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Ceremonies are cancelled, postponed or scaled down – Event Planners

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The recession the country is battling is having multiple effects on so many people. As much as Nigerians love to party, the habit has drastically reduced. Event planners have had to wait endlessly because events are being postponed because of recession.

ENCOMIUM Weekly sampled opinions of event planners on how recession is affecting them.

 

‘People are postponing their event’ – BLESSING EJUOJO AGELI – (Event Village)

BLESSING EJUOJO AGELI

BLESSING EJUOJO AGELI

Do you think people are scaling down parties because of the economic situation?

Yes, it is true. Even people who have money are afraid to spend it so that eyes won’t be on them. Prices of food stuffs have gone up and clients don’t want to accept that, despite the fact that they are buying the same thing from the same market.

It has affected patronage as well, people are shying away from staging events. There are jobs I was supposed to have done that they have kept on postponing because of cash crunch.

Even when they stage events, it is strictly by invitation. If you don’t have an invite, you wouldn’t be allowed into the hall.

What advice do you have for clients so that they can have a classy party despite recession?

It still boils down to funds. Clients need to cut down on their guest list, invite only families and few friends.  Plan something not too elaborate.

 

‘You don’t have to invite everybody’ – ELOHOR AISIEN

elizabeth elohor aisien (3)Do you think people are scaling down parties because of the economic situation?

Oh yes, a lot of events and parties have been cancelled because of the economic situation of the country. This is the time we are told to save for the rainy day.

People would analyzise things before planning their parties now. For us event planners, the exchange rate is also affecting us a lot. We bring things from outside the country, so, most people are forced to look out for locally made items for their work. It is also good for us here because we are able to develop our local brands.

What advice do you have for clients so that they can have a classy party despite recession?

It is about cutting your budget and your crowd. We don’t have to stage that party where we show off or invite everybody. A lot of people do that often, they make their parties a show off. Just have a party with your own friends and family.

 

‘Don’t spend so much on events again’ – ADESUA OGBEMUDIA (Dewhitesparkles)

Do you think people are scaling down parties because of the economic situation?

In some cases, some people are reducing the number of guests, they don’t spend so much on events again. For some, they are still sparing no cost to stage a beautiful event.

It is also true that parties are strictly by invites. I don’t agree that vendors serve people they know alone. Most vendors don’t even know the guests at the event.

What advice do you have for clients so that they can have a classy party despite recession?

Cutting down number of guests at parties. It is better to explain to your guests than to invite them and they wouldn’t have food to eat. No guest would like that.

 

‘Instead of inviting 200 guests, invite 150’ – IJEOMA MARK ABI

IJEOMA MARK ABI

IJEOMA MARK ABI

Do you think people are scaling down parties because of the economic situation?

Yes, it is true, people are scaling down parties. I am also affected. There are parties that have been postponed because of recession. One was even cancelled. Some were shifted.

People now attend parties based on invitation, if you are not invited, bouncers are at the entrance to throw you out. Some have cut down on their list. Instead of inviting 800 guests, they invite only 200.

What advice do you have for clients so that they can have a classy party despite recession?

People should prioritize their needs. Parties are now for the rich, it is no more for pleasure. They should scale down their list which would reflect in their budget. Instead of inviting 200 guests, invite 150.

 

‘People are scared of staging parties’ – ADEBUSOLA KAREEM

Do you think people are scaling down parties because of the economic situation?

Yes, people are scaling down events because of the recession and high cost of things. Patronage is so low, people are scared of staging parties now because of the high cost of things. So most people keep postponing events or make small quantity of foods, drinks a smaller event centre and others.

These give event planners so much stress. Meanwhile, I would have sold aso ebi to so many people to generate money but I was not able to satisfy their guests! In fact the difference is just too much, about 60 percent reduction.

What advice do you have for clients so that they can have a classy party despite recession?

Yes, clients can still stage a classy event with low budget by reducing the number of guests, which will reduce the cost of food and drinks. Capacity of the hall needs also to be considered and lots more.

  • SHADE WESLEY-METIBOGUN

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