Marriage in African traditions is a union between two families, not just two individuals. Thats why an engagement ceremony, which is often also a dowry (bride price) payment ceremony, is very important. Those ceremonies bring together the whole family, and allow each side to get to know each other.
What is the African traditionalist custom at wedding?
The wedding ceremonies of Swazi and Zulu traditionalists involve elaborate rituals aimed at ensuring the future cooperation of the ancestors of the bride and groom. Among them is the practice of slaughtering an ox and attaching gall bladders to the brides head.
What happens in an African traditional wedding?
During the ceremony, a bride and groom have their wrists tied together with either a Kente cloth, string of cowrie shells, braided grass or decorated rope. With their wrists joined together, the couple says their vows in front of the officiant who ties the knot and confirms their commitment to the marriage.
Why would someone wear a black wedding dress?
Black: Black is often looked upon as an eerie color—and an odd choice for a bride. Black can also be a color of elegance or class (such as a black-tie only event, and black evening gowns). Black also represents power, sexuality, sophistication, formality, wealth, mystery, depth, and best of all, sheer style.
Is it rude to miss the wedding ceremony?
Sure! If youre not invited to the ceremony [source: Miss Manners]. Thats really the meat of the issue; a formal invitation is not a choose-your-own-adventure arrangement. You better believe that if you confirmed you would be attending the ceremony and reception, it would be incredibly rude if you didnt show up.