Elohor Elizabeth Aisien and Betty Irabor in the interview agreed that London has become a wedding destination choice for super-rich elite Nigerians
Popular wedding planner Elohor Elizabeth Aisien of Prive Luxury Events and Genevieve Magazine founder, Betty Irabor recently had an exclusive interview with Eamonn and Ruth Langsford - hosts of Channel 5 documentary : 'How The Other Half Lives'.
Aisien and Irabor in the interview agreed that London has become a wedding destination choice for super-rich elite Nigerians.
These wealthy couples could blow a fortune on their weddings, spending up to '£100,000 on a designer wedding dress to £150,000 on alcohol and £475,000 on diamond jewellery'.
With London's biggest hotels such as The Dorchester, Landmark Hotel and Claridge's booked as wedding venues by planners for as high as £12,500 exclusive of catering and VAT, for the upper class Nigerians.
According to Aisien, Kensington Palace has become another favourite for Nigerians.
Champagnes are served in most of these weddings where over a thousand guests are invited. This means each guest gets a bottle of champagne. Collectively these wealthy families splash over £150,000 on booze.
Wedding guests may get to leave with gift bags worth £6,000 from these elite weddings compared to affluent weddings in Britain where guests are gifted with chocolates.
A gift bag might contain a £345 perfume, a cashmere scarf worth £350 and a £5,000 watch.
According to Daily Mail, here's what Aisien and Irabor said in the interview:
"It is not unusual to spend a million. One of the weddings I planned spent £50,000 just on flowers,
"It's a competition, people want something like "wow, she arrived by plane". The bride wants to look good and wear the best of everything."
"As a result, she said brides will pay around £100,000 for a bespoke dress by a designer like Vera Wang and £475,000 on diamond jewellery"
"The other women want to make a statement, "I wore this diamond, my diamond is bigger than yours", Elizabeth explained.
"They will spend the most money on Champagne as you have two to three thousand guests at a traditional Nigerian wedding and they will get a bottle of Champagne each."
"This means at an average Nigerian wedding, £150,000 will be spent on booze.
And it's not just food and drink lavished on the guests. While at British weddings, attendees may get a token favour like a chocolate, at affluent Nigerian weddings, they will get a gift bag worth £6,000.
Such a bag might contain a £345 perfume, a cashmere scarf worth £350 and a £5,000 watch", Aisien said.