The international world are keen to know more about Nigerian Weddings; in their search, UK Daily sat down with Elohor Aisien of Prive Luxury event and Betty Irabor of Genevieve Magazine. Elohor revealed how Nigerian brides go out of their comfort zones to get the best wedding apparel and diamonds for their perfect day.
Every bride wants to look a million dollars when they tie the knot – and affluent women from Nigeria are spending just that to achieve it on their big days.
According to a London-based wedding planner, super-rich couples from the West African country can easily blow a small fortune on their nuptials, from spending £100,000 on a designer wedding dress to £150,000 on alcohol.
In-demand event maestro CEO and founder of Prive Luxury Events Elizabeth Aisien says London has become the destination of choice for Africa’s wealthy elite when they tie the knot.
‘It is not unusual to spend a million. One of the weddings I planned spent £50,000 just on flowers,’ she reveals on Channel 5 show Eamonn & Ruth: How The Other Half Lives.
‘It’s a competition, people want something like “wow, she arrived by plane”. The bride wants to look good and wear the best of everything.’
As a result, she said brides will pay around £100,000 for a bespoke dress by a designer like Vera Wang and £475,000 on diamond jewellery.
She added that it is not just the bride who will push the boat out on the gems they wear to accessorise an expensive outfit.
‘The other women want to make a statement, “I wore this diamond, my diamond is bigger than yours”,’ Elizabeth explained.