We are all aware of the custom American wedding traditions – tossing the bouquet, something borrowed and something blue, exchanging of the rings and lighting a unity candle. But how many of you are aware of all the other amazing cultures and traditions that are happening around the world?

If you had a chance to catch our Fun Fact Friday last week you may have noticed a silly fact about the Camel dance! In the weeks to come, we will begin to examine all the amazingly unique wedding traditions around the world, so follow along with me as we begin to explore some of the other traditions and enticing culture of the world we live in! This week; Nigeria!

It is said that Nigerians can be a bit over the top, and that is no different with their elaborate weddings. This culture will certainly go the extra mile when it comes to their traditions, style and fashion statements! I once read somewhere that you can’t go to a Nigerian wedding and leave the same way – if that statement doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will!

There are so many traditions and I could literally go on for hours, but here is a sneak peak at some of the most intriguing *in my opinion* traditions of Nigerian weddings:
  • Double Weddings: Nigerian couples will often have two ceremonies, one religious ceremony and one cultural ceremony. It is also said that you will be seeing double at a Nigerian wedding as the bride and grooms extended family will wear the same color or fabric as the entire bridal party!
  • You can certainly expect multiple outfit changes from both the Bride and Groom.
  • Guests lists are primarily nonexistent in the Nigerian Culture! Can you believe that? NO GUEST LIST? O-M-G. Weddings can literally turn into events with hundreds and sometimes even thousands of guests! PARTY-PARTY-PARTY
  • Money is a large part of the Nigerian wedding; As the bride dances, guests will spray money at her as a wedding gift, often large bills too! This tradition is only performed towards the Bride and never the Groom.
  • The food! So much food! And it is often catered by the bride’s mother and friends
  • If you have an older brother who wants to be a bachelor forever, you’re out of luck! It is said that in the Nigerian culture men are not allowed to get married until their older brothers have tied the knot!
  • This is an interesting one! “In the Igbo tribes, the bride’s family give the groom a list of different items as a dowry and if he cannot get every single item, he’s no permitted to marry. This list can include some big ticket purchases like a new car, or some hard to find trinkets like the tooth of an alligator.”

Bottom line, I’m going to need to attend a Nigerian wedding in the very near future!

Stay tuned once a month for our Weddings of the World blog. Where we will take a deeper look into the cultures and wedding traditions of countries around the world!


Photo Credit @slgoetz

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