8. Choose the Aso-ebi Colour and Fabric
What will your guests wear? Decide if you want your traditional wedding guests to show up in Asoebi (i.e. uniformed fabric and colour code for your guests). If so, inform them in advance – to enable them budget for it and also have the aso-ebi clothing sewn in good time before your trad wedding.
You’ll want to see the latest wedding aso-ebi styles for ideas. Usually, brides choose different or same aso-ebi fabric for different groups of people. Popular aso-ebi groupings for Nigerian traditional weddings include:
- Aso-ebi fabric and colour combination for the bride’s side of the family
- Aso-ebi fabric and colour combo for the groom’s side of the family
- Aso-ebi fabric and colour combo for the bride’s friends
- Aso-ebi fabric and colour combination for the groom’s friends
- Aso-ebi fabric and colour combination for the bride’s/ groom’s parent’s friends (you may leave this to the parents to decide and choose if and what they want).
9. Choose What to Wear (Couple’s Attire)
Decide on couple’s traditional wedding attire colour combination and styles for bride/ groom/ aso-ebi, and then book a good Nigerian tailor to sew the fabrics
- Decide on fabric type: It’s best to go with the occasion-wear fabric and sewing style identified with your part of Nigeria. The beauty of a traditional wedding is the show of cultural heritage – embrace yours.
- There are so many suitable for traditional wedding celebrants, but the most popular include aso-oke, lace, George wrapper for bride and grooms from Eastern Nigeria and Niger-Delta.
- One of the best ways to decide what colour and outfit styles to wear as couples is to browse Instagram, Pinterest and Wedding Blogs like here. Save pictures of trad wedding attire you like, and at a later time, narrow down to a few and then to one.
10. Purchase couple’s traditional wedding attire
Buy fabrics for the couple’s Traditional Wedding attire, and arrange with a tailor to sew them.
11. Purchase outfits for the parents (of the bride and groom)
Ask them or plan their outfits on their behalf. If you know they cannot afford to dress to your wedding the way that will make you happy, go all the way to also buy the occasion outfits your mother and father will wear. Most people do this.
12. Book for rental items in advance
Boo rental items including canopy tents, tables, and chairs. Also, book venue decorators for the trad wedding reception. Also, book a good photographer and video coverage person for the day.
13. Book a Caterer or Have Family Members Cook In-House
for the traditional wedding day. Decide whether you want to hire caterers or do the cooking in-house. Usually, the bride’s mom and her friends or her women’s meeting colleagues are happy to do this for free.
If your trad wedding location is in the village, your Aunties will be happy to do the cooking for you. When having the cooking done in-house, ensure to provide them with enough money to buy the ingredients or you can buy the list ingredients yourself and hand to them.
14. Book Vendors
Book vendors – photographer, videographer, MC, DJ and/ or live band, venue decorator, makeup artist, Gele Artist, etc.
- SEE: Latest Igbo Traditional Wedding Songs Playlist
- How to Plan a Traditional and White Wedding Same Day
Your Traditional Wedding Countdown Starts Now…
Many brides feel under-pressure and stressed at some point during their wedding planning journey. For some, the feeling goes away after a while or is on-and-off, but for some, they feel nearly sick. Some of the ways to de-stress yourself include taking breaks in-between planning and asking others to help. We wrote a detailed guide on a lot more ways to handle anxiety and stress during wedding planning.
OTHER PLANNING CHECKLISTS WITH TIMELINE
- 3-Months Nigerian Wedding Planning Checklist
- 6-Months Wedding Planning Checklist
- 12-Months White Wedding Planning Checklist
- Wedding Reception Planning Checklist
I hope the above Nigerian traditional wedding checklist of to-dos helps you plan a beautiful ceremony. If you start planning early, from a few weeks or months after the marriage proposal, you’ll feel less stress close to the date of your trad wedding event.
Did I miss anything that needs to be done before a traditional wedding in Naija? If so, add it in the comments box below.