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In Nigeria, weddings are a big deal. That's why some couples even take loans just to have a glamorous ceremony(not advisable though).
Moreover, it's an avenue for us to showcase our afro music and renowned jollof rice.

Nigerian wedding

Nigerian weddings are usually colourful, entertaining and memorable. Here is a list of 11 funny things that happen in Nigerian weddings.

1. The bride arrives late


Nigerian brides in most cases are late to their weddings.

Nigerian bride
Photograph by naturalnigerian.com

At times the ceremony would have started before they arrive and when they do? They blame it on traffic or their make up artist.

2. The wedding cake never leaves its position


In Nigerian weddings, the wedding cake is always intact till the end of the ceremony.

Hey, the cake isn't rented😁, it's just reserved for the couple, their family and friends.
Small cakes are passed around during the reception.

3. There's a high table


If you have attended Nigerian weddings, you would have noticed there's always a 'high table'.

The high table is for very important personalities. The best food and drinks are served to them. But definitely, they have contributed something to the wedding.

4. There is always a chairman of the day


There is a chairman of the day in most Nigerian weddings.
Wait, but why?

We don't know, all we do know is that he's usually a rich and respected person. He's the one who gives the opening speech.

5. 'Aso ebi' validates your presence at the wedding

Aso ebi
Photograph: Tolu Oniru
'Aso ebi' literally means family clothes. It's a Nigerian dress made out of materials with similar designs and colour worn by a group of people to celebrate something.
Aso ebi men


If you attend a Nigerian wedding without wearing the 'Aso ebi', not only will you feel like an alien, you might not even get food or souvenirs.

Aso ebi

Hilarious, right?

6. Uninvited guests


These are people who will attend a wedding they are not invited to. They do not have any relationship with the couple and may not know a single person in the hall.

Their aim is to eat.

7. Excessive music


The music in Nigerian weddings can be so loud and overwhelming. But who cares?

Nigerian wedding

The couple are joyous and having fun, some singles are showing themselves off, the DJ and the live band seem to be having a battle of supremacy and then the scientists are busy observing on their seats😁.

8. Every Guest Claims To Be Related ToThe Bride, Groom or Both


It is kind of funny to attend a wedding without knowing the couple or a soul in the hall. In Nigerian weddings, unrelated guests start a spontaneous relationship so as to feel among.

9. Money spray


It's very rare to attend a Nigerian wedding and money is not sprayed. The best part is during the couple dance, almost everyone in the hall is unconsciously compelled to come and shower the couple with minty notes.

Nigerian wedding

What then happens to the money? Usually the couple employs people to help them gather it.

10. The food never goes round


No matter how planned the ceremony is, the food never goes round. One or two individuals would report they weren't served.
Even those who were caught eating on camera would still complain that they weren't served.

11. People take food home


A big indicator of a successful Nigerian wedding is having excess food to serve to the guest.

Nigerians like it when food in take away packs are handed to them.

11 Funny Things That Happen Only At Nigerian Weddings

In Nigeria, weddings are a big deal. That's why some couples even take loans just to have a glamorous ceremony(not advisable though).
Moreover, it's an avenue for us to showcase our afro music and renowned jollof rice.

Nigerian wedding

Nigerian weddings are usually colourful, entertaining and memorable. Here is a list of 11 funny things that happen in Nigerian weddings.

1. The bride arrives late


Nigerian brides in most cases are late to their weddings.

Nigerian bride
Photograph by naturalnigerian.com

At times the ceremony would have started before they arrive and when they do? They blame it on traffic or their make up artist.

2. The wedding cake never leaves its position


In Nigerian weddings, the wedding cake is always intact till the end of the ceremony.

Hey, the cake isn't rented😁, it's just reserved for the couple, their family and friends.
Small cakes are passed around during the reception.

3. There's a high table


If you have attended Nigerian weddings, you would have noticed there's always a 'high table'.

The high table is for very important personalities. The best food and drinks are served to them. But definitely, they have contributed something to the wedding.

4. There is always a chairman of the day


There is a chairman of the day in most Nigerian weddings.
Wait, but why?

We don't know, all we do know is that he's usually a rich and respected person. He's the one who gives the opening speech.

5. 'Aso ebi' validates your presence at the wedding

Aso ebi
Photograph: Tolu Oniru
'Aso ebi' literally means family clothes. It's a Nigerian dress made out of materials with similar designs and colour worn by a group of people to celebrate something.
Aso ebi men


If you attend a Nigerian wedding without wearing the 'Aso ebi', not only will you feel like an alien, you might not even get food or souvenirs.

Aso ebi

Hilarious, right?

6. Uninvited guests


These are people who will attend a wedding they are not invited to. They do not have any relationship with the couple and may not know a single person in the hall.

Their aim is to eat.

7. Excessive music


The music in Nigerian weddings can be so loud and overwhelming. But who cares?

Nigerian wedding

The couple are joyous and having fun, some singles are showing themselves off, the DJ and the live band seem to be having a battle of supremacy and then the scientists are busy observing on their seats😁.

8. Every Guest Claims To Be Related ToThe Bride, Groom or Both


It is kind of funny to attend a wedding without knowing the couple or a soul in the hall. In Nigerian weddings, unrelated guests start a spontaneous relationship so as to feel among.

9. Money spray


It's very rare to attend a Nigerian wedding and money is not sprayed. The best part is during the couple dance, almost everyone in the hall is unconsciously compelled to come and shower the couple with minty notes.

Nigerian wedding

What then happens to the money? Usually the couple employs people to help them gather it.

10. The food never goes round


No matter how planned the ceremony is, the food never goes round. One or two individuals would report they weren't served.
Even those who were caught eating on camera would still complain that they weren't served.

11. People take food home


A big indicator of a successful Nigerian wedding is having excess food to serve to the guest.

Nigerians like it when food in take away packs are handed to them.

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