How to Plan a Nigerian Wedding in 21 Steps (Things to Do)

Want to know what things a bride-to-be (and groom) should do when planning and preparing for a wedding in Nigeria? Then, this post is for you – read to discover the 21 simple steps you must follow to stay sane and organized when preparing for a fab wedding in Nigeria. After writing our wedding planning checklists and many posts detailing things to do when preparing for a Nigerian wedding, yet, almost every week, I still receive a couple of emails asking for planning tips. So, in response, I thought to write this new post, dishing out the steps on how to plan a Nigerian wedding in 21 steps. You could say that this is every bride’s (and groom’s) manual for planning a flawless and stress-free wedding in Nigeria.

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First, you need to know that you can’t plan a wedding alone. You need other people to assist you with the pre-wedding planning and day-of wedding coordination. You also need to coordinate the vendors you choose to work with. If you’re too busy, hire a professional wedding planner to do the running around on your behalf.

[List] The 21 Simple Steps to Planning a Nigerian Wedding

So, here are the steps to follow and things to do when organizing a wedding in Nigeria:

1. Start early to plan the wedding.

If you start preparations at least 6 months before the date of your wedding, you can be sure to get most things done and out of the way. That way, you’ll have a rest of the mind around the date of your wedding.

2. Make a list of people who can help you with different planning work.

I like to call them your ‘personal wedding planning team’. Your team can be made up of your bridesmaids, close friends and family and/ or a hired, professional wedding planner. By the way, if you have a wedding planner, that person will do everything about planning and coordinating your wedding – so that you can go to sleep and show up pretty on your wedding day, with an assurance that everything is in control. It’s a good idea to follow up with your wedding planner or helpers every week – it’s easier following up with one person that all the many vendors involved in a wedding.

SEE ALSOFind Out if You Need a Wedding Planner

3. Contact the people on your list, who you want to assist you in the wedding planning process.

Do not assume they should know (they are waiting for you to ask). Ask if they can find the time, and let them know you’d be delegating some wedding tasks to them. Ask your mom and her friends, aunties, family members and friends. Choose bridesmaids and maid of honour (chief bridesmaids), and ask them to help out in your wedding plans.

4. Make a wedding checklist and timeline for your team to work with.

After you’ve told a couple of people that you’ll need their help, next is to tell them what to help out with, so write down a wedding planning to-do list, of things to do from now to your wedding day. AFTER doing that, you should assign one or more work from that list to each person you’ve asked for help. You know these people, and what they are good in or love to do – so use that knowledge to assign your wedding to-do-list to them.

5. Involve your fiance too – assign him some things on your wedding planning checklist.

You may want to ask him to tell you the things he can help out with, OR just choose areas that you know he can do well). Generally, men love helping out with setting the wedding budget, planning for drinks, hiring the DJ and planning the wedding music playlist, making arrangements for the sound system for the day, negotiating the venue price, planning what the boys (groomsmen and aso-ebi guys) will wear, planning the honeymoon trip. Some guys also love to join their brides during food and cake tasting (when looking to choose vendors).

6. Make a budget list and a budget.

Make a list of the things you need to buy or rent for the wedding. Find out how much each one costs, and then total up the costs. That is your wedding budget. We already made you a ready-made wedding budget list, with all items filled, all you need to do is fill how much each thing costs – click here to download it.

7. Make a list of the types of vendors and suppliers you need for the wedding preparation.

Most Nigerians have a couple of family members around who are willing and ready to help out with cooking and some other areas so that you won’t have to pay vendors for some services. In any case, write down the list of things that you would need to hire people to do for you; also make a list of the things your family members and friends will do for you for free.

8. Decide on the type of venue you will use – outdoor or indoor?

If outdoor, will it be a garden or a family house backyard or an open field? If indoors, will it be a hotel or an event center or where?

9. Search and interview vendors and venue managers:

Start asking around and compiling names of possible vendors who will help you put things together for your wedding. Visit them, ask them some questions, see pictures of them at work and of their works at a previous wedding, and fix a date to taste food and cakes, and inspect possible venues.


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  1. Yes, it does.

  2. Good day ma.
    Pls I want to know can #200,000 be okay for me to do my traditional marriage excluding the bride price

  3. Thing about the wedding preparation action plan, kindly put me through how to plan a wedding on a small budget. the wedding is this year not yet fixed a date planning to toward it. I needed a list of item to put in place.

    Best Regards,

  4. Thanks for the tips you gave us. will my wedding is this April but i dont were to start. could you please help us. Thanks.

  5. Hello Tanks for been there for people like us my wedding is April it going to on a low key but I dnt even knw were to start planning from. God bless u and kip up ur gud works.

    • Constance, thanks for reading NaijaGlamWedding posts. We’re glad that you appreciate our efforts. Feel free to ask us any questions here on this blog, after reading any of our tips.
      Your feelings are normal; most engaged, brides-to-be feel the same way, and that’s why I started this wedding website – to provide easy-to-do wedding planning tips and guides.
      *My dear, you can start from this page – by following and doing the tips one by one; and you can also read the other helpful articles linked in this post. We always receive feedback and emails from brides and grooms who tell us that our wedding planning articles were what they followed to organize their wedding.
      *Some about-to-wed brides are very busy to plan their wedding themselves, due to work – in case you’re in that situation, the best way to go would be to hire a wedding planner to do the running-around for you. If you’re not sure whether you should hire a wedding planner or not, read this post – and you’ll be able to decide quick.
      Happy wedding-planning, and be sure to join our wedding communities for Nigerian brides – you’ll get to meet other brides planning weddings this time, as well as vendors.

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