Bridal shower

And they thought she was mad. Who would have guessed…?

It was eight weeks to her wedding and she and her husband had no idea whatsoever how they were going to raise funds for the wedding. They aren’t poor people. At least, not the usual definition of poor; they are ok, as my Nigerian brothers and sisters will say. The problem was they had a tad too many friends who would feel slighted if they didn’t get invites to the wedding.

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On a particularly rainy afternoon, the bride-to-be sat down on her sitting-room chair and pondered on ways to finance a big wedding. The estimated number of guests from her end was about eight hundred. Her groom-to-be expected about seven hundred people, including extras, you how we Nigerian folk are when it comes to parties; we just grace some events without invitations. So let’s say about a thousand five hundred guests, altogether. There was no way in the world both their bank accounts multiplied by two could finance it. She pondered on how to make the wedding a huge success. How to entertain 1500 guests, plan a honeymoon and still have enough money for other post-wedding activities. She thought about it for a while and decided to seek professional help. She called in Wedding Planner.
Everyone thought she had gone mad! When her friends heard about it, they laughed at the ridiculousness of the thought. How can an almost below average lady in terms of finance, getting married to a man of a similar financial status and with no idea how to finance her wedding, call in a wedding planner? How on earth did she plan to pay the wedding planner? It was all too funny to believe. They laughed at her and talked about her whenever there was an opportunity to talk, totally oblivious to the fact that she had an understanding they didn’t have.
Her wedding planner came in, and they began to talk. She told her exactly what she wanted and how she had always pictured her dream wedding. She had a fabulous idea for her wedding, she had more than enough guests and the only thing left was finance. After much talking and thinking up creative ideas to raise funds, they finally settled with one idea. They decided to have a Bridal Shower targeted at not just receiving gifts but also raising money for the wedding.
Back in the day, when bridal showers originated in America and other surrounding countries, it was used as an avenue by the female friends of the bride to present the bride with gifts she needed or to help her with provisions to ensure that her wedding was a success. Some bridal showers were even themed at helping the bride raise her dowry. In Nigeria, however, this is not the case. Bridal showers are small parties were the friends of the bride just come to present her with gifts, whether or not she needed them and gave her a number of advices on marriage. Well… this bride was going to have something different. I’ll say it had a bit of the Nigerian factor, yes, but it was a fund raising shower for both male and female friends and relatives of the bride.
The date for the event was fixed and the invited guests received their invitations as emails. These emails came with two attachments. One for the invitation proper and the second with the list of things needed to complete the wedding. You’re probably wondering to yourself how she pulled this off. Well, she had help. The list included things like Hall booking and payment, Decoration, Banqueting, Drinks, Music, Cake, Honeymoon Suite, etc. It was a list with prices attached to it. The idea was for a guest to pick an item and offer to pay for it. In a situation where the guest couldn’t afford to pay the entire figure stated, he or she may offer to pay a certain percentage. The guests were also told to reply the email stating how much they were willing to support the wedding with and also to bring the payment in cash or cheque along with them on the day of the Shower. You should also know that the invited guests were only family, close friends of the bride and very close work colleagues.
It was a very interesting experience and to her greatest amazement, not one, not two but all the guests replied positively. Other people who didn’t even get invitations, but heard about it somehow, called and offered to be a part of it. She eventually had the bridal shower and received all the white envelopes, if you get what I mean. It was a huge success; she even received other gifts like honeymoon lingerie, coloured shorts, bikinis, summer hats and other interesting items. At the end of the day, she had made more than enough money for the wedding and the honeymoon. Who would have guessed that what she saw as a huge problem could bring with it such great benefits?
You too can have a wedding without emptying your bank account. Seek professional advice today, call in an Event Planner.

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Tips on how to get low budget wedding grown.

To accommodate a wedding dress in your low budget wedding, you need to act smart, be persistence and have great bargain hunting capabilities. Start searching through every bridal magazine, produce a guide of all the designs that you like and make sure they are appropriate to suit your needs, now choose from the very best ten wedding dresses that you like most.

Tips

1) Online wedding store: this has become very developed now,you will find several cheap dress online.

2)Design and sew: design your own wedding dress and sew it,get the help of a great dress maker and obtain materials and trimmings in the finest quality from fabric stores.

3) Planning ahead of time: planning on time gives you enough time for research and bargain.

4) Bargaining power: putting your bargaining skills into play will fetch you a lovely and befitting wedding dress at a very low rate .

What you must know about wedding dress part 2

Modern: YOU’RE THE BRING- IT – ON BRIDE

This screams ‘look at me’ ,I know who I am,I know what I want,this is the real me,you get what you see. The modern dress is more of a work of art and the most revealing of a bride’s personality,it captures her style and reflect her sense of individuality.

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Lace: YOU’RE THE ‘YES’ BRIDE

Is a safe option, a guarantee crowd- pleaser,pleasing your parents and society in general.

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The Slit: This says ‘ I just fell down and tore my dress’ or It could say that you need some air down there or it says ‘ I can’t believe how much I paid for my shoe,so I ‘m making sure everyone gets a proper look’.

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Adaora and Osa’s Wedding Celebration!!! By Halima


More often than not, a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. This is the major reason why couples intending to be married are usually advised to have a grand wedding celebration with memories that can be relived every now and again.

Living up to this saying and celebrating their wedding in grand style, Adaora Nwangwu and Osa Olomu had a fabulous wedding reception where they hosted their friends and family on December the 10th, 2011 at the Knot Centre, Yaba, Lagos.

The event was indeed beautiful as the hall was decorated in lovely shades of orange, cream and champagne gold. From the beautiful banquet sitting arrangements to the lovely drape patterns on the walls and also the exquisite chairs which were covered in white spandex fabric highlighted with orange bow tie-backs emphasizing the splendor of the hall decoration.The hall was a paradise in itself.

With her hair held back revealing her obvious good looks; the bride was dressed in an elegant white flowing tube dress while the groom was clothed in a gorgeous black three-piece suit. The guests at the event were entertained with good music played by DJ Bobby. Mouth watery finger foods of all sorts were served to the guests upon arrival and of course, the main course was not left out. It was an awesome time with family and friends.

The event was anchored by Karachi, a female Anchor, who skillfully ensured the smooth running of the entire program. The event came to a close as the guests danced and enjoyed themselves.

The wedding was absolutely brilliant and put together by the team at Oasis Events. We wish Mr. and Mrs. Olomu a happy married life!

List of Service Providers for the Event:

Venue: Knot centre, Yaba, Lagos

Decoration: Royal Landmark

DJ: DJ Bobby

MC: Karachi

Finger Food: Larry Spice

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