Every weekend somewhere in Nigeria, a wedding ceremony takes place invariably. From Lagos to Ogun, all the way to Sokoto and Kwara, one lady leaves her parents and willingly clings to her husband.
However, things aren’t as they used to be. Cost of living is now extremely high and Nigerians are now known with cries of “In this Recession?”
Does this mean that wedding ceremonies no longer hold? The answer is no. The reality is that people are gradually finding ways in which to cut cost during their wedding and limit expenses.
So if you want to find out how to have a gorgeous but small budget wedding, this is definitely for you.
# 1. Cut down Number of Guests
This point cannot be over emphasized. Not everyone ought to be invited to your wedding. Secondary school mates you have lost contact with, very distant relatives, exes and the list goes on. Except you have a really large budget and you aren’t afraid of expenses, then you can go on to invite every Tom, dick and Harry. But if you are considering your budget, then invite only your very close friends and family members.
# 2. Do it Yourself
Remember that friend who designed her own wedding invitation cards herself, and went ahead to see to the printing? I must tell you that was sure to save her a whole lot of money. This is no time to indulge in a wedding planner or any other fancy things people do nowadays. If you aren’t up to it financially, you can even do your own makeup. Also, if buying a dress would be straining your budget, you could get one made at a lesser cost.
# 3. Enlist Help!
This here is very important too. Most brides tend to think that they are lionesses and therefore, can do everything by themselves, but they soon end up tired and frustrated. If your wedding is a close knitted one, you should be able to find cousins, nephews and younger siblings to delegate tasks to. Your cousins could help serve food and drinks, help to clean up and carry heavy equipment. By enlisting the help of a few people, you save a lot of time, money and energy.
# 4. Be Different
Most weddings take place on Saturdays and in the noon hours too and such weddings tend to gather huge crowds, both invited people and not (Mogbo mobranch) . To avoid unnecessary people and attention for your wedding, chose another day (like a Tuesday or Thursday) Also, change time – from noon, shift your wedding to sometime between 9am and 2pm and you are sure to get a smaller crowd. Also, some caterers charge a little lower in less busy months like February, May and September.
# 5. Be thoughtful about food
Quality of food and its availability are one of the telltale signs of a successful wedding. You don’t want your guests to starve and on the other hand, you don’t want to be wasteful. In essence, you have to make a list of sensible dishes that would be available to your guests. A little of rice, different options of swallows and native soups, affordable drinks and a good cake, and your wedding cuisine would be a bomb.
# 6. Be Objective
Be willing to consider other options aside from those you are used to. Welcome advice but do not take every person’s counsel. Talk with your spouse and make decisions that would have a great result and most of all, be patient.
This is it. If you read this and enjoyed this, please try to follow some of these tips and you can be sure of a small budgeted but successful wedding.