Weddings are beautiful, everyone wants to hold a bouquet someday and walk down the aisle with the one they were made for.
As beautiful as this is, wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religion, countries and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of marriage vows by the couple, presentation of gifts, public proclamation and the list is endless.
Although many cultures including Nigerians have adopted the traditional western custom of white wedding with the bouquet, white dress and veil and also the use of wedding rings, but Nigerians still practice their traditional marriage rites regardless.
Nigeria is rich with different cultures tribes and ethnic beliefs. Each tribe has its ways of giving the hand of its daughters in marriage as tradition demands.
Traditional marriages vary from urban and rural wedding where different customs come to play.
In Yoruba tradition- most of the items on the list given to the groom comes with meanings and they are also known for their hospitable receptions.
Nigerians have this belief that the Igbos’ are expensive and getting married to an Igbo lady is expensive while the Hausas’ are less expensive in giving out their daughters in marriage.
The minor languages have their own shortcomings in giving out their daughters but be that as it may, Nigerian traditional weddings are always colourful with different programs and refreshments to go round.
Although, some western elements are now inculcated in traditional weddings, the respect for culture is always alive.
Traditional weddings always begin with introduction; where the groom’s family visits the bride’s family.
Then the engagement follows where everything on the list given from the introduction is bought and presented. Here, the bride price is paid. When this is done, the bride traditionally becomes the groom’s.