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A nation of foodies!

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.


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Moodboard Monday…The Trad

Hello darlings

Today’s Moodboard Monday is a very small nod to the Nigerian culture. Being that I am in Nigeria at the moment, I thought why not celebrate the richness of the Nigerian traditional wedding. This is only a small look and sometime in the future I will do something more substantial on the blog. There are so many subcultures within the one country and we’ll take a closer look. Watch this space but for now enjoy these images.

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Nigerian Weddings via Pinterest
Bella Naija
The Atunbi Experience

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Guest Post: Top Tips for planning your luxury wedding abroad

Simply Kayo loves to plan exceptional events in exceptional venues. We absolutely loved this film set in Dubai.

But aside from the glamour of the occasion we need to bare in mind some tips for getting married abroad.

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and get married abroad – either at short notice or next year then there are a few things you should be aware of first. That’s why we’ve pulled together our top 10 tips for getting married abroad…

1) First of all, do your homework before you go and get your travel agent to shop around for the best deals and destinations for what you have in mind. There are so many options out there that it can be overwhelming but he or she can advise. You might even choose to go with a wedding specialist but bear in mind that this will almost certainly be more expensive than planning everything yourself.

2) Think about hiring a wedding co-ordinator if your chosen resort doesn’t have one. Your co-ordinator can sort out all those special little touches and iron out any issues. He or she can help to organise the necessary legal paperwork before and after so that you don’t have to. It always helps to have someone who speaks the language on-board too.

But, again, just be aware of the costs involved. Some resorts offer a bespoke service just to input when you need them to and this idea is more likely to keep their fee to a minimum. If you’re leaving the marriage license up to them, make sure it’s definitely in their remit and don’t leave it to chance. Also consider that, if you’re hiring an off-site co-ordinator, they will usually need a couple of months’ notice.

3) Hire a translator for your ceremony – it’s a requirement for many places anyway. Sometimes your wedding co-ordinator will be able to do this as part of his or her role.

4) Invest in a specific wedding dress suitcase to protect your clothes during transit.

5) Don’t worry too much about your guests – just give them the date and time of the wedding, where you are staying and a few overnight suggestions before leaving them to it.

6) Don’t sweat the small stuff – invest in a sweat shield undershirt for the groom to withstand the heat. He’ll perspire less and feel better too.

7) Don’t forget your insurance. Find a policy which covers you best and pay the premium. You don’t want to end up stuck at the airport and entitled to nothing.

8) Talk to your travel agent or do some online research to find out whether or not you require a Visa – most good agents will be able to sort this out for you.

9) Instead of trying to arrange music while you’re overseas, compile a CD with favourite songs that will last the duration of the ceremony or reception.

10) Remember to find out about things like minimum residency requirements for getting married at certain places, such as chapels and public or private parks.

And one final thing! Don’t forget to change some currency before you travel!

By Linda Hamilton

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Top 5 Things to do once you’ve said “I Do”

Hello all

Being that it’s Valentine’s week, some romantic guys out there may have popped the question (congratulations :-D). If you find yourself newly engaged after Valentine’s day, here are some helpful tips on the Top 5 Thing you need to do to ease you into bride-to-be mode.

1) Tell your loved ones – no doubt you will be overjoyed to have your rock so do share that wonderful news with those closest to you


2) Set a budget – it is very important to know what you are working with so you know the scale of the wedding and what you can and can’t do


3) Set a date – this will allow you to plan your time


4) Create a timeline – this will give you a detailed breakdown of what needs to be done and when, all to help create that gorgeous day you want


5) Get a team of people you trust to help you – as they say “man is not an island” and you definitely cannot do it alone. Be it hiring a professional wedding planner or enlisting the help of organised friends and family, get a team on board.

I hope our 5 Top tips are useful for you and don’t forget to enjoy your planning period.

Fikayo x

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Simply Kayo Profiles: Lish & Lou

Today marks the beginning of our newly branded Event Supplier Profiles. We present to you Simply Kayo Profiles where we bring you event suppliers whose work we love and respect.

It seems a good day to meet the talented designer behind London based bespoke stationery company Lish & Lou. Having worked with them several times, Simply Kayo can vouch for their class, creativity and grace. The designer and fellow boss lady behind Lish & Lou is mompreneur Damilola Ladeinde. This lady is seriously talented! The pictures below are only a snapshot of the awe inspiring, varied and simply beautiful stationery she has created. From invites to programmes right through to menu cards, they do it. Even if you’re thinking embellishments, sequins or textured paper, they can do it. Lish & Lou definitely deserve pride of place as the very first Simply Kayo Profiles…So now, here’s what we found out about Lish & Lou

When and how did you come up with the idea to start your business?

I’d been toying with the idea of starting a design company for a while. Freelancing had taught me a lot and I wanted to move forward. It wasn’t until a friend of mine was getting married in 2011 and she asked me to design something for her that I knew which direction I was going to take. I had so much fun during that process and through that Lish and Lou was birthed.


What services do you offer?

We offer a complete bespoke design service from beginning to end and even post event. We help our clients to createFS8 a brand for their event that is a complete reflection of their style and personality. That’s on the paper side. For weddings, we also provide design and development of wedding websites if that’s what you’re after. I love the variety we’re able to offer to our clients.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Inspiration can come from anywhere it’s about being open and receptive to see it when it comes. It could be as simple as browsing the Internet or as quirky as something catching your eye on the underground.

What do you enjoy most about designing stationery?

The greatest enjoyment about what I do is definitely the reaction from clients when they receive their goods. It’s my natural high! It makes me feel so good to know I’ve been able to help bring an idea to reality at a significant point in that person’s life.

Describe a typical day for you?

A typical day starts with catching up with emails and responses that have to be done. That will usually take an hour or so. Then I take a wander through the blogosphere and see what’s out there, maybe head over to Pinterest and feed my creativity. Once that’s over with its probably about 11am and I try and get down to some work, physically, because working never really stops. My brain is always churning with the latest projects. I can usually get in a solid 4 hours of work before mummy mode kicks in and I have to get my son from school. My day doesn’t end there though. I go back to work at about 8pm and its in these hours that most of my best work gets done.
That’s my typical day, most days of the week.

Tell me about your favourite item you’ve designed?

It’s hard to pick a favourite. They’re all different and I love them all. If I had to, I’d pick the first. It will always have a RachTolu2special place in my heart. A chequebook style invitation to house all the extra information the wedding required, presented in a white box tied with a ribbon. I’d also have to pick the set I designed for myself, which took months to tie down the design. Once that was done everything else fell into place. A vintage style foil printed on luxurious 540gsm board with the information and RSVP on 350gsm board.

What advice would you give to someone starting in your industry?

Learn your craft! That’s the best advice I could give to anyone. I heard once that time spent developing yourself is never wasted time. Words I try to live by. The design industry changes constantly so being up to date on current processes , techniques and trends are the best way to keep work fresh and inviting.

What are your plans for the future?

There are plans for a personalised range and also to develop the brand both on home soil and overseas. There are a few other exciting ideas in the pipeline which can’t be disclosed yet, but suffice to say the world is for the taking!


Where can our readers find you?

Website is in development, due to be launched in February. Keep an eye on the blog and Facebook page for updates!
Twitter: @lishandlou

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The beauty of Traditional Nigerian Weddings

One of our favourite wedding inspiration sites at the moment is http://www.nigerianweddings.org – we absolutely adore how these weddings and the happy couples are showcased. What do you think? Which is your favourite colour combination?

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Simply Kayo’s Top 13 Wedding Trends for 2013

  • Pop of colour in accessories – shoes, belts 382098_453105938058154_2117846686_n-650x433
  • 1920s, retro/vintage inspired weddings – think romantic, headpieces, beaded gowns, pearls, goldphoto8781
  • Prints and patterns – damask is already a hit, we’ll see more stripes and florals in décor, cakes, bridesmaids dresses, stationery
  • High or top bun – works well with headpieces
  • Straying away from white wedding dresses
  • Following on from the peplum trend of 2012, we’ll see more peplum bridesmaids dresses
  • Mint green – in the décor, bridesmaids dress, stationery, details
  • Champagne – team with different colours to achieve the look/ambience you want – great for winter or summer nuptials
  • Oxblood – lovely for autumn weddings
  • Black details – from dresses to stationery to décor
  • Eye popping cakes – bold colours and the prints/patterns trend


  • Reception area – away from the dance floor and main activity of the wedding – allows you to interact with your guests in a different way with a photobooth, video messages, guestbook
  • A return to elegance – moving away from the DIY and shabby chic themes characterized by the economy of previous years. Think old school glamour, lace, luxurious fabrics, formal receptions


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