Marriage depends on the couple who decide to be with each other till their last breath. Hence, they discuss with their family members and their parents schedules a suitable date for the couple to get hitched. The Pre-wedding traditions in Africa are different from many other countries. According to the saga, two separate celebrations are moving on. One from the bride’s team and another of the groom’ s club. Close family, relatives, friends, and sometimes people you had never met are there in the list of invites in the ceremony.
Usually, the wedding dinner of the bride takes place on Saturday, and one of the Groom takes place on Sunday. Only after Sunday’ s ceremony, the bride goes to the house of the Groom, on Saturday, they still sleep in their respective homes.
The close family of the Groom is there on the bride’s ceremony and vice versa. Usually, the number of people is odd from 7–11, because once at the service the Groom or bride will count, and the total number of the invited people should be even. Even figures show ( also part of the tradition) that from this day on, the couple will always be together.
How Lively The Pre-Wedding Traditions Are?
Usually, the wedding is very lively. People dance and interact with each other a lot. Initially, there is a sort of protocol for traditional dancings. For example, if the uncle from the mother’s side would like to dance, then only from his family are allowed to enter in the dancing. (Today most people would come in any dancing, without giving too much importance to this)
It has to be plenty of food and drinks as a sign. The host of the ceremony shows his generosity for the wedding of his/her dear ones. In case something will not go on as planned, gossiping after service will be familiar.
The last plate before the desert (roasted meat in typical African way) is essential, and it has to serve even if the guest can not eat anymore.
More On Ceremonies
The weedings(I will call weddings because there are two ceremonies) last until morning. And people will not stop dancing until it is over. A full enjoyment, joyful family gathering (you will also meet people who are living abroad for a year and are back just for these weddings).
The wedding itself should be small and simple enough that nobody, including the couple, is overly stressed about the whole thing, and that it doesn’t break the budget of anyone involved.
Ideally, also, it should be between people who do love each other and are ready to get married, according to their own beliefs rather than anyone else’s. If their respective families can also come together gracefully, or at least without undue drama, so much the better.