Q13. My Budget is Very Small. I need Ideas to Make it Work
Here’s my take on this: it’s possible to have your wedding with the amount you have if you follow a few simple rules:
a. First breakdown that wedding budget into spending categories ((food/ drinks, venue, stationery, entertainment, photography, outfits). Our wedding budget calculator will automatically show you your budget breakdown. You’ll also see your catering (food and drinks) budget.
b. Calculate your Affordable Number of Guests: Take the amount for your wedding food and drinks (catering) breakdown, go to different caterers and find out how many plates of food and drinks that amount can cater for? That is the number of guests you should invite. If you’d like to invite extra guests, tell your Caterers and ask them for the cost of the extra guests. Note that wedding food is on per-plate cost.
There’s no shame in inviting a few people. These days, keeping guest list counts small is classy. What’s not classy and shameful is inviting more people than you can feed, more than you can give souvenirs. So, keep it classy.
c. Venue Cost: Wedding venues cost are based on the size of the spaces, which reflects how many people the venue can seat. Smaller venues cost less than bigger venues. If you have a small budget, inviting fewer guests means that you will need a smaller, cheaper venue. Ultimately, using a small wedding venue will lower your wedding cost. However, ensure not to use a small venue for a large number of guests.
d. Invitation cards: Invitation cards are priced by number (quantity of cards to be printed). The more your wedding guests, the more your wedding cost. Therefore, if you’re looking for a way to lower your wedding cost, reducing your number of guests will lower the cost you’ll spend on invitation cards.
MORE ANSWERS TO OTHER WEDDING BUDGET FAQs: Check out our tips and advice on how to use small money to plan a decent Nigerian wedding:
- 9 Smart Ideas to Save Costs On a Nigerian Wedding
- How to Plan Small Weddings that Wow Guests
- How to Plan a Big-Girls Wedding with Small Money (10 Unique Ideas)
- How to Plan a Great Low-Key Wedding In Nigeria
- Ideas to Reduce Wedding Cost without Reducing Quality
It used to be the norm to leave the doors of a wedding open – the more the merrier. That used to be when the parents and external family used to fund weddings in Nigeria. In those days, the economy was good. However, these days, most Nigerian parents cannot afford to contribute financially to their children’s wedding, and so savvy engaged couples are having smaller weddings. The norms are changing because these days people can no longer afford to feed too many guests. Modern Nigerian weddings no longer have crowds.
The norms are shifting to smaller weddings, weddings with fewer couples, weddings that do not have an entire village or entire old schoolmates in attendance.
We’re seeing Nigerian weddings with less than 100 guests and they’re still beautiful. So, go ahead and stay true to your budget and have your wedding your way.
Recap and Conclusion
I told you that the cost of wedding food and drinks at Nigerian weddings make up up to 40 to 50% of the budget. Food and drinks cost are on a per-plate bases and so you can easily cut down your wedding cost significantly just by reducing the number of guests.
You also learned that you can afford a decent wedding at nearly any budget, as long as you invite the number of people your budget can cater to. Since after the COVID pandemic and lockdowns, Nigerian couples have began to have smaller weddings with fewer guests, and they are classy. I once attended a Nigerian wedding that had only 50 guests (a few close friends and close family members only), and it was one of the best wedding experiences I’ve ever had.
That’s all on our answers to frequently asked questions on budgeting for weddings in Nigeria. I hope you found answer(s) to your own wedding budget questions or concerns?.