9 Simple Steps to Lower a Wedding Cost & Still Have Quality

So you have a small budget but want a big girls wedding, and don’t just know how to make the money work? I’ve got some great tips for you on the 9 things you can do today to organize a low-cost Nigerian wedding that doesn’t look cheap at all. First, let me assure you that the success of a wedding event is not determined by how much money it was planned with – meaning: you can still have a glam wedding on a low cost if you know how. Read on.

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Photo Credit: Nigerian Wedding Photography by Obi

9 Cost Saving Ideas for Cutting Down the Budget of Your Wedding in Nigeria

Here are 9 creative low budget wedding ideas to reduce and save cost without reducing quality, when preparing for your big day:

#1: Pre-agree on a Specific Number of Guests

Save money on wedding catering and venue by setting a limit to the number of people to invite to your wedding, and stick to it. Even one single additional guest could make a big increase to your wedding budget beyond what you can afford. So, think twice before giving out invitation cards to everyone in your street or office. In a previous post, I showed you how to use your budget to know how many people you can cater for and should invite to your special day – use the steps in that article to determine how many guests the budget you have can cater for.

#2: Use SMS to Send Out Wedding Invites

Save money on invitation cards by using cheap bulk sms text messages, BB messages, emails and Facebook messaging to invite your age-mate friends and colleagues. Only print invitation cards for older guests, including your parents’ friends. This should cut cost of invitation cards by about 50% or more – be sure to let people know in the messages that they should consider the text messages as their formal invitation to the wedding. For the paper invitation cards, you may want to buy some packs of pre-printed wedding invitation cards for the folks that will require paper invites.

#3: Use One Venue for Both Ceremony and Reception

Another way to save cost on wedding venue is to hold your church/ religious joining ceremony and reception at one venue to save on duplicate venue hire.

#4: Have White and Trad Wedding on Same Day 

To save cost on feeding guests twice, choose to have both your white and trad wedding on the same day. And, if for any reason, the two weddings can’t hold on same day and you still want to save cost, invite only a handful of your close friends and family to the traditional wedding, so that the white wedding can be for a bigger audience.

#5: Avoid Setting Your Wedding Date On a Busy Month/ Week

As you know, every single additional guest increases the wedding budget, so you have to find a way to reduce crowd and unwanted guests. Minimize incidence of uninvited too many guests by choosing a non-peak and less traditional time to get married: avoiding popular Nigerian wedding months like December, Easter holidays, major public holidays, valentine’s day weekend; choose a weekday instead of a Saturday.

#6: Use an Old Jewellery

Use one of your old, hardly worn or not-yet-worn pieces of jewellery for the traditional and/ or white wedding or borrow an occasion-jewelry from your mom or sisters (no one will notice it was not a new jewelry – they’ll only notice that you looked elegant walking down the aisle).

#7: Buy a Non-Diamond Wedding Ring

Save cost on wedding rings by buying a ring with cheaper precious stones instead of an expensive diamond wedding ring – those are cheaper and still gorgeous. Even celebrities are wearing non-diamond engagement and wedding rings – royal bride, Kate Middleton’s engagement ring stone was sapphire; Facebook founder, Matt Zuckerberg’s bride had ruby stone. So, explore other elegant non-diamond wedding ring stone options – they are a lot cheaper than diamond.

#8: Wear a Really Long Wedding Gown

Save money on wedding shoes by wearing one of your old, unworn or nearly new shoes or a cheap one, and then buy a really long wedding gown style that will hide your shoes. No one will even notice your foot-wear and you’ll win by saving yourself from buying expensive wedding shoes .

#9: Go to the Hair Salon for the Bridal Hair

A day before your wedding or about four hours before, take yourself to the hair salon to do your wedding day hair, instead of bringing the hairdresser to your bridal suite – this should cut down your hair styling cost as you’ll not be paying extra ‘home-service’ fee for taking the hairstylist out of his/ her shop.

Your Low-Budget Wedding Takeaway

There you have it for my 9 creative ways to have a small wedding on a budget in Nigeria. This is part 1 of this series, read part 2 here. And, for even more ways to save money on your wedding, also read these other articles:

Now tell me, what are you doing or plan to do to reduce costs in your upcoming wedding? Or do you have any low budget wedding tips that I missed in the list above? Tell me in the comments box below.

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  1. Good evening ma. Please I want to ask if it is possible to do a wedding in abuja with 250,000 just for fifty guests and how to go about managing that amount

    • Hello Vivian. While the price of things have seriously increased, it’s possible and it would be very low-key, but that would mean you do everything between you and friends/ family helping you (cooking, snacks, drinks-shopping etc) AND hire a very cheap garden-bar OR find a free location.

      You have to be able to find a place to hire wedding gown for very cheap, even if that would mean going to a slightly far part of the town. Your groom may re-use one of his pre-owned suit (because you guys don’t have extra cash).

      You may not be able to afford an MC and DJ – consider asking friends/ family members to help out.
      Photography – you should be able to find a cheap photographer to cover your event, but get some friends to support by using their phones to take shots and videos for you (so that after the wedding, you can collate what they’ve got, and choose which ones to print or share on social media).

      Hope those tips help. I wish you all the best.

  2. Good evening ma. Please I want to ask if it is possible to do a wedding in abuja with 250,000 just for fifty guests

  3. Ige Abidemi says

    Hi stella. am planning my wedding next year with not up to 100 guest for the traditional wedding. am skipping sourveniers, my fiance is a photographer and am using one free open space like that. so am working only on the decor, food and drinks, alaga, couples attire and am looking at 200k.

    • Hello Ige. Nice to see you around. I like your plan, but hope your fiancé would make solid arrangement for someone else to photograph the wedding (since he cannot possibly be the groom and the photographer on same day).

      Now, to your question: Here are my views:

      The amount may be enough if you can comfortably spend half of that on food and drinks, and the balance N100k on the other things (alaga, décor and your outfits). I believe you can make it work by renting a beautiful wedding gown.

      For the balance N100k to be enough for 100 guests, that comes to finding a way to spend N1k per guest on both food and drinks. This one would be tight, considering the increasing cost of food items in Nigeria. Can you find a caterer to deliver food plus a drink (per person) at N1k? Or would your friends and relatives be able to use that amount to cook for 100 people, and still provide drinks inside?

      I think it would be tight to work with that for food. One way to ease the stress is to consider inviting less than 100 people – so that you’ll have more money to spend on quality food for the fewer guests that would be there.

      Your budget would work for a small, fine wedding BUT you’ll need to still figure out the exact number of people to invite, based on that N100k feeding logistics – 50 people? 70 people? 80 people?

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