Nigerian White Wedding Planning Checklist: Monthly and Weekly To-Do List

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10. Trial Hair and Makeup:  Have preview trial runs for wedding makeup and hairstyle – if you’d like to do it yourself, learn from our wedding makeup video tutorial, and also choose a style from our in-vogue wedding hair-styles.  >Arrange with your hairstylist and makeup artist to do trial of your wedding day makeup look and hairstyle.  During this practice hair and makeup session, you should be able to point out any errors to your stylists, so they know where to improve for your day-of-wedding looks.

This step is very important because you want to know whether this makeup artist or hairstylist can achieve the look and hair style that suits your taste and personality.  >It is not a good idea to do hair/ makeup the first time on your wedding day, to avoid disappointment to you or your groom (we’re tired of hearing grooms tell us how they hated their bride’s look on the wedding day);

11. Start Your Pampering Session:  Start your wedding skin/ beauty and grooming (including skin treatments and weight loss plans).  Relax, Go to bed early everyday and get a beauty treatment (facials and massage) every now and then – massage/ facials/ workouts.  HINT #1:  Do not have facials close to your wedding date, as some treatments can have temporary redness and occasional breakout. 

12. Appoint your wedding day chairman (Optional), wedding day assistants, food servers & ushers


1 to 3 Months to Go: White Wedding Planning Checklist

1. Review with Photographer: Some brides have certain wedding day photography poses they found online or on magazines that they absolutely want to recreate on their big day.  If that’s you, this is the time to give your photographer your must-have photos posing list to your photographer, so that they know the important not-to-miss pictures to catch

2. Distribute invites: Send out the wedding invitation cards to people on your guest list.  It’s important to send invitations early to ensure everyone will not have booked other engagements on your wedding date.

3. Put together your bridal emergency kit & hand over to a bridesmaid.

4. Finalize Vendor Agreements: Again, finalize details & delivery times with all vendors. By this time, you should have every signed vendor agreement in your hand.

5. Review Playlist with DJ: Finalize music playlist (& do-not-playlist) with DJ/music band.  Why you do this is because you know that some types of songs won’t be appropriate for particular sets of your guests, and no one likes surprise WRONG or EMBARRASSING SONG being played on your wedding day.  So, this is the time to sit with your DJ and have a sample listening to what he will play for you. As you go over the songs, ensure to give him your DON’T PLAY list, so he knows what not to play.

6. Review with Your MC:  Some Nigerian wedding MCs make jokes that could embarrass  some reserved brides and/ or grooms – jokes and couple games that may have been acceptable to their former clients. You don’t want to find any unfavourable joke surprises to spring up on your big day – so, this is the time to tell your MC what kind of jokes you don’t want to see. >A good idea would be to ask for a few recordings of that MC at previous weddings, so you get an idea of what to ask him not to do at your wedding.

7. End Active Involvement with Wedding Planning: At this point, you should have almost everything done.  Now, delegate remaining tasks, event coordination & wedding day tasks & itinerary to a trusty friend or family member, or hire a professional to coordinate activities on the wedding day, or towards the final days of your wedding planning (yes, some wedding planners offer coordination service).  Use our step by step article on how to coordinate your wedding like an expert. >This is also the time to handover all vendor contact list, itinerary and balance payment to a trusty bridesmaid or family member who you want vendors to call on your wedding day if they need to ask questions or confirm anything.

8. Bridal Shower & Bachelor Party: Attend pre-wedding party (bridal shower/ bachelor party)

9. Do a final wedding gown fitting & make any necessary alteration to ensure your wedding dress will perfectly fit your body shape.


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  1. Thank you so much! Really helpful.. I’m no longer confused. Hayy 🙆

  2. Thanks so much for this Stella. I’m glad I read this. Can’t afford a wedding planner, but with this I can now plan with my fiance, a few trusted friends and family members without being too stressed out on my day. Thanks for making this readily available

  3. You are simply amazing Stella. OK I am engaged to my fiance who isn’t NIGERIAN, he is white, so he is coming sometimes in May to do the introduction and have us do a court wedding, first question
    (1) since he doesn’t know about our tradition and all that’s expected to be done and said on the introduction rites, (and he s coming down alone) what can be done,?so he doesn’t do or say something wrong on that day.
    (2)after the introduction, can we do the court wedding without having paid the bride price?
    (3)Can the bride price be paid on the day of introduction?
    Forgot to mention am igbo, both parents are in Lagos.And if he goes back, he s due back again in August, I don’t want to do anything big, I just want to have a feel of the traditional setting decorate a venue take pictures with my different attires and have a little reception for a guest of 100people, any guide on how to pull this off and still have something classy. Help a sister Biko.

    • Hi Ugonna,

      I’m glad to have you around – thanks for reading, and also for leaving a comment. Now onto your questions – see my reply below:
      – (1) You said your husband-to-be does not know about our customs, and asked what can be done: I think you should familiarize him in advance with Igbo and Nigerian marriage customs and customary wedding rites. We wrote an a series of articles on exactly that, and have got great feedbacks from grooms at home and abroad who used that post to know everything there is to know before their Igbo traditional wedding, or meeting their inlaws for the first time.
      ==> get him to read this article and the 3 posts that make up rest of the series: Everything a non-Igbo Groom Needs to Know Before His Marriage Introduction or Traditional Wedding Day
      Everything a non-Igbo Groom Needs to Know Before His Marriage Introduction or Traditional Wedding Day
      =>Preparing to Meet Your Igbo Inlaws: Process Explained for Non-Igbo Grooms
      => What Happens During the Igba Nkwu – Grooms’ Guide
      What Happens During the Igba Nkwu – Grooms’ GuidePreparing to Meet Your Igbo Inlaws: Process Explained for Non-Igbo Grooms
      – (2) When to Do the Court Wedding: Yes, people do court wedding after the introduction (before payment of the bride price). It’s done, although that is the usual; but where the groom and maybe bride are coming from afar and do not have much time to spend, it is done to quicken things – but be sure to let your family know that in advance, and that he would do pay bride price soon after.
      – (3) Yes, the bride price can be paid on same day of Introduction. Again, this is not usual but done when the couple or one of them is coming from afar and do not have a lot of time to spend or space things.
      **You mentioned that your parents live in Lagos and that’s where you plan to have your trad wedding. My dear, that is also done these days. The number of guests (100) you’re planning for the reception (sort of, Igba Nkwu) is more than enough; there’s no rule about the number – most people even do it a parlour size. I suggest that you just make it a PARTY all the way, no casual thing – because 100 guests is big enough to make it classy. Hire a good photographer team (because it’s what speaks after the day is gone), hire an MC (or get a smooth-talking family member or friend to handle this), hire a DJ.
      My sister had hers last year and she said she wanted it small and her Yoruba inlaws were more than 30 that travelled all the way – add that to our family and friends and you have about a hundred. So, we thought “this is already a party crowd, why not make it count”. So, we quickly changed plans that day – and hired a music band, canopies, and MC and a photographer – which were not in her initial plan or interest. And she loved it!
      So, my dear, you’re already on the right track.

  4. This is a very comprehensive wedding list. Thanks for making it readily available!

  5. Atuba Clive says

    Stella, I feel like I should get married now. you did a fine job opening my mind.

    • Hahaha, Atuba. I’m glad I did – getting married is a good thing na. We here love featuring weddings, and your own is now on the line.
      Thanks for reading. Hope to see you around.

  6. Hi, great article,what would be ur advice for some1 that has just 3 months to plan for a court wedding and reception,low budget about 500k, so can’t afford a planner?

  7. Hello Stella,thank you for this wonderful post. Please is it possible have my book launch on the same day of my wedding. Thank you

    • Thank you too, Okive – we love hearing feedback from our readers.
      Absolutely! Yes, it’s possible to launch your book on your wedding day but there are pros and cons. Your wedding day could be a great opportunity because you’re going to have a huge crowd of people. But then that depends on whether your wedding crowd is the same type of people that would be interested in the topics in your book, and whether they are the kind of audience that would readily buy.
      *On another note, you don’t want people to think that you’re using your wedding to ‘twist them’ into parting with money to you. You know how some Naija people can feel.
      *On another thought, I’d say that you should launch before your wedding day, so that your launch day is targeted at selling some of your books and focusing publicity on your book alone. AND announce/ show the book to your wedding guests, as part of the programme – so that guests get an idea that you’re not there to sell but just to announce to them and let them know where the book is available in case they need to buy.

  8. This was very helpful,thanks a lot. but what if you don’t have that much time to plan? i want to know how possible it is to plan within a short time of 6months. thanks again.

    • Hi Helen, thanks for reading our white wedding checklist. Now to answering your two questions:
      Q. If you don’t have time to plan your wedding, here are 2 things you can do:
      1) Hire someone else / an event planner who has the time to plan it for you, and do all the waka/ legwork.
      2) OR Scale down your wedding to a more manageable size. Small weddings can be planned better in s short time – whether it’s a low-key weddings or one with few guests and low budget.

      Q. Is it possible to plan a wedding in 6 months?
      ANSWER: Absolutely. Yes, it is possible. You can use our above wedding planning checklist timeline, BUT then where you have 12 months, use 6 months; and where you have 4 weeks, use 2 weeks. The idea is to half all the suggested time durations for all activities.
      *If you can start off by booking your venue, and then booking your most important vendors, you would have less to worry about. Also ensure to send out your invitations early.

    • Hi am yin am not igbo girl but my bf igbo i need to know about the tradetion about wedding.what is the firts step to do let say exampla am a igbo girl. What is the firts wedding 2nd is engage . after tradational wedding the brides need to take the groom him house ? And after wedding what is the nxt step

  9. stella you re such a blessing. God bless you real good.

  10. You’re simply the best! Thank You!!!

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