So I recently reached out to a top Nigerian wedding planner in Lagos to see if she could help with planning my wedding.
I follow her on the gram (Instagram) and love what she puts together so I decided to reach out to her and find out how much she charges what she does etc. etc. She told me she charges N 1.2 Million which is equivalent to £2,200 $2,800. I said ‘okayyyyyy excuse ma… please what does your service include, what does the N1.2M cover? , she mentioned the below…..
- Wedding Concept & Design
- Venue Selection
- Catering and Menu Selection
- Music & Entertainment
- Staging and Audio Visual
- Lighting Design
- Invitations & Guest Management
- Contract Review & Negotiation
- Rehearsal Coordination
- Vendors Meeting
- Cake Selection
There was a pause on the phone after she mentioned everything; I said ‘excuse ma, decorations nko? , do you do any decorations at all?’ she replied NO.
Me, I’m the ‘Live good, for less -bargain hunter kind of girl’ not because I can’t afford expensive things but I believe in spending wisely.
So my mind is already doing calculations. I will pay someone over £2000 to look for venue that still needs to be paid for and decorated and vendors who still need to be paid. I said thanks ma, I’ll get back to you.
I’m not here to knock anyone’s hustle she actually does a fantastic job, but I cannot see myself forking out that kind of money for something I can do nearly as good (not blowing my own trumpet abeg!)
(Side note) and what is it with vendors who get a little insta famous and feel they can charge ridiculous prices for their service, like Hello!!!! You need customers to sustain your business, stop chasing people away with ridiculous quotes all in the name of dollar rate (My fellow Nigerians will understand what I’m on about)
Please, I’m looking for the underG’s…. those who are not known but can do the job just as well.
My conclusion, if you do hire a wedding planner, be prepared to save a lot of time (though not a lot of money).
Whether or not to hire a wedding planner is really a decision about how many decisions you feel like deciding.
So far I have the following confirmed, venue, DJ, Photographer and designer. Now on the search for a decorator!