100 Latest Wedding Aso-Ebi Styles and Designs for Women (2019)

You’re either preparing to attend a Nigerian wedding or you’re a bride looking to choose aso-ebi fabric and colour combos for your friends and family. Or, maybe you just want to add a new style of dress to your stash. So, you’ve bought your ankara or lace fabric and now looking for the perfect dress style to have your trusty tailor sew for you because you just have to serve a style you’ve not worn before?

We’ve got you covered – check out our curated collection of pictures of some of the most stylish wedding aso-ebi styles you can wear to any occasion and stand out.

For a wedding guest, finding a hot outfit to wear to a wedding is a lot easier when you see pictures of aso-ebi styles and designs you can show your tailor (for what to sew for you). Press play on the video beloe, to see the latest aso-ebi styles for Nigerian wedding. 

>>Play the video above to see all the aso-ebi pictures


Why Nigerian Women Always Search for the Latest Aso-ebi Styles

Every stylish Nigerian or African woman, prefers cut-and-sew (custom-tailored) or couture outfits because she just wants her own dress to look different from the mass-produced ready-to-wear outfits or English-ready-made-dresses.  To some, especially, non-Nigerians, this may be a good or bad thing, but that’s just how fashion-savvy African women are wired.

At many Nigerian weddings, friends and family of the celebrants are required to show solidarity, or better still, identify their closeness to the bride and groom by wearing outfits in coordinated fabrics and colours.

Imagine how a gathering would look like if every guest was wearing the exact, same fabric (colour and pattern) and all sewn in a similar design?  Well, that’s why female Nigerian wedding guests are always looking for new dress styles and latest fashion ideas, in order to stand out in the sea of sameness called wedding guests’ aso-ebi.

After looking through all the stylish wedding guest aso-ebi styles featured in this post, you can’t run out of ideas of what to wear when invited to your next Nigerian wedding.

Our wedding guests’ aso-ebi styles gallery 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.

photo: women wearing brown aso-ebi and gele
Photo by: Fola Lawal (Nigerian wedding photographer)

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).

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  1. Hi! Thanks for the good work. I have decided to use baby blue, red and gold as the color of my day (for my wedding), the bridal train wears dark blue but the problem now is colour for the ladies of the day, I can’t figure out the color for them… Mothers of the day will wear red and white,
    What color of dress and igele do you suggest from blue, red and gold that will cause color riot. Thank you

    • Hello Juliet, good to know your wedding aso-ebi colour combination choices.
      From your question, looks like you meant to ask “what colour combo will NOT cause colour riot?”.
      Dress: Wine or Red | Gele: Gold OR
      Royal blue or Ono-blue dress and Gold coloured gele OR
      Champagne Gold dress and Red Gele; OR champagne-gold blouse and Red Skirt/ wrapper PLUS Red Gele.
      Hope that helps.

  2. Please am preparing for my traditional and white wedding, what color can I combine… My man is dark while am chocolate in colour

    • Hi Juliet, colour tastes differ from person to person – some hate red, another likes red as their best colour. >When choosing wedding colour combination, one way is to start looking at the types of colours you like to wear in your everyday life. >What’s your best colour(s)? Build your wedding colour combo around your best everyday colours.
      >You can easily decide on a combp from looking… SEE other people’s wedding outfit combos, and choose the one(s) that appeal most to you. SEE outfit colour combos for brides and grooms on Instagram, Pinterest and websites like this, BellaNaija, NigerianWeddingBlog and others.

  3. Evening,am having my wedding soon thinking about some color combinations Burgundy for the groom,til green and gold for the bride coz I don’t want him to wear black suit and how can I design my head gear and brucay abt this three combination thanks. waiting for your reply

    • Hello Temitope, for the bride’s colour scheme that you’ve chosen (Teal Green and Gold), any of these would combine well as a THIRD COLOUR: white, cream, coral, soft gray, navy blue, pink, brown, soft gray.

      Hope that helps (sorry for the late reply).

  4. I’m planing to visit my father in-laws for the first time, what and what do I do. can go alone or with a friend.

  5. Bless U ma for all d videos..have picked some ideas from there but I have 2/3questions ma….1—My Colour combination is Royal Blue nd golden yellow.my Asoebi ladies are 6in number,I am charging them for Cloth/Gele nd sowing(is dis right)???? 2nd question is almost similar:—My other female friends who can’t afford Cloth/Gele/Tailor, How do I go about their needs??? Am I to sell same fabric of my 6asoebi ladies to them or get another material for them??? 3rd question is about Me–I am Yoruba nd spouse is Edo,we will be dressing in my Yoruba attire for Engagement, but I want to wear the Edo Attire during d reception, Can I have a pix of what to wear???thanks a lot ma,I await your reply

    • Hi Betty,
      1) Your chosen aso-ebi colour combination is good. Both colours combine beautifully.
      2) It’s okay to do 2 outfits on your trad wedding day – one for your Yoruba attire and the Edo attire of your groom’s people. Many people do it that way. You can find outfit style pictures of Yoruba brides here and here, AND style pictures of Edo brides here.
      3) Asoebi should not be forced on people – making it optional is better. Let those who can afford it buy, and others wear whatever they have.
      >My suggestion for your friends that cannot afford your asoebi is that you can make buying asoebi optional for them, because if not, they may not feel they are welcome to your wedding. So, if you really want them to come, inform them that they are free to wear their own non-asoebi outfits. Well, unless you don’t mind them being absent.
      4) Another option is Gele-asoebi to those who want. Make it optional for those who can.

      I hope the above thoughts help you.

  6. I’m getting ready form my traditional and white wedding, how do I combine colors like red, gold, sea green

    • Hello Favour. Congrats on your upcoming traditional wedding. Here are some combo ideas:
      -Red and Gold for Bride: Gold top/ blouse and red wrapper, red Scarf/ Gele
      – Sea Green and Gold: Sea Green wrapper and Gold top/ blouse, with gold scarf/ gele, AND coral beaded necklace

      Soon, we would come out with a detailed post on Nigerian colour combination ideas – check back to see when it’s out.

  7. Alade Abosede says

    Aso ebi is d best oooo

  8. Hi,

    Is it tradition for the brides friends and family to wear one colour and the grooms friend and family to wear another colour but both sets of friends and family to wear the same headtie? Or should both sides wear a different colour head tie?


    • Hello Tolu, the norm is to have one way or colour to identify each family side, whether it’s by Gele or by outfit – it’s your choice to decide. Any way is okay.
      Some people choose to have everyone wear same outfit colour BUT differentiate each side by the headtie or fila (cap) colour. Some choose to have each family side wear different outfit colours, and different or same Gele/ fila. It’s the bride’s choice that determines.

  9. I need to change my wardrobe to Nigerian style residing in south Africa Limpopo , where can I get you stylish cloths

    • Hello Jane, the usual thing we do here in Nigeria is to buy a fabric, then show your desired style to your local tailor and ask them to sew the dress style for you. That’s what most of our readers are doing with Nigerian styles we feature here and I know that South Africa also has some very good dress makers and fashion designers. So, bookmark this page and when you get to your tailor, show him/ her your best style(s).

  10. Donna rall says

    I am an English lady and have been invited to an a wedding. Their colour is red and gold …can you help me please? I am a size 24 UK. Many thanks. I need this outfit by next week.

    • Welcome here, Donna, and thanks for commenting. Red and gold is one of the most popular Nigerian wedding guest (asoebi) colour combo. You can find styles to choose from by looking through our wedding guest lookbook here (click). Once you find something you like, show it to your dress-maker/ tailor to sew for you (s/he would make your dress to your UK size 24).
      Hope those tips help. Enjoy the party.

  11. I am a young Zimbabwean mum who loves fashion and residing in South Africa.Nigeria women I am in love with your fashion.My wedding will be Nija style.Well done to the nija websites.

    • Thanks, Nokuthula. I’m sure you’ll look very pretty wearing a Nigerian traditional wedding attire (because Zimbabwean women are gorgeous). I look forward to hearing about your wedding and seeing the pictures to feature here, if you like 🙂

  12. olajide olayemisi says

    sorry ma is it possible 4 bridal trains 2 wear the colour of the dress of the chief bridemaid as thier shoe and also chief bridemaid to wear the color of the bridal trains as her shoe.

  13. Ms Yemisi Adigun says

    I Am A Moderator (Alaga Ijoko/iduro) for Introduction/Engagements. Can You Choose Asoebi Colour With Gele/beads To March? Is There Any Price For That, Payment I Mean? I Like Ur STYLES. GOD BLESS U

    • Hi Yemisi, welcome to our Nigerian wedding blog. Thanks for your feedback and for your question. Of course you can match your asoebi fabric colour with your beads-necklace and Gele – that is naturally what everyone or most Nigerian women do. *I am not sure what you are asking price for.

  14. Please, how do i save a picture style from your look book?

  15. Well done for d features stella,how do i go about sending you my new lookbook.

  16. Ur combination is perfect,fire on.

  17. I see only ur styles on almost all d recent catalogues. Good work Mrs Nkechi

  18. Thanks for recommending NHN Couture!

  19. kasandra askins says

    hi do you know if that blue bridesmaid dress or fabric with the fans is still available please send me an email. thanks

    • Hi Kasandra, thanks for asking. Any good Nigerian dress-maker or fashion designer can sew that blue bridesmaid dress for you. You can contact Mrs Nkechi of http://nhncouture.com (via their website) – she sells fabrics and also makes perfect Nigerian-style outfits (aso-ebi) for weddings. We’re a magazine website (not a fashion designer/ tailor) but we are very happy to recommend good wedding service professionals to our readers.

  20. Aso ebi is d best

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