Houston Nigerian Weddings -3 words…culture…tradition…extravagant. That’s how we can describe the celebration and feast that you are sure to enjoy at a Nigerian wedding. Nigerian weddings are representative of economic status, so it’s safe to say “the bigger the event, the wealthier the family”. Since the budget is huge, the occasion will be lavish. You can easily expect 250 or more guests. No worries, there will be plenty of food for everyone.
The Nigerian attire for the bride and groom at the White / American or Church wedding are usually tuxedo and white gown. That can change at the reception or traditional wedding ceremony.
If you’re attending, you may want to check in advance as there can be 3 ceremonies. The families are known to wear uniform formal attire with matching clothing and fabric, known as Aso ebi. The other guests will most likely wear Aso oke, with beautiful colors and patterns representing their tribes. For women, the hair is wrapped in a gele with the same matching pattern.
Additionally Nigerian weddings are known for large bridal parties with close knit friends and relatives sharing in the festiveness.
Decor is always impeccable most Nigerian weddings feature a colorful decor palette and wedding planners put together elaborate schemes to wow the guest.
What you will enjoy the most are the customs of the Nigerian people. At the reception, stewed or roasted meats, like fish and chicken are served. Plantains, jollof rice, soup and fufu are common side dishes. As the festivities liven up with group dances, called the Kukere, Skelewu, and Chop My Money are crowd favorites. All of the excitement and fun make for a memorable celebration. The reception is home to the party. You will see bridal party entrances unlike many other cultures so prepared to be entertained.