Requirements For Court Wedding In Nigeria, Please Help

Hello Aunty, I would be glad if you can make this a post for me please. I am currently not in Nigeria but coming to Nigeria for my Court wedding. I have not attended any before and i know absolutely nothing about it and likewise my beau too but we both know its gonna be 19th of December and we should be in the Country say 7th of December.

Please Aunties and Mommies, how is it done?  how much do they pay at the court, when is
it too late to register, what are the requirements? how long does it take etc So many questions please people help me out.
Your comments and advises sure mean alot to us.

Kate

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  1. You need to give a 21 day notice to the court with yours and fiance's passport photographs which would be placed publicly on their notice board for those three weeks.

    You pay a registration sum of about ten thousand naira or less, I can't remember now.
    On the wedding day, you, groom and two witnesses are expected to arrive early by 8 am for proceedings. You can wear whatever you like but there should be a covering for your head. Come with your rings and if you want to invite more guests, include entertainment and all, that is up to you and oga.

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    1. The 21 day notice is not a strict rule in some marriage registrys.

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    2. its a strict rule

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  2. Anonymous11/20/2013

    Once you arrive Nigeria, go straight to the registry you want to use and make enquiries, they'll give you their requirements. Just relax sis, it's not stressful at all.

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  3. MrsSugar11/20/2013

    No the covering on the head is not compulsory. I did mine in middle of this year. Every other thing Chioma said above is correct. You can go with a bible if you don't want to use rings at the court. I used a bible in court and used rings in church

    I am not based in Nigeria so my sister had to go and drop our papers (including birth cert) and passports at the court in order for the notice to be put up. When we got into the country 3 days before the wedding, we went to the court to sign some papers which my sis was not allowed to sign and collect the certificate of spinsterhood and bacherlorhood.

    We got there that morning at 8 and there was already a crowd. I will suggest you get there earlier if possible as its first come first serve. People get there before the gates open and the guard takes down names on a piece of paper according to how you arrive. They start late though however the whole proceeding does not take up to 30 minutes and you'll be done.

    They will also tax your hubby for "flower" money or "band" money. its about 2 - 3 thousand naira.

    You should wear a wedding gown or corporate outfit. Native is not allowed. I wore a simple gown with a jacket.

    You are allowed to have your own photographer and videographer.

    The place is usually crowded so i wouldn't suggest you go with food and drinks.

    In total, I went to court with 47 people, all family members from my side and hubby's side :)

    I did mine early on a tuesday morning so there was space for the whole family to sit but by 12 ish pm when i was leaving, the place was already very rowdy.

    Will add any other thing I remember.

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  4. Anonymous11/20/2013

    Its very simple, just wear any decent dress, go with 2 witnesses or more, ur passports, birth dertificate, but try and go there d next day as soon as u enter Nigeria and make ur enquiries...

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  5. Get a good lawyer also!

    Just in case...

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    1. Anonymous11/22/2013

      Just in case of what? You wife beater.

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  6. Anonymous11/21/2013

    I'll add here that it is possible to choose ur own date, but u'll have to pay more. I no they do that in calabar registry Oo°˚˚˚°! Don't about others though.

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  7. Anonymous11/22/2013

    pls, i would like to ask if there are registries that are more recognized than others cos most pple use ikoyi registry. mine will be coming up in may next year. would like to know cos i will be using it to process my papers so as to join hubby. thanks a bunch.........

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    1. The only 2 recognised registries outside Nigeria are abuja and ikoyi. The rest are only valid within the country

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    2. Hello Lolade, I am planning on getting married to my Nigerian man in December of this year. I am a US citizen. I was looking online to see if the forms are online so I can fill them out and send them to my husband to be. I will be in Lagos for the whole month. I guess we can wait until I get there and do everything next day I arrive. Is there a way to get all the paperwork ready ahead of time?

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  8. Anonymous11/22/2013

    Make sure you pack money for bribe paying. those registries are a den of thieves. If anything, I think you should do your registry wedding abroad, then come back to nigeria for church blessing

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    1. I didn't pay no bribe for mine. Please stop spreading falsehood.

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    2. Anonymous3/31/2014

      Where and which state did you pay your bribe?

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  9. Anonymous11/26/2013

    The 21 day rule aint strictly binding,u knw!u could meet up wiv one of d ladies workin der n tel ha u want "xpress" n it could b arrangd.u dnt need a head cover or anytin of dat sort,den u go wiv a bottle of wine n biscuit wiv around 15k since its xpress".jst did mine last month so dts dat.Anyway,jst go see em,n dey d tel u wat n wat u need to gt.

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  10. Anonymous4/01/2014

    Ples is skirt n shirt allowed

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    1. You can wear whatever you like.

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    2. BUT, I don't know about bikini o.

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  11. Anonymous7/11/2014

    i m a temporal resident in nigeria, my husband is a permanent resident in USA and not a nigerian too, we would like to do my court
    wedding in a nigerian court pls how is it done ?
    TKS

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    1. If you live in Abuja, go to A MAC registry, if ýou live in Lagos, go to Ikoyi registry. There you will be told what to do ok?

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  12. Anonymous9/08/2014

    Please who did his or her court wedding in Abuja registry lately? I need the requirements ASAP. Your response will be highly appreciated. God bless

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    1. First requirement; Go there with you and hubby's passports. They'll take the passports and tell you what next.

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  13. Anonymous10/25/2014

    please i am a nigerian man and my wife to be is non nigeria what are the document need for our wedding fo it thanks

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    1. Oga, find time to go to the Local government Council and make enquiries

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  14. Anonymous1/30/2015

    I was told that before a court wedding can be conducted you need to come with your traditional wedding picture or certificate to present to the court. Please tell me is that true?

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  15. Anonymous1/30/2015

    Must you conduct a church wedding before court wedding?

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  16. Anonymous6/11/2015

    pls can you do only court wedding nd not do the oda weddings?

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    1. YES you can but, if the lady is Nigerian, let her bride price be paid cos that's tradition.

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  17. Anonymous9/20/2015

    Pls how long is the 21 days.is saturday and sunday also counted? Is public holiday counted too

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    1. 21 days is 21 days. All the days are counted.

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  18. Anonymous9/29/2015

    Pls is court wedding same as registry?

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  19. hello ,I am from Cameroon and my husband to be is currently living in Nigeria (Ibadan) i reside in Canada,we are planning to wed next year.I will like to know if we can sign the court wedding at any local government or it has to be only sign at Ikoyi I ask him to inquire.Please your answers will be appreciated

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    1. You can sign at any LGA.

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    2. The LGAs recognised outsodenjigeria are ikoyi and abuja( in nto aired about port harcourt)

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  20. hello ,I am from Cameroon and my husband to be is currently living in Nigeria (Ibadan) i reside in Canada,we are planning to wed next year.I will like to know if we can sign the court wedding at any local government or it has to be only sign at Ikoyi I ask him to inquire.Please your answers will be appreciated

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    1. Can be done at any Local Government.

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  21. Pls help. My court marriage is on Friday and i need to buy something nice and affordable to wear. Does anyone have any idea where i can get affordable rings and cloths for marriage registry?. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Delphi metals, eternal gems, saint tracy, dresses just google or get something made

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  22. Hello everyone,pls does anyone know where i can get nice and affordable cloth and rings for my court marriage? My fiance and i will be going to the registry this weekend and i have nothing to wear or rings. Your help will be really appreciated.

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  23. Pls help. My court marriage is on Friday and i need to buy something nice and affordable to wear. Does anyone have any idea where i can get affordable rings and cloths for marriage registry?. Thanks in advance.

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  24. Anonymous1/28/2016

    Am a nigerian and my fiancee is british (non nigeria) and we ve been dating for 5yrs now she is planing on coming to nigeria to marry me she just got her tourist visa ...plss what are d requirements and how to go abt d whole tin...tnks

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  25. Anonymous1/28/2016

    Am a nigerian and my fiancee is british (non nigeria) and we ve been dating for 5yrs now she is planing on coming to nigeria to marry me she just got her tourist visa ...plss what are d requirements and how to go abt d whole tin...tnks

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  26. Anonymous2/24/2016

    Pls wen a coutt marriage is done in a registry
    Wat does it mean wen dey say
    It is registered
    Is it suppose to be documented in d system
    Or on der book of records
    Nd finally I wnt to get difference between court marriage nd dat of registry

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    1. Court and registry is the same thing. Is like saying you are not officially married according to the eyes of the law

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  27. Hi everyone, pls is omay if I do my court wedding before my bride price is paid, any implications?

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    1. So far as your parents are ok with it.... and even if they are not... doesn't matter. There is no hard and fast rule. Just be carful not to spoil things before they are cemented

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  28. Anonymous4/05/2016

    Can u register Ur wedding in a State Secretariat different from d state the church wedding is located?.... Pls need a rply urgently..

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  29. Hi friends, please is there any difference between marriage registry done at Federal registra Ikoyi and the one done at Local government marriage registra? Thank you.

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    1. No difference Dalu, same thing.

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    2. yes there is a difference if you plan on relocating to a different country. only the federal is acknowledge internationally

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    3. there is a difference only federal registry is recognized internationally especially if u plan on relocating to a different country

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  30. Please help what if the parent of the bride is against it and the bride is below 20 what should I do

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    1. Parents of the bride are against Registry marriage or against you getting married at all? Ebube please clearify...

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  31. Is der any swearing done on d day of d wedding? Or is it only when doing Bachelor hood declaration that der is swearing

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    1. They usually do oath of "do you take..."

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  32. Anonymous11/06/2016

    Hello everyone, pls can one do court wedding only without other weddings? And how much is the bride price. Also pls where can one get affordable nicve rings and wears. Your response will be appreciated. Help a novice in the house.

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  33. Anonymous11/06/2016

    Hello everyone. Pls can one do just court wedding without any other weddings? If yes, how much really is the bride price. And pls where can one get nice and affordable rings and wears. Your response will be greatly appreciated. Pls house, help a novice sister.

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    1. If all you want is court wedding, it is recognised by the law. That can be the end of it. Affordable tings are eeenal gems or saint Tracy or Delphi metals. Abeg try for the ring sha. Make sure you pay bride price o. Make sure there are pictures of the payment of bride price o!

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  34. The lady's bride price is very necessary if she is a Nigerian.

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  35. Please can Brazil recognized a married certificate from Enugu registry?

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  36. I am US citizen, my fiancee is nigerian. Want to get married in naija. Do I have to be there to start the wedding registry recognized federaly or can he get the process started, then I go down for the appointment date?

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    1. Yes he can get it started in your absence, you join him later.

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  37. Anonymous2/20/2018

    Pls people my fiancee and I are thinking of using ikotun cutomary court in ikotun local government, i will like to know if the certificate also valid for travelling out of the country?

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