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

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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.

>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 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’re not late to your wedding.  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 night of 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 vendor.  Also go over the list of things each vendor agreed to do for you, and the time they are supposed to be on your wedding venue.  >Finally, have every vendor agreements in writing, and get invoices and receipts for any part/ full down-payments.

16. Review: Go over the essentials of a successful wedding reception so that you don’t miss out anything – part 1 here | part 2 here.

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 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.  Leave for the wedding solemnization/ joining ceremony venue & marry the man of your dreams!

Conclusion: Staying Organized When Planning Your Nigerian White Wedding

Our goal here is to make your planning a Nigerian wedding easier and fun. Besides 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.

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.


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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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