Last Saturday I did some spring cleaning & decluttering in my house. After my clean out I counted numerous trays, mugs, buckets, bowls, and jotters – all with names of couples wishing them conjugal bliss. These items were received as souvenirs at weddings that I had attended since July 2017 till date.
This got me thinking, is it possible to stop with the whole souvenirs giving? After feeding and giving your guests a good time for coming to your event. Do you really need to give them a gift to take home with them? Surely a thank you card should suffice right?
We are so used to collecting souvenirs at events in Nigeria that stopping it may seem insulting or absurd to many. If you have been to a Nigerian wedding, you know the struggle for souvenirs is real… You see people pushing and shoving just to get jotters, napkins and bowls and you wonder why???
What is so special about these items shared at parties that make people go crazy? I’m personally tired of receiving souvenirs because it’s the same old items you get. Some of them we use, others just occupy space in the house. So it baffles me to see people rush and hustle for things that they end up just storing up.
I feel bad for throwing them away, so I just keep them & store them up in the house until they miraculously disappear. I’m sure a lot of people like me are fed up with collecting the same old items that it’s bound to be a waste of time & money for the celebrant.
If you attend an elite event you may be gifted with something other than plastic tray & bag. I have heard of phones, alcohol, electronics, rice cookers etc. being handed out. that’s great for people who can afford to do so. But for the majority of people who cannot be dashing out iPhone anyhow, if you must hand out souvenirs at your event, please put extra thought into it. We are tired of plastic tray & towel.
Things are currently hard in our economy, how about handing out foodstuff or toiletries that won’t break the bank. I received Milo at a naming ceremony sometime last year. When they shared it, I was thinking ‘what’s this’ but the day I wanted to drink Milo & realised we had run out of it, I remembered there was one given to me at an event, it wasn’t until then that I really appreciated that souvenir.
Celebrants, try something different this 2018!
ABOUT BUKOLA – TNBO
Bukola Jayeoba Aka TNBO is a storyteller and content creator who moved from London to Lagos. she is the owner of The Naija Brides Outlet. Faced with so many challenges, and contrary to popular belief, she was on a quest to prove you can have a fantastic wedding in Nigeria without breaking the bank. It proved difficult, but by the end of the journey she was able to succeed. TNBO’s pens her experience during wedding planning, post wedding & relocating period.
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