A wedding is something that we have all been looking forward to since we were little girls. It is no secret that wedding ceremonies are expensive and can break the bank. So it is not strange to hear women say they do not have enough money to plan a wedding. But do you know that you can actually spend as low as N200k on a wedding that would wow your guests?

Here are nine tips that would guide you in planning a low-budget wedding in Nigeria;

1. Wedding Venue
Getting a wedding venue can create a big hole in your savings. Let me let you in on a secret, do you know you can spend less on a venue if you get married on a day other than a Saturday? You heard right. Rather than doing an indoor wedding, why not make your wedding reception an outdoor event? You can use your compound, a friend’s, or your parents. All you have to pay for are canopies, plastic chairs, and plastic tables.

2. Reception Food and Drink Menu
You can actually save a whole lot on food, drink, and desserts for your wedding if you provide your own. Enlist your friends and family to help, and make sure that you don’t overextend yourself with a complicated fare. Keep your food menu very simple. Jollof Rice with beef or chicken, salad/MoinMoin is just fine. For drinks, go with soft drinks and beer.

3. Wedding Photographer and Videographer
After your wedding, you need memories and a constant reminder of your wedding, that is the need for a photograph.
Consider ways to save, like hiring someone that’s just getting started in their career or someone who shoots weddings as a side job instead of using a professional photographer. If you have any photographer friends, tell that person to gift you with his/her services instead of material gifts.

4. Wedding Ceremony and Reception Music
Getting the services of a professional musician, a band, or a DJ, can be expensive but hiring a student musician, or a friend or family member to perform can save you lots of cash.

5. Wedding Flowers
Wedding flowers can cost thousands of naira, but you can make use of simple flower arrangements that are cheap.

6. Reception Decorations
You can get very creative when picking a good and solid color theme. Once you have settled on the color theme, every other thing gets easy. Then try getting a member of your church to decorate for you.

7. Wedding Dress
One of the things that take a lot of funds during wedding preparations is the wedding gown. Fortunately, there are bridal rentals that allow you to rent a dress in perfectly good condition at a much cheaper price.

8. Bridal makeup and hair
Doing your own hair or asking your stylist to do a regular style like box braids which is just N3k-5k and then topping it up with fancy hair accessories are ways you can style your hair for your big day without breaking the bank. The same holds true for the bride’s makeup. Professional makeup can be expensive. Alternatively, you can ask any of your friends that use makeup to help with yours.

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Esther is a seasoned writer and broadcast journalist with years of experience in both media, print, and broadcast journalism. A graduate of Sociology/Anthropology with a passion for editing and journalism.

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