We have been MIA from the blogging scene for a while and we are sorry. But here is a post just showing you what we have been up to in pictures. Hope you enjoy. Please do comment and share
This will serve as a double wammy blog post. We were beaten by Africa Fashion Week London to display the new SK logo under the Partners section of their website. Yes you heard right, Simply Kayo is an official partner of Africa Fashion Week London – very excited!!! See gratuitous screenshot below 🙂
And the first element of our rebrand has been revealed – the new logo. Here it is in all its glory. Only slight differences with our staple SK and flick still in tact but more grown up I think. Let us know what you think of our new logo.
If you want more information on Africa Fashion Week London, check out
@africaFWL and http://www.africafashionweeklondon.com/africafashionweek
In the days of old, engagement list items were fairly static, but perhaps differing in quantity and maybe quality. You would see the usual tubars of yam, palm oil, bible and suitcases full of fabric.
Well, the modern Nigerian bride is not being bound by tradition. You can peruse the engagement list of a yuppy bride of 2013 and not surprisingly find the tubars of yam and the bible. But you may just do a double take when you come across “a white iPad mini”
Here are some of the items I have either seen on a list or heard about:-
Samsung S3 Phone
Louis Vuitton Bag
Louboutin Pigalle Shoes
Guiseppe Zanotti Sandals
It may seem somewhat mercenary or a shift away from tradition but I completely understand what these savvy young ladies are thinking. If, her husband to be and his family must buy gifts for her, it may as well be something she wants and/or will actually use. What will she actually do with suitcases upon suitcase filled with lace or Ankara (which probably wont be to her taste)? Why not get that gadget or handbag she’s been lusting after for months. I believe this is the thought process of the modern Nigerian bride when it comes to her engagement gift list. I know I’ll certainly be doing the same when the times comes
I attended a wedding with my aunt and uncle a few weeks ago in Lagos. After a few hours, I commented to my aunt that I had noticed that at Nigerian parties, there is constant flow of different kinds of food. She replied saying, “Yes, without it, a party would be boring.” I said “Well, let me prepare you, when you come for my wedding in London, there wont be this much food” To which she replied, “Even if I have to bring a caterer from Nigeria for your wedding, there must be a constant flow of food.” I laughed then but it got me thinking.
Truly, at parties in Nigeria, food and drink pretty much makes the event. Let me give you the breakdown
-As guests arrive and are seated, they are immediately given bottles of water
-Following that, waiters start to take orders, and plates of food are distributed
-Then soft drinks like coke, fanta, sprite and malt start to make the rounds
-If alcohol is being served, bottles of wine, beer etc also come round.
-After the main meal, dessert follows – all types of milky, creamy goodness
-Then smaller plates of small chops begin their rounds – think puff puff samosas, spring rolls and musa
-Not long after that, cocktails begin to go round – chapman, pina colada, fruit punch etc
-Somewhere down the line, food like ofada rice, tuwo, amala begin to go round
-By now, champagne would have made an appearance on some guest tables
-Asun and/or pepper soup, fish and chips, BBQ chicken and chips will also be introduced into the mix (chips can be swapped with fried yam or plantain)
-Meanwhile, drinks continue to flow
-I even saw an exotic dish of salad with meat on skewers, king prawns and ribs served at a recent reception
So there you have it folks; Nigerian weddings are what people have in mind when they talk of ‘feasting’. In order to make this ‘feast’ a success and please this nation of foodies, a great amount of planning and coordination is required. From an event coordinator’s point of view, here is my experience of what is required for the feast.
1) Experience of vendors – the kind of feast I have described requires fast service. Guests at Nigerian weddings wont accept that the caterer is still frying or plating up, they want service NOW. So be clear that a particular vendor can deliver this for you before you engage them.
2) Ensure vendors attend a vendors meeting at the venue at the latest the week before the wedding – here you brief them on the wedding details, guest numbers, numbers they are specifically catering for, colours, expected arrival times etc
3) Arrive early on the morning of the wedding (7am) to receive your vendors
4) Allocate different spaces to vendors inside the venue and outside. We’ve talked about a large variety of foods meaning lots of food vendors, ensure those serving larger numbers of guests, and earlier are given more prominent/closer places.
5) If vendors are being placed outside, consider canopies being erected to protect them and the food from the elements.
6) It is essential to having running water as invariably there will be a need for caterers to wash dishes, cups and cutlery at some point during the wedding.
7) During the event, various coordinators have to be put in charge of the various food vendors, so that the distribution of food is kept under control and things don’t run out too early. For example, if a caterer has been commissioned to do small chops for 300 guests. They should ideally start by frying for 150 guests so that they have more for later.
8) And finally, prepare for the attitude you will invariably get when you tell some guests that certain foods are no longer available or not immediately available.
There you have it, a coordinator’s helpful guide to serving and pleasing what I can only describe as a nation of foodies.
Gone are the days when guests turned up to weddings with toasters and china to present to newlyweds as their wedding gifts. With the advent of cohabiting, couples tend to have already furnished their homes and so don’t require the traditional starter home gifts. These days, it is more common for invites to say “we request monetary gifts”, “contributions towards a store gift list” “vouchers” or more simply “your presence is enough of a gift”. We have come up with interesting and creative gift ideas, big and small for the less traditional couple…
Contribution towards honeymoon
This is becoming an increasingly popular notion for financially savvy couples trying to save money
Mr and Mrs Pillowcases
It’s unlikely they’ll receive 2 of these, making your gift a memorable one
An experience day
This can be as wild as jumping out of an airplane or as relaxing as a couple’s spa day
If you know the couple very well, you can be different and buy them tickets to the theatre or a show that you know they will appreciate/enjoy after their honeymoon.
Most homes these days tend to have a bit of artwork in them so if you know their taste or have visited the couple’s home, buy them that perfect piece.
This could be anything…crazy, quirky, irrelevant, funny, personal, if you can think of it, then give it.
What other non-traditional wedding gift ideas can you think of?
This week I’m focusing on stationery. Moodboard Monday is all about the different designs we’ve showcased on the blog in the past. Which one is your favourite?
Lish & Lou Bespoke Stationery
Brittany Wong via Pinterest
Southern Weddings Magazine via Pinterest
Another trawl of Pinterest inspired this week’s Moodboard Monday theme. I saw the blue and gold church and fell in love. It’s just stunning! Who wouldn’t want to get married here? As I was searching for images I came across various blue and gold table design ideas and thought I’d showcase the different things you could do with your table, using this colour scheme. Let me know which one you like best loves.
jacquelyn thompson via Pinterest
Mercede Kuykendall via Pinterest
7 Centrepieces via Pinterest