If you live in Nigeria, then an elaborate wedding party is not new to you. Elaborate wedding parties are a trademark Nigerian symbol. Deltans in particular love to have a good time, and parties here are becoming massive. They are usually colorful, entertaining and packaged with enough drama to tantalize your memories.
Planning a wedding is a big business. From the decoration to the clothing, makeup, booking the right MC, and most importantly, the food. People plan for months, even years, for the big day.
I don’t attend parties often because they are exhausting. But in recent years, a lot of my family members and some Few friends have gotten hitched, and I owe it to other young people to share my experience as a certified wedding guest, starting with things to do before going to a wedding ceremony.
I learned this the hard way. It is possible to dress up to a wedding and return home without tasting any food. You arrive at the event dressed to the nines, hoping to have good fun and interact with other guests. The event has commenced with the MC chattering away, and everyone is mostly in full party mode. You see servers with trays of delicacies weaving their way through the tables, and your hopes are high. Your time is near. One hour has passed, and it begins to feel like you are invisible. Your confidence drops a notch, or in street parlance, Dem don fall your hand. You decide to handle the situation by calling a waiter. He responds with a nod, which means, “On my way back, I’ll come with your meal.”
Not only does your confidence return, but your anticipation rises too. Minutes later, this waiter returns, but not alone, and certainly not in your direction. He is led by a big woman with a humongous gele and earrings. She directs him to another table, and right before your eyes, the food goes to other guests. You try to make eye contact with the waiter, but he gives you the Oga no be my fault look.
Rice is gone, swallow is gone, small chops were gone, but all the gods have blessed you with is a bottle of malt and table water. You have two options: call the attention of your friend the groom, or go home. You think back to how you could have prevented the situation by eating before leaving your home. Many times, the servers are not wicked, but they have instructions from their superior to serve a certain category of people that you do not belong to. It is worse if you are unfamiliar with the people at your table. They all might get served while you get left out. So brace yourself. Eat enough to hold your belly, but create space for if you are eventually served. And always remember, don’t be a glutton!
Determine what to contribute
Contributing what to bring along depends on your relationship. You can contribute by buying the asoebi, or getting a nice gift for the couple. Never assume that contributing amounts to breaking the bank. Be smart about what you feel is economical yet ideal. I love this Zenith Bank advert, which taught me a lesson on how ladies can be economical for a wedding.
Safeguard your vehicle
Parties that hold in secure environments are the best, but prepare for how to ensure your vehicle’s safety if that is not the case. Most parties leave you ‘settling’ street urchins, who help keep your car safe at a cost. Identify one who will keep an eye on your car while you party, and make sure to hold on to his payment until the ceremony is over. That way, he is indebted to you and will do everything to ensure your car’s safety. If you settle him before going in, your car will be forgotten, and he will be on to the next customer.
Don’t arrive too early
Why do you want to get to a Nigerian party early when you are not one of the organizers? If a party is scheduled to start at noon, plan to arrive two hours later. This advice is based on your role at the party. If you have a critical role to play at the event, you need to be early. If you get there too late, you might meet nothing (maybe the after-party, if that’s what you hope for).
Know your purpose
Many people attend a party without a clear goal in mind. Why would you dress up, leave your home, and drive to a wedding venue without being clear on your purpose? Guys who hit on multiple ladies at parties have a purpose. Some guests attend parties in the hope of meeting their spouse; others attend for the food. When you are clear on your goal, you will know which conversations to pursue.
Having a clear goal determines a successful outing or a flop, but you can always evaluate your purpose and re-strategize for your next party.
Despite these tips, remember to prioritize your fun at every party. Unwind and meet someone new, or get a new perspective on life.
You might be the reserved one, but you can get there and decide to shake your body because there is no party like Nigerian weddings.
AMAZING REASONS YOU SHOULD HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER
A lot of details and activities are involved in putting together a wedding and many couples would rather plan their weddings, with help from friends and family members, only to discover they are making a mess of the whole show.
To many celebrants, hiring a wedding planner seems like an unnecessary expense, especially when trying to keep the costs as low as can be. But guess what? That is not true!
We are going to show you some amazing reasons you should Click this Link To Hire Uche’s Events Couture a professional events planning agency located in Agbor Delta State to plan your dream wedding for you.
- You Will Save Money
This certainly is the opposite of what you have always believed, that because you will have to pay the wedding planner, you will have to spend more money. Not so!
A good wedding planner will save you the money you spend on hiring him/her and even more. Once your planner knows what your budget is and how strict you are about sticking to it, he/she would know how to go about getting considerable discounts on several items, based on his/her working relationships with vendors and suppliers from past events, thereby saving you a lot more than you would have done if you were to plan your wedding by yourself.
- You Will Save Time
Instead of you having to run around having a series of meetings with vendors and suppliers and trying to decide the caterers, decorators and so on, your wedding planner can help fix all of those details.
When you let a professional run your event, you worry less about logistics and have more time to network and make the event more enjoyable both for yourself and for everyone involved.
- You Can Easily Achieve Your Objective
Having a flawless wedding with fantastic decoration and a smooth running program where guests are well treated like royalties will most likely be top among your objectives. But guess what! Only the professionals in the event industry can make that happen.
A wedding planner knows what makes for a fabulous wedding, because he/she is an expert in that field, while you are not. You are only an expert in your area of business or career.
A wedding planner knows what will work and what will not work. He/she equally knows how things should be set up to avoid a catastrophe. When things are not going on as planned, he/she knows how to quickly put an alternative arrangement in place to still deliver a beautiful event.
So, why not allow someone with the know-how to handle your dream wedding and deliver your objectives?
- You Can Relax
Planning your wedding by yourself is really a big job because of the several details that go into it. You will have to run around to find a venue, carry out an exhaustive search to find the right vendors and caterers, shop for your gown and all personal effects and so on. These can be really stressful.
Hiring a wedding planner Such as Uche’s Events Couture, on the other hand, gives you a chance to breathe. You can relax and be at your best on your wedding day, instead of running around like a madman/woman trying to make things work.
- You Will Feel Like A Royalty
At Uche’s Events Couture, this is probably what we enjoy most as an event planning company- making our clients feel like guests at their own events.
Every responsible wedding planner should make you feel that way on your D-Day. You should not need to worry about little details, about things going wrong or about who has eaten and who has not. You should be able to shine, feeling like royalty, even at your own wedding.
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