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Inspiring Story of Sozo and Josh

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I met Sozo around September 2015. My cousin had just come visiting from Abuja to Zaria where I was with my mum. Apparently, my cousin, Eka had come with Sozo and another friend of hers.

I saw Sozo but at first, she wasn’t my kind of girl, looked annoying, had a little bow legs and looked too serious. I think I still had my head up in the clouds so I didn’t see her well.

Well, I came back to Abuja much later and met her again and we became friends. We built real friendship from there.

I thought it was time I got serious with my relationship so I took out time to pray about my life partner. I had conviction and I simply got a ring. On the 25th of December same year, I came over to her and simply slipped a ring into it without her consent.

Well, we were so real as friends, so she laughed and we flowed like that. We grew to like ourselves too much before we fell in love. We simply were so real and true with ourselves.

Around October, we traveled to Jos to see her mum who was battling breast cancer then (we eventually lost her). Well, Sozo and I were with her and I thought it was time to slip the second ring. I went on my knees in the hospital and asked her to marry me in front of her mother after her mother had finished teasing me that I was behaving like an expecting hen when she saw my restlessness before proposing.

Well, we needed to be back to Abuja for an exam and catch up on some programs. On our way back to Abuja for an exam and catch up on some programs. On our way back, just an hour into Abuja at Kagarko, we had an accident.

It was a public vehicle but we three – Sozo, my cousin (the same cousin as above) and I were seated at the back. The driver was a bit unstable and we had warned him. Some minutes after, in the bid of trying to avoid an on coming truck overtaking another truck against our lane, to avoid a collusion, the car tumbled several times and that was it.

Sozo sustained multiple hip fractures which kept me on bed for three months and now better. Cousin had a femur fracture and now better.

But I had a spinal compression on my c5c6.
I underwent a surgery and subsequently sustained a bed sore of 7cm deep and 5cm wide and 7cm long.

I was transferred from National hospital to Zaria teaching hospital.
As soon as Sozo dropped her crutches, she came over to be with me and since been nursing me from January 2017 till date.

Sozo has stood by me till date.. She has been my strength, my courage, my push to keep my will going and she has this unwavering belief that id walk again. She never doubted not once. And I will.

My marvel is her strength. I know God is her source of energy.
Even after her going through a lot, losing her mum, her jobs, her home, she kept her life at a pause, just to help me back up is mind blowing.

If the world celebrates her, I would be fulfilled. She is my light. So I call her “Meira meaning “Light”.

I call her “Oluwatunuminu” meaning “God has given me a soothing relief for my soul”. I love her and she deserves the best.

Getting married to her was a step of faith and a proof of love and God made it a glorious and unforgettable experience.

We trust God that things will and are getting better even as we start a new home despite all odds.

Truth is, life is not about conditions but the positions that we create for ourselves. We may have as well decided to keep looking at the condition and stay sad and discouraged but knowing that where focus goes, energy flows, we didn’t allow our condition determine our position.

So back then in the ICU, I got inspired with a title of a book called “30” (Thirty). It is a gradual collation of simple principles and lessons I picked up surmounting the prevalent challenge I was facing.

I finished successfully and dedicated it at the wedding just as God had shown me back in the ICU.

I really wanna thank you for finding it in your heart to celebrate us especially my queen. My desire is to use this story to bless the lives of people and our generation and the coming ones with the message of love, patience, faithfulness, and help influence them from where they are to where they ought to be.

I’m a speaker and will keep at it till we create the change we all wanna see.
God bless your kind gesture of love and belief in our process.

Photography: Shoebox Photography

Maiden Edition Highlights

By | Magazine, Maiden Edition

Getweded Magazine’s maiden edition has tons of wedding ideas and planning tips to help you plan a wedding that totally matches your personal style. With this maiden edition of what is set to be a game changer, we do hope the contents – articles, inspirations et. al. contained in this magazine brings you many steps closer to enjoying your time from before your ‘Will you/Yes, I will’ moment to achieving your perfect ‘Do you/Yes I do’ day.

We have outlined a summary of some of what the magazine entails! You should download and enjoy it!

Beautiful Wedding Story of  Louisa x Dele

A ‘west meet east’ wedding, crossing cultures and national geographies to hold on to a life time of love, joy and the other nouns we look at when naming the best things in life. Their story is indeed a very inspiring story. 

Snippet:

Getweded: What major culture differences did you both have to deal with while you were still engaged?

Dele: You can’t underestimate how much culture shapes your personality and expectations. I was born and raised in Nigeria, whilst Louisa was born in Uganda but raised in the UK. So ultimately, we have three very different cultures to accommodate. These cultures influence the big and small things from food choices, to the type of programmes we like to watch, and ultimately how we plan and organise our household.

<<READ FULL STORY>> 

How to Plan Your Honeymoon in One Month (by Getweded)

Ok, so, he has popped the question, the wedding bells have been rung, and you’ve said ‘I do’ and now, it’s time for you both to be whisked away to your fairytale land for honeymoon, except, there’s no whisking away to anywhere, because you didn’t plan on time. Amidst the bustle and excitement of wedding planning, you forgot to plan the honeymoon, and now, you are out of time to find that perfect place and apply for the visa. Don’t worry, we are here to the rescue.

Find below a few tips on planning the perfect honeymoon, in less than a month.

  1. Stay local

Many people don’t immediately think of our home country, when they think of a romantic honeymoon getaway, but you’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover, when you open your mind to the possibilities. You get all the fun, without spending as much, and you can be off on a moment’s notice.

Some really nice honeymoon places you can find in Nigeria are:

  • Epe Resort & Spa
  • La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort
  • Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort

 2. Visit Visa Free Countries

If you are out of time but would still like to visit other beautiful countries, consider these countries where you do not need a visa to go.

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9-12 Months Wedding Calendar (by Getweded)

Just engaged? Starting to envision your wedding? Wondering about all the things you’ll need to do and when? Our month-by-month snapshot of all your wedding to-dos will steer you in the right direction.

9-12 months to your wedding

  • Pick your date
  • Set your wedding budget
  • Determine the number of your guests
  • Determine your wedding theme
  • Book Venue
  • Draw up the bridal crew

8 months to your wedding

  • Prepare Guest lists
  • Prepare yourself
  • The wedding dress!
  • Hire a wedding planner
  • Hire more Vendors: Décor, photographer…etc
  • Inform and meet with the officiant
  • Start Planning Honeymoon

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Time is Not Your Foe: What a Desire to Pursue a Masters Program Has Taught Me About Marriage (by Kay Ugwuede)

I spent my year at the pre-science program of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa studying and falling in love. Or, at least I thought that was what it was. It was, really, an innocent awakening of hormones and unexplained increased heartbeats in the presence of a strong-jawed, piercing-eyed popular boy who wrote poetry. It quickly dissipated with time.

I’ve asked a number of close friends and social media acquaintances why they want to get married. Besides the rhetoric of companionship, safe and spiritually accurate sex, procreation and the ‘time being just right’, and this in relation to the construct of a time-keeping society, I don’t hear much about being ready – emotionally, mentally, physically, financially – a state of being that materializes with time.

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4 Budgeting Tips for New Couples (by Getweded)

Dealing with and managing finances as a couple can be done in different ways. There is no one method that will suit every couple. Some may have joint accounts that work with their budget while some have two separate accounts and budget accordingly while others may prefer to have the same account for expenses they have in common but have separate personal accounts for separate expenses. The most important thing however, in spite of whatever approach you take, is how the money is effectively managed. Below are a few tips to help couples with budgeting:

  1. Communicate and Budget: To start out, you need to know out where all the money goes. One financial expert suggests that the couple should keep a financial diary (where every transaction will be recorded) for a period of time; say a week or a month. You can also make use of a spreadsheet to track your expenses, to know where the money is going and what amount is spent on what.
  2. Be informed: Do your research and determine what you want. Whether both of you are privy to finances and what it entails, or either one of you is the financial expert, or neither of you are, doing research will guide in knowing what you want and assist in setting goals and plans for your future regarding finances.

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Single and Waiting (by Toye Sobande)

The other day while on a telephone conversation with a young friend of mine I listened to her aunt scream on top of her voice telling her 28 year old niece “being single is not a death sentence, singles need to wait on the Lord, you need to wait and let the Lord lead you to your spouse”.

If you have been within religious circles for a while you have heard this as an admonition or a sermon over and over again. However I just couldn’t get that statement off my mind and I kept asking myself the question; what does it mean to wait on the Lord especially with regards to dating, courtship and the all-important institutional relationship called marriage?

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Defining your wedding vision (by Getweded)

Defining your wedding vision is an important first step in the wedding planning process. Luckily, we have 10 questions to help you figure it out. So, let’s get started!

  1. Emotional/experiential goals: What do you want your wedding experience to be? How do you want your guests to feel at your wedding?
  2. Wedding Theme: Do you have a theme? Is it classic, vintage or romantic?
  3. Wedding Date: What season of the year do you want to get married?
  4. Color Scheme: What colour combinations do you want for your wedding: floral, décor & attires?

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Wedding Themes: Guide to choosing your wedding theme (by Getweded)

The most important thing about your wedding theme is that it must reflect your personality as a couple. A good wedding theme must also be able to unite every element of your wedding, including décor, attire, cake, food, flowers, invites and so on. Before choosing your wedding theme, answer these questions:

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Choosing your wedding colors (by Getweded)

It is best to choose colours you really love, or can fall in love with, as your primary wedding colour. Then a few other colours that can complement it.

Before you choose a wedding colour,

  • Check meaning of the colour you pick, if meanings appeal to you.
  • Choose a colour that suits your wedding theme

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