treatments and weight loss plans)
- Appoint your wedding day chairman (Optional), wedding day assistants, food servers & ushers
Checklist: 1 to 3 Months to White Wedding Day
- Prepare and give a must-have photos posing list to your photographer, so that they know the important not-to-miss pictures to catch
- Send out the wedding invitation cards
- Prepare your bridal emergency kit & hand over to a bridesmaid
- Finalize details & delivery times with all vendors
- Finalize music playlist (& do-not-playlist) with DJ/music band
- Delegate remaining tasks, event coordination & wedding day tasks & itinerary – see our step by step article on how to coordinate your wedding like an expert
- Handover all vendor contact list, itinerary and balance payment to a trusty bridesmaid or family member
- Attend pre-wedding party (bridal shower/ bachelor party)
- Do a final wedding gown fitting & make any necessary alteration
- Confirm that venue lighting and sanitation are adequate for your big day
- Pack for honeymoon
- Confirm agreed deliverables and arrival times, with every single vendor & any last minute details
- Go over the essentials of a successful wedding reception so you don’t miss out anything – part 1 here | part 2 here
Checklist: 1 to 30 Days Before the Wedding Day
- By a month to the wedding, stop all wedding planning things (if you want to look pretty in photos), and ask your trusty bridesmaids and family members you handed over to regularly report to you the weekly/ daily state of things. Even if you don’t have close friends and relatives to hand over the rest of the wedding planning to, you can find a wedding planner at any time before the wedding – yes, they also do partial planning as well as the-day-of-wedding-coordination and those cost less.
- Relax, Go to bed early everyday and get a beauty treatment every now and then – massage/ facials/ workouts and also the wedding trial hair and makeup to see if what you have in mind would actually turn out good on you – not a good idea to do a hair/ makeup the first time on your wedding day (we’re tired of hearing grooms tell us how they hated their bride’s look on the wedding day)
- Arrange for an after-reception getaway car
- Attend pre-wedding photo sessions, at your photographer’s place or agreed location
- Get a manicure & pedicure 1-2 days before D-day
- 2 days before D-Day: Arrange all your wedding day wears, from the underwear, jewelry, shoes and so on – put them neatly in a closet ready for your big day
- Check in to a bridal suite (hotel) that is close to your wedding venue (if you can afford it) – it makes life easier to have you and all your bridesmaids in one place a day before the wedding
- On the D-day: RELAX, take a deep breath, eat well and get lots of water
- Ask the photographer & video coverage provider to be at your bridal suite 2 hours before wedding ceremony
- Have your makeup and hair done – if you can’t afford a makeup artist or just for fun, you can learn and do it yourself in this video. You may also want to see pictures of our in-vogue Nigerian wedding hairstyles, to help you choose a style
- On the D-day, dress up at least 2-3 hours before the wedding solemnization/ joining ceremony
- Leave for the wedding solemnization/ joining ceremony venue & marry the man of your dreams!
More Ways to Stay Organized While Planning Your Wedding
Our goal here is to make your planning a Nigerian wedding easier and fun. Besides this, wedding planning to-do list/ checklist, you need the other wedding planner templates to stay super-organized. You can download our 6-in-1 wedding planner-in-a-box kit from this page – it’s a free gift for our readers.
What Did I Miss in This Wedding Plan List?
So, that’s it for a checklist of everything you (a bride or groom) need to do before, and up to, the day of your white wedding in Nigeria. Please facebook/ tweet this article to your friends – sharing is caring.
Did I miss anything? If so, add it in the comments below. So, how do you plan to use this checklist to prepare for your Nigerian white wedding? Tell me in the comments below – don’t forget to tell me your planned wedding date?