Before Nigerian brides-to-be choose a groom from among the several hundreds of eligible men in Nigeria, they make sure that they have studied some of the basic information about marriage in Nigeria. This is because many things depend on the details of the wedding such as the venue, the number of people being invited and even the attire of the bride.

Most women in Lagos wear western-style clothing when going for a Nigerian or foreign-born man’s wedding, but there are also other traditional African dresses in Nigeria, especially among the poorer women. In addition to this, some African brides prefer not to wear their hair in a messy up-do; instead they opt for a simple, up-do only.

Before choosing a person from among the hundreds of eligible men in Nigeria to be their life partner, they first decide what kind of wedding ceremony they would like. There are many types of African weddings in Lagos:

  • traditional,
  • Muslim,
  • Christian,
  • Biami.

Traditionally

A Muslim wedding ceremony is characterized by an exchange of the couple’s hands or a ring and vows recited by a Muslim minister. The bridegroom will then cut his wedding hair and tie it up with a knot while his bride walks down the aisle accompanied by her parents. After the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom take each other home to start a new life together.

Christian wedding

A Christian wedding in Lagos usually involves a church bell ceremony, which is when the bride and groom light the large brass bell inside the church for their wedding day. The couple then walks hand-in-hand to the newlyweds’ new house, where a family member or a close friend would hold the bride’s ring. After the couple’s parents accept the offer, the bride and groom hold each other’s hands as they walk to the newlyweds’ new home. The bride then cuts her wedding hair and ties it up with a simple knot in front of the family member who will hold the ring. The couple then walks away from the venue, taking their rings with them.

If tradition is what you’re looking for, a Nigerian bridal wear for the occasion might include crepe fabrics, tulle, satin, Georgette, chiffon and netting. These materials are available in various weights and can be dyed in any color to match any outfit. Tulle and Georgette fabrics are both draped over the body and held with straps, which come in a variety of colors and lengths to coordinate with the bridesmaids’ dresses. Chiffon, on the other hand, is draped around the bride and is often worn in more formal attire, although you may find some African American or Native American brides wearing it casually too.

A religious ceremony will always have a ceremony ring, which the bride carries, usually gold or silver one, on her finger. Usually this goes on before the wedding day to signify that she is being married according to the teachings of her religion. Wedding fabrics and garments for an African American bride vary, but the ring is very much part of the ceremony and never goes out of style. Sometimes, the rings are covered in precious stones such as diamonds and pearls.

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Wedding Dresses in Nigeria

A Nigerian bride can choose from dresses that have elaborate embroidery and embellishments, skirts with interesting designs, long full skirts, halter neck tops and even off shoulder dresses. These African American dresses can also have accessories like headpieces, pearl necklaces and even barrettes.

Many Nigerian brides choose to wear traditional African American headpieces called “berimbangas” which come in many forms such as African rhinestone beads, wooden beads, Swarovski crystals and even Swarovski pearls.

Today there are many online sites that offer great designs and prices for these African American headpieces, making them affordable for everyone. Many of these websites also offer more conventional and traditional African American dresses for an African American wedding.