Nigerian wedding planning can be very hectic. Especially doing the planning yourself without the help of a wedding planner. This Wedding planning checklist will help guide you throughout the planning phase as it breaks down the most important tasks based on time duration.
This wedding planning checklist breaks down the essential tasks you will need to complete based on a 12 month engagement period. Hopefully, you have up to 12 months to properly plan your white and traditional wedding as it also includes Traditional Wedding tasks.
Please note this is a general guide. Feel free to add or remove where applicable and also, try to delegate appropriate tasks to the relevant friends and family members as much as possible. Even superheroes need help sometimes.
Setup a wedding planning file: Document every transaction, contracts, payments, vendors quotes and all other important details as much as possible. There is only so much you can keep in your head.
Set a budget and stick to it: Amazing weddings don’t have to cost a fortune, with proper planning, you can have a fantastic and memorable wedding without breaking a bank or borrowing.
Who will be on your bridal train? Select bridal party members and inform them early enough. Also let them know the cost implications so they can plan towards it. Here are super cute bridal party ask ideas you can use.
Where will the wedding hold? It’s time to decide the venue for the wedding. Again you can refer to secrets to planning an amazing wedding on a small budget for ideas.
Decide on the colour and theme: It’s time to decide what your colour for the day will be and also the general wedding theme. Aso-ebi colours as well. Here is a guide on selecting fabrics, colours and styles for your wedding.
Wedding Gown and Reception Dress: Every bride has a wedding dress fantasy. What’s yours? Have you always loved Cinderella story and would like to replicate the dress for your wedding? While deciding on this, make sure you take your body shape into consideration. Settle for a dress that will flatter your body type.
Start searching for professional wedding photographers and videographers for your traditional and white wedding. Look through their previous works, Instagram page and website. Ask friends and family for opinions as well so you have a third eye to double check things for you.
Start hunting for wedding vendors. Caterers, decorators, drinks, cocktails, band, DJ, MC and every other wedding vendor you may need and start booking them early enough.
Here is a breakdown of when to do what on your planning checklist
12 months to the wedding
Start searching for vendors
Start searching for venue
Start Honeymoon planning to get the best flight and hotel rates.
Start shortlisting possible wedding dress styles
7-9months t the wedding
Buy your Wedding Gown
Conclude on the guest list
Choose your colour code and wedding theme
Decide on your bridal party
Choose and buy your traditional wedding attiresStart selling As-ebi
3-6months to the wedding
Do your pre-wedding shoot
Start working on your IV design and distribution
Start working on wedding programme
Pay for your makeup and hair styling
Book all your wedding vendors
1 month to the wedding
Go for final wedding fittings with your bridal party
Buy your souvenir
Write your wedding vows
Check with all the vendors to ensure everything is going on well
2 weeks to the wedding
Go for final beauty treatments
Sleep a lot and drink a lot of water. You’ll need to look your best on your big day
1 week to the wedding
Final check and run through to ensure you’re good to go.
1 day to the wedding
Have a massage, manicure and pedicure and relax.
Have your bridal party with you to avoid surprises
Eat a good breakfast. Get out of bed early to start your Instagram, Snapchat and other social media timeline flooding. LOL.
Happy married life!