How to have a small and intimate Nigerian wedding

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Your intimate wedding can happen.

Nigerian weddings are usually large and loud affairs. They’re used as an opportunity to have family reunions and relatives from all over the world fly in to attend the event. No wonder Nigeria’s wedding industry is estimated to draw in millions of dollars in revenue yearly. 

However, more and more Nigerians are choosing to have small and intimate weddings. Apart from the fact that big weddings cost a ton of money, they’re also more challenging to organize. So if you’re looking to have a small but classy wedding, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Draw up a guest list, then cut it in half:

Let’s be honest, the only essential people at your wedding are you, your groom and your parents. Everybody else is a nice to have not a must have. Keep this in mind when you’re tempted to include your cousin’s best friend to the guest list. Truth be told, you’ll hurt some people’s feelings but unfortunately you can’t please everybody. 

2. Choose a weekday:

Saturday weddings pose a crowd control issue because most people are free on weekends. If you want to pull off a small wedding successfully, it’s a great idea to hold it on a weekday because most people will be at work and so they won’t be able to make it. 

3. Make it strictly by invitation:

Nigerians have a habit of bringing their own guests along to weddings they were invited to. So if you don’t want your wedding to be overcrowded, inform your guests that their  cards will only grant them access and make no room for extras. You’ll need to hire bouncers at your venue to enforce this. 

4. Give people short notice:

Even for those you decide to invite, keep the notice short. You’ll want to use this trick for those aunties who will get excited and tell all your distant cousins that you’re getting married. The last thing you need is people calling you to guilt-trip you into inviting them. 

5. Make it a destination wedding:

The easiest way to keep your Nigerian wedding small and intimate is to make it a destination wedding. It would be great to take it abroad but honestly anywhere outside your immediate environment will be just as good. 

If all this sounds like too much trouble, then don’t worry about it. Designing exquisite intimate weddings is our specialty at The Bride’s Assistant so give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did.

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