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Wedding planning checklist – Services & items to consider when preparing and planning for your wedding

 

Preparing and planning for a wedding ceremony and reception can be one of the most tedious exercise anyone can embark on, especially when you have to work and worry about your day to day routines. It takes proper time management skills, analytical skills, ability to make good judgements particularly when you have to make choices from a list of event service providers. You must also have a good negotiation and bargaining skills, communication skills and organisations skills. Whew!!!, sounds like a lot of work indeed.

Starting might be some worth difficult, or you might think you’ve got things figured out and then get stuck in the middle (isn’t that a line from MJ’s lyric?)

Anyway, here’s what you need to get started…you need a checklist. A wedding checklist guides you throughout your planning and final preparation cross checking, so you can be sure you are not forgetting any of the important stuff. A checklist is basically a list of items and services you’ll be needing in order to have a proper wedding ceremony, negligence of one or two of those items could affect the outcome of your event.

Here’s a sample checklist below, don’t forget to put yours on a scale of preference and according to priority so you can allocate your budget appropriately.

 

CEREMONY CHECKLIST

Wedding dress

Wedding suit – shirt, tie, boutennaire, waistcoat, belt, socks

Veil

Jewelry including hair piece, necklace, earrings, wristwatch and bracelets

Shoes for bride and groom

Reception dress

Perfume

Purse

Wedding ring

Lingerie

Bouquet

Traditional Attire and Jewelry like beads(for Nigerian traditional wedding)

Handfan

Bridesmaids dresses

Bridesmaids bouquets

Bridesmaids Jewelry including hair piece, necklace, earrings and bracelets

Groom and Groomsmen Boutennaires

Pageboy Suit, tie and shoe

Pageboy Pillow

Littlebrides dress, shoes and flower

Wedding Bands/Rings

Aso-ebi Uniform for your friends and relatives

Don’t forget printing jobs

Invitation card

Wedding program

 

RECEPTION CHECKLIST

DJ

MC

Photography

Videography

Food

Drinks

Small Chops

Cocktails

Cake

Decor

Hall/Venue

Rentals (Chairs, Canopies)

Car rentals

Make up

Hair

Hair Stylist

Ushers/Security

Photobooth/Backdrop

Souvenirs

Transportation

 

I hope this helps you in your planning. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any question. You can post your comments below or email privately on weddings@storypageevents.com

 

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Finding the right venue for your wedding reception in Nigeria

 

Choosing a reception venue could be on of the most tedious exercise in Events Planning, particularly because you have to literally visit the venue to inspect the condition prior to making payments.

Here are questions to ask during your venue inspection visit.

1) Consider the neatness and state of the environment and this includes the floor, walls, ceiling, changing room, toilet and overall eternal environment. It must be neat enough to allow a beautifully done decor emerge. Find out if they will clean up the venue for you.

2) Check the ventilation, consider fans for outdoor events in an open tent and airconditioners that are in good conditions for in door. Avoid venues with ceiling fans as much as possible

3) Do they provide basic facilities such as chairs, tables, stage platform, toilets, air conditioners, changing room, catering serving points also try to know any additional facilities they provide like cooling room, mood lights, speakers and so on. Inspect the chairs and tables. It’s ideal to go with standard banquet tables and armless chairs or chiavari chairs. These look better when decorated.

4) Know the venue capacity. Ask for the actual size of the venue and check with your vendors to be sure the venue would accommodation your expected guests comfortable – consider space for dance floor and movement.

5) Check the car park to be sure it is large  enough to accommodate your guests’ cars. Also find out if they provide traffic controllers to decongest any traffic.

6) Find out about safety and security. You want to be sure the venue is secured because some of your refreshments and souvenirs may arrive at the venue earlier. Also check that they have proper safety measures put in place in case of any unforeseen circumstances like fire alarms, extinguishers, first aid etc.

7) Ask about electricity and power supply. It is better to go with a venue that would run their generator through out the event rather than with one that would rely on both Nepa and generator. Also check that they have a back up power source in case the generator malfunctions.

It would be ideal to visit the venue when there’s an event taking place there to confirm things like guest capacity, electricity and airconditioners.

Once you are satisfied with a venue, don’t forget to negotiate the price of a venue before you finally make payments.

Feel free to ask questions on the comment box below or send me a private email on weddings@storypageevents.com and I will be available to provide you with answers where possible.

 

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How to look your best on your wedding day

The stress of planning a wedding combined with your normal daily activities can affect your looks and energy level on the wedding day. Here are 10 tips on how to look your best on your wedding day.

Eat healthy – Ditch junks, hydrate properly and detox.

At least a month to your wedding, if you have been eating junks please stop! Take more fruits and vegetables, less carbs especially fizzy drinks and drink more water. Vitamins and minerals from these healthy foods have a way of allowing you glow from inside out and water keeps your skin fresh and hydrated. Replace fizzy drinks with healthy teas like green teas and with fresh fruit juices that can work magic in your body by detoxification.

Exercise

Don’t forget to work out weekly, at least a month to your wedding. It keeps your energy and fitness level up and you’ll have more stamina on the dance floor. It also helps get rid of unwanted waste in your body,your skin glows better with regular exercise.

Do a make -up and hair style trial

You’ll be able to choose the type of hair and make-up that suits you best. A trial make-up and hair styling would prevent unpleasant surprises on your wedding day and allow your artist and stylist get more familiar with your face structure, preferences and skin type.

Wear comfortable shoes

Nothing can be more wearying than an uncomfortable shoe on your wedding day. Check that your shoes are the right fit and practice walking around with it before your wedding day. You can also have a slippers or flat sandal handy just incase you need more comfort.

Try your dress on

A day or two to your wedding day, please try your dress on. Test the zippers and any other button or hook, you sure don’t want any disappointments with a failing zipper. Wear comfortable underwear to avoid discomfort.

Rest well

A week to your wedding at least, wedding plans and running around should be transferred to someone else. Take time out to rest, if possible take time off work and just relax. Have a good sleep on the night to your wedding. You’ll look well rested on your big day.

Give your self a spa treat.

Get on those body scrubs, polishing, steam and massage, facials, pedicure and manicure. It’s important for a brighter looking skin and to help relieve stress. You can do this with your partner or with your friends. It also helps to promote bonding and could be a good time to have a chat about the wedding day activities.

Eat well on the morning of your wedding.

You need as much energy as you can get, so fuel up! Activities of the day might prevent you from eating in between and you sure do not want to feel dizzy on your wedding day.

Stay positive and put on a smile

This is one of the best way to look your best. Keep a positive mind even if everything doesn’t seem to go the way you want it to, keep smiling and remain calm on your wedding day, you’ll love your pictures for that.

Finally, get a wedding coordinator

It just saves you all the stress. The wedding coordinator would ensure that all activities stay on course and goes as planned. From food, drinks and souvenirs getting to your guests on time  to dj playing the right songs, mc not mixing up names, vendors arriving on time, reserving seats for all your special guests and so on. Your wedding coordinators are like the super heros of the day!

 

With these tips, you can be sure to have yourself radiating from inside out and  looking your best on your wedding day.

 

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Nigerian Wedding Trends for 2017 – Catering

 

Nigerian Wedding Trends 2017
Are you getting married in 2017? We thought you should know about the latest trends in the wedding industry for 2017. You can draw an idea or two from these.
Event service providers keep stepping up their games and bringing innovation and technology together to deliver more creative and stunning effects.

2017 trends for Catering

Food Toppers!
Customized food toppers for everything called food – from grills, chops, cakes and even drinks… name it!

Artistic Culinary Skills on Plate!
Caterers not only show their creativity in the taste of the food and designs of their table settings, but also in the arrangements of the food. From cocktails to small chops, grills and even Jollof rice.

New Food on the Menu
We now dig deeper into our roots to incorporate local delicacies to our menu even for white weddings and create a fusion between continental dishes – not only of Chinese origin but now on menus you see more Italian dishes taking center stage – Tortellini and Raviolis!!!

 

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Dealing with Guest Attendance and Nigerian Wedding Crowds – How to accommodate uninvited guests at Nigerian Weddings.

There are basically two forms of invitations that can be sent out to wedding guests.

 

Weddings can be strictly by invitation – where invites are sent out to only those the celebrants what to see at their wedding. The invites may admit just one, two or a stated number. With this type of invitation, it is easier to manage the attendees and effectively cater for them all. Here, you as the celebrant knows exactly how many people will be in attendance after you have received their RSVP.

 

…But because Nigerians are very welcoming and would not want to offend anyone on their joyful, happy day, we accommodate everyone and anyone that comes in, whether invited or uninvited, to merry and celebrate with us. So we make our weddings an open invitation!!!

 

The question then is how do we accommodate these uninvited guests so that we don’t end up offending them (as this was the main reason why we did an open invitation).

 

First, Define these:

What are the guests expectations for your wedding?

Every typical Nigerian guest wants food! Jollof rice to be precise! Lol. They want drinks. They want to sit down. They want gift (souvenirs). Give them these and they will be H-A-P-P-Y.

 

What is the max you can accommodate and cater for?

From your budget, how much can you afford to spend on food, drinks, hall space and souvenirs? How many people can you really afford to give these to? Now defining this would allow you know your limits to the number of guests you can accommodate.

 

Decide on your number of guests.

Now you know, decide on your number of guests – that is the number of people your budget for food, drinks, hall space and souvenirs can accommodate. The mistake a lot of people make here is to decide first on the number of guests and then trying to force their budget to cater for the amount. This might lead you to over spending or even having a poor quality wedding which i hope you don’t want. So decide on your number of guests. 500? 300? 200? 100? or 50?

 

*you can read my blog on budget allocation to know how to allocate budget for different items**

 

Who are the most important people that must be in attendance?

Now that you know the max your budget can accommodate in terms of guest size. Decide on the most important people that must be in attendance. Note that they should be at most one-third of the people that your budget can take. Start with family members, close friends and relatives before “facebook friends”…just saying. So if you can accommodate 500 people in your budget, list out about 150 most important people.

 

Print and Distribute Invites to the most important people

Still on the example, you can handle 500 people, print only 150 invites and distribute to key people. Meanwhile work with your vendors as if they would be catering for 500 people. That is to say, look for a 500 capacity hall, cook for 500 people, etc.

 

Do not forget to get an RSVP from all your invited guests.

So call your guests a month to your wedding to find out if they would be attending and who they would be coming with. This would allow you roughly estimate the number of guests you should expect from your invited guest list. Now invited guests would usually not come alone. They may come with their entire family and circle of friends or they may not attend but give another one-third of your estimated guest size to your invited guests’ company. That is to say if you invited 150 guests out of 500 guests, add another 150 as the number of guests your invited guests would bring.

 

How are you sending out invites?

You can send out invites via printed copy or electronic copy. Electronic copies have become very common with social media, websites, text and emails, it becomes easy to send out invites and not only that but it also becomes easy for people to spread the news!!! So the more info you post out there to invite people to your wedding via electronic invites, the more the news spreads and the more people you receive as uninvited guests. These make up the remaining one-third of your wedding guests.

 

On your wedding day, you’ll have just the right number of people you can afford to cater for without offending anyone by not having enough food or seats or by making it strictly by invitation.

 

Please drop your comments and questions in the comment box below or send me a private email on: weddings@storypageevents.com

I’ll be available to answer all possible questions you may have.

 

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Nigerian Wedding Budget Allocation – The cost of planning a wedding in Nigeria

Wedding Budget Allocation

After you are sure of the cash available for your wedding, the next thing you’ll need to do is to PRIORITIZE.

 

Setting your wedding priorities according to your needs, wants and desires.

We normally would say you should dream about your wedding – sounds like a weird advise but its a good one and I’ll tell you why.

Most times when you get dreamy about your wedding, you’ll tend to see the big picture and in that picture, you’ll easily know what’s most important to you.

 

If you dream about a fairy tale grand reception with massive cake and luxury decor and you don’t see your souvenirs or wedding dress or shoes in that dream then you know that you have more desire and priority on getting luxury decor and cake than for a luxury dress.

 

You get it now? so go ahead and get dreaming!!!

 

 

…now you are done. Write down on a scale of preference which is most important and less important to you. Consider:

Catering: Food, Drinks, Cocktail, Small Chops, Cake.

Gifts: Souvenirs, Favours, Brides maids gifts

Outfits: Wedding dress, suits, bridal party outfit, shoes, accessories, rings, ties, shirts, bouquets…

Entertainment: DJ, MC, Live Band, Alaga etc

Photo and Video

Honeymoon

Protocol: Security, Bouncers, Ushers, Waiters

Venue: Rentals, Furniture, Tent, Hall etc

Showers – Bridal showers, bachelors party

Bridal Spa: Hair, Make-up, Nails, Manicure, Pedicure, Massage, Body Scrub etc

Transportation: Luxury cars, vans, buses

Accommodation: Guest accommodation, wedding night accommodation, vendor accommodation.

 

The list could go on and on depending on your needs.

 

…Now, which is the most important and the least important. Arrange all these on a scale of preference. After you have done so, give it a percentage of your budget. Remember, the most important items should have a higher percentage on your budget. See an example in the picture above.

 

 

Please drop your comments and questions in the comment box below or send me a private email on: weddings@storypageevents.com

I’ll be available to answer all possible questions you may have.

 

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Preparing for your Nigerian Wedding

After you’ve said yes!!!
The next step would be first to take a deep breathe and come back down to earth because there would be so many thoughts running through your head.

Oh my God, I’ll soon be married, my dream dress, my grand reception, my dream home and so many other things. If you become nervous, it is really normal because you really aren’t sure of what to expect next. It could become so awkward to start talking things with your fiance(e) like you are sure you’ll both be married.

But you’ll need to chill a bit and take some necessary steps to get a smooth sail through your wedding planning period. From when he popped the question…to your big day!!!

First, define your dream wedding:
Size: Do you want a big wedding, a moderate sized wedding or a small intimate wedding?

Type of Wedding: Would you want a church ceremony or an outdoor ceremony, a trad ceremony, trad and white on same day or separate days etc.

Location: Would you prefer a destination wedding or a Nigerian wedding and what type of venue would you like to use?
A tent, marquee, hall, outdoor, garden, beach, cruise, hotel, your home or where?

Date: What time of the year would be best for you. Put into consideration holiday periods for destination weddings or weddings outside your present location, also consider weather and seasons – dry seasons are most ideal for outdoor events for instance. Consider family needs and availability.

Theme and concept for your wedding: Your favorite colors, games, movies, hobbies, flowers, holiday destinations, music, book, celebrity etc. You can design a theme that revolves around any of your favorites.

Who must be in attendance: These are compulsory attendees. Doing this would help you cut down on unnecessary guest size that tends to put a weigh on your budget.

Budget: How much do you and your fiance have for the wedding? Do you have supports coming from other people like friends and family? How much would you like to spend for the wedding? Remember that you’ll need to set aside some money for starting out your new life. It’s advisable to have these funds set aside and put in a separate account. If possible, open a new account for your wedding budget and expenses, this would allow you keep track on things and put you in check to know when you are over spending. The good thing is that your wedding account can turn out to be your joint savings account after the ceremony if you like. I will talk more on wedding budget and the next steps in my next post.

Please drop your comments and questions in the comment box below or send me a private email on: weddings@storypageevents.com
I’ll be available to answer all possible questions you may have.

 

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Drafting your Nigerian Wedding Budget

Drafting your Nigerian wedding budget
Budgets! Budgets! Budgets! This is the real deal because no wedding can hold without at least a dime leaving your pockets. So you are engaged, now it’s the time for you to get to work with drafting a budget.

Why do you need to define your budget?
1) Because it helps you allocate resources appropriately without over spending on the less important things
2) It helps you make more strategic decisions towards your wedding plans
3) It helps you prioritize
4) It brings you from dream land to reality…haahaa just kidding but yeah it’s true in a way.

What steps do you need to take in drafting your budget then?
First, you’ll need to list out all the sponsors for your wedding.
If you are one of the sponsors, you’ll need to assess your savings. How much do and your fiance(e) you have in the bank right now? Write it down.
Next, do you have a regular income? If you do how much is it? Sum it from now till your last income before your wedding day.
Who else is a sponsor?
Do you have support from family, friends etc. if you do, how much would it likely be? It’s important at this point that you are able to know how much your family would be supporting you with. It won’t be a crime to ask because you want to be sure of how much you are getting.

Now you can estimate the cash available. Next, you’ll need to split your presumed cash in 3 places. Keep one as cash for your life after the wedding, keep one in a special account opened for your wedding expenses and keep the last one in your head…lol. I mean assume you never got that cash. Why? Because people that promised you may never give you, your regular salary may not come as expected or you may have other needs that are not wedding related.

So after you’ve done that, know your figures. How much do you now have for your wedding? This is 1/3 of your total available + expected cash put together and this becomes your WEDDING BUDGET.
You’ll need to create a budget allocation around your wedding budget.

I’ll be talking about budget allocation in my next post!


Please drop your comments and questions in the comment box below or send me a private email on: weddings@storypageevents.com
I’ll be available to answer all possible questions you may have.

 

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