How my destination wedding almost got ruined

Hey guys, how's everything? Merry Christmas, and happy new year in advance. It feels so good to be back, even though I have just been gone for a week. It feels like I abandoned the blog forever. I really tried to blog last week, but the Internet where I was is a mess on all levels. My husband told me to just chill for that week, cos everyone would 'understand' why I missed the post.

So our destination wedding was a success in every aspect... except one. I have decided to do a series of posts about our destination wedding, destination weddings in general, and share a few tips on how to pull one off.




Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent their wishes. Thank you very much for all your comments and kind words. I really appreciate them, from the bottom of my heart.

As for the wedding, we are back from the trip. If I could do it again, I would have had us stay longer... maybe till few days before new year.





The only dent in our wedding was the flight and airline. The wedding took place in Banjul, Gambia (now you know what my Gambia trip in July was about), so we had to fly Arik... the whackest airline in the world. It used to be Aero Contractors, but the went down, and then Arik took the word 'inefficient' to another level. Till now, I and several of our guests haven't gotten our bags, even though we came to Nigeria days apart.

Our wedding retreat was supposed to be from 15th - 18th of December, 2016, with the evening of 17th being the main ceremony, but we lost a whole day's activities when Arik cancelled our 8.45pm flight by 11,00pm, when we had already checked in. We started looking for Arik staff, but guess what, they had all run away from the airport. I had never seen that kind of cowardice in my life. One was left in Arik office but he locked himself in, and refused to come out. People tried to break down the door, but security stopped us, Some hours later, when everyone had gone, he came out, ran away, and left the door opened.

Imagine all our guests going back home that night. Some slept in hotels nearby (spending unplanned money), some went back home, and some stayed at the airport to hijack the next Arik staff they meet the next morning. I kept calling the Arik desk in charge of our wedding, but no one was picking. I ws devastated cos we couldn't even give our guests updates? What does 'cancelled' mean? When should we come back? Tomorrow, next tomorrow?

I mean, busese were already waiting to pick us at the airport in Banjul, when Arik was busy cancelling flights here. The next morning, our guests who chose to keep vigil at the airport were ready to give a showdown if they didn't give an explanation. They promised we would leave 8am that morning. There was so much drama but we were finally able to leave by 1.00pm, after inefficiency was displayed on all levels (even airport security didn't want Arik passengers to pass through security if they couldn't guarantee their planes flying).

We also had to physically guarantee that all our bags were on the plane. Imagine going for a wedding, and all our materials didn't arrive .

We finally got to Banjul around 8.00pm, with a whole day lost from the wedding (our buses were still waiting at the Banjul airport).

Coming back was not any better. Even though the flights weren't cancelled, they were equally messed up. Our first set of guests were supposed to leave by 2.45am Monday, they left around 6.00am. Second set of guests were supposed to leave by 2.45am Thursday, they left around 8.00am, with no bags to show for it in Lagos. Third set of guests were supposed to leave by 2.45am Saturday, they left around 10.00am, with no bags to show for it in Lagos. It's like they keep increasing their inefficience by 2 hours each time. Up till now, we haven't see our bags.

Their staff see it as normal, they don't apologise. their attitude sucks, and don't even dream of a compensation before they start wondering what the fuss is about.

So yes, the first tip in having a successful destination wedding... work with a reputable airline so your guests won't be stressed.

And if you work for Arik, own Arik, or are related to the Arik Ogas at the top, please don't talk to me again... until you disassociate yourself from such inefficiency.

Arik Airways... Ruining lives since 1763.

23 comments

  1. How awful! What an ordeal. I'm sorry you had to go through all that, and hope you get your bags soon.

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    1. Thankfully, we did. The artwork we checked in was badly broken into pieces.

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  2. Aww darling, I'm so sorry to hear. Aero is also messed up. Only God can save us in Nigeria.
    This would have stressed you out on so many levels. I can imagine
    Congratulations again for the success of your wedding, regardless

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    1. Aero actually shut down for a very long time. I heard they restarted operations last month. Hmmm

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  3. Aww darling, I'm so sorry to hear. Aero is also messed up. Only God can save us in Nigeria.
    This would have stressed you out on so many levels. I can imagine
    Congratulations again for the success of your wedding, regardless

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  4. Arik has been a mess lately...at least they moved same day. I got an email for a flight I booked for my CEO staying flight was rescheduled for the next 2 days.

    Congratulations on your wedding.

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    1. Funny enough, they didn't move the same day. I was flying with the guests cos they had cancelled my flight, which was supposed to be three days earlier.

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  5. What a stressful experience!
    Congratulations!

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  6. So sorry Atilola, I meant Mrs Ogey. Lol.
    I read about how Arik disappointed a lot of people this season. Maybe they were overwhelmed. No excuse for the cowardice though.
    Thank God for safe trip.
    Happy married life and congrats.

    Christmas with my second Cousins (plus Lessons, Headache and Naughty Room)

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    1. Overwhelmed? With what traffic? So what should airlines like Delta and BA say? They are simply incompetent.

      Thanks for the well wishes. :)

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  7. Ick, thats terrible. Like, really terrible. Well the bright side is that at least you made there and back safely and were able to say "I Do"

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    1. Yes o. We thank God. The wedding itself was so good.

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  8. O my God! That's so terrible. I wonder what's up with these airlines companies anyway?
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    1. They will keep doing it until there are serious consequences.

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  9. Congratulations!

    Ah they shall not spoil your joy.. i can imagine the brouhaha. Pst Nat is always writing about these people. How can they be made to sit up.. oh well.

    Still congratulations!!

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    1. Amen, thanks. A million devils couldn't spoil my joy. What is Arik?

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  10. This is really terrible of Arik. They're taking their inefficiency to world class standard. So much bad rep. Still Congrats on everything going well. I saw you rocking on insta stories and the pictures were beautiful. HahaHaha

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    1. World class standard is an understatement. It's like they exist to define the word 'incomepetent' on all levels.

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  11. Arik is just something else now. Congratulations babe!!!

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    1. They are serious rogues, Kpschewwww

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  12. Arik is a hot, stinky mess. I haven't had cause to fly with them for a few years and I am glad. I would have had high blood pressure with all the delays. They really don't care and it is a crying shame.

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  13. Wow, Nawa for Arik o, kilode.
    So many people had terrible & negative experiences with them in the summer.

    Tuke's Quest

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