If you’re planning your Nigerian marriage introduction and traditional marriage ceremonies, it’s important to have a to-do list that will keep you organized. One that tells you what to do in an orderly manner, and that you can easily check off completed tasks.
I prepared the complete Traditional wedding planning checklist for you, so you don’t have to stress yourself trying to figure out what needs to be done. Be sure to print it and tick off the any completed task, as soon as they’re completed. Swipe or scroll down to see it.
When should you start planning? The best time to start planning your traditional wedding is right after getting engaged (a few weeks or months after the marriage proposal).
If you start to implement this traditional wedding checklist early enough, you can guarantee that there are no last-minute wedding day disappointments and that the best vendors are available for your dates. Read on…
Nigerian Traditional Marriage Planning Checklist
1. Enjoy Your Engagement: Congratulations, you’re engaged. Spend some time to enjoy your engagement, before engaging in the stress of wedding planning.
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2. Tell the Parents: Announce Engagement to Bride’s Parents: Have your husband-to-be bring his family to announce the engagement to bride’s parents, and formally ask for your hand in marriage (Naija parents take this seriously.
Whether a groom is a Nigerian or from another country (irrespective of his colour), he must formally ask for their consent before the whole World hears that you’re engaged).
3. Decide on Type(s) of Wedding to Have: Decide on the type of wedding ceremonies you want and the ones you should ignore.
- Will it be a marriage introduction and bride price payment only (BP)? OR will it be a traditional wedding only (T)? OR will it be a traditional wedding and then a religious/ white wedding, OR will it be a traditional wedding and then a court registry wedding? OR will it be all – traditional wedding + court wedding + religious/ white wedding?
- Same Day Weddings or Not? Decide: Will you have the trad and white/ court wedding on the same day or on separate days? If they’ll be on separate days, how many days/ weeks/ months apart will they be? I made you a detailed checklist on how to plan a traditional and white wedding on the same day. However, if you prefer not to have all weddings on the same day, how many days/ weeks/ months apart from each other?
- Will All or Only Some of Your Wedding Events Be Big? Decide which of the wedding types you want to have will be big and which one will be low key, or if all weddings will be big. Most Nigerians choose to have a big religious/ white wedding and have small, low-key events for others (traditional, court wedding).
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