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 not-funny jokes or adult-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 lists, 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.
10. Venue Facility Checks – AC/ Lighting and Sound Testing: Do a site check. Go to your wedding venue to confirm that venue sound, lighting and sanitation are adequate for your big day. >This is also an opportunity to confirm that the air and ventilation (air-conditioning and fans) are working well and adequate in number. To find the perfect venue and not waste your money, you also need to know the non-negotoable things to look for in a wedding venue.
>While you’re at this, also check to confirm that there is a place for your DJ to set up and that there are working electricity sockets and extensions available. >You also want to inspect the toilets – are they flushing? Are there enough toilets? Does water sometimes run out of toilets (e.g. during a power outage), and what happens in times like that?
>Finally, ask whether there are standby generators – and go and sight them. Ask if the generators are automatic start after power outages; if so, how long and what part of the venue is not powered during generator use (fans? ACs? sockets?).
11. Book Hotel accommodation for day-before-wedding: It’s always a good idea to stay very close to your wedding venue (to get ready from), to ensure you don’t get to your wedding late. Most couples book nearby hotels for them and their bridesmaids and groomsmen. There are often stories of brides/ grooms stuck in traffic while guests and the officiant are waiting – don’t repeat their mistake.
12. Book hotel accommodation for the night of the wedding (to take off to your honeymoon) or as a bridal suite (optional).
13. Reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests, and be sure to include the options, locations and price ranges in your wedding website or as a printed sheet to be placed inside each invitation card
14. Pack for honeymoon
15. Review Agreements with Your Vendors: Confirm last-minute details with each of your wedding vendors. Also, go over the list of things each vendor agreed to do for you, and the time they are supposed to be at your wedding venue. >Finally, have every vendor agreement in writing, and get invoices and receipts for any part/ full down-payments.
1 to 30 Days Before the D-Day: Nigerian White Wedding Planning Checklist
1. Take Your Hands-off Planning: A month to your wedding, stop all wedding planning activities (if you want to look pretty in photos). Hand over to one of your trusty bridesmaids or family members to hand over to, and have them regularly report progress to you (weekly or daily state of things). If you don’t have close friends and relatives to hand over the remaining part of the wedding planning to. Some wedding planners offer services for partial planning, as well as the-day-of-wedding-coordination and those cost less.
2. Get a manicure & pedicure 1-2 days before D-day.
3. 2 days before D-Day: Arrange all your wedding day wears, from the underwear, jewelry, shoes and so on – put them neatly in a closet ready for your big day;
4. Check in to a bridal suite (hotel) that is close to your wedding venue (if you can afford it) – it makes life easier to have you and all your bridesmaids in one place a day before the wedding;
5. On the D-day: RELAX, take a deep breath, eat well and get lots of water
6. Ask the photographer & video coverage provider to be at your bridal suite 2 hours before the wedding ceremony;
7. Have your makeup and hair done – if you can’t afford a makeup artist or just for fun, you can learn and do it yourself in this video. You may also want to see pictures of our in-vogue Nigerian wedding hairstyles, to help you choose a style
8. On the D-day, dress up at least 2-3 hours before the wedding solemnization/ joining ceremony.
- First-look photos are a great way to get the best, fresh-face looking pictures, and more couples are going for it. Consider having it.
9. Finally: Leave for the wedding ceremony venue to get married to the man/ woman of your dreams!
Wrapping Up: Your 12-Month White Wedding Checklist
It’s common and normal, to feel anxiety and pressure at some point or throughout your wedding planning months. To de-stress, make time to relax and de-stress in-between your wedding planning. We outlined a lot more effective ways to deal with stress and anxiety when planning a wedding – be sure to check it out. Our goal here is to make planning a Nigerian wedding easier and fun.
Aside from this wedding planning to-do list/ checklist, you need the other wedding planner templates to stay super-organized. You can download our 6-in-1 wedding planner-in-a-box kit from this page – it’s a free gift for our readers.
So, that’s it for a checklist of everything you (a bride or groom) need to do before, and up to, the day of your white wedding in Nigeria. Please, Facebook/ Tweet this article to your friends – sharing is caring. You can find every guide and advice you need to start and finish your wedding planning in our Nigerian Wedding Planning Guide series, including the best tips for planning small and low-key weddings. Save this and that page for later.
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Did I miss anything in the above Nigerian white wedding checklist? If so, add it in the comments below. Also, if you’ve picked a date for your wedding, tell me in the comments, and how many guests you’re looking to have.