Planning a wedding? Use our reception planning checklist below to plan an unforgettable wedding reception party. The wedding reception will make up the biggest part of your wedding day, as well as the bulk of your wedding budget. The solemnization or joining ceremony is the easy part of any couple’s wedding day, it’s in the wedding reception that you’ll need to spend the most time, make the most efforts, decisions, and expenses when planning your wedding. In this post, you will discover the simple steps to planning a good to great wedding reception, Naija style. Read on and follow our wedding reception planning checklist below, our 15 simple steps to organizing a flawless wedding reception party – even if you cannot afford an event planner.
How to Plan an Unforgettable Wedding Reception Party in Nigeria (15-Step Checklist)
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 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.
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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 weddings 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.
- 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).
- Easy way to know how much your wedding reception will cost, from knowing how many people to invite.
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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.