How to Avoid Being Late to Your Own Wedding

#5. Phone Calls and Chats

I know that you might start wondering why I have this on the list. But phone calls and chatting is a major time consumer in the morning of any wedding. Brides should try to hand over their phones, ipads, etc to someone else who does not have any major role to play on the wedding day or they can decide to switch off their phones completely. Your friends and well-wishers will always find their way to your wedding venue, whether your phone is switched on or not. Remember that any serious person who sincerely wants to attend your event will get the venue address in advance, days before your wedding day. Be bold enough to tell your friends that they shouldn’t call your phone numbers on your wedding morning since you will be busy getting ready for an unforgettable experience.

bride late rushing to church ceremony

She’s late? Where is she rushing to?

Timekeeping 101 for Brides: Ladies, Let’s Help You Show Up On Time!

If you think it will be hard for you to be on time, you may want to hire a wedding planner to take the wahala from you. We are so concerned about our brides who read this blog and follow us (NaijaGlamWedding) on social media, and want to help you not-be-late to your wedding. So, in this article, I begged one of the wedding photographers in my circle (of wedding professionals and vendors) to come and reveal  expert tips on what causes brides to usually run late on their big day, and also advice my NaijaGlamWedding brides on how to avoid this common mistake that almost every bride will make (and many have made in the past).

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Think about it, who better knows what brides struggle with than their photographer, makeup artist and wedding planner? Out of all the wedding professionals a couple would hire, those are the ones that work closely behind-the-scenes with them on their wedding day, and even some days/ weeks before their big day.

As gross as it may sound, 89 percent of the time, about-to-wed brides are late and rushing to their own weddings – ceremony or reception. Happens all the time. And, let me tell you, next Saturday, 8 out of every 10 brides will show up nearly late (some late) to their weddings. No bride ever planned to show up late, but it ALWAYS happens – but the good news is that you can avoid it using our tips. Lateness among brides is not nice at all, and we don’t want you to be like that. This sort of behavior annoys wedding photographers because when they show up very early to take your before-the-wedding photos, you are not ready because you’re still styling your hair or doing your face, or for a thousand other reasons. And to make matters worse, the photographer may never get a chance to shoot the before-pictures, because you would end up rushing out when it’s a few minutes to your church wedding. Haba, brides! Photographers and Makeup Artists are complaining bitterly. Scroll up again to re-read our tips on how to be an early bride.

photo: bride late hurriedly dressed up by bridesmaids

Chai! Please, let’s hurry – we are late oo

Brides, Now You Know Better…

According to wedding professionals who work with brides on the mornings of their weddings, every week over 80% of brides turn up late to their wedding ceremony. Even next week, many brides will arrive late to their own weddings. Most brides that it happened to cry the “if only I knew” line. None of them ever planned it, but it happened. If you’re like me, you’ll wonder whether it’s a curse that brides must be late to their own weddings, no matter how hard they tried.  The reason is buried in the saying that ‘what you don’t know is likely to kill you’ or as the Bible says ‘my people perish for lack of knowledge’. Carried away by the excitement and anxiety of the shiny things of weddings, time-keeping is a bride’s last worry. Most brides go to their weddings never knowing the mistakes others before them had made, and so they blindly make the same mistakes all over again – and late coming is top on the list.

Now that you know the top 5 hings that make brides to be late to their own weddings, you do not have any excuse to be late.

Your Turn: Add Tip #6 or Share Any Bride-Wedding-Lateness Saga You Experienced

That’s it! Now you know what to do to avoid being another late bride. I hope the above tips will help you be on time for your own big day. This blog is all about keeping you super-organized before and through your wedding. Please share this article with any one you know who is getting married soon – they will thank you, because newlyweds who arrived late to their weddings always tell us ‘if I had known…”.

Now that you’ve read this post, you now know what most about-to-wed brides do not know, and so I expect you to show up early. Work towards this saying that “it’s better to be one hour early than 5 minutes late”.  Thanks for reading. Now comment below to add your own tip or share about a wedding you attended where the bride showed up late and why.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Today’s behind-the-scenes wedding advice was brought to us by Daniel Chima Kumorhymes of Dauch Photography Studios in Port Harcourt (Nigeria). To hire them as your wedding photographer or for your engagement shoot, contact him on Phone/ Whatsapp: 07068680338 or 07012314683. Follow Dauch Photography on Instagram where they regularly dishes out wedding photography tips | BBM:  5c3432fd | Instagram: @dauchphotography

Photography Credits: @Akintayotimi | SC George | Adebayo Deru | Dotun Ayodeji | Obi Nwokedi | Alakija Studios – those awesome Nigerian wedding photographers are on Instagram; please follow them to see more of their works or to hire them.

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Stella is the founder and Editor of this blog (NaijaGlamWedding). Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Submit your photos to be featured - it's FREE, because we love everything weddings, bridal showers, engagement shoots.


  1. Abidemi Olumuyiwa says

    You are very correct

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