Thinking of what to wear as a guest to a Nigerian wedding? Read on to see the latest aso-ebi outfit styles that guests and celebrities are wearing to big Nigerian weddings. I’ve got lots of wedding guest ideas for you – whether you’re a guest or a bride-to-be choosing your aso-ebi colours and fabrics. These aso-ebi styles and designs will make you drool – all curated from the very best Nigerian weddings. For a wedding guest, finding a hot outfit to wear to a wedding is a lot easier when you see a gallery of these latest aso-ebi styles and designs to give your tailor ideas of what to sew for you. Now watch the asoebi wedding guest outfit styles in the pictures slideshow video below.
Finding Your Aso-ebi Style is Now Easy
If you’re looking for great wedding guest dress ideas OR if you’re a bride in the middle of choosing your wedding aso-ebi colours and fabrics, look through our aso-ebi lookbook above, and you won’t run out of inspiration for that perfect wedding guest attire for your friends and family. Read on to find out how aso-ebi wedding guest dressing came about and the changes over time.
This NaijaGlamWedding’s aso-ebi lookbook collection in the above video consists of 100 pictures of the best aso-ebi wedding guest dresses, with great emphasis on the best of Nigerian wedding fashion, including the best aso-ebi styles from Nigerian celebrity weddings. The aso-ebi colours, designs, fabrics, patterns and styles are guaranteed to get you inspired for your wedding. Whether you’re the bride, guest or the celebrant’s family member, you are sure to find one, or even more, aso-ebi styles that you will love to wear to any big occasion.
Meaning and History of Aso-ebi in the Nigerian Wedding Guest Fashion
Have you ever wondered where and how did this aso-ebi wedding fashion for guests even start? Here goes… Aso-ebi (pronounced “ashaw-aybee”), is a social culture that originated from the Yoruba people of South-West Nigeria. By direct translation, aso-ebi means “uniform, solidarity outfit of the family”. And, it used to be just that – reserved for the family. An aso-ebi is a uniform outfit worn by family members of a celebrant during an occasion, and it is a way for guests to easily identify the relatives of a celebrant.
So, you can say that aso-ebi is a kind of guests’ ‘identity card’ (literally) at occasions. Wearing of an aso-ebi WAS beyond fashion – it was firstly symbolic – a gesture by the wearers to signify their support and solidarity to the person who is celebrating. An aso-ebi is usually in the form of piece of fabrics and scarfs (for women) or caps (for men).
In the olden days, the main aso-ebi fabric were handwoven traditional fabric, asooke. Today, the aso-oke is one of the oldest Nigerian indigenous fabrics that is still widely worn in and outside Nigeria. The aso-ebi culture is largely responsible for the continuity, spread and innovation of the Yoruba aso-oke and tie-and-dye handmade fabrics. Today, you can find wedding guests wearing aso-ebi in diverse fabrics – there are the lace aso-ebi, ankara aso-ebi and more.
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Wedding Aso-ebi Styles, Colours and DesignsPhoto by: Fola Lawal (Nigerian wedding photographer)
In the old Yoruba culture, while planning her wedding, a bride would choose the aso-ebi (colours, fabric, patterns/ designs and Gele headtie and caps) she wants her wedding guests to wear. Then she purchases several quantities of the aso-ebi, resells them to her guests, with a small profit on top to enable her raise extra money for her upcoming wedding. Out of this money, she also buys ‘thank you’ gifts for each person that purchases her aso-ebi.