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What Happens At A Nigerian Traditional Wedding

Yoruba traditional wedding cap fitting by bride Eventigo

What to expect at a Nigerian traditional Party

It’s no news that Nigeria is very rich in cultural heritage which is very diverse. You have the three major tribes which are Yoruba, Hausa, Ibo. We also have Efik, Tiv, Edo culture and several others. The traditional wedding is an avenue to display this rich traditional culture among friends and family especially in an extravagant way.

As with most Nigerian weddings, you are sure to have guests that are not known and were not invited (popularly called Mo gbo, mo ya – literal translation is I heard, I came).

Let’s start!

TRADITIONAL ATTIRES:

traditional wedding attire, Debola williams and Kehinde wedding
From BellaNaija

Oh my gosh! This is one of the high points of a Nigerian traditional wedding. The couple are dressed in traditional attires representing their tribes. In a situation of inter tribal marriages, couples usually have 2 different attires each representing their rich culture. The parents of the couple are also usually extravagantly dressed with the best of their culture fabric carefully selected so that you can easily recognize them in a crowd as the parents of the couple (our mothers are especially guilty of this).

TRADITIONAL FOOD

ofada rice
From Dream Africa

Where do I even start from? There can be no Nigerian wedding without Nigerian foods and I’m not talking about the famous Nigerian Jollof rice (that’s a staple at parties) but the traditional meals representing the culture of the couple getting married and their families. You can expect to have food like Amala on point, Gbegiri, Ewedu, pounded yam (Iyan), Ofada rice, Efo riro for the Yorubas; Ofe-Nsala, swallow, Abacha (African salad), Ukwa (African breadfruit) for Ibos, Tuwo, Masa, Miyan Geda, Suya for the Hausas. This is definitely not an exclusive list.

TRADITIONAL MUSIC

At a typical Nigerian traditional wedding, you would have at least a life band because they can entertain us according to our traditional heritage. How do you want the songs from High life to Afrobeat and everything in between they’ve got you covered. With your live band, they can adjust easily to the happenings of the wedding, hailing special guests and family, money spraying, keeping a very lively atmosphere with their jams.

spraying money at a Nigerian wedding, happy couple traditional wedding
From Owambe Community

PLENTY OF FOOD

We love FOOD and at the core of this is our hospitality. You can expect to get a lot of food with plenty options at a Nigerian traditional wedding. It shows we love and care for you.

P.S: At a traditional Nigerian wedding, you may need to be friendly with the caterer and “aunties” so that you get food and souvenirs but with a good wedding planner like us (smiles), you don’t need to do that because everything is extra organized.

Traditional weddings are always colorful, fun and many times extravagant with lots of family members and friends.

What do you love about a traditional Nigerian wedding?

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