See Real Wedding Budgets Breakdown: Samples From 5 Weddings in Nigeria

If you’ve ever wanted to see examples of what a real Nigerian wedding budget looks like, this post gives you a peek into the what five different couples spent on their small weddings that took place in Nigeria,  – in case you have been asking questions like: how much does a wedding cost in Nigeria? or how much should I budget for my wedding in Nigeria? or what is the average cost of Nigerian weddings? The sample budgets from small weddings below include breakdown showing everything that made up the overall wedding costs. Read on.

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How Much Is Needed to Plan a Small Wedding in Nigeria?

Have you ever wondered “how much are Nigerian weddings“? or even how much do I need to implement my wedding plans in Nigeria? Figuring out how much a wedding will cost is not something that most couples like to do. The fact is that when you start planning your Nigerian wedding, you will have no idea how much things cost, and a good place to start is to peek into other couples wedding budgets to see examples of what they spent on their own Nigerian weddings – so that you can use that as a base to start making an expense list and items to budget for, in your own wedding.

Here are the example budgets for small weddings in Nigeria, click to see them one by one:

  1. The N500k small wedding budget breakdown: Example of a small Nigerian Wedding with budget under N500k
  2. The N700k wedding budget break-down: A wedding that cost below N700k in Nigeria
  3. The N1m wedding budget break-down: A Nigerian wedding with expenses nearly N1m
  4. The N1.5m wedding budget breakdow: A wedding where the couples spent under N1.5m in Nigeria
  5. The N2m wedding budget breakdown: Sample Budget: Nigerian wedding with expenses below N2m

I often get newly engaged brides and grooms ask questions such as: “what should my wedding budget be”, “show me an example of a Nigerian wedding budget”, “how much does a small wedding cost in Nigeria”, “how should I budget for 100 guests for a wedding in Nigeria” or “how can I plan a Nigerian wedding with N400k”.

While you can find the answer to such questions when you make your own wedding budget or cost estimate, some couples prefer to start off by looking at examples of other people’s Nigerian wedding budgets. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, because some of us are simply wired to understand better when we see things in action and through examples.

The average cost of the 5 small Nigerian weddings we showcased in the examples is N1,022,280.00 – in case you wanted to know.  Note that this may not be a typical average cost of Nigerian weddings, but at least you get an idea to start preparing for how much to plan to spend in your own wedding.

The Sample Wedding Budgets: Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve seen our five examples of wedding budgets, I hope it has helped you kick-off ideas for making a costing for your own wedding? You can see that you can truly have a glam Nigerian wedding on any budget, if you apply a little bit of planning and a creativity. Be practical and don’t force yourself to have the impossible big wedding with a small budget.

Bear in mind that no two weddings can be the same, even if they have the same number of guests and are planned with the same amount of money, because each couple’s budget and priorities will definitely be different.

Seen the Wedding Budget Examples? What Next?

Once you’ve finished making your wedding budget, next thing to do is to start looking for reception venues and wedding service vendors. And if you have any questions at all about budgeting for your Nigerian wedding, I have the answers here.

  • Download the 5 Wedding Budget Samples: If you’d like to print a copy of the Nigerian wedding budget samples compiled in one single PDF, click here to download it – just scroll down the page to see it. Also, you now know not to use the average cost of Nigerian weddings as a yardstick to organize your own.

Which Nigerian Wedding Budget Sample Looks Like Yours?

You wanted to see a sample wedding budget and I gave you five different examples of what a Nigerian wedding budget looks like – feel free to use whatever you want from the examples, customize the sample budgets to make it your own or use the ideas from them.

Now, tell me – which of the above wedding budgets closely resembles what you have in mind, and what would you do differently? If not, gist me about how your own wedding budget will be different. Let’s chat in the comment area.

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Comments

  1. Hello,

    Thank you for your blog, it is very helpful. to us brides to be. Looking for a little advice, I am from the Canada (not Nigerian) and have agreed to have a traditional wedding in Lagos because that is where my fiance is from, and it would make his mom happy.Keep in mind, I am in the midst of planning a small white wedding in the Canada as well because it is not practical or everyone on my side to fly to Nigeria. Leading up to agreement to hold this Lagos trad wedding, no one mentioned anything about a budget even though I asked my fiance about it multiple times, but it seemed like an uncomfortable subject so I left it alone since he said not to worry about it. My biggest concern, which turned out to be true was that I did not know what the spending power is in Nigeria vs Canada, ie what does a typical budget look like in Nigeria for a wedding. I guess i should have found this blog a few months ago 🙂

    At this point his family has paid deposits for the venue and the planner, but still no one mentions budget. But things are moving along. After putting pressure on the planner to share with me a budget of what to expect, she has now hit me with a N20,000,0000 sample budget of what is “typical”. The planner is putting pressure for deposits to secure the vendors. The headcount for the Lagos wedding is estimated at 500 people. The venue is in VI if that makes a big difference.

    How do you suggest I handle this? Am I being taken advantage of as a foreigner or can this quote be real? And why has no one brought this up until now that I’ve insisted? First of all the average very nice wedding in Canada would be half that price, so I am a bit upset at this point.

    • Hello VIBride, I’m happy to learn that our articles are helping your wedding planning journey. Also, thanks for the lovely feedback. Here are my thoughts on your questions:

      – Can that (N20m) budget be real? Yes, it can. Cost of wedding things are either high or low, depending on the class you want of venue, outfits, decoration, food and drinks, photography and live music band – there are the cheap and the expensive types of everything. If the venue your fiance booked is an upper class location and property, it could cost millions. And most such venues have expensive catering that may include continental dishes. Here in Nigeria, you could find an event venue of N5 million and also one of N500k (5 hundred thousand Naira); You can find a caterer serving jollof rice of N1 thousand Naira per plate, and also an upscale caterer doing jollof rice of N3 to 5 thousand per plate. And people with more money prefer to have a number of assorted dishes served at their weddings – that adds up the cost. Upscale, tasty venue decorations are also very expensive – costing in the millions. Music bands can also be very expensive – some popular ones cost over a million to be hired.
      >So, as a Nigerian, people’s wedding budgets are guided by the social class they belong to, and how wealthy they are. >Maybe your fiance is from a popular, wealthy family – and that’s how they roll.

      -On what a typical wedding budget looks like in Nigeria, AND the spending power in Nigeria: There’s no typical budget with Nigerian weddings, and that is because there’s a big divide between the very rich, the average, and the poor. The very rich Nigerians can spend as much as N10 million or N20m and above on weddings alone, with their class of event venues costing above N1m (one million Naira) and up to N5 million naira. >Weddings at such expensive venues could have food and drinks per guest cost above N10k (Ten Thousand Naira), and you can guess how much that comes to for 500 or 1,000 guests.

      *NOTE that the wedding budgets in this article you commented on, are not the kind of money rich Nigerians spend on weddings. Our readers are typical Nigerians – some poor, some middle class and some regular or poor, and our content caters to all. Because of how the rich spend on weddings, many low-income couples are afraid to approach weddings and we try to show them how they also can.

      -VI Venue: Lagos venues, especially Victoria Island and Lekki are very costly, usually costing millions of Naira. See some of the prices in this Encomium magazine article.
      -Likely Reasons Why Your Fiance did not want to disclose the traditional wedding budget to you: Could be that they are taking full charge of it (paying the bill), and possibly, the cost is very high that you may not approve of. The truth is that Nigeria weddings can be very expensive if both or one of the couples is from a wealthy family. May be he doesn’t wan’t to shock you with the numbers – simply relax, if they are the ones paying the bill.

      The primary concern here is not often about how much, but about ensuring it meets or exceeds the expectation of the wealthy friends of the couple’s parents and their extended family. Nigerians believe in inviting as many people as they know, without a care of how the guest numbers shoot up the budget. Weddings are big here, and fun too – you’ll get to see. Usually, if one or both of the couple’s parents are wealthy, they take over the planning and entire bill.

      >Are they asking you for any part of the money for this traditional wedding? If not, why not just let them, and you focus on planning the white wedding there in Canada.

      Finally, my advice is to keep calm and prepare to enjoy your bi, Lagos-style wedding, if your in-laws are paying for the entire expenses.

      WATCH: This video excerpt from a recent Naija TV series shows a mom and dad arguing on wedding budget – take a look.

  2. Hi Ma,
    Thanks so much.i and my Hubby have 400,000 for our wedding of at most 100 guest, and we don,t know how to plan it to achieve that and we want to rent a garden for it.

    • Hello Chinny, welcome. Let’s see about your N400k wedding budget for 100 guests.
      – That COULD, maybe work for you two IF you can get a caterer to supply a plate of food plus a drink for N400 per person/ guest (which totals at N400k). Is that even possible with the high cost of things? That’s assuming you have already bought your wedding gown and other wedding things, and assuming you have already paid the DJ, cake maker, hall decorator and every other wedding-day thing.

      SEE OTHER WAYS TO SPEND N400k on your wedding:
      -Go to the market with a notebook and price your wedding things. Visit caterers, decorators, MC and other wedding vendors to ask for their prices. Write down the prices, and come back home to calculate the totals.
      Copy and modify things on this wedding expenses (click).
      -Reduce your wedding guest number, so that you’ll have some change/ coins left for other wedding expenses.

      Weddings these days are not about inviting plenty people – invite less to save money and also make it a quality event. Hope that helps.

  3. Hi ma’am. Thank you so much for this insight. I wish I saw this before my trad. I’m planning my white wedding slated in 6-months time. I want to know where I can get good sample materials for my bridesmaids and also where I can get unique souvenirs at affordable and wholesale price. Also with the way venues are expensive here in Lagos, I’m scared of apportioning figures to d to-do items with 1m as our budget. Thank you very much ma’am

    • Hello Ugy, welcome here. Don’t worry, you’re not too late in finding our website – we have plenty tips, inspirational ideas and articles to help you better prepare for your white wedding.

      – The market is the best place to get variety of materials suitable for bridesmaids’ dresses and even for a bride’s wedding wears. >Also, the market is the best place to source for souvenirs of any price-range. If you’re in Lagos, there are many big markets to source wedding things. If you’re not in Lagos, ask friends and family, or just visit the big markets around you – go to the fabric stores and look, also ask the sellers to point you to other fabric shops.
      – On your N1m wedding budget: Don’t be scared to split-up the budget before spending. It’s similar to doing a shopping list before going to the market, which every woman does, whether it’s before going to buy food items or before going to buy other things. It’s the only way to be sure you won’t blow all the money on some things and forget others. Just do it. It guides you, and you can adjust monies allocation as you go along, because in some, you’ll eventually spend less than the budget, and more on some.
      >The best way to split up your wedding budget is to first do a market scan, to price things and get an idea of what things cost, as well as mark down some shops to buy from. Take a notebook along to write down prices, shop addresses and also ask the sellers and wedding vendors to give you their complimentary/ business cards. >Once you do this, you can sit down to make a wedding shopping list (sort of, budget allocation).

      Hope you get the gist.

  4. Hi stella,

    Will 500k be enough for a court and traditional wedding of 20 guests or less including the cost of eru iyawo?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Temitope. Yes, it should be – BUT FIRST block out the cost of the Éru Iyawo’, so that you know exactly how much you have left for the court wedding reception. The balance amount would give you an idea of what kind of food and number of menu options you can afford, as well as what to spend on outfits, photography and any other thing you desire.

      I like that you are keeping your guest number (20) realistic. You should be able to make it work.

  5. hello aunty Stella, God bless ur efforts . I and my boo are really planning to our white wedding Easter with 600k. and we plan to make it look nice but I need how I can get a proposal to send to his boss who wants yo assist.

    • Hello Onyinye, and thanks for the compliments. You don’t need a proposal for that, in my opinion. If the boss has expressed interest to assist in funding your wedding, all you need to do is for you two to visit him (be sure to take a gift along – like a wine or any nice thing) and let him know what and what you have done so far, how far you have gone in the preparations, and what and what is left to do or a list of what and what you would be happy to get support with (so he can choose and get back to you).

      But if you prefer to do a proposal for that, that’s also fine – I do not have any tips for that. I think it’s a face-to-face thing, and that’s a respectful way to do so.

  6. Please I need help I’m planning my traditional wedding and I have 400k for like 300 guest

    • Hello Tunde, 300 guests looks too plenty for N400k, considering that the cost of food items and most things seriously increased this year. Start with how much you need to feed 300 people (food and drinks) – let’s assume N1k per person, and that would come to N300k. Then you have N100k left for Photography, your Outfits and any other thing (assuming the venue would be free family compound), and that cooking would be done by your people.

      I suggest that you consider reducing the number of guests from 300 to half or 100, so that you can have a QUALITY WEDDING, NOT QUANTITY.

      Hope that helps you.

  7. hi stella , please i need your help .i need a breakdown for wedding budget of 800k.how do have my dream wedding ?

  8. Hi.. I am Franklin.. I have dated my girlfriend for about 11years with the whole struggle in Nigeria before we both were blessed by God by relocating to US and I would really love an astonishing kinda wedding for the whole wait.. My budget is about 6million naira for both traditional and white while also taking care of both mothers.. Please give me an insight on how to do something beyond the ordinary..

    • Hi Franklin, congrats on deciding to make the big move from relationship to marriage.

      For that budget, I would advice that you first get a wedding planner. Also, having a good wedding planner would help you actualize the kind of ASTONISHING and BEYOND-THE-ORDINARY weddings (trad and white) that you both dream of. Most good wedding planners know how to extract the fantasies you and your bride have about the type of wedding you want, how things should look and feel on that day (from decor, ambiance, music, food, outfits, photography etc) and they would even polish things up to deliver a magical wedding. They will bring ideas from previous weddings they planned and will share them with you, to help you DESIGN YOUR DREAM WEDDING.

      With a good planner, they would be the ones to get you the best wedding venues within your budget and taste that they have used with past clients, get you the best caterers, DJs and so on – and you would vet and choose. They also show you where to buy fabrics, aso-ebis, souvenirs and where to get tailors and more. They also have a way to get discounts from the vendors and venues – to your benefit. Part of those savings can go towards settling the planner’s fees, so that you have nothing to lose.

      A wedding planner would work with your budget to deliver, and not add extra cost to your wedding.

      Since, you are not in the country, this would be the best bet. AND you can always do video calls with them to be in sync with your wedding planning and status they have executed, up until the D-day.

      You don’t have to be afraid to hire a planner, because they would always get your signoff on every aspect of your wedding. They won’t do what you did not say yes to.

      So, I suggest that you start by hiring a good wedding planner for this task – and you will be sure of getting a magical wedding.

      Hope that helps.

  9. Thank you for these analysis,very helpful and would put them to work and would love to contact you when it’s getting close for your professional input. Thanks again I appreciate it.

  10. Skyllachy says

    Hello Dear. Good Job you are doing. Please the link to some of your sites are not opening when you especially the places you ask us to click on the pics for printable copies. Plus help.

    • Aww!! Hi Skyllachy,

      So sorry about that – will get them fixed soon, and you can check back to get them.

      I had no idea that the download links have stopped working. Thank you so much for letting me know – I appreciate.

  11. Hi, I just volunteered to help a colleague plan her low budget wedding and I do no know how to charge her for my services. Pls help. Thank you

    • Hello Toyin, here are some tips:

      Depends on the amount of work involved, usually guaged from the size or budget of the wedding. You may charge her a flat rate that will cover your costs and some comfortable change (profit) or a percentage of the total amount they plan to spend on the wedding (usually 10 to 20 percent). You may also use the percent charge as a guide to come up with a flat rate, so that your client does not have to know that you’re using the cost of their wedding as a base for charging.

      Hope this tip helps.

  12. Hello my name is biodun I want to know if I can have a wedding of 1000 guests with a 3million naira budget.. And the venue should be in Lagos.. Probably around ikeja

    • Hi Abiodun, sure you can with that amount, but a lot depends on the cost of your venue (as you know, Lagos venues can be costly, depending on the part of Lagos and the calibre of the venue).

      My tip would be to first book your venue, or take out the venue cost, and work out a budget with the remaining amount. Food and drinks expenses are the biggest takers in any wedding, so I would say that you should see if the remaining amount can be enough for catering for 1000 guests. If not, I suggest that you trim down the number of guests to the quantity your catering budget can accommodate.

  13. Hi i live in canada and im planning for my traditional wedding in december and me and my fiance have budgeted N4m for the trad, i need breakdown, the hall we both like is at 500k in eastern nigeria.but we are still going to price the hall down, we are expecting 300 to 400

    • Hello Chris, congrats on your upcoming wedding. Below are my ideas and tips you could use or tweak for planning a N4 million Naira wedding:
      -N500k – Hall (which you already found), so you have N3.5m left
      -N1.75m – Food and Drinks (Usually food and drinks cost about 50% of overall wedding budget; and that would be hald of your N3.5m = N1.75m. Break this down to your planned 400 guests and you’d get a budget of N4K+ per guest on food and drinks) .
      – N1.75m (Spread this remaining money on the rest of wedding things like: video, photo, décor, DJ/ live band, MC, attire)
      *Mind you, the above guide is just to help you target good use of your money pre-market-pricing, and know that you would eventually price things to be able to spread the money down to tiny details.
      **The most worrisome parts are hall, food and drinks – once you take care of that, the rest is easy.

      Hope the above tip helps you. All the best!

  14. hello dear,
    i’m a young man of 25 years, i want to know if 1.5 million for my traditional and white wedding will wow my guest, i’m looking at about 500 guest in my white wedding and about 200 guest in my traditional wedding.

    • Hello Michael, thanks for your inquiry. You’ve tried – N1.5m is a lot of money savings – e no easy. Here are my thoughts, to wow your guests:
      1) If you split that budget, you could put something like N600k or N500k for the trad and the rest N900k or N1m towards the white.
      2) WHITE WEDDING: Reduce the number of guests from 500 to a practical number, say about 200 or 250 or even less to wow them more. You know, cost of things have really gone up.
      *If you need ideas on how to breakdown your white wedding budget, click here.
      Hope that helps.
      **Why You should Cut Down Number of Wedding Guest
      Hope those tips help.

  15. Pls I want to no where I can buy beautiful artificial wedding flower at wholesale price in lagos and also decor accessories at wholesale cheap price.thanks

  16. Hi Stella,
    Wedding budget sample for 2m is not showing. I’m worried abt my wedding plans

  17. Hi Stella,

    I am wondering if these are costs for small weddings in Lagos?

    Thanks,

  18. you’re a darling. keep doing what you do so well. Thank you so much

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