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Our Wedding Story: Jobberman Co-Founder & CEO Ayodeji Adewunmi weds Fashion Entrepreneur Temitope Williams

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nigerian wedding bellanaija jobbermanTemitope & Ayodeji (W) (688 of 1026)

Happy Saturday! If you’re a groom or bride-to-be looking for planning and DIY tips today’s wedding feature is a real treat.

Ayodeji Adewunmi is the co-founder and CEO of Nigerian job site Jobberman, while his bride is the smart and beautiful Temitope Williams, a fashion entrepreneur who sewed her wedding dress AND also planned her own wedding! Can you say Super Woman?! The bride and her groom found the fabric for her wedding dress together at Tejuosho Market. She did the sewing. He did the fitting. Amazing.

The talented duo are certainly the perfect match. Temitope has some very useful tips below on her dress search, planning and more. Make sure you read them !

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The Meeting
We were both invited by a mutual friend, Femi, to be guest speakers at a youth event in Abuja called Headroom on 20 March, 2012. As someone who is not so fond of flying, I harassed Femi into ensuring another guest be placed next to me on the flight to and from Abuja. Turns out Femi took this as a cue to plan a hook-up of which none of us had a clue. Ayodeji missed his flight but eventually made it to the event. During his speech, I was not listening to what he was saying. I was just lost in thought at how humble the guy was.

Day over! We flew back to Lagos together and literally gisted all the way.

The Proposal
The “intention to marry” came as a joke… first during one of our long “text-versations” and then on one of those late night conversations. And then he said it again and I still thought he was joking. He must have said it about 10 times before I actually believed him.

Wedding Planning Tips & Advice
The bride planned her wedding herself and has some great tips for other couples intending to plan their special day. Hope this inspires you for your big day!

1. Whatever you want for your wedding or in life generally, keep confessing it out loud and it will come to pass.

2. Develop a concept book and stick to it. That way you won’t be too swayed. And ensure you insist on what you want.

3. Don’t compromise on the important things such as your make-up or photography.

4. Stop work at least 2 weeks to your wedding. I didn’t listen and ended up in hospital the week of the wedding. Got discharged the day before the engagement.

5. Ladies, involve your fiancé in everything! It’s also his wedding! My fiancé approved every single vendor I chose to work with, right down to the aso-ebi for friends before I bought it. What he wasn’t too impressed with, we found alternatives till we were both happy.

6. Re aso-ebi, don’t make it too expensive. And ensure you buy in bits at a time. Don’t assume your friends will buy else you get stuck with large inventory or unpaid bills. In my case, I ensured people paid in advance before I reserved their fabric. And I delivered it to them as well.

7. Once you get the vendors together, delegate responsibility to people who know exactly what you want. You cannot handle everything yourself. You will break down.

8. Don’t stress yourself out on what doesn’t matter. Don’t be a diva or a bridezilla. It’s just not worth the stress and you’ll only make people around you, including yourself, miserable. So what if the plates were not exactly 6 inches wide with perfectly square corners? Please… no-one will even notice.

9. Get your priorities straight. Your major goal should be to ensure your guests are well fed and entertained. Nothing else matters that much!

10. Don’t spend too much money on things that will end up in the bin e.g. the invitation or on things you will never wear again e.g. your wedding garments. Also ensure you buy what you can reuse. Eg. My hand bags cost about £15 each from New Look and I am still rocking them. The red tub chairs at the engagement are now part of our furniture. The picture on the stage will now grace our wall.

11. Don’t OVER-plan! When you get to a stage, just step back; let go and let God! I tied my other gele myself at the engagement and forgot to get matching earrings for the necklace. What did I do? I simply took the ones my cousin was wearing and they were perfect. Did anyone notice? Nope!

12. Always look beyond the wedding day. Ensure plans you make must have positive impacts on your marriage.

THE Dress

nigerian wedding bellanaija jobbermanTemitope & Ayodeji (W) (208 of 1026)In fact I was so determined not to make my dress, I ordered one but when it arrived I didn’t like it. So I set out to create one.

I wanted a white and black dress with bits of apple green to match my groom, but the first attempt, after days of trying to get the right fabric, wasn’t quite it. Seeing how upset I was about the earlier attempt, my fiance decided to follow me to the market to help out with selecting the right fabrics and trims. So early the next morning, we were both off to Tejuosho to buy fabrics and trims for the dress. In less than 30 minutes, the right fabric came along which we BOTH loved, though he had no clue what I planned to churn out though I had shown him various sketches.

In fact, let’s just say we both made the dress. I did the sewing, he did the fitting. I was done with the shell of the dress in about 2 weeks and once we both got the silhouette, I started the sequined dress for the reception. Was done with that one as well, he did the fitting and once we were happy with the fit, I left it to concentrate on creating my siblings clothes and one of my mother’s dresses.

He had no idea what the final dresses looked like since I completed them all the night before the wedding. He was completely gobsmacked and so was everyone. And so yes, I got exactly what i wanted in my dress, something different, not a ball/princess gown or mermaid silhouette. I didn’t want any of those. I made myself a white dress with green undertones and with black/dark grey trims with the focal detail… a Chinese fan! Yes! the fan is part of the dress! 😀 {Editor’s note: there’s also a Chinese element in the wedding cake. Lovely attention to detail!}

Best Moments

1. Completing both dresses. No better feeling than that.

2. Consoling my cousin who had burnt a portion of my wedding gown the night before the wedding. It was just too funny to me and it really was no big deal… in fact… nothing could have upset me.

3. Having so much fun the morning of the wedding. Everyone was just laughing and playing none even imagined a wedding was going down in just a few hours.

4. Looking at the mirror after ShoMya was done! I could NOT believe it was me!

5. Walking down the aisle in church to the organ playing “Here Comes the Bride”. I fought to get that tune played.

6. My husband literally jumping up and down when the band was playing. Perhaps he was soooo ecstatic he ran out of dance steps. Lol.

7. Seeing old friends and people from all over… even friends from primary school.

8. Dancing into a packed hall! I could not believe all those people were there because of us. Even the section carved out for our friends was full to the brim.

9. Cutting the cake & getting sprayed.

10. Watching our “acrobat” of a photographer at work. The guy is just too funny!

11. Everyone just doing their thing and catching their trips. The biggest achievement was leaving at 8pm and leaving enough people at the hall still enjoying themselves and dancing! It was great! I hear some people got home at 12 midnight!

In fact… everything was perfect.

That was so refreshing! Such a humble bride and groom. BellaNaija Weddings wishes Ayodeji & Temitope all the blessings of love and marriage.

~ Photography: Ayodeji Samuel formerly known as Majickbrush Photography

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Photography: Ayodeji Samuel (formerly known as Majickbrush Photography) | (+234) 809 409 6045 | ayodeji2002 (at) yahoo.com

Wedding Details
Engagement: Thursday, 27 June, 2013
White Wedding: Saturday, 29 June, 2013

Venues
Engagement/Traditional Wedding: KFA Event Center, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki, Lagos
Church Ceremony: Wesley Cathedral, Olowogbowo, Apongbon, Lagos Island – Lagos
Wedding Reception: The Haven, Archbishop Vining Compound, Oba Akinjobi Way, GRA-Ikeja, Lagos

Wedding Attire
Bride’s Wedding Dress & All Outfits: By bride’s label, T. Williams of Martwayn | www.fashionbeyondstitches.com
Groom & Best Man Suits: All garments – suit, neck tie etc. from Ouch in Lekki Phase 1. (+234) 806 800 9588
Maid of Honor Dress: Debenhams
Bride’s Makeup & Gele Tying: Shomya | http://instagram.com/shomya_lag

Vendors
Wedding Planner: Bride Temitope & her sister & maid of honor Omolara sourced 90% of the decor and planned both events.
White Wedding Cake: Cakes By Andy Clark – 0807 560 1312
Engagement Cake: Miss Baker – 0703 709 0010

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78 Comments

  1. pynk

    March 2, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Absolutely gorgeous and real. Love it love it. Not all the we were on fashion row in london for the grooms tie, eiffel tower for the brides hair rubbish. U know this bride has convinced me that there is no need for the aso oke wrapper. Yes. Lol. Getting married in october and my poor oyinbo mother has been complaining that she doesn’t want me to disgrace her.

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    • bidibang

      March 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      OMG.!!! I love this girl…you are awesome! God bless you and your husband well well…pls feed our husband so that he will gain weight ok? I love you darling and I love your honesty.
      XOXO

    • Jinmiolu

      April 16, 2014 at 1:26 am

      Ayime as always bee like this since and probably for some time to more.

  2. oola

    March 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Sunday… Beautiful!

  3. Babe

    March 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    This bride is the TRUTH! Man you got a good wife. Finally someone who thinks like me. The most important things to me will be having fun on the day, nice photography and perfect honeymoon. Once all these are in place, I tell you I can marry in a room with 10 or 20 people.

  4. incognito

    March 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Amazing couple, HML

  5. why

    March 2, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Beautiful Simplicity!!!

  6. Cool cat

    March 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Pretty bride but suh a control freak. Lol

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  7. Susan

    March 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Wooowwwwwww!!!!
    God bless them <3

  8. tee

    March 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Congrats

  9. pearl

    March 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    There’s something about this couple dat just draws you to them, they look real …nd both homely….like all d bride suggestions especially the part of ” start speaking nd professing into your life……Happy and beautiful couple…May the joy and love you both share never end in jesus name!!>..No strange man or woman will come btw you guys IJN…..HML

  10. israel

    March 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    9ice!

  11. adele

    March 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Wow wow wow wow u guys rock ,tanks 4 d tips and ideas.God bless u both and happy married life

  12. Modella

    March 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Jobberman jobberman jobberman…so this is the face,he look so young!

  13. oma

    March 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Nice. Congratulations!

  14. Demmy

    March 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    This is so cute. The bride is beautiful and so talented.xx

  15. hephzibah

    March 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    lovely couple, loving her planning tips, God bless your home, I will keep confessing out aloud what I desire in my marriage.amen

  16. www.LapesBeautifulCreature.blogspot.com

    March 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    beautiful bride. God bless their marriage

  17. temitope

    March 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    The engagement jewerly is sooo nice and uncommon….lovely wedding

  18. Debutante

    March 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you Ayodeji and Temitope for bringing us back to “real life”… you guys are down to earth and ur wedding looked very well coordinated. I have noted the tips, thanks again. Congratulations and HML!!

    • Ngobeke

      March 3, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Yeah, soo true @ ‘back to life’…….soo used to all the fairy tale insanely expensive weddings these days. There’s actually life after the wedding..

  19. Lola

    March 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    The wedding was planned for so many guests!

  20. ELLA

    March 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Very nice. God bless ur home.

  21. Nike

    March 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    The bride was SPECTACULAR in her trad. Wow. HML to them

  22. Omolara

    March 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Lovely and impressive.God bless and let them be friends forever!iLike their modesty

  23. ebrufles

    March 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    LOVE HER BLOG, HML, THE dress reception was just so beautiful 🙂

  24. Marvel

    March 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Splendid effort that paid off. Good on you guys and enjoy your marriage.

  25. Msreeny

    March 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    First to comment!!! Yaaaayyyyy!!! Lol. I’m totally in extreme love with the bride. Honestly, your tips are so on point. Most naija girls believe in spending their entire savings on weddings worse of which is the fact that most of it won’t matter a day after. God bless your marriage. You guys look very cute together. First was berry’s (plenty kisses love for that simple but awesome wedding,btw), then this. We should see more of this, Bella.

    • Dee

      May 7, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Agreed, the luxurious mega weddings are nice, but please continue to give us more variety too. Great job BN Weddings. And to the beautiful couple, your wedding was clearly amazing, happy married life!

  26. Lola

    March 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Interesting dress.

  27. Hey

    March 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Pls who made her beads? Beautiful bride!HML to both of them. They’re both entrepreneurs #coolstuff

  28. Vics

    March 2, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Beautiful wedding! Love that traditional attire…d colours, beads and everything! Am so happy Nigerians are now beginning to consider reducing overspending on weddings. Good one

  29. naijagal

    March 2, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!! Love the dress

  30. Ninjachic

    March 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful bride. So humbled by her simplicity and and spirit. One of the best of wedding photos I’ve seen here. I wish them all the best and long lives of wedded bliss, in Jesus’ name.

  31. Sylvia

    March 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Congratz to dem. Simple nd nice…learning tips for my own.

  32. Chrissy Nkeiru Ogbuokiri-Ojo

    March 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    The bride and groom pictures are beautiful. I love the necklace the bride wore on her engagement. It’s a very unique piece (turtles). Indeed it was their day!

  33. tokunbo

    March 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I’m off to nly shoes site to buy shoes! Thanks bride for showing us where to buy beautiful shoes on line! Thanks BN! 😀

  34. ADEOLA

    March 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Wow! what a lovely couple. Tope, I almost couldnt recognise you. You were looking too cute

  35. missNk

    March 2, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    the necklace she wore for the engagement is so beautiful. may God bless your marriage.

  36. MLB

    March 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    GOD`S BLESSINGS ON THIS UNION.

  37. Deebaby

    March 2, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    i love her simplicity, joy wud neva cease in ur home. they obviously spent money on the right things

  38. olusolape fagbamiye

    March 2, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    they are such an inspiration!! learnt a lot from their story

    healthcoliseum.com

  39. FJD

    March 3, 2014 at 12:47 am

    This makes me want to get married…awwww…so sweet..You can see genuine Love in their actions and their eyes..God Bless your union….Man to woman not Man to Man…..una don ear…

  40. Tilux

    March 3, 2014 at 1:21 am

    This young man has found a good thing. The only thing that comes to mind looking at his wife is a Proverbs 31 woman. God bless you both exceedingly, abundantly.

  41. Me

    March 3, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Beautiful pictures! Agreeing with many of the comments above, loved the accessories the bride used for her engagement… Wishing Ayodeji and Temitope many many blissful years in love…

  42. kay

    March 3, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Congratulations to you both!! I’m loving the fact that Temi made her own dress!

  43. Berry Dakara

    March 3, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Very nice. So this is Jobberman?! He looks sooo young! Congratulations 🙂

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

  44. no heart to hate

    March 3, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Lovely Couple May God almighty bless their union AMEN

  45. T.Williams-A

    March 3, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Wow!!! Thank you all so very much for your kind comments! My head is really swelling! 😀 Bella Naija! You guys are just the BOMB! Thank you so much! WHAT a great way to start the month!

    Truth be told, I am just 1 person and could never have pulled it off all by myself! I had LOADS of help! From my totally fabulous sisters, Omolara & Temilola (MWAH) to my parents (double MWAH) and cousins & friends like Lanre, A.Remmy, A.Gladys, A. Ade, Katrina, Kofo…. in fact I wish I could mention them all.

    Not to mention my LONG list of vendors such as the decorators, Yewande of Aquarian Touch [08024011221 – Wedding] and Mrs Olootu of Ronnie D [08033244092 – Engagement) – they were just amazing! True my sister bought most of what we needed but without them, the hall would have been an empty space. They put our vision together. I told them I’d tell anyone who cares to listen what an amazing job they did. & then the caterers, the ushers, the drinks people & the oh-so great band from Ibadan with their FAB saxophonist – my list was pretty long. In fact if anyone needs my complete list of vendors, just buzz me! I will gladly hook you guys up! They were just amazing!

    @ Tokunbo, try shopstyle.co.uk. LOADS of great shoes, even designer labels, there on sale. My most expensive pair by Jenny Parkham (the white ones) cost £70 and by the next month or 2 after I bought mine, it was down to £35! 😉

    I’m a really chatty person so I better sign off now but will definitely keep my eyes glued to this space. 😀 Oh… we still have some of the decor props we bought so if you want to buy or rent them off us do let me know.

    Thanks again everyone! Have a great week and a FAB month ahead!

    • tokunbo

      March 3, 2014 at 10:23 am

      u are just an amazing person! Thank u!!! I’m getting married in a 12 days and still no wedding shoes! U have saved me!

      1
    • adelegirl

      March 3, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Awww, bless your heart T.Williams-A aka Mrs Jobberman 😉 I love it when people comment on their posts- it brings a “realness” to the pictures and the words. I love the simplicity of your wedding and I have noted the website you mentioned. I shall be paying it a visit soon and also for the tips. I am also planning a very low key budget-conscious wedding (We would rather put the costs towards a lavish wedding to our future together) but still want to keep it elegant, intimate and enjoyable for us and our guests.

      Bella Naija, thanks for featuring more down to earth simple weddings away from the norm of fantasy weddings you typically post. Whilst those are fabulous to ogle and fantasize over, some of us like the elegant simplicity of weddings such as this one and Berry Dakara’s. Good job!

      Oh and a very happy married life to the Adewunmis! 🙂

    • ibrahim

      March 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      This is nice

    • Joan85

      March 25, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks so much, Mrs. Williams-A!!
      Thanks to you, I just discovered shopstyle.co.uk. In 20 mins, I have ordered a handbag already smh. Life of a shopaholic! 🙂

  46. T.Williams-A

    March 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Oh forgive… how can I not mention my amazing nieces and Aina. Was pretty bummed Princess Tara could not make it but at least you can see what a great job you did from the pictures 🙂

  47. Iya

    March 3, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Aahhhh……how can I love this bride over and over again?? Brides-to-be, READ NUMBER SIX OOOOOO! READ NUMBER 6! I don’t blame the ladies who give out ridiculously priced asoebi, it’s the babes who buy them I blame. While we are at that, what is it with brides and RIDICULOUSLY priced bridesmaids dresses. At least with asoebi you ask the price there and then and if you can’t afford it you can say no. Bride will tell you a month or two to her wedding that your bridesmaids dress costs nearly N40k when backing out will make you seem mean! WTH??!! BRIDES PLEASE, BIKO, READ NUMBER 6 ADVICE! Thank you!

  48. Yummie

    March 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Godbless this 1daful bride, very realistic. U can tell she has a beautiful heart…

  49. Yjay

    March 3, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Temi you are indeed an inspiration, thank you so very much for the tips especially numbers 8, 10 and 11. My wedding is in April and I can tell you I have been over planning things, henceforth I will just let go and let God. I wish you and your hubby a blissful life together and may you be fruitful in Jesus Name AMEN. Thank you once again..

  50. Priscy

    March 3, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Beautiful couple…i especially love the bride in her trad outfit + her makeup is so on point

  51. Amebo

    March 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Lovely wedding ceremony……simple yet fun-filled!….God bless your marriage.

  52. Amebo

    March 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Lovely wedding ceremony….simple yet fun-filled! God bless your home

  53. http://yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.co.uk/

    March 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    What a very humble and beautiful bride – I just want a simple wedding like theirs. May God bless them abundantly

    yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.co.uk

  54. Dee Pee

    March 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    pls can anyone tell the color of the brides buba dat she used the blue jewellery on. thanks

  55. 1 + The One

    March 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Beautiful wedding!! I love the down-to-earth-edness of the bride! And she’s so beautiful too!
    This feature wasn’t just for eye-candy but I can so relate with a lot of things and also take tips on how to plan a wedding without breaking the bank and best of all – having fun through it!
    I love the fact that Ayodeji was willing to scour Tejuosho market with Temitope to ensure that her dream dress came to reality.. I like tht fact that she was the one comforting her cousin who burnt a part of her wedding dress (haha).. I love the fact that she could use a lot of the things again! And I love the fact that she seemed to ensure that she enjoyed her day! Loved it!! Many joyful years to Ayodeji and Temitope! xx

  56. Macy

    March 3, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Lovely couple and wonderful tips. Tope, you are such an inspiration. How’s Martwyne doing?

  57. simi

    March 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    lovely couple, industrious woman i must say…. Lovely ( I wonder what fabric she used, its cute)

  58. Miss Anonymous

    March 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Congrats to the couple! Big hug to Tope!

  59. www.aquariantoucheventsng.blogspot.com

    March 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    lovely couple

  60. chrisi

    March 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    i could feel the love in their eyes…

  61. true talker

    March 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Finally…. a real wedding we can all afford with ordinary everyday people. Beautiful wedding and may God bless your union

  62. Wisdom

    March 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    @T.William-A(Bride), please what is the name of the band from Ibadan and please can i get their contacts? thanks ……A very lovely wedding btw.

  63. Tosin

    March 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Look, I know everybody’s beautiful and all, but mennn, not everybody’s beautiful like Tope. We were classmates for six years and even now I’m staring at my screen like, mennn, beautiful girl. Ayodeji, ori e pe joo. I am happy for you both, may you be happy happy happy. Amen.

  64. Stephanie

    March 4, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Lovely couple…love the bride’s wedding gown. She is creative
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  65. T.Williams-A

    March 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Amen! Amen!! Amen!!! I have totally claimed all your prayers! Thank you all so very much! And I wish you all the same as well. And congratulations to you all getting married. In the true Yoruba wedding prayer, “Olorun a m’ojo ro o”. Amin. 😀

    @ Tosin, haha! Thanks a lot! I unabashedly accept the compliments. LOL @ staring at the screen. A far cry from what I looked like in QC shey?! Lol!!! That is ShoMya’s work o!

    @ Adeola, trust me, even I could not recognise myself when Elaine was done. She is just too good. You all should use her. That make-up was done WITHOUT a trial (obviously because I was ill). I saw her work at Mai’s bridalwear launch a week or two before the wedding and just knew she could give me what I wanted. I didn’t even get a facial done. I had told her over the phone exactly what I wanted – “heavy model on the runway look” not the typical “pretty take-home-to-mama bridal look”. I wanted something dramatic with eyelashes that could flick light switches on and off. Lol. I met her on the engagement day which was pretty risky but it was worth the risk AND the investment! The first question people ask when they see the pictures is “Wow! Who did that make-up?!”

    @ Tokunbo, not to worry, you still have enough time. My shoes were some of the last things I bought. As long as there is someone to bring it in for you, you are sorted. Let’s just hope it fits.

    @ Adelegirl, thank you so much! For me, I was very particular on not spending too much on certain things. I have never been one to spend so much money on things. I believe you can still achieve the look you want with less money. I improvised a lot to get the looks I wanted for less. Eg. I used paper lace doilies instead of charger plates and letters for my invitation and they worked. I wanted most of the money to go towards food and drinks for guests.

    LMAO @ Iya. You are just hilarious!!! I so feel you on that expensive bridal wear stuff. I did not have a bridal train simply because I did not want to compel anyone to spend what they had not planned for. The concept is nice but I hate to inconvenience anyone. Just my sister, the maid of honour, and the best man and that was it for us. Even the aso-ebi sef was totally optional and it was just for my friends. Some bought 2 yards, some split 3 yards amongst themselves, some did not want want geles, whichever worked for them was fine by me. My parents did not pick out an aso-ebi because they were pretty certain everyone had silver gele in their wardrobe so why make them buy another one?! It was simply come as you feel comfortable wearing any silver cap/gele you have. I picked out a gele initially because I wanted a specific type of apple green but when people asked for fabric instead, I added that to the list.

    Re my engagement necklace with the turtles… thanks a lot! I’m glad you like it! 😀

    @ Hey the necklace was not made here. I bought it in Dubai actually… interestingly enough in a Chinese shop. I was en-route China on a work-related trip and found it in one of the malls. The minute I saw it in the shop window, I just knew that was it. Anyone who knows me well knows that those beads are just “ME”.

    Re the engagement fabric, @ Dee Pee, the colour of the lace is dark gold… almost like a form of “brush” gold. I also bought that in China. In fact I bought both engagement fabrics in China.

    @ Pynk, you CAN get away without wearing the aso-oke wrapper. I told my mother-in-law who made it for me not to include the aso-oke wrapper because I would wear not it again after that day. I mean, where else can you wear a full aso-oke wrapper to without stealing the show? But at least I can still rock my gele and ipele on a normal day.

    @ YJay, please step back and review what has been done so far. All the major things should have been delegated to someone you trust by now. April is just a few weeks away so you should just start focusing on yourself and what you need done for yourself on that day. It is difficult but it is necessary so you don’t break down.

    @ Wisdom, please call Mr Olamide on 0803 562 9872 or 0802 326 9479. The band is really good and they can play all sorts. A friend of mine used them after the wedding and she was very happy with them. They are really good!

    @ Macy, thank you! Martwayne is great! Work has been hectic! You know me, always doing a million things at a time under the guise on “multi-tasking”. But work is good. I so cannot complain.

    YES! I should even use this opportunity to tell you all to check out fashionbeyondstitches.com to see more of what we do at Martwayne. I’m sure many have seen my side-ad on the right side of the page. So at least you guys can see that I can sew even though I don’t sew for people. 😀 So Macy… looking forward to you joining our courses.

    Great! I see I have over-gisted again! 😀 I’ll check back to see if more people have questions. You can also check out this post:
    fashionbeyondstitches.com/2013/07/breaking-silence-with-some-wedding.html .

    I think I have names of more vendors there. I have since helped 2 people out with their weddings since mine so if anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me by e-mail. I’ll be happy to help out. I did promise my readers a more detailed article on the wedding so when it’s done, the information will be on the site.

    Many thanks once again 🙂 and do check out fashionbeyondstitches.com

    Cheers!

    • steph

      March 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Hi T.Williams-A, wishing you the best in this face… i really loved your advice(tips)… mine is this year… please i would love to have your vendors and contact as i hope to do something small but well organized… I would appreciate… please reply if i shud send my email.

  66. OmoMakun

    March 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Gosh…this had me smiling from ear to ear. God bless your union!

  67. AAsh

    March 18, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Lovely! Happy Married Life.
    Nice seeing Temi again……..OAU days!

  68. Anuoluwapo

    March 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    @ T Williams,thanks for your advice, really grateful. My planner advised that we use letter of invitation instead of the usual card, and my uncle said it will look as if we don’t have money. We don’t want to spend too much on what is not useful, what’s your advice? Instead of the plate charger, u said u used paper lace doillies, where can one get it? Thanks, await your response.

  69. T.Williams-A

    April 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Hello Steph. Not a problem. I will respond when you send the e-mail. My e-mail address is on the site.

    Amen Omomakun. And thanks a lot AAsh… though it would be great to link the name with the face.

    @ Anuoluwapo, if you have no issues with the letter envelopes, then please go ahead with your planner’s advice. Just print nice decent envelopes that you can reuse when the wedding is over. We gave out letters and I don’t think anyone felt it was because we could not afford cards. I have also received many letter invitations and the thought never crossed my mind that affordability was the reason. If your uncle really wants cards, you can ask him to help pay the difference over and above your budget for the letter invitations you have budgeted for as a gift. Besides, if you keep thinking of what people will say when planning your wedding, you will do so much damage to your bank account. And guess what? When it’s all over, you will be the only one feeling the pinch not the guests you are trying to impress.

    Re the paper doilies, my sister ordered them online and sent them in. If you have someone coming in, they can do you that favour by helping you bring them in or use those “delivery to Nigeria” companies. I think they come in boxes of 100. An alternative would be the rubber ones with lace edges which you can get at Iponri or Balogun though I’m not sure they will have in large quantities. Your planner can help you find out. Besides, if you feel charger plates would be expensive, you can always improvise at one or both of the events. You can check out the picture up there which shows how we set the tables at the engagement. My sister skipped the centre pieces and place mats and I think it worked out fine. You can do some research on how to set tables without the usual. You can even get your caterer to use small side plates in the centre of the table if you want to have that “effect”. There are lots of options really – just work with your planner and do as much research as you can.

    Do let me know if you have other questions.

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