12-Month White Wedding Checklist with Timeline
If you like details with your wedding planning, in this section you’ll find our Timeline-based 12 Month White Wedding Checklist.
Table of Contents: Planning Timelines for our 12-Month White Wedding Checklist
- Immediately After Engagement (Things to Do) – This Page
- 10 to 12 Months to Go (White Wedding Checklist) – This Page
- 7 to 9 Months to Go (White Wedding Checklist)
- 4 to 6 Months to Go (White Wedding Checklist)
- 1 to 3 Months Remaining (White Wedding Checklist) – part 1
- 1 to 3 Months Remaining (White Wedding Checklist) – continued, part 2
- 1 to 30 Days Before the D-Day (White Wedding Checklist)
You need a planning checklist to stay organized and sane because there’s so much to do before the wedding day. Use our step by step Nigerian white-wedding-planning checklist of things to do before and up to your big day.
This white wedding checklist is organized in a month-by-month calendar form and is guaranteed to keep you organized. Read on and print a copy to check off activities when done.
Any wedding planner will advice that having a planning checklist or to-do list of the things you need to do is crucial to ensure you get everything done before it’s too late. Most Nigerian couples spend 12 months (from after their engagement) to plan their weddings, but not everyone likes to wait that long to get married. If you prefer a short-engagement or simply just want to plan your wedding in a short time-frame, we have a checklist on how to plan a Nigerian wedding in 3 months or less.
This white wedding checklist is scheduled over a 12-month time-frame. In case you have a shorter time to plan your wedding, we also have 6 and 3 months wedding checklists. So, in order to keep you organized, this particular checklist is your month by month wedding planning countdown calendar, in a to-do list format, to guide you through the steps to preparing for a white wedding, down to every last detail. Your Nigerian white wedding planning checklist starts below:
Immediately After Engagement (Things to Do)
- Congrats, your guy has proposed! It’s time to have an engagement party OR just take some time to soak in the reality that you’re now nearly-married. Enjoy the moment, and don’t rush to start planning the wedding so soon.
- (For Groom) While you’re still enjoying your engagement, start researching arrangements for your customary marriage introduction, bride price, and traditional engagement list. We created a special checklist to help you stay organized before and up to your Nigerian traditional wedding day.
- RELATED: Nigerian Traditional Wedding Planning Checklist
- How to Have Your Traditional and White Wedding on the Same Day (includes sample program of events).
10 to 12 Months to Go (White Wedding Checklist)
1. Pick a date for the white wedding, as well as the court registry wedding. Feel free to use our 4-step process for picking a wedding date.
2. Choose the Location: Decide on the wedding location (what country, state?). To avoid a venue you could regret later, check out our tips in what to look for in a wedding venue AND also in how to find and choose the perfect wedding venue.
3. Choose the Look & Feel – Define the tone, style and colour combination for your Nigerian white wedding (Write Your Wedding Dreams on Paper). Decide the style (for bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen) and colour combinations and venue look. This is where you write down your wedding vision/ dreams on paper. I’ll provide you some guide here, but our wedding pre-planning quiz for engaged couples goes deep into walking you through step by step, to fleshing out your wedding style, necessary for perfecting your wedding day look and feel. This exercise will tell you the right words to describe your wedding wants to your vendors – in a way that they will better get it.
10 to 12 months before your wedding, research ideas for how different elements of your wedding will look and feel. A good idea is to research magazines and websites for pictures of other people’s weddings and save pictures of ideas you like and feel you’ll want to replicate at your own wedding. It will make it easy for you and your wedding planner or assistants to see pictures of what to work towards. Instead of using long talks to explain what you want, why not say it with pictures?
- How will your reception venue look like (Venue Decor Colour & Ambiance): Do you have any theme in mind (optional)? Decide on the venue decoration colour scheme. Decide on how the venue will be decorated?
- Venue Seating Arrangement: What kind of chairs and tables will you use? How will the chairs and tables be decorated? What venue seating arrangement/style would it be? Think about how all the chairs and tables will be arranged in your wedding hall – browse the internet for pictures of decoration and seating arrangements to form pictures of other people’s weddings.
- Define the wedding menu. What types of food do you want to be served to your guests? Only Nigerian food? Both Nigerian and Continental food? Will there be small chops? What options will be served as the main dish?
- Define your Outfit Style: Here, you also want to define what you and your wedding party members will wear. Think about what the couple will wear for the traditional attire and white wedding fashion details – outfit styles, the colours and more. Again, look at pictures from other Nigerian weddings and make a note of the style you want to recreate for yourself, your bridesmaids and groomsmen, as well as aso-ebi fabric choice and colour combos.
- You can also find loads of wedding styling ideas from our Instagram page and our Pinterest wedding lookbook boards (we are @naijaglamwedding on every social media).
WEDDING ATTIRE STYLE IDEAS:
- Latest Wedding Gown Styles for Nigerian Brides
- Trendy Wedding Suits for Grooms and Groomsmen
- Latest Flower Girl and Little Bride Styles
- Latest Chief Bridesmaid Styles
4. Research Wedding Vendors: Start researching and looking for suitable wedding venues and vendors. Ask people you know for names and contact details of good wedding vendors they know. Check Instagram for a list of wedding vendors tagged and listed on photos of recent Nigerian weddings shared (these days, most newlyweds and their photographers or other vendors make a habit of listing and tagging the vendors used for that wedding). *Also, you can follow our guide on where and how to find good wedding vendors in Nigeria, that will not disappoint you.
Once you find the ones you vibe with, make a list of your final vendors so that you can reserve/ book them at the appropriate them.
5. Set a Wedding Budget: How much do you have? Set an overall maximum amount of money you can afford to spend (budget). Obviously, you don’t want to spend your entire bank account on a one-day-activity (wedding) and start your marriage broke – that is why you must define a spending-ceiling you want to plan the wedding with.
6. Confirm Interests for Financial Support (Optional): Not everyone wants/ needs to do this. At this time, you want to ask wealthy people around you if and how they are willing to support you in funding part of your wedding. Be sure to have saved up on your own and ready to go ahead with the money you already have, if no one steps up to aid you financially.
- If your parents and/ or Uncles/ Aunts are financially strong, this is the time to nicely ask if your parents are looking to support financially? If they are, find out exactly what they are willing to give and when – so that you can budget for the other stuff. Don’t know how or when to ask? Use our tips and sample wordings on How to Ask Parents for Wedding Money.
- Set a date for when to move on if you don’t receive any or all of promised funds – because you can’t wait forever.
- Save up towards your wedding, even if you have rich parents who are willing to assist. Not everyone knows how to save money, but following a solid monthly wedding savings plan is helpful.
7. Register and Start Attending a Marriage Counselling Class: Now is the time to inquire for details of the duration and also apply to start a marriage counseling class at your place of worship.
8. Fix the Number of Guests: Here, we advise against just fixing a number of guests to invite. People that plan their weddings plan their number of guests, not guessing or fixing any random number that feels good. Many Nigerian couples know the number of people they want to invite before they know how much (budget) their wedding budget is.
That’s wrong. The right way is to set a wedding budget first, and later set the number of guests that matches that budget. If money is not an issue, you can start by setting the number of guests first – because you have banked more than enough money to cater to ANY NUMBER OF GUESTS.
So, it’s important to put a number to how many guests you want to host. Set the maximum number of guests you want to invite and share the number equally between the couple, bride’s and groom’s families. I always advise couples to first make a guest list first before sending out invitation cards, and right after they set their wedding budget.
The purpose of fixing the number of guests in advance is to find out the sweet spot for how many guests your budget can cater for. When you make a guest list first, you will be able to match it to your wedding budget, to see if your budget can feed the number of people you have in mind or not (based on the per-plate cost of food from your wedding caterer). That way, you can play around reducing or increasing the planned number of guests until you have the number of plates of food (and drinks) you can afford.
- Why Making a Guest List is a Must (for Perfect Planning)
- How to Reduce Your Guest List to an Affordable Number
9. Choose Your Planning Squad/ Assistants: No successful wedding is planned alone – you need people to assist you. Hire one or ask a few family members and friends.
Hire a wedding planner if you’re too busy to do the running around or if the wedding planning is causing you stress. But if you can’t afford to hire a pro wedding planner, form your own in-house planning squad and delegate part of your wedding checklist to them. Write a list of to-dos that you want others to help you with, and communicate it to them. These days, you can track progress among yourself via video chats.
- Not sure if you need or don’t need a professional wedding planner? Take our 5-point test to find out whether you need a wedding planner or whether you have everything it takes to plan your white wedding successfully
- Every wedding requires a coordinator for the day of the wedding. If you’re planning the wedding yourself with in-house help, you definitely need to transition your day of wedding plans to someone else who will coordinate everything while you’re busy getting married and having fun. You should delegate the wedding day coordination to one or two persons you trust – give them our day-of wedding coordination checklist to know what to do. I wrote a post on how to guarantee that your wedding day will go perfectly as planned – definitely read it for ideas on how to delegate and more cool tips.
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