Things To Consider When Planning An African Wedding
An African wedding is always a huge event at which all family members, friends, colleague and all loved ones come together to celebrate your love for each other. And what makes it a huge event is the two families coming agreeing to become one while you and your husband or wife to be say yes to one another for the rest of your life.
A traditional African wedding is not like the western wedding where you and your partner agree to marry and then go on to plan your big day by yourselves without the concern of your parents or family elders. Here the marriage customs have rules and laws abiding to them.
If you are of African ancestry but not close to the culture or have no idea about how to plan your traditional African wedding, here are some few things for you to consider.
Which culture do you affiliate yourself with?
There are over 3,000 native African languages and with them also same amount cultures. Every African belongs to a specific culture, with traditions and rules/laws governing them. When getting married, this rules or laws come in usage. So unlike in many other cultures in the world, you can’t just get up and get married with following any of these rules or laws. Your marriage will be considered invalid.
Here are some few things to consider when getting married the African way:
First, those of us living in the diaspora with little or no connection at all to the cultures on the motherland will need to do some research.
Secondly, Get to know the various cultures and find out which one we like best. One can also do the DNA-Test to find out in which culture ones roots lies.
Thirdly, get in touch with the some members of that culture for support. They will then help you with all information about their marriage culture.
Fifthly, Dekornu Wedding Magazine is always available for helping planning, getting in touch with local people and finding vendors for traditional African weddings all over the continent.
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