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How to Plan A Perfect Wedding

Wedding proposal come with great excitements, to have a successful wedding party, good planning is essential. It is advisable to allow plenty of time for the planning usually 3 to 12 months.

​ There will be four great decisions and questions to answer.When is the d day?

  • Where will it hold?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What theme will it be?

Careful consideration of the above questions will ensure a successful event.

How to decide the date

  • Call a meeting with the immediate family members and the parents to choose a date.
  • Choose a date that is convenient for both family members.
  • Send out emails to loved ones to check if response is good for attendance.

How to choose a venue

  • Call the venues of your choice around the location desired.
  • Ask how many guests the venue can hold.
  • What facilities such as kitchen, toilet, and parking spaces does it have?
  • What equipment is included in package?
  • Do they permit use of outside caterers?
  • Is there in house PA system
  • Are there tables and chairs
  • Are there adequate quantities of tables and chairs?
  • Do the tables and chairs match your seating plan and shapes?
  • Does the venue need extra decoration?
  • Will there be disable facilities
  • Is there adequate ventilation and heating
  • Are there staffs to oversee things on the day?
  • Is there spare room for the host and bride changing time?
  • Are there water, soap and tissue for toilets?
  • Is cleaning in the package and to what extent
  • Is rubbish removal in the package?
  • Is furniture clearing in the package?
  • How much will it cost and how is payment taken?
  • What are the terms and conditions?

How to plan African attire (Aso Ebi)

  • Decide whether African costume will be required.
  • Choose fabric with colours to match wedding theme colours.
  • Make a list of family members and friends for fabrics.
  • Shop around African fabric shops and select one within budget.
  • Ask family and friends to buy from a person in charge.
  • Book tailors for sewing the materials (allow time at least three months).

How to decorate

  • Consider professional decorators.
  • What table decoration (fresh flowers, candles or balloons)?
  • Do you want chair covers?
  • What colour and material of table cover and napkins?
  • What is the seating arrangement?
  • Is there seating cards for arranged seats?
  • Are there name boards for arranged seats?
  • Has invitation being done as strictly by invitation?
  • Do you require a top table?
  • What decoration do you prefer for top table?
  • Is there adequate favours and gifts?
  • Is there a cake table and table cloth?
  • What decoration do you prefer for the cake table?
  • Is there a cake knife and does it need decoration?
  • Do you require a stage for life band?
  • Does the venue provide stage and dance floor?

How to choose a caterer

  • Ask for referrals and recommendation.
  • Choose a reputable caterer.
  • Request a menu or prepare your own.
  • Have a tasting session to help decide for taste.
  • Decide the service style (buffet or seated).
  • Have a consultation session with the caterer.
  • Are they providing drinks?
  • What is the cost?
  • What equipment do they supply (crockery, glasses).
  • Do they supply professional waiting staff?
  • What is their food presentation like?
  • Would they cook on or off site?
  • How will food be transported?
  • Is there sufficient cooking time and enough time to transport to venue.
  • What is the cleaning and rubbish removal arrangement?
  • How many hours will they work?
  • How is payment taken?
  • Is there a need for a contract?
  • Do they have a professional kitchen they work from?
  • Are they experienced in the cuisine you are choosing?
  • Do they have equipment or will they hire?
  • Do their choice of crockery and cutlery meet your standard?
  • Do they understand your vision for the day?
  • Can they meet your standard of how you want things done?

How to choose staff for the day

  • Family service may be used but professional staff is best.
  • Check staff are trained and with adequate uniform.
  • Staffs is briefed and specific tasks assigned to staff.
  • Staff must understand food service timing, menus and drinks.
  • Staff have late night transportation arranged.
  • Efficient bar staff booked.
  • Staffs are cheerful and polite.
  • Is there adequate number of staff to guests (minimum one staff to 30 guests?)
  • Are they wearing comfortable shoes?
  • How much will they cost?
  • How to plan for after event clearing
  • Check venue’s clearing and cleaning arrangement plan.
  • Check caterer’s responsibility for kitchen cleaning.
  • Have professional cleaners if needed.
  • Have family members to remove left over drinks and gifts.
  • Ensure decorators and hire companies are booked for equipment collection.
  • Ensure accommodation is booked for host or far away guests if required.
  • Is there recycling provision for drink bottles and cans?
  • In what condition must the venue be returned to the manager?

How to choose drink for weddings
Which wine?

  • Most West African meals will go well with any white or red wine. The usual custom is to place a bottle each of red wine (room temperature) and chilled white wine on each table. Waiters will top up from the bar as required.
  • Juice
  • Fruit juices of any flavour go well with African meals. This may be placed directly onto tables or in a jug with or without ice cubes.
  • Allow one 1.5ltr per four guests
  • Mineral Water
  • Still or sparkling distilled water should be provided both at bar and dining tables.
  • Allow 1.5ltr bottle per four guests or 330ml bottle per guest.
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Bottled or canned drinks may be served from the bar.
  • Malt
  • Malt drink is very popular at Nigerian parties, especially with elderly guests.
  • Alcohol
  • Canned beers and alcohol should be served from a bar supervised by licensed person.

Tips: Allow extra glasses at the bar and for reception cocktail.


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