By Rahmat Suenu
We can hear it; the sweet jingle of wedding bells, it is crystal clear. Let’s plunge into our deepest fantasies; let’s dream flowers, dances, cakes and aso-ebi. But what fails to make an appearance in our fantasies, is the reality of how quickly the jingle of wedding bells could transform into a call-for-help siren, at the failure to make adequate plans.
Okay! That may have sounded a little too dramatic, haha! But think for a moment, how terrible it’ll feel for things to go haywire on your big day, despite all the prior great expectations you may have had.
Making the requisite plans for your big day is an absolute necessity, especially if you’re Nigerian and familiar with how easily things can get complicated here (insert aggressive rants).
In this article, we went all out for our intending brides, sourcing detailed, concise, and highly informative videos that can ease you off the burden of planning your big day. Even better, these videos are highly relatable as Nigerians, because they were made by Nigerian brides, just like you!
Dear brides, here are 5 videos you need to watch before your big day!
1. Tosin Alabi - "WEDDING PLANNING MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR YOU"
You may be aware that finance is a huge part of any wedding, be it moderate, or big. In this video, Tosin details highly essential tips to help you manage your wedding finances in the most practical manners. Perhaps what stood out to us, as the most important tip was her statement - “You’re having a wedding for a marriage, not the other way around, so why twist up your priorities?”.
Essentially it is important to manage your finances effectively, keeping in mind your own financial capability vis-a-vis your essential priorities. If possible, hire a wedding planner, but make sure you hire one that you can relate with openly and honestly.
This video is definitely a must watch if you’re the bride who’s in need of money tips for your wedding!
2. Makida Moka - "WEDDING PLANNING HACKS"
Makida has an entire series of “Wedding Planning Hacks” on her channel, with each highlighting a very significant aspect of planning a wedding. In this episode (episode 7) linked above, she shares her thoughts on the souveniring culture, as popular in many Nigerian events. The episode titled ‘Unique Souvenir Ideas’, seeks to direct a shift from the generic “bucket and bowl” souvenir items, to more unique and innovative items like small bottles of honey, Ankara notebooks, and wedding passports! (not typical but definitely a cute idea).
This video is absolutely for you if you’re the bride that would like your guests to part with unique and fabulous gifts from your wedding.
3. Bemi.A - "COMMONLY FORGOTTEN DETAILS AT NIGERIAN WEDDINGS"
This video is a perfect example of that thing you needed, but you never gave two thoughts about. I mean, who would have thought that something as basic as an eyelash glue, will be a requisite at your wedding? In this video, Bemi spotlights these very simple, but essential details that shouldn’t be ignored during a wedding, ranging from music selection, and transportation, down to staying hydrated and remembering to have a meal. What is more important, in order to remember these details, is to delegate them to trusted people, so as not to be “caught unfresh”
Bemi’s video is a must check out for every intending bride!
4. Lara Ayodele - " PLANNING A NIGERIAN WEDDING FROM ABROAD"
Abroad life! Having to live in one territory and planning a wedding set to take place in another is not an easy task! It doesn’t help that there’ll be people waiting like prey, and ready to take advantage of this situation. As a Nigerian planning your wedding from abroad, Lara has some “premium” advice to help you navigate your way through the planning process to avoid eventual disasters.
5. Adenike Adebayo - "PLANNING A NIGERIAN WEDDING - 10 THINGS TO DO"
Adenike also has a series of other videos on wedding preparation in addition to this one. In this video, she highlights ten important steps to take before the wedding, right from the moment of proposal. She touches on a whole range of topics from finance, hiring a wedding planner, fixing a colour or theme, to bridesmaids and groomsmen arrangement, as well as Aso-ebi. The video captures very essential steps that should not be missed when planning a wedding.
So are you gearing up for your own special day, and would like to make it as fabulous as it can get? Get back up and click those links now!