Small, intimate weddings with less than 100 guests – such as singer Simi, OAP Toke Makinwa and actress Stephanie Okereke’s intimate celebrity weddings – are becoming common in Nigeria. The advantages of keeping a wedding small and intimate are many.
By the way, did you know that unless you have a hired wedding planner, your wedding event is more likely to be great if you gave fewer guests. The added benefit is that your wedding budget will significantly become lower and you can choose to spend the money saved on things that matter most to you, while down-playing or skipping others, and also giving your guests the best time. In this post, I’ll show 8 more things you can do to organize a classy, low-key and simple Nigerian wedding that will wow your guests.
8 Small Ideas to Organize an Intimate & Classy Low-Key Nigerian Wedding
Here are 8 small wedding ideas to help you organize an intimate but classy Nigerian-style wedding with fewer guests:
In a previous article, I told you that there are 2 different types of small weddings – and why you need to be clear on which type you want have, in order to get your planning right. Once you know the type of small Nigerian wedding you want, follow the steps below to plan it:
#1. Set the Wedding Date
You need to have this date at the back of your mind when renting a venue, shopping or hiring vendors – everything must be done and completed in a good time, before this date. Most brides get stressed because of the rush when their wedding date is close by and a lot has not been done. So. it helps to start right after the marriage proposal/ engagement.
#2. Keep the Parents Informed Early
Every Nigerian parent has been looking forward to that day when they would call everyone they know to the wedding ceremony of their child – you know, they love it the-bigger-the-merrier. So, it can be hard convincing a Nigerian parent that their son/ daughter wants to have few wedding guests – why would anyone want to deprive them of the joy of sharing a family celebration with plenty, which had always been the ‘tradition’. To avoid, or reduce, protests from close families, and also ensure that they cut down their guest list, it is advised that you let both families (bride’s and groom’s) know ahead of time that you want a small intimate wedding.
#3: Keep Your Budget Small
Make a spending budget, but keep it small. Prioritize your expenses by spending the most money on the things that matter most to you, and spend the least money on other not-so-important areas – that’s how to have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of, on a small budget. For example: if your top priority is having a designer gown and you’re least concerned about bringing a music band, then you may want to splurge on the designer wedding dress and then hire a DJ instead of a band. Another example: if your top priority is having a World class wedding photographer cover your big day, and you’d rather use your father’s backyard as the wedding venue, then by all means do so. It’s all about splurging on your top priority and keeping other areas low key. Remember, it’s not appropriate to cut corners when it comes to catering for your guests.