Getting married in Nigeria is a big deal, particularly because the belief that you’re not marrying just that individual, you’ve decided to commit to, but the whole family. So a big fuss is usually made about the whole event. Choosing to hold a destination wedding means you’re ready to go all out to make that day not only memorable for both of you, but also for the whole family. We’ve put together a list of scenic and inexpensive places where you can hold your wedding away from the usual spots.
Yankari National Park Resort
With over 2,000 square kilometers of fauna and flora and four warm springs, Yankari National Park Resort is perfect for a nature-loving pair. Home to different species of fauna like the olive baboon, West African Lion, buffalo, the waterbuck, hippopotamus, and the cheetah, the resort also has within it over 350 species of birds. Not only does it have the largest population of elephants, it also has the Wikki Warm Spring, the largest in the country. Getting married at Yankari presents an opportunity to take amazing pictures, and you and your guests can also explore the park and visit the Marshal Caves, Tunga Dutse, and the Shau-Shau iron smelting works.
Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort
Located in the heart of a lush palm forest, Le Meridien Ibom Hotels offers you and your groom a quiet and beautiful space for your special day. An 18-hole golf course with breathtaking views of nature is a plus, as well as the fantastic, world-class restaurant that offers special rates for weddings.
Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort
To get an authentic feel of the southwestern Nigerian marriage, choosing Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort will be the ideal thing. With a rich history and great photograph opportunities, the resort not only offers affordable rooms for your guests, but you also get a tour of the surrounding forests via a wooden foot bridge that runs through the length of the forest with sit outs that offer both the opportunity to watch nature and once-in-a-lifetime photo ops. The resort is also a tribute to the cuisine of the Ekiti people, with a wide variety of offerings. The warm spring itself is a few kilometers away from the resort.
If you and your partner love fairy tales, the Kajuru Castle is the ideal place to take your vows of happily-ever-afters. Complete with turrets, an armory, and a dungeon, the castle appeared to have been plucked right out of Scotland and planted smack in the middle of Kajuru a picturesque village a few minutes’ drive down from Kaduna. The Castle offers tours and has a spa; it is ideal for a small party because the castle only offers twelve rooms.
Obudu Mountain Resort
Built on the Obudu Plateau, the mountain resort offers a scenic view as you ride cable cars or drive on the winding roads to the plateau. There are over 160 rooms, chalets, and huts for you and your guests, a restaurant rich in sea food, and a water park that offers photo-ops. The hotel also provides guided tours to the surrounding mountains and forests.
Clear Essence California Spa and Wellness Resort
Resort, Boutique Hotel, Eco Hotel
For a luxurious getaway from the hustle and bustle of Lagos so you can have a quiet wedding, go to Clear Essence California Spa and Wellness Resort. This resort is particularly ideal for wellness buffs and their dining is geared towards wholeness and healthy eating. A non-smoking atmosphere, the spa offers you and your guests a whole range of services including whirlpools, spas, body exfoliation, and a whole lot of other products that will make your special day memorable.