Planning a wedding and desire a really good reception party? You need a checklist of to-dos to help you nail the planning and we’re giving you one in this post. This post will show you how to plan it yourself in 15 steps. Follow our Nigerian wedding reception planning checklist below to plan an unforgettable wedding reception party in Nigeria.
The first part of your wedding (vow ceremony at the worship house/ church or court registry) is going to be easy. On the other hand, your wedding reception will make up the biggest part of your wedding day, as well as the bulk of your wedding budget and logistics decision. Your guests are counting on you to make the party worth their time, why not have a solid wedding reception plan that will deliver the party your guests will thank you fo? Let’s show you how – I’ll give you the roadmap, and all you need to do is execute the plans. Read on for our simple steps to planning a great wedding reception in Nigeria – it’s a checklist you can print out and tick off any task you complete. Swipe/ scroll down for the steps.
How to Plan an Unforgettable Wedding Reception Party in Nigeria
Planning a flawlessly successful wedding reception involves a lot of planning, time, efforts and logistics. You need to think about the outfits, the food, drinks, the entertainment, the decoration, the souvenirs, the wedding vendors and more details. So, no matter whether you want to host a big or small wedding reception, you require careful planning to bring your wedding dream to life. Our 15-step wedding reception planning checklist below will guide you from start to finish:
Step 1: Dream and Fantasize about the D-Day
Brainstorm about the reception setting, the look and feel of the venue; the atmosphere & ambiance, what you are wearing (bride & groom’s attire, the guests’). Pinterest wedding inspiration boards are the perfect place to start. You can also get wedding style ideas from magazines like Ovation or sites like BellaNaija that showcase pictures from real Nigerian weddings that have taken place.
Take a minute to dream about the type of reception you want to have, about all the things that would make a dream wedding reception for you. Write them down. Don’t worry even if your initial ideas seem stupid, later you can go over the list and take out the not-so-realistic things so that you would be left with only the things you really you and your fiance are happy to have at your wedding reception.
- Wedding Pre-Planning Quiz for Engaged Couples (a cool way to flesh-out your wedding day look and feel/ vision)
- How to Find and Choose Your Reception Venue
Step 2: Set the Wedding Date
What day would you like to have your wedding? Be sure to consider the season and weather, as well as the month (do you want to have the wedding in a popular wedding month or other?). Set the date before looking for venue and vendors – because you want to be sure that the vendors and venue would not be booked at the time. And, it’s a good idea to set a date at least 6 months in advance, so as to be sure that the venue, vendors and the most important guests you want to see would be free to attend the wedding. Find out how to choose the best wedding date.
- If you’re one of those people that want a quick wedding without a long planning time-frame, use our 3-month wedding planning checklist to keep you organized.
Step 3. Set the Wedding Reception Budget
Set aside a ballpark figure for the wedding, and use our wedding budget calculator to split the budget to know how much to estimate for your wedding reception (which includes food, drinks – basically, most vendor payments are related to the wedding reception).
- How to Estimate Your Overall Wedding Cost from Number of Guests
- How to Use Number of Guests to Calculate Wedding Cost
Break down your wedding budget into the different parts of a wedding reception – you want to get an idea of how much to spend on every single thing. So, put a price beside each of the following (any amount, you need somewhere to start from – you can change it later when you confirm prices). You can make a list of what to spend on or start with our ready-made Nigerian wedding budget list.
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