Google Nigerian wedding and see what it brings back to you. CNN, BBC has said it all, but hey Nigerians are fun loving people and we would never hide that fact, we love our weddings, parties etc and we can go to any length to make sure our guest are in it with us too! Nigerian wedding traditions would leave a long lasting impression on any and everyone, Nigerians or non-Nigerians. Nigerian wedding traditions incorporate many old wedding rituals, be it in the Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba ethnic group. Nigerians love and respect their wedding traditions, customs and rituals very much, and will do anything to safe guard and keep it going forever. Generally the customs and the tradition vary from one region to the other. In some parts of Nigeria there is an engagement ceremony, done mostly during the week days like Thursday and Friday, no one knows why that is, but we guess it’s because it’s more convenient, and usually held on the evening before the wedding day. Engagement ceremony is a time of festivity and fun where family and friends of the couple come together to meet each other, show their support, drink colas, eat nuts and be merry. During the ceremony, the officiating elder sips a cup of palm wine and can invite the bride and the groom to do the same. The officiating officer is generally the speaker who transfers messages between two families. After the engagement ceremony the bride goes to her father’s house to make preparations for the final day. The groom’s family pays a bride price consisting of traditional clothes, shoe, bags, jewellery, some food items etc.
In traditional Nigerian Yoruba Weddings, the bride and groom generally wear the aso-oke. These include decorative coral-beaded headpiece, necklaces coral-beaded ankle bracelets and necklaces. On the wedding day the bride and the groom go to the church to be wed, wearing suitable outfit such as the wedding gown and suit. The bride is generally accompanied by her father. On the night of the wedding there is a grand party. After the party the bride returns back to her father’s place and waits for the groom. The groom together with his family come to the bride’s house and claims her. After that the bride and the groom goes back to the groom’s house.
Traditional music and food are inseparable part of Nigerian Wedding Traditions. On the wedding day there are often live band performances, and DJ as well. People sing and dance and enjoy all throughout the night. In some areas of Nigeria, especially the Northern parts, beautiful henna designs are done of the hands and the feet of the bride. In many places the elders of the family helps to bathe her before the wedding day. The Nigerian wedding traditions are endless, we can’t write it all. So stay tuned for more updates, and if you have any view kindly share, we are open to growth & development!