​Nigeria’s wedding industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Africa – CNN

According to TNS Global, getting married in Africa’s most populous country is big business and said to be worth millions of dollars, 

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Nigerian wedding budgets can go as high as $9,460-$13,515 with guest lists matching super-sized budgets. Some weddings in the country cater for an average of 1000 guests.

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“You can have five million Naira ($13,869.65) at one end of the spectrum, 20 million Naira ($55,478.60) in the middle and it can even get as high as 100 million Naira ($277,393),” prominent wedding planner Funke Bucknor explains.

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When the son of one of Africa’s richest women, Folorunsho Alakija, got married in June. He had a lavish $6 million wedding at the Blenheim Palace in the United Kingdom.

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UK media reported that the ceremony featured one million roses by celebrity florist Jeff Leatham, a 12ft-tall cake and a performance by American artist Robin Thicke in the $43,000 venue.

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The wedding industry is considered one of the one major contributors to Nigeria’s economy.

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It is credited for creating entire industries that didn’t exist or were previously unprofitable, such as makeup artists and luxury toilet hire companies.

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The wedding industry has played a huge role in makeup artistry and it’s something we should be thankful for,” says Jide of St. Ola, a celebrity makeup artist who these days charges a minimum of $1000 for bridal makeup.

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Fashion designers such as #MaiAtafo and Ogugua Okonkwo of #StyleTemple have also benefited hugely in Nigeria’s wedding boom. In previous years, wealthy brides would travel abroad to buy their wedding gowns 

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Nigerian couples now create hashtags around their weddings. Social savvy couples want their weddings to trend on social media and that means creative images, which can cost up to be $1500 to $5000, according to wedding photographer Bayo Lawson.

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Some believe that the desire for grander Nigerian weddings is driven by a desire to appear on aspirational online blogs and wedding magazines such as #Bellanaija and #AislePerfect where society Nigerian weddings are featured regularly. 

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