#11. Facebook Groups for Events/ Wedding Professionals
There are a number of Facebook groups where events and wedding service providers and wedding accessories shops visit daily to advertise, often showing off pictures of their work, with their contact information. You can post a question asking something like ‘I need an affordable wedding hall in Abuja’, or ‘Looking for an Enugu based makeup artist for December wedding’ or Í’m looking for an Alaga in Washington DC’- and you’ll be surprised to see actual wedding vendors replying with their contact information – ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CHOOSE AND CONTACT SOME/ ALL, AND LATER VET THEM TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOUR EVENT. Now, here are some free-to-join Facebook groups to start with – they are where wedding and event professionals (based in Nigeria, some based abroad) frequently hangout:
- Nigerian Wedding Vendors Marketplace (Group) – here, there are even photographers and vendors that cater to Nigerian weddings abroad. The best part is that on this group, Nigerian wedding vendors are regularly posting special discounts that they don’t post elsewhere.
- Nigerian Wedding Vendors Group
- Nigerian Wedding Pictures Group
Final TIP: Start Searching Early and Book Vendors and Venues Early
To avoid disappointment, it is important to start early to search and book your wedding vendors (at least six months in advance). The good vendors are usually booked down far in advance, and do not accept rush-rush, express bookings. Don’t just assume that verbally telling a vendor you will hire them means they’ll be there for you. Book them with advance part-payment, and ensure to get a written payment receipt and a sort of contract paper containing (can be mini or detailed) a full list of services they have agreed to deliver on your wedding day (in case they fail, you’ll use the contract to make a case).
It’s not uncommon in Nigeria to see couples still searching for vendors, even as late as a week or two to their wedding. If you do this, you’ll get only the wedding vendors that no one hired – and be ready and don’t blame anyone if they deliver poor services.
Besides the high probability of getting bad vendors when searching close to your wedding date, the stress of running everywhere adds up to planning for the entire event. Stress is something that easily shows wedding pictures, and you don’t want that. So, start early to search for vendors, and book them in advance to guarantee they’ll show up. Use the above tips to choose well.
There you have it – our top 11 best places to search for local wedding service providers or vendors that delivered okay at other Nigerian weddings, and tips to filter out the good ones from the bad. Now it’s your turn to talk to us – what other methods and places are you using to find wedding vendors? Also, have you ever been to a wedding where a vendor delivered poor quality services? Tell us in the comment section down below.
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Photo Credit: Instagram/ AkintayoTimi (wedding photographer)