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12-tier cakes and VIP toilets: Inside Nigeria's lavish wedding industry

By Milena Veselinovic, for CNN
updated 8:37 AM EDT, Wed August 6, 2014
CNN's African Start-Up talked to some of the ingenious entrepreneurs wanting to get a slice of Nigeria's wedding industry cake. Click on the flashing icons below.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • In Nigeria, it is not unusual to see 1,000 people attending a wedding
  • The industry has given rise to a wave of new start-ups
  • From wedding planning schools to VIP mobile toilets, CNN profiles businesses getting in on the action

Editor's note: Every week, African Start-Up follows entrepreneurs in various countries across the continent to see how they are working to make their business dreams become reality. Reading this on mobile? Go here.

(CNN) -- If inviting a couple of hundred of your nearest and dearest to your wedding sounds like a big gathering, then you are probably not getting married in Nigeria.

The country's extravagant celebration culture often sees up to 1,000 people coming together to toast the happy couple at a lavish party whose every detail has been meticulously planned months in advance.

Now, a wave of new startups is looking to tap into the booming industry and provide services especially tailored to the needs of the country's large-scale marriage celebrations. From wedding planner schools to VIP mobile toilets equipped with flat screen TVs, CNN's African Start-Up profiles six businesses which want to get a slice of Nigeria's wedding industry cake.

Illustration by Jason Kwok and Inez Torre, CNN.

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