How to Avoid Being Late to Your Own Wedding

#2. Hiring an Amateur Bridal Makeup Artist

Sometimes I wonder why most brides will want to hire an amateur make-up artist to mess with their face on the most important day of their life. Whatever the justification may be, it comes with its own detriment. While an amateur bridal make-up artist will waste hours trying to find out what to use on your face, a professional bridal make-up artist has already done a trial make-up for you on the day of your pre wedding photo session. This will make the bridal makeup less stressful on the wedding day, making you look your best on your D-Day.

EXPERT ADVICE: So while choosing a make-up artist, always inquire how long the bridal make up procedure will take him/her. This will give you a clue of what to expect on your wedding day.

Look at that face! Is he waiting for his bride?

Oooh! It’s getting late, where’s my bride? Look at the expression on his face…

#3. Poor Time Management

During the early morning hours of the wedding day, it is very common for some of the bride’s friends and loved ones to arrive, and they will all want to see the bride to inform her of their presence and also cheer her up. Most bride’s get carried away by these moments and forget the essence of focusing on the more important thing: Getting Dressed Up. Wedding brides should always remember that there will be enough time on the wedding day for exchange of pleasantries, sharing jokes and taking of pictures. Having this in mind will keep you focused on the task ahead and make you stick to your time schedule.

TREND CASE STUDY: A recent trend in Nigeria is where some brides lodge in 5-Star hotels for the dressing-up. While this gives the bride a very quiet environment to sleep well at night before the wedding day, the main reason that most brides make such hotel choice is so that they can take pictures in the beautiful hotel environment immediately after wearing their wedding gown (while their make-up is still fresh). Unfortunately, most brides end up not taking those planned pictures – all because of poor time management. The implication is that they spend so much money for the hotel space and get less value. Sometimes a bride would even end up quarreling with her groom on their wedding morning, because of her lateness. Isn’t that funny?

wedding car transporting bride to church

We’re in a hurry! So I’ll drive myself – it’s the fastest way to get me and my bridesmaids to church…

#4. Poor Transportation Arrangement

This is one common problem I have noticed in most Nigerian weddings. I have even seen a wedding where the bride was supposed to use her personal car to go to the church but couldn’t find the car keys when it was time to go to the church. I guess this would not have happened if there was a driver that was paid to do the job. In some other cases, the same driver that was paid to drive the bride to the wedding venue will be the same driver to come back to the hotel to pick up the bridal train (aka wedding party), pick the photographers and camera-persons, and maybe some other vendors and sometimes including picking up her relatives.

EXPERT ADVICE: If you need three cars to transport people to the church, make arrangements for four or five cars. Always make room for disappointments. Get a hotel that is very close to your wedding venue, with good access roads and one that is also close to your reception venue.

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bride and bridesmaids in purple silk robes

Girls, let’s enjoy early morning gist before church. Don’t worry, we won’t be late…

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  1. Abidemi Olumuyiwa says

    You are very correct

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