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its me in the AM!

Hello everyone,

Its Saturday morning (9:30 am to be exact) and the birds are chirping outside my condo! I am so excited because yesterday marked the 9th month left in this Naija wedding plan. Now I bought my plane ticket to go in January and I am so happy. Yes ladies you must go to Naija to plan a wedding. (I must advice to go atleast 6 to 8 months before the wedding, do not go 10 to 12 months before because Naija vendors will be looking at you like you are crazy.  Also, please have a reliable Aunty that has the same taste as you to help you when its crunch time because one visit to Naija to plan a wedding does not cut it, unless you are spending 3 weeks there). That’s hard to do living in the US.

Yesterday, I also bought necklaces for my maid of honor and bridesmaids, but I will give more details about their gifts later on in my blog.

 I still have not bought my wedding dress yet, but I know exactly what I want, a Reem Acra gown (gown names: Superb, Cosmopolitan, Lady, Timeless, or Magnolia (picture on my hello page). I have tried on two dresses Superb and Cosmopolitan and I must tell you these are not cheap dresses, $3500+. So I am hoping to get a sample gown, but I need to lose weight…Oh can someone help! It would be nice to like wake up tomorrow and be a size 8 again, which I was 5 years ago.

So I will also dedicate this blog to losing weight or at least give tips on how to lose weight as I reach my monthly goal until March 08. My current weight is ###, so my goal is ###. I am so not telling, lmao!! Remember ladies don’t tell, its not lady like, lol! Seriously ladies let’s just say I am a size 12 and 14, which my goal is to be a size 8 again. Therefore I have an average of 30 lbs to lose.

If anyone guesses my weight I will give them a free plane ticket, NOT! Sorry, I am full of jokes this morning. I think its the excitement in me.

My plans for today is to shop for a new pair of shoes, something stylish, peep toe, mid heels, and comfortable to wear to work. So I am going to Rockville, Columbia, and maybe Tyson’s Corner (I am in the DMV area) if time permits because I have a party to go to tonight.

Oh and its going to be my future hubby’s b-day next month October same month as Naija Independence, which is on Monday, October 1st!!! I will give the juice of his b-day when we come back from our trip.

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Eko Hotel & Suites 

I totally forgot to add this information before, but please remember before traveling to get certain pills and/or vaccines.

For this information please go to (all websites are very important to visit):

http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationNigeria.aspx#vaccines

http://www.travelersvaccines.com/EN/Clinics/Clinic_locator.cfm

http://www.astmh.org/publications/clinics.cfm

Here are a few websites that sell cheap tickets to Nigeria and a few websites for Hotels in Lagos, Nigeria.

Cheap Flights to Nigeria

www.ambassadorway.com (my parents and I bought tickets from this website)

www.vayama.com

www.kayak.com

www.airfrance.com  Air France

www.britishairways.com  British Airways

 Hotel Accomodation in Lagos

http://www.ekohotels.com  Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=445&EM=VTY_SI_lagos_445_overview  Sheraton Lagos Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos

http://www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-victoria-island.html  Protea Hotel Victoria Island

http://www.sofitel.com/sofitel/fichehotel/gb/sof/2770/fiche_hotel.shtml

Sofitel Lagos Morehouse Ikoyi

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Almost 9 months left

In 10 days I will have 9 months before the major event! Pretty much, I am planning to meet with my vendors and go over all logistics.  Thus far I have booked a photographer, videographer, cake baker, caterer, venue for reception, makeup artist, and MC.

Our decided wedding colors are: gold, periwinkle blue, burgundy, and ivory.

Now I am trying to decide on what type of wedding design I want to have and I found this article that very much appeals to me: http://www.theknot.com/ch_article_local.html?Object=A40603122855&keyword=GETAWAY%20WEDDINGS&market=207

Here are a few themes I am thinking about:

Sophisticated Glamour, Sophisticated Elegance, or Royal Elegance.

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I tell you, planning a Nigerian wedding when you live in the States is not easy, but when you have a wonderful mother in law and God on your side, all is well.

For all Naija ladies that are planning to get married in Naija, here are a few Vendor websites that can help make your day spectacular.

Vendors Listing

http://www.nigerianweddings.net/vendors/vendors.aspx

http://www.naijawedding.com/vendors.htm
 

http://www.weddingplannerworld.com/directory.htm

http://www.goodlife.com.ng/

http://www.sugarweddings.com

http://go2gurl.com/home.htm

Marriage Registries

http://www.naijawedding.com/registry.htm

Wedding Website Developer

http://www.iweddingsnigeria.com/   I Weddings Nigeria

Aso Oke/ Lace/Ankara (aso ebi)

Tisbee Aso Oke – (unavailable website and the company has bad customer service, but excellent Aso Oke)  – #4 Agbaoku Street, Opebi-Ikeja – 0803-824-3926

Natives Aso Oke (unavailable website and the owner is so kind. I enjoyed going to her shop) – 63b Opebi Road, Ikeja, Lagos – 0802- 301- 3774

Lucy’s Aso Oke – (unavailable website and the owner attended to my needs) 2A Alabi Street, Ikeja, Lagos – 0802- 301-0385 or 0803-706-0665

Needles and Thread – (unavailable website) 2nd Avenue, 202 road – 0803-431-1865

Mofik Aso Oke – www.moffik.com –  12 Obokun Close, Behind Tantalizers, Ikeja-Lagos – 0802-327-1628 or 0802-330-2266

Bisbod Aso Oke – (unavailable website) 13, Ladipo Labinjo Cr., off Bode Thomas St., S/L. – 0803-371-3236

T & T Fashions – http://www.tyntyfashions.com/

U.L. Afrik Fabrics & Designs   http://www.ulafrikfabrics.com/index.html

Alaga’s (ijoko & iduro)
Lolade Onifila Organization (unavailable website) 0806-613-3445

For the Bride

http://www.thebridesescort.com/index.htm  The Brides Escort

http://www.segungele.com   Segun Gele

http://www.unveilafrica.net/   Unveil

http://satinandlace-ng.com  – Satin & Lace   (marriage proposal, reply letter, bridal fan, and bouquet)

http://www.beyondfacesng.com   Beyond Faces

http://www.lovepinkgloss.com  – Love Pink Gloss (Uchenna)

http://www.peachesncream92.com/   Peaches n Cream

http://www.lisemore.com/    Lise Beauty Range

http://www.houseoftara.com/  – House of Tara

http://beegeebridalhouse.com  Bee Gees Bridals

http://ntsingele.com/index.html   NT Singele

Ada Nwachukwu    Egbeda, Lagos – 0802-309-7975  – Make-up Artist

http://www.iloveyourglow.com/   – I Love Your Glow (make-up artist)

http://www.bankemeshidal.com  – Banke Meshidal

http://www.emergingfaces.com   – Emerging Faces

http://www.zuribelle.com  – Zuribelle

http://www.bridalhouseng.com   Bridal House 

http://www.ewarmakeovers.com/   Ewar Makeovers

http://www.roseblossombridal.com/  Rose Blossom Bridal

http://omoobabridal.com/  – Omooba Bridal

http://www.deinte.com/  – Deinte

For the Groom
http://www.bobosclothing.com/   Bobos Clothing

Photographers

http://www.bodylawson.org/wedding.html Body Lawson Photography (my photographer)

http://photonimi.com/gallery.php PhotoNimi photographer

http://www.xprexxion.com/wedgallery.htm
    Xprexxion Photograhy

http://www.eikonworld.com/ Eikon World Photography

http://www.modamo.com/index.php
Modamo Photography

http://www.dotunsphotolounge.com/index2a.php  Dotun’s Photo Lounge

http://www.adealao.com/Weddings/index.html   Ade Alao Photography

http://www.tunjisarumi.com    Tunji Sarumi Photography

http://www.walephotos.net  Wale Photos

www.photographybyabi.net   Photography By Abi Yeni-Rotimi

http://www.bedazzledphotography.com     Bedazzled Photography

www.indexphoto.co.uk   Index Photography

http://www.tspfotoworld.com/index.htm  TSP Foto World

http://www.weddingphotographylondon.net/ and http://www.atunbi.net/   Atunbi Photography

http://www.folaadewole.com/blog/  Fola Adewole Photography

http://www.alakija.com   Alakija

http://www.quartfotography.com/  Quart Fotography

http://www.studiosiffres.com   Studio Siffres

http://www.bumyperfect.com/  – Bumy Perfect

Videographers

http://www.faajiplus.com Faaji Plus (my videographer)

http://www.weddingphotographylondon.net/wedding_videography.html   Atunbi

Decorators/Wedding Coordinator

http://www.vintageivyevents.com   Vintage Ivy Events

http://www.royalandmarks.com   Royal Landmarks Wedding Decorator
Stella – delandmarks@yahoo.com (decorator for my wedding in Nigeria) 

http://www.bcgevents.com/  BCG Event Decor

http://www.jhlinen.com JH Linen

http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?f=0&start=20#/profile.php?id=824148135   – Labor of Love Events

http://elizabethrlagos.com/  – Elizabeth R

http://www.bisidada.com/justweddings/home2.html Just Weddings (my Coordinator/Decorator)

http://www.newtonanddavid.com
Newton & David Floral

http://flowerplusonline.com/ Flower Plus

http://www.myomegaevents.com
My Omega Events

http://www.zapphaire.com
Zapphaire Events

http://www.stencilevents.com Stencil Events

http://www.anyeventsplus.com
Any Events Plus

http://www.rareflowers.org Rare Flowers

http://shadesofgreenng.com  Shades of Green

http://royaltreasuresng.com   Royal Treasures

http://www.eventful-ltd.com  Eventful

http://www.surprises-ng.com/index.html  Surprises Nigeria Limited

http://www.dunamisevents.com/ – Dunamis Events Consultancy

http://www.vivientevents.com/index.htm  – Viviente Events

http://www.nosurprisesevents.com/ – No Surprises Events

http://www.exqwizitevents.com/  Exqwizit Events

http://www.uniquemagic.page.tl/Home.htm  – Unique Magic

http://www.monnisdesigns.com/  – Monnis Designs

http://www.facebook.com/pages/lagos/BALL-EVENTS-CONCEPTS/90633265374#     Ball Events Concepts

http://eventsfornigeria.synthasite.com/   Events for Nigeria

Reception Venues

http://www.musonigeria.org/facilities.htm The Musical Society of Nigeria (Muson Hall- Center)

http://www.jhalobia.com/home.html   Jhalobia Recreational Park & Gardens – THEIR CONTACT NUMBERS ARE 0023417609192;  002348037257855;  0023417606635.  THE ADDRESS IS:  JHALOBIA RECREATION PARK AND GARDENS, MURITALA MOHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ROAD, LAGOS NIGERIA.

http://www.planet1ng.com  De Event Place

http://www.balmoralng.com  The Balmoral

http://www.lagosriviera.com  Riveria Garden

http://yetundesapartment.com Yetunde’s Apartment

http://www.regencyhotelandhall.com  Regency Hotel and Hall

http://www.lagoscitymall.com/photo.htm   Lagos City Mall – Magnolia Hall (2nd floor)

http://skypavilion.com/   Sky Pavilion Multipurpose Halls

http://www.ekohotels.com/mr_ballroom.php  Eko Hotel & Suites Grand Ballroom

Events Centre (unavailable website) Alausa-Ikeja, Lagos – 0802-321-8218  – seats 500 guest

Cake Baker

Cakes & Cream – (no website available) 0803-302-0863 – Ikeja, Lagos   (my engagement cake)

http://www.cakeflair.net   Cake Flair

http://www.absolutelegancecakes.com   Absolute Elegance Couture Cakes

http://www.cakesbytosan.net/   Cakes by Tosan

http://photonimi.com/nimmiecakes.php   Nimmie Cakes

http://www.newenglandcouturecakes.com/    New England Couture Cakes

http://www.mixnbakeng.com   Mix N Bake Confectionery

http://www.bakersworldcakes.com    Baker’s World Cakes  (Nigeria)

http://www.bakersworlduk.com    Baker’s World Cakes UK

DJ’s and MC’s
Solafancy Event Etcetera – DJ Sola 0803-346-0811solafancy@yahoo.com

Baba Dugbe/Sokudale – MC Olabanji- 0802-359-3507

Invitations, Programs, & Souvenirs (Favors/Gifts)

http://www.ringsandribbons.com Rings and Ribbons

http://www.ijorereinvites.com  Ijorere Invites

http://www.elisecharles.com   Elise Charles

http://www.proprintsng.com  Pro Prints

Caterers

http://www.12basketsltd.com    12 Baskets Foods Limited

http://www.sweetsensationnigeria.com    Sweet Sensation

http://www.choppiesfastfoods.com   Choppies Fast Foods

http://mindsnbrains.com    Minds N Brains

http://oshoscelebrations.com   Osho’s Celebrations

King’s Catering Services @ Intercontinental Bank (Mrs. Adeboye) – 0803-669-0124

http://www.jollofplusng.com/      Jollof Plus – info@jollofplusng.com

Band

Katan & Melodious Band (unavailable website) – 0802- 386-1900

Demola Judge Organization (unavailable website) – 0803-819-3078

Rentals

http://www.babol-ventures.com/  Babol Ventures and Events Place

http://www.jhlinen.com/index.html   JH Rental

http://www.completevents.com/   Complete Events Ltd. (tent rental)

http://www.chiavari-ng.com/   Chiavari Banquet Chair Rental

Yinka Rentals (website unavailable) Alausa-Ikeja    0803-302-3781   http://www.facebook.com/pages/PERFECT-RENTALS/73989068354?sid=cbb4a6f75bc536f4edd2fc41cd6096b5&ref=search##    – Perfect Rental

http://www.swiftrentalcars.com/  – Swift Rental Cars
http://www.allinclusiverental.com/   – All Inclusive Rental

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The Big Event

The date of the wedding was easy to choose because I wanted the same date as our anniversary, but a Saturday of the 28th. And the best part is, I get to be a June Bride by a landslide.Well the wedding event will be in Lagos, Nigeria and it starts with a traditional engagement ceremony on Friday and the wedding ceremony and reception on Saturday.

The Introduction and Engagement Ceremony:
This is the part of the ceremony where the groom’s family introduces themselves to the bride’s family, and asks for their daughter’s hand in marriage to their son. It would take place before the engagement ceremony or wedding.

The participants of this are:

*The groom and his family

*Olopa Iduro (this translates to ‘standing policeman’): an appointed speaker by the groom’s family; could be a family member, or hired for the occasion.

*The bride and her family

*Olopa Ijoko (this translates to ‘sitting policeman’): an appointed speaker by the bride’s family; could be a family member, or hired for the occasion.

*Others if the families so choose.

The introduction takes place at the bride’s house, and her family is responsible for the preparations and costs, but if the groom’s family is able to, they can suggest helping out with some of the costs and/or the food. Both parties are in traditional attire, and I have not heard anywhere that these have to be matching.

Upon entrance into the bride’s home, the groom’s family kneels (the women do that) or prostrate (the men do that) for the bride’s parents. The groom’s family and the bride’s family sit on opposite sides of the room, with the bride and groom sitting closer to the center, and the olopa iduro and olopa ijoko sitting in the very middle.

The olopa iduro introduces the groom and his family to the bride and her family. He then brings a proposal letter from the groom’s family, usually tied with a pink ribbon, and gives it to the groom’s family, through the olopa ijoko. The letter is read out, and responded to verbally on the spot. Since this is mostly a formality, and it is already known that the couple will marry, there usually is not much rejection at this point. Usually, a prayer is said at this point, and some symbolic items of food are tasted by the olopa’s and then passed around to the guests. These include:

*obi (kola nut) is shared, during which the following words are repeated:

*Won ma gbo (they will ripen). Won ma to (they will eat and not go hungry). Won ma d’agba (they will grow old)

*ata ire: this consists of many seeds, and it is opened up, and the superstition is that the number of seeds that fall out is the number of children the couple will bear.

*oyin (honey), sugar, ireke (sugar cane): these all symbolize that the union will be sweet.

Some additional words may be exchanged, then gifts are exchanged, and then the families and guests eats traditional food, and there may be singers and drummers for some celebration later.

During the engagement ceremony the families are introduced to each other formally so the invited guest are familiar with everybody in either family. The two family would normally have a speaker each to relay messages across to the other, this is done in the ceremony (the brides family would sit on one side and the grooms on the other. A reply to the letter asking for their daughters hand in Marriage is read out by the brides sister or younger relative or even the speaker on the brides side. Along with other things, the grooms family will come to this ceremony with traditional food stuff such as; yam, palm oil, sugar, ram, drinks and many more.. other things the grooms family will provide is a suitcase packed with traditional clothing include shoe, bags, jewelry and in some cases they will have to give a DOWRY…This is known as the bride price.The couple usually gives each other a Bible or Quran, give each other rings, and they may say some words to each other. After this ceremony the bride goes back to her fathers house to prepare for the wedding day. please visit www.motherlandnigeria.com/life.html.

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Kiss of Life

I saw this man before me who had the most beautiful smile and I knew he was the one. And I am right. We haven’t separated ever since. Our first date took place at Outback Steakhouse, Dave & Busters, and Bukom’s Restaurant. Geographically speaking, we went from Northern VA, Rockville, MD, and then to DC…Did he fall in love with his future bride on the first date, or was he trickin’ her? No seriously, we haven’t separated ever since.

THE ENGAGEMENT

Well, my fiance and I had two engagements. The first one was two months after we met on January 28th 2001, in which started with a discussion about marriage. On our way back from Georgetown in DC, I finally confessed my real feelings about getting married someday to a Nigerian man based on me loving my culture. When we got back to his frat house he decided to pop the big question. I was very sure of my feelings for him and I said yes right away. That day became the official courtship. For my 21st birthday he surprised me with a boat ride on the Spirit of Baltimore.

 The second engagement occured when we went to Poconos for our 1st year anniversary, January 28th 2002. He placed a marquise diamond ring with diamond settings in a champagne glass filled with Moet (my favorite) and I noticed something shiny at the bottom. He proposed again and our hearts joined as one.

The Song that describe the matters of my heart is Sade: Kiss of Life

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