Weddings always seem so perfect when you see the photos and edited videos; particularly when you’ve invested in a great photographer & videographer in order to show the best clips and memories.
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But there are so many hilarious behind the scenes and bits we never hear of. I was looking through my Instagram recently when I stumbled on the only video my sisters made while in the car on the way to the wedding! It reminded me of the behind the scenes and I thought I’ll share with you some of mine!
1. Nail Salon Drama
I was never really a fan of getting acrylic nails so it was one of those things I pushed till the last minute thinking the salon will be open till late. It was the Friday before the wedding and at about 6 pm when I tried to get into the nail studio only for the attendants to say that they had closed for the day! I panicked. “No way, you can’t have closed” I need to get my nails done. They didn’t budge. I stood there and finally blurted “it’s my wedding tomorrow please I need to fix my nails!” After a long wait, someone finally had a change of heart and said:“okay Iyawo* we’ll attend to you”. The thing is for some reason I was already de-stabilised so I didn’t like the initial colour of nail polish. I ended up going to another salon at about 11 pm to simply change the colour!
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2. Late! & Driver Disappeared
I already shared how getting dressed with my friends and sisters was one of the unforgettable moments at our wedding! The consequence of that was that we spent way too much time. To make matters worse, halfway my hair stylist informed me that she had previously accepted another appointment to style another brides hair. So she had to go there and then come back to me. There was really nothing I could do but wait. That took about an hour or more. When she returned, lots of rushing! And when we were finally ready to get out the driver could not be found! Thank God for photographers who agree to drive you and for fun videos we can make on the way.
When I got into the church, the ceremony had already started and I didn’t have my grand entrance. It’s a good thing I never really dreamt of a grand entrance else I just may have been shattered. Tee was also already seated and the sermon had begun. I know he was wondering if I’d developed a last minute cold feet (haha!), but people were telling him not to worry that I’ll turn up! Well, I did. After enduring the tougher months of our long distance relationship and student days, I wasn’t about to not turn up to enjoy all the better days ahead!
Unfortunately, being late meant that I couldn’t really use the personalised message banner in this post that the husband had made. I’m so sure I’ll never hear the last of the fact that I was late for my own wedding.
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3. Groomsman Stuck in Brazil!
Apparently, one of Tee’s groomsman was stuck in Rio! He had travelled to watch the Nigerian team at the World Cup games and was supposed to arrive in time for the wedding. But I think his flight got delayed and he couldn’t make it as a groomsman. He did make it to the end of the reception though! So that explains why we were kind of one person short on the Bridal train!
4. I didn’t Eat Small Chops
What’s a Nigerian wedding without small chops*! So imagine that I didn’t eat any. We arrived at the reception venue and while still in the car requested for a plate of small chops each! Before I could even take a bite into the hot puff-puff we were asked to make our way into the hall. One thing led to another and I totally forgot about the small chops. When I remembered much later towards the end, we received the sad response that it was all gone! The next day, the very kind vendors provided us with three trays full and I ate to my satisfaction. But it still doesn’t take away the fact that I didn’t eat small chops on that day! I’m not even sure which people will prefer. Not having small chops or not having great music and dancing!
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5. Too Tired for Heels & Makeup
You know how you have it all planned out. I planned to change to a second outfit with matching heels. But when the time came, I was way too tired. Thankfully I had a pair of flats that could very well do the job. I was also supposed to touch of my makeup but also couldn’t make out the time. I later realised in the photos that one of the faux eyelashes had started coming off! Oh dear.
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Anyway, I’ve heard of people’s cakes crashing and makeup artists not turning up at all. So maybe these weren’t too bad. It’s a good thing we can look back at this and laugh.
Being super organised and having a wedding planner will definitely help tie loose ends but ultimately there may be a few glitches beyond anyone’s control! Don’t sweat the small stuff – the marriage is always more important than the wedding!
Did you have any hilarious moments or have you witnessed any?
Share with us!
pS: You all said you loved these wedding related posts, so I still have a couple to share. Maybe after that we can talk about the traditional wedding – haven’t really touched on that. Let me know your thoughts.
*Iyawo – Yoruba word for new wife
*Small chops – Nigerian style canapes that’s absolutely amazing. The highlight of it arguably being the Puff Puff – deep fried rounded balls of dough. If you have not, you have to try it!
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TRAVEL WITH A PENDecember 8, 2016 at 07:01
Nobody says ‘No’ to the bride! Thanks for sharing these BTS moments.. PS: How late were you, anyway?!
Kachee || KacheeTee.comDecember 8, 2016 at 16:57
Hmmm. About half an our oh. Don’t worry I’m covering my head in shame!
Damilola BusariDecember 8, 2016 at 23:29
I was 15 minutes late to mine as well o. The funny part… I got there before my husband! Boy! That got me upset. I didn’t want us branded as ‘the couple that can’t keep to time’. But God helped us calm our nerves. The choir kept on singing till he arrived and even afterwards. Interestingly, the ministers didn’t start the service till it was about 35 minutes past the time it was originally meant to start. I doubt anyone even noticed/mentioned our lateness.
Omowumi OguntuaseDecember 8, 2016 at 09:53
Mehnnn I can relate ooo! I was my friend’s Chef bridesmaid a month ago and I have never seen her so restless and upset! She cried almost throughout, I think it was nerves because she’s usually so calm. Then things just kept happening and we couldn’t even take pictures in our matching robes then we were late to church because the car developed fault and we had to switch, then after church they stole one bridesmaid’s new phone so we couldn’t take a good group picture and don’t let me even get started on the reception (she cried again) and I had to feed her small chops during the dance so she won’t faint. Oh and I ruined the zip on her reception dress, she almost had my head LOL. I learnt a lot that day and I think I’d take a pill of calmness on my wedding day because I’m naturally hyper and worry too much. It was fun later though and we partied till night!wumituase.wordpress.com
Toluwalade Toyin-KehindeDecember 8, 2016 at 12:05
Lmao girl.. Better feed her them small chops fast 😂😂
Oluwatoceen!December 10, 2016 at 13:05
Lool Wunmi, I can imagine. I almost burnt my friend’s reception dress. Thank God for the frills and layers.thatinternist.wordpress.com
Paula Olaitan BenedictDecember 8, 2016 at 10:56
hahahaha @faux eyelashes had started coming off …. not so bad after all….But wait, you got to church during the homily?? wow!
Kachee || KacheeTee.comDecember 8, 2016 at 10:58
I did oh. I did. Way too shameful!
Toluwalade Toyin-KehindeDecember 8, 2016 at 12:03
Lool why we’re you late to your own weddingggg!!!? That hairstylist sha.. And the lashes oh dear, hope it wasnt too obvious 😅😅 I’m going to have to start my sleep from the morning of the previous day because I need that wedding entrance hahaThe main thing is you had a great time!!Toyinwithfashion.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comDecember 17, 2016 at 18:01
Girl! The lashes I hope were not too obvious as I only noticed them when I saw the photos.You’ll have that wedding entrance biko!
NengiDecember 8, 2016 at 13:03
I was almost late as well. I probably should have done Pinterest because I forgot about 1001 things. I didn’t even have a robe and because I wasn’t getting dressed in my house it was super difficult. I remember a friend had to give me her gown, lol! All I remember about the small chops at my wedding was that we paid for them! I don’t even remember seeing them! Everyone says they were yummy though.So many funny moments in retrospect, especially at my traditional wedding!
AbbyDecember 8, 2016 at 13:24
Oh wow! You were late to your wedding?! hahahahahahahha.How come they did not wait for you though?Btw that hair dresser needs to be caned seriously! Hope you deducted part of the money -__-
Kachee || KacheeTee.comDecember 8, 2016 at 16:56
The Priets say the Catholic Mass is greater than the wedding. So we can’t keep people waiting! Lol.I was too made at the hair dresser tbh – especially as she didn’t mention before hand. Paid her in full sadly. Lol
Goodness-Mercy WemeDecember 8, 2016 at 15:58
Hahahaha….late to your wedding?? Reminded me of what my colleague said, according to him his pastor said ‘if a bride comes late to her wedding, he would join the groom with the Bible…end of ceremony.’ Hope it didn’t happen that way.
Oyindamola AbbattyDecember 8, 2016 at 17:04
It’s so easy to plan things but be unable to do them all. Even if you didn’t wear heels or touch up your make-up, I’m sure you still looked beautiful. I can so relate with you not eating that small chops. I remember when I was 7 and I fell sick on my little brother’s naming ceremony. I couldn’t eat fried rice and the next day the rice was already spoilt. I’ve eaten lots of fried rice since then but still can’t get over not eating that particular rice, lol. Thanks for sharing, Kachee. Now you’ve got me day dreaming about my own future wedding drama.The YC blog || Bloglovin’Being Thankful For The Little things
SogieDecember 9, 2016 at 10:57
Late for your own wedding 😂😂😂, if my father hears this I’m sure he would say it’s something i can do lol. I can imagine how Tee felt waiting for you. That hairstylist is not correct, and please i rather not eat than have a bad dj at my wedding. The Dj would do a practice reception with me and some of my friends first if it’s like that. Cos any music i don’t like is not allowed at allItsdivadiaries.com
BababiDecember 9, 2016 at 21:56
Okay i can’t even laugh at the fact that you were late to your wedding. Lateness makes me unhappy! 😑For my wedding i wanted a really small event. So i somehow convinced my parents i wanted it on a Monday so that people would just go to work and let me have a small wedding in peace. That didn’t happen. At the church, the Pastor said “wow you must be so loved because you need to turn back and see how crowded the church is for your MONDAY wedding”. I should have been unhappy that my plans failed to have a small wedding but i was really honoured to see all the people who gave random excuses to be away from work just to turn up for me.That’s the only thing that didn’t turn out how it was planned.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comDecember 9, 2016 at 21:59
I’m sorry! I really didn’t plan to be late. Things happened.Monday though! Not even Thursday. Lol. I agree with the Pastor – you are loved!
TamieDecember 10, 2016 at 17:01
This is my dream!! A Monday morning wedding!
BababiDecember 10, 2016 at 17:49
Hi Tamie, you can make your dream come true.
TamieDecember 11, 2016 at 06:03
It would gladden my heart a great deal if our families would agree to it. Brought it up with my mum sometime ago and she looked at me like I was speaking Greek.
BababiDecember 11, 2016 at 08:11
Oh i had alot of resistance at the beginning. Family, colleagues and even the church wondered why i wanted a Monday wedding. However, i was insistent and I eventually had my will. The traditional was on a Sunday and the church wedding was on the Monday that followed.
Uju AyaloguDecember 9, 2016 at 23:51
I think it’s actually very funny how you went to another acrylic nail salon by 11pm to change your nail color.When i get married, I definitely want to wear my natural hair out. Might probably not wear makeup. I don’t wear it regularly anyways and I feel it would look so incredibly unlike me. I fully intend to get small chops and food at my own wedding. There’s going to be one at our table and as for the music, why do you think I’m compiling a Wedding Playlist Suggestions on my blog? My deviation from the norm, one that I hold incredibly close to my heart is the Peaceful, Happy Marriage suggestions box. Basically, I plan to have a box where married couples only can drop their tips for a happy, peaceful and loving marriage. Perhaps I’ll have another for singles too. And then I’ll create a mural of all the suggestions, tried and tested later on.Nice flashback post Kachi.http://insearchofperfecthai…
Bubu GreenDecember 10, 2016 at 10:41
Hahaha. I can totally relate. I had my own share of glitches, I know I’d share it some day on my blog. I dreaded being late to my wedding so I stayed in a hotel close to church. However, I attended one recently and the couple was late. Then the bride arrived before the groom. Suddenly the groom’s best man who’s a Nigerian celebrity, showed up to tell the officials that the groom is ready to come in but some people thought he came to convey a bad news. Cos prior to that time the groom’s phone wasnt going through.The groom finally came in half way into the ceremony. There wasn’t any grand entrance for both groom and bride. The priest made a joke, that he thought he wanted to witness “African Magic stunt” on the groom absconding especially after seeing the celebrity. But they slayed fashionwise. So that’s why it’s good to invest in couture and photography cos seeing those pictures, It was picture perfect. Missed your blog. Had to take a needed break. Soar higher, gurl!www.bubusboulevard.com
Joy EhonwaDecember 10, 2016 at 11:35
We need the small chops please. Who dance epp?
Kachee || KacheeTee.comDecember 13, 2016 at 16:03
As in! But some people are apparently saying Dance. Hahaa
Oluwatoceen!December 10, 2016 at 13:01
Lool. Kachee, you do not look like a latecomer especially to your wedding. My pastor will just start the service, he says it all the time. Do not come late and no breasts out.lolYour hair stylist though,you allowed her to go? Ah, Lailai! I won’t oo,my inner bridezilla will come out.Please I am team good music over small chops. I want turnt party. The Gbedu must burst bread #inreekados voice. I don’t even think I will be able to eat. In all the weddings I attend as bridesmaid, I do not even eat, just drinks,so I doubt that I will even eat on my big day. But hopefully, I can have both small chops and great music.Most important is the marriage Union not the wedding ceremony sha. Let’s get our priorities straight.Another awesome post Kachee aka Magic touch! Lolthatinternist.wordpress.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comDecember 17, 2016 at 18:03
I know. I’m sorry!Ok now, I want small chops. I guess we can have both.lol@ magic touch. You flatter me Zikora! Thank you
Live In IbadanDecember 10, 2016 at 19:57
awww…sowie oooo. So weddings are this stressful. I pray a flawless one though. Yours still ended up being beautiful and yes, the marriage is the most important.www.liveinibadan.blogspot.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comDecember 17, 2016 at 18:00
I pray you’ll have a flawless one too!
Moji AjibonaDecember 13, 2016 at 06:48
Loool…I agree with Oluwatoceen. You don’t seem like a late comer to anything. Good music over small chops any day. Who small chops epp? I never would have allowed the hair stylist to go oh. I would have just fainted from the anxiety of waiting, Lol. Nice read Kaachee. Can’t wait to ready your other wedding posts.http://www.howmojistyledit.com10 Fun and Budget-Friendly Activities for the Holiday Season
Kachee || KacheeTee.comDecember 17, 2016 at 17:59
Hi Moji!Long time. Lol @ fainted. I couldn’t be bothered too much – what point? We used the time to take some photos. But then I got really upset when she was late. Oh well.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comDecember 17, 2016 at 18:00
Hahahaha. It didn’t happen that way!Thankfully I was still joined to the Groom!
Tshiko MwangiMay 14, 2018 at 09:50
What do you mean the ceremony had already started? They did not wait for the BRIDE to arrive? Is this a Nigerian thing? In my country,Kenya, the church will just withhold the deposit as a penalty for lateness but the ceremony will ONLY begin when the bride has arrived.