The speed at which every aspect of the lives of Nigerians is changing is overwhelming and it is also affecting the aspect of wedding ceremonies
It makes one think every cherished practice, tradition, and lifestyle will go to extinction very soon. Wedding parties are not exempted from this change.
It has been discovered that the glamour, style, and fun in weddings have continued to depreciate, as most couples try to cut costs by every means and, at the same time, have a beautiful party. One of which is the presentation of gift items such as kitchen utensils, refrigerators, and baby care items, among other things, to newly wedded co
However, most couples now request for cash and cheque, as only gift items accepted at wedding parties. Such requests are written boldly on the invitation cards and strictly adhered to.
According to a source, who had her wedding last weekend, the reason for such action was to avoid wasteful spendings on gift items that the couples already have.
She explained that these gift items just get useless to couples after the ceremony which when converted to cash can serve useful purposes.
“I had my wedding last weekend in Lagos. My husband and I decided we wanted cash and cheque as our wedding gift to save our guests the stress of buying things that are not useful for us…”
“…people are cutting costs now to survive this economic situation and the unwanted needs are dropped. That is what we did.”
Another source, a business woman, narrated her experience in such a wedding :”I attended a wedding last week with members of my club. We thought it was the usual ceremony where gift items were accepted. We bought a very big cooler which we wrapped.
“On our way to the wedding, I decided to go through the invite and discovered that the couples requested cash and cheque gifts only. We had to take the cooler back home. It was a very funny experience.”
However, a clergyman identified other reasons why couples now request cash as gifts in weddings apart from saving guests the trouble of buying items that are not useful.
“Apart from using the money to get needed items, some couples requests for cash and cheque gifts to escape diabolic acts people perpetrate using gift items as covers…”
He further stated that accepting cash can avert the possibility of the diabolic acts from manifesting in the lives of the newly married couple…”
The economic situation has had its effect on preparations and parties. Many now don’t have receptions, some just hold a parlour wedding, and some just visit the court and pay the bride price.
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Many request cash for the bride’s dowry instead of the dowry items. Some don’t even do aso-ebi, maids of honour or even prepare assorted meals for guests. All these alternatives are just to cut costs. These were the glamour, style and fun found in a typical party in Nigeria. Trending video of the day;
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