Planning a Nigerian wedding in six months is possible but requires a good sense of organization and details. Let’s help – use our 6 months wedding planning checklist below. It’s our ultimate list of things to do from before to the wedding day up to the day you say ‘I do’, and also includes tips on how to ensure the event is well-coordinated on that D-day.
Want to know what things a bride-to-be (and groom) should do when planning and preparing for a wedding in Nigeria within 6 months? Read to the end to discover the 21 simple steps you must follow to stay stress-free and organized when preparing for wedding in 6 months or less. 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 our step-checklist on how to plan a Nigerian wedding in 6 months. You could say that this is every bride’s (and groom’s) manual for planning a flawless and stress-free wedding in Nigeria.
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 wedding day 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] 21 Steps to Planning a Nigerian Wedding in 6 Months
So, here are the list of things 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 the 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.
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.
- We created some ready-to-use wedding planning resources just for you – our traditional wedding checklist and a white wedding checklist with a 12-month timeline to keep you organized when preparing for your white wedding – click the links to download each one. The wedding timeline is about adding dates of when to do things, to your wedding to-do list.
- SEE: How to Plan a Nigerian Wedding in 3 Months or Less
- ALSO: A Guide on How to Plan a Traditional Wedding and White Wedding on Same Day (plus a sample event program).
5. Involve your fiance too. Assign him some of the tasks/ things-to-do from 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.
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.