In Nigeria, we have a particular wedding practice. Because we are very religious, the marriage ceremony is always done in our place of worship. For some, it is because when they are taking their vows there, they believe they are doing so in the presence of God. Some also love it because of the dancing.
However, I have come to love the idea of a small and short outdoor marriage ceremony. They are simply breathtaking, something most brides would love. Nature is an amazing work of God so taking your vows outside, in a beautiful garden and in a wonderful atmosphere, you can be sure you are taking those vows in HIS presence, with HIM looking down on you and smiling. As for the dancing, my ‘naija’ brides, you can do a lot of that at your reception.
Come to think of it, how many guest actually show up for the joining/ service in Nigeria?? Approximately 80% of them are waiting at the reception venue so an outdoor ceremony can work.
Now many will say our weather isn’t so favorable. But we do have months of the year that will be just perfect for us. November to February will work, as well August. We do not want to do this during the rainy season for obvious reasons.
Outdoor wedding ceremonies are not for the “oyinbos” alone. We have wonderful locations here in Nigeria that would work as well. As usual, I searched and found a few places in Lagos. They are;
1. Riviera Gardens
3. Ashton Gardens
4. Hortico Gardens
5. Pelican Events Gardens
6. Jhalobia Recreation Park and Gardens
7. Muri Okunola Park
8. La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort.
9. VGC Park
10. Golf course and private beaches.
I also got beautiful outdoor wedding decors you will fall in love with.
Considering the fact that we are in a tropical area, the heat from the scorching sun can be a major discouraging factor. But we have outdoor tents. High peak tents and not the marquee or larger tents can be used because they are easily accessible and won’t take away the outdoor effect. These are some examples of tents that can be used.
High Peak Frame Tents