Weddings are expensive! It is worse here in Nigeria where it seems compulsory that we have parties for both.
Weddings, nowadays is a business venture. Vendors, taking advantage of all the razzmatazz , often doubling their prices, asoebi for family and friends, food, cake, makeup, you name it!
But we can surmount this hurdle.
So here are 5 hot tips to help ensure your wedding day does not make you bankrupt:
1. Do all the weddings in one day and at one venue
Yes o! It is very possible. Rather than having your court, traditional and white wedding on separate days, do all three on same day – court and white in the morning, traditional in that afternoon – or as the spirit leads on that day. Some churches and mosques issue marriage certificate under the law, so you can actually skip the court part and just have the traditional and white on the say day and throw one big final party.
2. Don’t invite “everybody”
Limit your guest list and make the event strictly by invitation. No, not everyone loves. Not everyone is your friend. Not everyone wants to come becomes they love you. Most people just go to weddings for the free food. They can cook and eat jollof and fried rice at their houses, so let them stay there. Invite only your close friends and family. Hopefully, they are not that many.
3. Rent and borrow
Rent rather than buy. There are many vendors who offer up everything wedding – suits, wedding gowns, flowers, plates, utensils etc for rent. If you can’t even afford to rent, then please don’t be ashamed to borrow instead of buy what you’d only use for two hours max. But do remember to return all in great condition.
4. Don’t rent a hall or other expensive venues
A wedding in front of your house makes sense on so many levels.
Most newly married couple would tell you that a major part of their budget went into renting a hall. Guy, maka why? If you have a really small guest list, then you don’t need a huge hall. Better still, you can have an outdoor wedding. How about closing down your street? Just speak to your neighbours, get their permission and apologise for any disturbance before hand. You don’t need to pay dime to host a party in front of your own home. Just be sure to clean up after and maybe send food around to your neighbours.
5. Rely on cheap, available and reliable help from your friends and family
Why pay a wedding planner, caterer, tailor etc when your best friend Sola has a good eye for colours and a sharp brain for bargains, your Aunty Simi is known for making the best jollof rice at Christmas, and your younger sister just got her freedom? As for makeup artist, just ask that your neighbour whose makeup is always on fleek and who will not let you rest with all those links to makeup tutorials on Facebook.
So here’s wishing you a happy married life with lots of money in your pocket.