Why Illustrations Are Great for Your Nigerian Wedding

Nigerian Wedding Illustrations #MJ2016 Morayo and Jide Lean Kid LoveweddingsNG feat
Jide & Morayo Odukoya | Illustration: Lean Kid

If you’ve followed LoveweddingsNG for a while, you’d know we love art, particularly illustrations, we’ve always gone on and on about how you can use illustrations for your wedding and that’s what this post is about. There are so many things you can do with illustrations. Here are a few ideas of how you can use you and your partner’s cute lovers drawing commissioned by your favourite artist.

1) Invitation Cards

You can get an illustrator to do a sketch of you and your partner and use this on the cover of your invitation cards. This is also a great way to personalise your wedding invitation as seen in the example above from Cheeky Toons.

Wedding Invites | Illustration by Lean Kid

2) Save The Dates

Wedding Invites for a Dubai-based bride. Illustrations by Megan Hess | Instagram. Stationery by Wedding Paper Chic | Instagram
Wedding Invites for a Dubai-based bride. Illustrations by Megan Hess. Stationery by Wedding Paper Chic

3) Wedding Decor: At Morayo & Jide Odukoya’s wedding, they had a huge photo backdrop featuring the illustration below of the couple

We also saw this concept at an event planned and organised by our Dubai-based Nigerian wedding planner, Your Day Our Time. Illustrations were used to identify guests’ seats i.e. there were illustrations of each guest on the tables. Typically, seating arrangements are done using table numbers and a list or table name tags. Whilst this is a great idea, we think this would only work for small intimate weddings where the couple know every single person attending. We’re not sure it’d be ideal for a large wedding especially where guests don’t RSVP.

4) Entertainment: This one’s quite tricky but we thought we’ll give it a go anyway!

So here’s the idea, you know how couples get photo booths to entertain their guests before they get seated for the reception, we also think it’d be a great idea to offer your guests the opportunity to get live illustrations done at your wedding. Just like the picture above, your guests can also take these away as souvenirs from your wedding, which they can possibly frame and use to decorate their homes.

Of course, this would only work if you can get an illustrator who can sketch really fast else you’d end up with long queues, which defeats the purpose.

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These live illustrations were done by Cheeky Toons | Instagram at the Etsy Wedding Fair
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A Sketch of wedding guests – Ebuka Uchendu, Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru & Demuren by Jessica ‘Mz_Chizorba’ | Instagram

5) Thank You Cards: After the wedding, we think the sketch below would look great on the cover of a thank you card to your bridesmaids, for example. Again, it gives you the opportunity to capture each bridesmaids’ personality as seen in the example above from Peniel Eneche.

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Illustration of a bride and her bridesmaids by Peniel Enchill | Instagram

6) Gifts: Whether you’re giving them as gifts to your partner or to your bridesmaids or groomsmen, illustrations are perfect. Are you a bride wondering what to get for your groom on his birthday or just as a wedding gift? or vice versa. Illustrations are perfect gifts and tick all the boxes – unique, creative, personalized... Below is a picture from Morenike & Dayo’s traditional wedding and an illustration by Data Oruwari, which was a gift from the groom to the bride on her birthday.

At Jeremy and Maame’s #RemyMa2K18 Ghanaian wedding, the groom presented the bride with a surprise wedding gift, which was an illustration of the couple.

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Morenike & Dayo received the commissioned piece above as a wedding gift from us | Illustration: Data Oruwari
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Abi & Olivia received this commissioned piece as a wedding gift from us | Illustration: Jessica James
These individual framed sketches were given to bridesmaids as gifts from the bride

7) Wedding Guest Boards: We spotted this carcature guest board at a wedding planned by Mati Gono Events.

8) After Party Cups

Omoh & Ugo’s #RoomAffair19 | Cocktails: Dees Cocktails n More | Planner: YSA Events 

Here are some other couples who used illustrations at their wedding

If you love illustrations like we do, here are a few fab illustrators we found, click on the links below to visit their pages and be inspired!

Find a wedding illustrator here


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