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I'm having a Nigerian/Caribbean (Guyanese) wedding on 8 September 2007. We would like to reflect both of our cultures on our day, e.g food music, clothes etc. To represent my culture we will both change into traditional Nigerian outfits for the reception party. We are also looking into hiring African drummers/dancers to perform at our reception party.

Are there any African brides out there? If so what cultural aspects (if any) will you be bringing to your wedding day?

Tubs x


  • Hello, although from Jamican parentage having a British type of all in one wedding/reception in a hotel, so nothing really cultural there except the guest. There were lots of posts around this topic at the start of this forum. try the search the site box, much easier than reading through 20 million posts, good luck
  • Hi I am getting married in August. My wedding will be a Nigerian/Japanese wedding. But to be honest it will lean more towards the Nigerain side. Having Nigerian food.
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    Hi I am getting married in August. My wedding will be a Nigerian/Japanese wedding. But to be honest it will lean more towards the Nigerain side. Having Nigerian food.

    Hi brown sugar I'm african from ghana, i'm not getting married yet but I'm engaged in the traditional sense hope you know what I mean, to my partner who is white british. can i be nosey as ask how you met your japanese partner sounds like it will be a very interesting wedding. I find the culture from the far east very interesting.
  • Quoted:
    Hi I am getting married in August. My wedding will be a Nigerian/Japanese wedding. But to be honest it will lean more towards the Nigerain side. Having Nigerian food.

    Hi brown sugar I'm african from ghana, i'm not getting married yet but I'm engaged in the traditional sense hope you know what I mean, to my partner who is white british. can i be nosey as ask how you met your japanese partner sounds like it will be a very interesting wedding. I find the culture from the far east very interesting.

    Hi Bevvy

    Sorry what I meant was I am part Japanese/Nigerian but my fiance is Nigerian.
  • Hi Brown Sugar, will you be having any entertainment at your reception? My cousin had African dancers perform at her wedding, they did a very good job of getting people to join in, it was good fun.

    Bevy have you set a date for your wedding?
  • That sounds good! I will be either having a yoruba band or a dj that can play yoruba music. I will wear the white dress till the end of speeches. Then dedicate about 2hrs for traditional (changing to the nigerian outfit/spraying etc) and then for the last part of the evening change into an evening dress so I can get my groove on(R&B etc) properly with my friends.
  • Hi all nice to meet you. I'm nigerian and i'm having my Traditional wedding in Nigeria in July it'll be over two days the traditional ceromony will be in the Village then the reception will be the next day on a golf course next to the River Benue..(fingers cross) all goes well i'm really looking forward, it's going to be a mixture of cultures My partner is Yuroba and i'm Tiv. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas especially for the reception. like centrepieces, colours table decor and so forth and anything and everything...image
  • MadgeoMadgeo Posts: 13
    Does anybody know a Ghanian High Life Band please?

  • njadivanjadiva Posts: 148
    Hi ladies

    im a newlywed, i got married in nigeria and it was great!!!!

    Im planning my 1st anniversary party here in London next year. If i can be of any assistance let me know xxxx
  • Hi Diva, it would be great to hear about your wedding! Did you have a traditional as well as church wedding?

    Am getting married in uganda this july, can't wait! going to have a party in the village week before wedding, then the wedding ceremony in Kampala, the capital city, and reception in a hotel at the shores of lake victoria- i think it'll be great!
  • dessyukdessyuk Posts: 7
    hi guys,i'll be getting hitched november in nigeria,the whole traditional and church ceremonies will span over two days,but really going crazy over having the wedding i want,and the one my family wants.but all in all, i've chosen mint green and gold has my wedding colours,the bridesmaid will be in green dresses with gold shoes and accessories,while the guys will have on green shirts with a mixture of gold and green tie with black suits,flowergirls in gold dresses and black shoes,what do u guys think?
  • Hi Ladies,

    Great to find this post!

    I'm Nigerian (british born) getting married in Sputy East London onSeptember 8th 2007, my partner is Yoruba, I am Urhobo, so we'll be having an urhobo traditional wedding on September 1st at my parent home in London, then after our church wedding on the 8th I'll be doing simlar to Brown Sugar and changing into trad (yoruba) during the reception for some serious spraying image

    Hopefully we'll be able to find a decent Yoruba band for the reception...does anyone have any ideas???

    Also will be serving a Nigerian wedding breakfast to tie in all the other cultural apsects of the day...

    Wedding part 3 will be in Nigeria in December, another big reception hosted my ,husbdands parents for all the friends/family in Nigeria that won't be able t otravel for the wedding here.. this will be in Lagos just before NY Eve...

    I am VERY VERY excited though lots to plan, my colours are ivory, deep red and gold, so bridesmaids will have deep red dresses, cream/ivory rose bouquets and gold accesories, groomsmen will wear morning suits with ivory waistcoats and deep red cravets, my dress is ivory, and will hold a deep red rose bouquet and my H2b will be in an ivory suit too with deep red cravat and rose buttonhole... going for the regal luxurious kind of vibe as the venue for reception is very grand, high celings gilt etc etc...

    At the moment all i' m thinking is wedding it is crazy...anyone finding it difficult to get any work done!!

    Best of luck to evryone with all their plans, look forward to sharing some ideas!

  • Chic83Chic83 Posts: 11
    Hi I am a Ghanaian an I am getting married in Ghana, God willing, in December. We are both Ghanaians.
  • fapohurefapohure Posts: 26
    I am yoruba, marrying an igbo guy. I will also be having african dancers and drumming. Changing into both styles in tribal outfits. Im trying to acoomodate both cultures in food, clothing and music really.
  • fapohurefapohure Posts: 26
    Can anybody recommend any reputable expereinced Nigerian caterers?

    Can anybody recommend any reputable venue decorators? The one I thought I had has disappointed me.
  • fapohurefapohure Posts: 26
    Mrs A- to be,

    Try Yinke Ekundayo, Im using him or the Solek crew.
  • oguchieoguchie Posts: 41
    Hello All. So glad to be in this room. My fiance and I are nigerians, getting married in August. I am supposed to be meeting the dress maker for the traditional outfits this week, however, I have not decided on the style i want. I was thinking about using Aso Oke material but don't know which style. Does anyone know where i can go to research trad styles? Help please, as I only have 4 weeks to go.:\?
  • lraymonduklraymonduk Posts: 20
    There are a lot of Nigerian magazines, that feature a loads of pictures of Nigerian Trad outfits. Now people make a lot of modern western styles with trad material. For my wedding the bridesmaids also sewed aso ebi, we went to a Nigerian tailor based in London

  • Hi, i'm a Ghanaian bride getting married in london, do any of you know of any good reasonably priced caterers specialising in Ghanian foods??
  • Hi, im mixed-irish/jamaican, but my h2b is ghanaian(born british but grew up over there and returned in late teens). When we first started planning we looked for venues that would allow you to bring your own caterers, but they either charged pretty much the same as it would to have them cater, wouldnt allow it, or were social club type venues and we wanted something nicer.

    We are compromising now and having canapes that reflect our cultures- soda bread and butter for my irish, bun & cheese for my jamaican, and kele wele for his ghanaian. We will also be making little booklets about the places our families come from (dublin, st thomas, accra & takoradi)to put on the tables so that guests that are not familiar with our cultures will know a bit more by the end of the day.

    I also considered changing into ghanaian traditional dress, but as a plus bride (im normally on the big beautiful brides forum) i think ill be that in love with how good i look in my dress i wont want to take it off-ever, ive already told h2b im sleeping in it, so the consumation will need to wait till the next day, i'll want to feel like a beautiful princess for as long as poss.

    I've spoken to my h2b about getting a hip life dj, but he's told me he'll deal with all that. My mum's hiring a ciedhl (irish band), but my h2b thinks getting an african dance group in is taking it a bit far, he said if we do we need to get some bashment and some yardie dancers!!-but i dont think many of our guest would approve, well the men might but they'd have to act like they didnt or get a good beating from their other halves! He could have suggested a good soca group or steal band, but it has to take it to the extreme!

    I've not ventured onto this forum before, but i might pop in again now and again. Good luck with all your wedding preparations

  • Hi

    I am Ghanaian and my h2b is Nigerian, we have tried to incoperate both cultures in to the wedding, whilst still having an English element. We are having african dancers perform in full costume, also an african buffett for the wedding breakfast. I am also using the Kente cloth around the wedding flowers and will jump the broom in the church.

    His parents dont yet know that I dont plan to get changed in to tradittional costume as my dress cost way to much and I love it and I want to wear it all day. That conversation with them is not going to be fun.

  • nuttyenuttye Posts: 111
    Hi unorganized,

    I'm a born-and-bred Londoner/Nigerian, and my h2b is Ghanian. What's 'jumping the broom'??

    Nothing's finalised yet, but I imagine I'll be wearing the wedding dress, traditional Nigerian outfit AND traditional Ghanian on the happy day - hadn't really considered not wearing all three.

    I tell you what though, I understand what you're saying about the wedding dress; I'm having mine made, and I reckon it'll end up costing about a grand!!! I don't know though; on one hand I'm only going to wear this pricey wedding dress once, I'll love it and will feel like a goddess in it and so may not want to take it off. On the other hand, I actually love Kinte cloth and am thrilled to get the opprtunity to wear it. I think its important too as a symbol of me going over into my h2b's culture/people/etc.

    Decisions, decisions... :\)

  • Hey Tubby C,

    I know i'm like a year late on this post, but my situation is quite similar to yours. I'm Nigerian/English and my H2B is Guyanese!. We are getting married on 20th September 08 and i'm trying to incorporate all our cultures into the day. We're having the traditional yorbuba engagement ceremony on the thursday before, so all the family travelling in can attend both weddings. It will start off with the marriage ceremony and end with the guyanese Kwei-kwei.

    For the Saturday, we'll have a very English church ceremony and the reception will be quite Nigerian, with a Naija DJ and a Menu that reflects both our sides.Its just hard to tie it all together without it turning out to be a mumbo-jumbo of things!
  • 141Bash141Bash Posts: 500
    I am white British and my H2B is British born African-Caribbean so we are having a mix of different cultures at our wedding! I am having a big old meringue wedding dress and he is wearing traditional African robes. We are marrying in a church and having gospel singers before the ceremony, then Mozart choral music during the service. We are also going to jump the broom just before the "you may kiss the bride" part! At the reception we are having Caribbean food and a traditional Jamaican rum wedding cake, and our first dance is to the Jamaican reggae/ska song "I'm in the Mood for Love". I have found some brilliant cake toppers - a blonde-haired bride and a black bald-headed groom. They are the same ones recently used at Wilhelmina's wedding on "Ugly Betty"! I am ordering them from an American website as you can only buy white bride and groom cake toppers in the UK for some bizarre reason. I actually emailed Confetti to ask them why they don't sell black ones and they gave a rubbish excuse that their supplier doesn't sell them.
  • Hi I am getting married next feb and have ordered my toppers from because I have seen my friends model of a blonde girl and a afro-caribean groom, that looked really life-like, honestly they are great, and the lady who makes them does them to match whatever you ask for..outfits the lot. They are quite expensive but I reckon its something nice to keep as a momento, so I am having some. I think I can get a photo of them if you want to see how they looked. Justine.8\)
  • KayaukKayauk Posts: 170
    I have been looking out for you, because I to am also a Ghanaian and I am also marrying a Nigerian and I wanted to get some tips on the way you did things. I hope to hear from you soon

    [Modified by: Kaya1 on September 12, 2008 09:18 AM]

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