The traditional “customs” of African weddings
When in Rome…do as Romans do!
However, the job becomes harder when you go in Africa, where every country has its own traditions and customs: just like a mosaic, every colored tile is different but equally important.
Therefore, it’s almost impossible to reduce the description of an African wedding dress to one design, because every nation has a very unique identity even regarding wedding bits and pieces.
The many religions and different economical means obviously condition the way the wedding is planned, but one thing remains always the same: it’s the woman the real central focus of the celebration, the element which links past generations with new ones.
The African wedding is then the celebration of women’s role in the creation of any family.
In Ghana, the main colours used for the bride and groom’s dresses are the same one as the national flag. Red, gold and green symbolize the colours of independence; red for blood, gold for wealth and green for family.
In Morocco and Sudan wedding dresses have rich decorations, while those who live near the River Nilo prefer a more “minimal” look, and because they are usually nudists, opt for a shirt skirt of pearls, sandals and feathers.
Because we want to preserve their privacy, we won’t be able to bring you any photographic proof of their wedding attire 🙂