21 Must-have Nigerian Wedding Vendor Checklist
Many a times, a couple would reach out to me, not knowing exactly what to expect, in terms of vendors selection or a vendor’s checklist for their special day.
Especially with coordination wedding packages, when we ask them to list out the vendors that they have for their wedding, they may skip one or a couple of important must-have vendors.
For example, a bride may have a makeup artist on their list, but no gele vendor or a hairstylist.
This normally leads to a new level of frustration for the couple, because just when they had thought that they were done with their vendor selection, it may seem as though, they are only just beginning the process.
This, along with many other issues, are part of the reasons we always advise that you seek some kind of wedding counselling before planning for your wedding, as this would help you prevent some costly mistakes, save time and also save some good amount of money.
How Many Vendors Do You Need For A Nigerian Wedding?
The question of how many wedding vendors a wedding should have is completely dependent on a number of factors.
Each wedding has it’s own unique set of requirements and preferences.
For example, a simple ceremony at home may require just a few vendors, whereas a lavish wedding reception would require multiple vendors, such as photographers, rentals DJs, makeup artists, MC, multiple caterers etc…
The question of ‘how many wedding vendors is needed for a Nigerian wedding?’ can be asked from a couple of perspectives:
1) The budget perspective: How much are you willing to spend on the entire wedding? How much does each vendor cost? What should I spend on them?
You can also read: Creating A Realistic Nigerian Wedding Budget For 2022
2) The time perspective: How much time do you have to plan the wedding? How long do some of these vendors need to be able to deliver exceptional services? Will it take just a couple of days to get done or a couple of weeks and do you have that time to hire their services?
3) The couple’s taste perspective: What quality and number of vendors does the couple want? The quality of service the couple wants. Their taste, standard and expectations will also determine how many vendors they would be requiring.
4) The type of wedding perspective: The type of Nigerian wedding you are having can also determine the number of vendors you would be having. If it is a VIP event, you would definitely be needing a lot of vendors and top vendors too.
5) The guestlist perspective: Although it is often the belief that the higher your number of guests, then the more vendors you would be needing, but this is not necessarily the case, as this would depend on the wedding budget amongst other things.
A Nigerian wedding may require as many as 20 to 50/80 vendors, or as little as 15 vendors. This all depends on the couple of factors listed above.
Note: A small wedding can have just as many vendors as a large wedding, as long as your wedding budget can accommodate it.
I wrote an article about how to create a realistic budget for your Nigerian wedding. You can read it HERE
These wedding vendor’s services may include photography, videography, DJ, Band, decorators, lighting, entertainment, catering, etc. And don’t forget about the venue.
That said, there are some basic wedding vendors that you probably cannot do without and would need for your wedding.
The Basic Nigerian Wedding Vendors You Would Need At Your Wedding Reception
I will be dividing this into two categories. the wedding vendors you need for a wedding reception and the vendors you would need for the traditional wedding.
NOTE: Please note that you may be needing some of these wedding vendors for eithet one event or both events. That is the traditional ceremony and also the wedding reception.
1. Basic Vendors For A Wedding Reception
1. Venue: The space the wedding will be taking place. It could be an outdoor or indoor space
2. Decoration: Depending on some factors, you may have to pay for additional things, like the hall lighting and special effects)
Related: Nigerian Wedding Decor: All You Need To Know
3. Rentals: There are quite a number of things that won’t come with basic vendors packages and you may still need to rent. For instance, many decorators don’t do chair cover decor anymore, as a result of this, fancy chairs may need to be rented, if the venue won’t be providing this.
4. Caterer: Catering may also be divided into different sections, you may have one caterer to handle African rishes and another to handle continental dishes, while another could handle the Amala on point etc…
5. Drinks: non- alcoholic drinks and alcoholic drinks. You don’t necessarily have to have both, it all depends on your budget, preference and what you think your guests would want.
6. Cake: You can decide not to have a cake if you and your spouse aren’t cake people.
You can also read: Preserving Your Nigerian Wedding Cake
7. Makeup artist: You may also need a makeup artist for your bridesmaids.
Related: Questions to ask your makeup artist
8. Gele tying: A lot of makeup artist don’t do this anymore, so the bride may have to hire the services of another vendor to tie her gele.
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9. Band: For entertainment purposes, usually a team of about 8 to 21 singers
10. DJ: To entertain your guests with music
Note: You can either have a band or a dj or both, depending on your preference and wedding budget
Related: Nigerian Wedding DJs: Everything You Should Know
11. MC/Hypeman: An Emcee can also double as a hypeman and this may be cost effective. But be sure to ask if your MC also doubles as a hypeman, because not all MC’s can hype.
Related: What To Expect From Your Nigerian Wedding MC When You Hire Them
12. Photography: A necessity, the only vendor that i normally encourage my clients to splurge on. Afterall, the pictures are the only memories left after the event is over and it is important that the necessary moments are captured and captured well.
13. Details Photographer: Maybe you’ve spent so much on your wedding vendors and you would probably like to see their set up details and take in all the beauty, then it is advisable to hire the services of a details photographer.
These photographers focuses on the wedding details, like the decor, stationery, vendors set up, hostesses and any other special wedding detail.
Note: Many wedding photographers most times, don’t take these wedding detail pictures. Some may have a member of their team that can handle this task, so be sure to ask if they can and if it would come at an additional cost
14. Videography: a cinematographer to handle video recording of the entire event
15. Wedding Stationery (Invitations and other wedding stationery). This can include a whole lot of other things like guest books, name place cards, thank you cards etc..
Related: Nigerian Wedding Invitation Cards
16. Hostesses: The Importance of hostesses at a Nigerian wedding cannot be over-emphasized.
17. Small chops: The appetizer before the main dish.
18. Hair stylist: a vendor to style the bride’s and/or bridesmaids hair.
19. Security/Bouncers: Many Nigerian venues need some additional level of security, to prevent unwanted guests, beggars, hawkers, money changers and touts at the venue.
20. Car Hire: The cars the couple will be riding it for the day.
Wedding Tip: You may not need to hire a fancy car for your wedding, especially if you have a friend or family member who could give you their cars to use for the day.
21. Hotel Reservation: For the couple, bridal party and out-of-town guests
2. Basic Vendors For A Traditional Ceremony
These are the vendors that are a necessity for a traditional ceremony.
1. Venue: Where the event will be taking place
2. Decor: To transform the wedding venue into a beautiful space
3. Alaga (traditional wedding hosts): here are normally two alagas to host each family side. (The bride’s family and the groom’s family), but sometimes, one Alaga may be able to handle the hosting for both families. It all depends on the time allocated for the event and also the families preference.
4. Caterers: To provide food for your guests
5. Drinks: May or may not include alcohol
6. Eru Iyawo wrapping and set up: These vendors specialize in the wrapping of the engagement and return gifts to the bride and groom’s families.
7. A band or a DJ [or both]: They will be responsible for music and sound, which includes the microphones for the host.
8. Makeup artist: To transform the bride’s face.
9. Gele artist: The traditional head tie for the bride. You would require a vele artist, only if your make up artist doesn’t offer this service.
10. Hostesses: To help with guests coordination
11. Bouncers: To secure the venue
All that has been listed in this article, does not include the personal items for the couple, such as wedding outfits and accessories, wedding bands etc. There is also a checklist for this.
I hope you found this article helpful and I hope it helps give a head start to planning your special day. All the best!
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