Sample N700k Wedding Budget Breakdown with 150 Guests in Nigeria

If you are looking for a low-cost wedding budget breakdown example where the couple spent N700k in Nigeria, this post is for you – it is an example of how to plan a Nigerian wedding with less than N700k budget (seven hundred thousand Naira). Feel free to incorporate ideas from this sample budget into the plans of your own small wedding.

reception hall of N700k Nigerian wedding

Summary: Wedding Budget Breakdown for 150 Guests, that Cost N700k

Number of Guests: 150

Total Cost of the Wedding: N668,400.00 – actually less than N700k (seven hundred thounsand Naira)

Bride and Groom’s attire N124,500

Wedding Venue and Decoration N110,000.00
Stationery + Souvenirs N60,000.00
Food + Drinks N202,500.00
Entertainment + Visuals N60,000.00
Miscellaneous N111,400.00

Breakdown and Details of the N700k Nigerian Wedding

Bride & Groom’s Attire

  • Rent a used or pre-owned wedding gown N25,000
  • Bride’s shoes N7,500
  • Bridal Accessories: bouquet, veil, headpiece; earrings, necklace etc N10,000
  • Bridal beauty: Hair/ Nails/ Makeup N15,000
  • Wedding rings (bride + groom) – GL (gold plated)  N20,000
  • Groom’s Shoes N15,000.00
  • Groom’s wedding suit N15,000
  • Groom’s Accessories (e.g cuff links, belt, flower boutonniere/ handkerchief) N15,000
  • Groom’s Grooming (e.g haircut, beard shaving) N2,000

Stationery & Souvenirs

  • Invitation cards & program printing N15,000
  • Souvenirs to gift guests N45,000

Reception Venue & Decoration

  • Venue + Rentals(canopy tents, chairs, tables etc) N100,000
  • Decoration: venue, bride and groom’s wedding day transportation, venue décor N10,000

Reception Food & Drinks

  • Wedding Cake (cost at N150/ guest count) N22,500
  • Food (cost at N1000/ plate serving) N150,000
  • Drinks/ Juice/ Water (cost at N200/ person) N30,000

Reception Entertainment & Visuals

  • Photography (No videos; only photos) N40,000
  • Master of Ceremony (MC) – by friend/ family member N0
  • DJ only (No Music Band) N20,000
  • Miscellaneous N111,400

>>Related: How to make a Nigerian wedding budget>>

Cost Basis for this 150 Guests Nigerian Wedding

  • The venue was a cheap place – town hall or garden or open field
  • There was no music band, only a DJ was hired
  • No money was spent to hire a MC – a friend was asked to do it
  • The bride rented a used/ pre-owned wedding gown
  • The couple purchased GL (gold plated) wedding rings, instead of the more expensive gold or silver rings
  • No other pre-wedding or day-of-wedding task was hired to paid vendors, instead friends and family members helped out with every other task
  • A wedding planner was not hired because there were lots of willing friends and family members to help in one or more areas of the wedding planning

Disclaimer: The above sample wedding budget breakdown was for a real-life event that took place in Nigeria, and so the above costs/ prices of things represent what obtained in the Nigerian market as at the time of writing this article. Ensure to check the market and wedding vendors if you want to customize this budget breakdown for your own Naija wedding.

Your Thoughts on N700k Wedding Budget

This is part 2 in our series of examples of small, low-cost wedding budgets in Nigeria – part 1 is here. Finally, if you have any questions on the topic of wedding budget, we answered them here.

There you have it, on our suggestions on what a N700k wedding budget spending looks like, and an example of how to organize a 150-guest Nigerian wedding without spending more. Hopefully, you’ve picked one or more ideas from that budget, to use in estimating your wedding cost.

Now, it’s your turn to say something.  Let’s say, you were planning a low-cost wedding and cannot spend more than N700k, what would you do differently? Tell me in the comments below. 

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  1. Thanks for taking the time to post this information

    I want to ask you to help me out in breaking down 1.5m for a wedding in Lagos including hall in mainland excluding Ikeja. I live at Alagabado.

    • Hi Raymond, thanks for your feedback – we’re glad you loved our Nigerian wedding budget breakdown tips.

      Here’s one way (below) to spend N1.5 million (Naira) on a Lagos mainland wedding:
      570,000 — food/ drinks/ cake
      300,000 — venue hire & & décoration, Canopy Tents, chair n table rentals | bouncers/ security, ushers
      180,000 — couple’s outfits/ beauty/ fashion, rings (for a higher budget wedding, couple may spend less on outfit/ fashion, and use the savings to splurge on other areas like entetainment, venue and/ or other areas, depending on their priorities.
      75,000 — invitation cards, reception programme, souvenirs
      345,000 — entertainment & photography & coordination – DJ/ live music band, MC, photographer, video coverage, D-day coordinator (for
      low cost weddings, couple must not use all listed vendors here BUT instead on the most essentials like (photography, MC, DJ)
      and ignore the nice to haves (like live band, videography). However, if money is not an issue or couple has a bigger
      budget, they would be able to afford every wedding entertainment services.
      30,000 — Miscellaneous/ anything that comes up, or that you forgot

      Hope that helps.

      • Thanks for the breakdown. Please how much does live band cost in Lagos and in the south

        • My pleasure, Metro. I’m happy to know that our sample Nigerian wedding budgets were helpful to you.

          On how much a live band costs in Lagos, it varies. Some charge low and some charge moderately; some charge high, some charge very high. How they charge depends on how popular or big the music band is, and what part of the state/ city they are located. Even within any part of a town, some are cheaper or more expensive than others.

          If you’re planning a low budget Nigerian wedding, it’s better to look for the not-so-big live bands. Last year, someone I know paid N80k for a live band that performed at their wedding. I also heard some charge less.

          The best way to find a suitable, affordable live band for a Nigerian wedding is to ask friends and family members who live near you. You can also visit some bars/ pubs/ night clubs where live bands perform to talk directly with the band members or staff of the bar/ club to ask how much the music band charges to play at an event.

          Hope that helps.

  2. Godswill says

    Thank you so much for that wonderful guide into wedding planning.
    I want to ask you to help me out in breaking down 500k for a wedding. At Enugu, a venue that need little decor has been marked out for 30k., it’s a hall with nice chairs with stage that needs decor. Now can this 500k fit in the budget and kindly help me out in the planning.

    • Hello Godswill, thanks for the feedback. It’s my pleasure that our wedding budget guide was of help.

      Here’s an example of how to spend your N500k budget for your Nigerian wedding:
      200,000 food/ drinks/ cake
      60,000 venue hire & décoration
      115,000 couple’s outfits, rings
      30,000 invites, prog, souvenirs
      75,000 entertainment & photography – DJ/ live band, MC, photographer, video coverage
      20,000 Miscellaneous/ anything that comes up, or that you forgot

      Note that this is just a guide, so that you won’t overspend.

      Hope that helps. We wish you all the best!

  3. Hello gud day, thank you for this piece.i want to know if 500k will be enough for a wedding in Victoria island, lagos

  4. I and my fiancee budgeting #500,000 for both Traditional and Wedding. Please can you brake it down for me bcoz l’m confused. I don’t know what to do before I come across this site

  5. Christopher says

    Hello, Good day. I love this site. Thanks for the good work.
    My Girlfriend and i have decided to get married next year after 2 years of dating. Financially, i’m not it yet. But i trust i can raise enough funds ranging from 800k to 1.2M. My question is, can this take care of everything including traditional and White Wedding?

    Warm Regards.

    • Hi Christopher, thanks for your feedback, and congratulations for deciding o take your relationship to the next level, and especially for starting with a wedding financial plan (which most men fail to do).

      That amount is a sweet spot, and I believe it should be enough for a decent, yet classy wedding (trad and white). However, that is ONLY IF you ensure that you have the size of wedding that is realistically within that amount – that would mean determining in advance how much of that you want to spend on your trad; how much of that you want to spend on your white wedding. AND how much of that you can afford for venue; how many guests (plates of food/ drinks) that amount can cater for.

      Once you intentionally block off portions of that amount for those spending, and kind of stick to it, you should be fine. Know that if you invite every single person you know, that amount would not be enough – and so you should keep your wedding guests as small or as big as your money can afford. Any wedding size is okay, as long as you keep it classy.

      Hope that helps. I wish you all the best as you save towards your wedding. Cheers!

  6. samuel cecilia says

    Am Budgeting the some of 500,000. How can i break it down?

  7. I am budgeting 600k…i need your help
    I have 600k….i am really scared…. Pls break it down for me

    • Hello Wale, don’t fret – you can have a lovely wedding with that amount. Times are hard, and every Saturday we’re seeing couples who used less than N600k to organize a great wedding. ONCE YOU KEEP IT SIMPLE, ignore/ eliminate the unnecessary and focus on the main things, the money will be enough.
      => This is a N600k wedding breakdown that you can start with, but feel free to change things up to suit you, or as you negotiate with venue and vendors/ rentals/ suppliers people:
      -Venue + venue decoration + chair rentals + other rentals –18% (N108,000)
      -Wedding attire + wedding rings: 24% (N144,000)
      -Souvenirs, Invitation cards etc – 6% (36,000)
      -Reception (food/ catering, drink, wedding cake) – 21% (126,000)
      -Entertainment + visuals (MC, DJ/ Live band, photography/ video coverage) – 14% (N84,000)
      -Any other things that come up: 17% (102,000)
      -Here’s a typical wedding expenses list to start with (click)
      *The key is to keep things very simple. Don’t invite more people than your food budget – ask the caterers how many plates of food and drinks that amount can cater for (use that to know how many people to invite). NOTE: If you want to invite more people, add extra money to your wedding budget OR reduce money from other areas to make up for this.
      >> By the way, I used our (NaijaGlamWedding’s) wedding budget percentage calculator to arrive at that breakdown – it’s here (click).

  8. NANCY ibekwe says

    Am budgeting the some of 800,000 how do I break it down

    • Hi Nancy, use our formula/ guide below to break it down (this is just a guide, not compulsory to be in those percentages):
      21% – food and drinks
      18% – venue and decor
      24% – couple’s outfits + rings (Mr. & Mrs.)
      14% – Photography/ Video coverage, DJ/ Live Band
      Souvenirs & Invitation Cards – 6%
      Miscelaneous (any other things) – 17%
      You can see a list of typical wedding expenses here (click) to help you start off quickly – AND later include or remove whatever you want/ don’t want.
      To learn more: go here NaijaGlamWedding’s Nigerian Wedding Budget Calculator
      ALSO: How to Make a Wedding Budget from Scratch
      *Let me know how it goes. All the best.

      • PLS, I have just #500,000 to plan for both traditional and wedding.Pls can you help me to brake it down ? I’m confused.

        • Hello Morayo. A rough guide is to reserve half of that amount for wedding food and drinks (catering). Then, take out your venue rentals amount (which you will know from doing market research and pricing around), and then the rest is for your attires and paying vendors (cake baker, hall decoration, DJ, MC and so on). >>You can use our ready-made percentages (click here) to do a further break-down.

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