14 Tips in Planning a Budget Wedding in Nigeria

Planning a Budget Wedding in Nigeria

 

Nigerians like owambe a lot and it can be a bit of an hassle to cater well for wedding guests and generally have a good wedding if you are on a budget. But with N500,000-N750,000, you can still do a small, nice wedding and get started on the married lane.

  1. Wedding Venue

Wedding venues can almost cost an arm and a leg. Usually, because most halls already come with chairs, tables, some sort of decortaion and even sound, it goes for a premium. The alternative is for you to get a small hall in a location that isn’t very popular or go for a field or the open space in a private school, throw in some rented canopies, chairs and tables and your venue is sorted. This could help as much as N50,000-N70,000.

  1. Number of Guests

Nigerians like owambes hence are very adept at gatecrashing. So, keep your guest list down to make room for those who will do ‘mo gbo mo ya’. You can attempt an 80-100 people and make room for 30 or 50 more. With N1000 (food and drinks inclusive) per head you will be spending about N150,000 for 100-150 people

  1. Wedding Gown

Wedding gown is another expensive item that can sink a wedding budget in minutes. So, rather than spend as much as N100,000-N1million, for a gown you won’t be wearing after the wedding, why not rent a gown instead? You can rent a gown for as low as N20,000 and as high as N100,000. It all depends on your taste! But N20,000 should get you a good gown.

  1. Groom’s Suit

The groom’s suit doesn’t have to be new because nobody knows whether it is new or not. With a proper dry clean, your man could be looking as dapper as if he wore a brand new $1000 suit. All the same, he could get a N30k suit if he doesn’t have a nice suit. More so, he would still use it after the wedding.

  1. Decoration

If you are getting a hall that is just plain or a field, get a friend to help you decorate the venue. They don’t have to be professionals; plus a few YouTube videos would help them understand the design you have in mind. With N30,000 you can rent a few drapes, table covers, flowers, vases and buy some balloons, ribbons and the likes.

  1. Wedding Shoes

Of course, you want both your feet to look nice on your big day so wearing an old pair may not do justice. All the same, 10-15k for each shoes totaling about 20-30k is a decent budget for nice shoes.

  1. Wedding Rings

‘With this ring I thee wed…’ is an important part of any wedding so you need wedding bands that can reflect some light when it’s being exchanged. N15,000 – N20,000 can get you a complete set of rings for the both of you.

  1. Entertainment

Entertainment is a must for weddings. People must dance and shaku shaku on your big day because it is a thing of joy. But you don’t have to break the bank, you can either get a friend load songs on a system, rent sound equipment to get the beat rolling. Or you could budget about N30,000 for a DJ.

  1. MC

If you don’t have a friend who can successfully compere an event, you can budget N30,000 for an MC.

  1. Wedding Cake

For your wedding cake, you can budget another N50,000 – N70,000. Opt for affordable bakers and choose simple 2 steps or 3 steps cakes. You could make a 14 inch plain cake that can be served to your guests.

  1. Makeup

You shouldn’t be the one handling your make up on your big day. Get a friend who can help you or a make up artiste for N20,000- N30,000 you can do your own makeup. Great! If not,

  1. Hair

Look for a nice weavon that you can curl and with N5,000 an hairdresser can help you fix it nicely.

  1. Photography/Videography

For photography and videography, budget about N80,000 – N100,000 and you are good to go.

  1. Wedding Invitation

Now, the world has gone digital so you don’t need to print hard copy invitations. Send out text messages or get some wedding cards from the store and input details with felt pens. This could serve as invite for older people that must get traditional invites.

 

Keep the remaining cash for any other miscellaneous or unforeseen expenses that could crop up.

 

7 Popular Events in Nigeria

Despite the hardships in Nigeria, Nigerians like to have fun as is evidenced by the number of events that happen in the country. Learn about popular events in Nigeria below.

  • Social Media Week

Social Media Week Lagos (SMW Lagos) is a week long events launched in 2013. It is one of Africa’s biggest media and technology event. Every year, the event has thousands of attendees in attendance not only from Lagos but across Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries

SMW Lagos converges business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, technology enthusiasts, media professionals, creative individuals and generally tri-sector individuals.

Social Media Week Lagos usually has multiple activities running across Lagos concurrently with events in the main campus location. Activities range from workshops to masterclasses, exhibition, networking and other events.

SMW Lagos motif usually cuts across ideas, insights, trends, policies that are hinged on technology and the media to revolutionize the way the world is living and doing business. The theme for 2019 is STORIES.

Interested in being a part of the 2019 edition, check their website at www.smwlagos.com

  • Art X Lagos

Art X Lagos is an annual contemporary art fair that gathers art lovers, art enthusiasts, upcoming artists, established artists and media professionals with exhibitions, workships and talks happening in different galleries.  The exhibited works are drawn from Artists across Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal.

  • AY Live

AY Live is one of the biggest comedy concert in Nigeria. The AY Live brings comedians from across generations- upcoming, established, older comedians, celebrities and other comedy enthusiasts.

  • Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2017

The Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) is organized by Style House Files and sponsored by Heineken.

The annual fashion event brings upcoming and experienced players in the fashion industry in a 3 to 4 days event that includes runways, masterclasses, exhibition, red carpets and other fashion themed activities.

  • Felabration

Felabration is an annual festival that celebrates the legacy of the Nigerian music legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

The event holds at the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos, with a thousand of people in attendance. The sons of the late legend usually perform as well as other Afro beat, Hip Hop, Jazz artistes and other genres.

Felabration has attracted many high profile artistes like Femi Kuti, Awilo Longomba, Baba Maal, Lucky Dube, Les Nubians, King Sunny Ade, Lagbaja, Asa and others.

  • AMVCA

AMVCA stands for the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. AMVCA is sponsored by the Multichoice group and is poised to recognize individuals with outstanding achievement in film, television and the media. Certain individuals are nominated based on their work and the public votes through a variety of ways.

  • The Experience

The Experience Lagos is an annual Christian music & worship festival organized by the House on the Rock Church. The Experience brings Christian music artistes, worship leaders on the international scene as well as local artiste in a music vigil that has people singing and dancing and singing at the top of their voices until the wee hours of the morning. The event is usually held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, (TBS) Onikan, Lagos State.

10 Tips in Planning a Launch Event

1. Have an event objective. While it is amazing that you are launching a new product, new look, service or anything, they do not pass as your event objective. So, after people have attended your launch event, what next? Does it translate to sales or brand awareness or what exactly?

2. Have a budget. If you don’t have a budget, you will just end up spending on impulse and likely run into debt.

3. Choose an event venue that reflects well on your brand launch and theme of launch. Also, make sure that the venue is easily accessible.

4. Design invites that shows exclusivity and creates a sort of vibe to your launch event. Even if your invites are sent online, you could try to put a little effort into customizing the invites per special invited guests.

5. Provide food and drink for guests. Whenever there is food and drink, there is bound to be conversations. And those are good for pictures! You don’t want people standing aloof at your launch event, mingling and networking enriches the launch event. You might not be able to serve a 3 course meal but even with a small budget, you can do something nice. Think canapés, slush, finger foods, chapman and you got the ball rolling.

6. You might want to consider hiring event staff to help manage the event properly. You will have so many things to attend to, plenty conversations to carry on with guests hence you have to be free to do other things.

7. If your launch event doesn’t have the press in attendance, then you are seriously joking. Plan a launch event that gets no media coverage? Now, who does that? A lot of times, we think the media won’t be interested because you do not have the clout of the big brands, absolutely false. By the way, the media isn’t always the local newspaper or TV station, it could be bloggers who have 2000 readers or an influencer with 10k follows and over 30% engagement rate. If you still want your event to be in the papers, you could send a one pager media kit detailing the who, why, where, what, and when of the event. However, make sure to write from an angle that portrays the event as an interesting one playing on the people in attendance and your overall brand mission.

8. Please, no launch event should be without some beat. Ever. Entertainment is super important! Think a DJ, a band, an upcoming artiste who has fans that deeply engage with their work, to add colour to the launch event. If push comes to shove and your budget won’t let you be great, then you can get a friend help you manage a record player at the event.

9. Appreciate your guests. You may not be able give cash wads or expensive hampers. But ensure you get thoughtful gift items for your guests. Something as personal, and memorable like a customised tote bag, t-shirts, little knick knacks and other gourmet items.

10. Follow-up. Your launch event plans should have a plan to collect data and follow up with your guests. You don’t have to become a pest just because you want them to follow up, talk about your event. There are creative ways like sending them link to the pictures taken at the launch event, tagging them on social media with creative captions, asking them to write you on what they liked about the event and what they felt could be better or wasn’t good etc. Just make sure you send a thank you email not later than a day after the event before you start the post event activities of juicing out data and sales conversion.
If you are planning a launch event anytime soon, all the best!