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  1. this article was helpful… am a Yoruba lady marrying an igbo guy…. am still having issues with our dressing what I will wear and what he will wear doing the traditional wedding/engagement for us to look good together… I won’t want a dress change

    • thanks for the positive feedback, Bunmi. Well, the best way to decide on what to wear on your wedding day is to look at pictures from the type of wedding you’re planning – look at plenty pictures, note/ mark the outfits that you really like. Places to find wedding outfit pictures include magazines, websites like here (NaijaGlamWedding.com), BellaNaijaWeddings, Pinterest, Instagram. Also, if you want to check everywhere, simply GOOGLE it.
      >Do this for about a week or two, and then sit down and choose your best 10. After that, look at those 10 again, and choose the best 3. Finally, review those 3 wedding-day wears and choose the outfit you like most.

  2. Thanks for the tips,I read through all and its so helpful.. Am an intending Yoruba bride with a Edo husband to be.My Traditional and White is fixed for a Day,so my questions are:-During the Traditional in the morning is it possible to change into 2wears and also cut engagement cake within same 3hours(7-10),while church commences by 10am..2nd question is for d reception,when should d couple change from their wedding gown/suit from church into their Engagement dress wore in d morning????

    • Dear Betty, thanks for the feedback on our Nigerian wedding tips and advice, and congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

      – It is possible to finish up in 3 hours, including cake-cutting. They key is to ensure that your people can deliver – items required at every stage should not be on-the-way, but ready and on the venue early before the start of the event. Also, the MC should be made to stick to time, and not doing plenty comedy which consumes time. >The important people in the trad wedding should be informed to be on time. >>If all those things happen, you can do it in the 3 hours.
      – The time for couple’s outfit change at the reception could be when food is being served to guests (so they are busy eating and not focusing on the couples), or after cutting the white wedding cake.

  3. Emmanuel Chukwuma says:

    My name is Emmanuel. Your article has really been helpful. However, i have two questions to ask.
    1: can Cash be accepted in stead of providing all the items in every category?
    2: If yes, give me a rough estimate of how much a young man like me should budget before heading on this beautiful adventure. Thank you

    • Hi Emmanuel, thanks for reading our tips on what Grooms should know when planning a Yoruba wedding.

      On a rough estimate, you can’t know UNTIL you collect the list from her family (just ask); you cannot make a budget based on á list your friend was given during his own. The only way is to get the pricing from where you live (as price of items are not the same everywhere). *But then, you can make an ESTIMATE to gauge, using our sample Yoruba traditional marriage list here.

      Presenting cash in place of all items in a customary marriage list is considered and insult, and traditionally unacceptable. Going for your traditional engagement empty-handed would make them not welcome you. Why would you do that? If you do not have time to shop the items, have a family member (an Aunt or your mom or sister) or close friend do the shopping for you.

      However, with some pleading, they MAY accept cash only for a few items that you may have forgotten to get, or was very difficult to find. In a case like that, it is better to inform a close family member of your wife-to-be in advance, so that s/he can put in some word for you with their people.sample Yoruba traditional marriage list here

      • Tnx so much for your article, pls I need an answer to dis question which is I am a Yoruba lady about to marry an Edo man pls wat attire will I wear?

        • Hi Funmi,

          You should wear your people’s (YORUBA) traditional wedding outfit. If you like, you can have a dress change to change into Edo wear – but if you like, you can only wear your Yoruba native traditional marriage dressing.

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