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35 Stunning Nigerian Wedding Dresses

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In Nigeria, usually three types of weddings occur: court weddings, church weddings and traditional weddings. These weddings take place at different places and most couples actually do all the three depending of course, on their financial state. Generally, court wedding takes place first, then the church wedding then the traditional wedding ceremony. They are normally characterized by different colors and dancing and music.

Customs vary from one part of Nigeria to the other with the traditional weddings. Like in the Western parts they refer to it as the engagement ceremony. Usually elders and officials drink wine while inviting the couple for introductions and negotiations. Negotiations include presentation of the bride price (dowry), consisting also gift of shoes, jewelry, bags and textile. Then, festivity and fun follows. On the other hands, the Eastern parts of the country somehow follows the same tradition adding a little more activities. Elders from the bride and groom gather into a room to negotiate on the dowry. After this, gifts are presented to the bride’s family then the bride with her entourage of girls is presented to the groom, the groom’s family and to the guests.

Talking about traditional weddings, the following are the top 5 Nigerian traditional wedding dresses.

1. Aso Oke

Aso Oke (read as Ah-Shaw-Okay) means top cloth. These are the dresses woven by the Yoruba men in Nigeria. Men’s aso oke dresses are called agbada. We have to understand that there are 3 main types of aso oke dresses: Alaari, Sanyan and Etu. Alaari are the red ones; Sanyan which are usually brown or light brown aso oke dresses; Etu, the dark blue aso oke dresses.

  • Aso Oke Alaari Clothing

    Aso Oke Alaari Clothing

  • Aso Oke Alaari Neck Sash

    Aso Oke Alaari Neck Sash

  • Aso Oke Etu Textiles

    Aso Oke Etu Textiles

  • Aso Oke Etu Wedding Attire

    Aso Oke Etu Wedding Attire

  • Aso Oke Sanyan Dresses

    Aso Oke Sanyan Dresses

  • Aso Oke Sanyan

    Aso Oke Sanyan

  • blue themed aso oke

    blue themed aso oke
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  • Bride with Blue Gele

    Bride with Blue Gele
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  • couple with purple aso oke

    couple with purple aso oke
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Aso Oke dresses are worn throughout the southwestern part of Nigeria during their weddings. Women’s aso oke garments usually consist of 4 parts: the Yoruba blouse called “Buba”, the wrap skirt called “Iro”, the head tie called “Gele”, and the shawl or shoulder sash called “Iborun” or “Ipele”. Mean typically wear agbada and trousers called “sokoto”.

  • Aso Oke for Women

    Aso Oke for Women

  • Traditional Wedding Aso Oke

    Traditional Wedding Aso Oke

  • Aso Oke for Men

    Aso Oke for Men

  • Aso Oke Agbada

    Aso Oke Agbada

  • Wedding Aso Oke Couple

    Wedding Aso Oke Couple

  • Yoruba Wedding

    Yoruba Wedding

  • couple on dark blue aso oke dress

    couple on dark blue aso oke dress
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2. Ankara

Ankara is actually one of the cheapest traditional fabrics which is made by using Indonesian batik making techniques. It has tribal-like patterns with bright colors. Unlike Aso Oke which are used specifically for weddings and other occasions, Ankara are also used for everyday wear.

  • Ankara Dress

    Ankara Dress

  • Ankara Skirt

    Ankara Skirt

  • International Nigerian Ankara for Weddings

    International Nigerian Ankara for Weddings

  • Lace High Top and Ankara Fish Dress

    Lace High Top and Ankara Fish Dress

  • sleeveless squared neck slipdress styled ankara

    sleeveless squared neck slipdress styled ankara
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  • off shoulder purple ankara dress

    off shoulder purple ankara dress
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  • stylish blue sweetheart dress

    stylish blue sweetheart dress
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  • straight across strapless with stunning pattern dress

    straight across strapless with stunning pattern dress
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  • gorgeous peplum styled sheath ankara

    gorgeous peplum styled sheath ankara
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  • off shoulder blue dress

    off shoulder blue dress

  • print skirt, pencil skirt kitenge ankara

    print skirt, pencil skirt kitenge ankara

  • peplum above the knee dress

    peplum above the knee dress
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  • simple but elegant high waist dress

    simple but elegant high waist dress
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  • princess styled bateau ankle length dress

    princess styled bateau ankle length dress
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  • stunning purple shift dress ankara

    stunning purple shift dress ankara
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  • adorable flower patterned mini sheath dress

    adorable flower patterned mini sheath dress
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3. Aso Ebi

Aso ebi means “uniformed solidarity dress”. These dresses are known for their association with weddings and other special occasions. It is the oldest and most valuable type of African attire. They are like uniform dresses worn by family members during weddings and other special events in Nigeria.

Basically, Aso ebi serves a number of functions. First, it ensures continuity in relation to the use and production of the previous clothing – the aso oke. Second, it helps visitors identify the wife/groom/celebrant’s family members or those who belong to the same social or religious group with groom or the bride,or the celebrant. Third, it is used not only by Nigerians but the rest of the African countries too.

  • African Weddings Aso Ebi Styles

    African Weddings Aso Ebi Styles

  • Aso Ebi for Men

    Aso Ebi for Men

  • Aso Ebi Nigerian Wedding

    Aso Ebi Nigerian Wedding

  • Aso Ebi Uniform Dresses

    Aso Ebi Uniform Dresses

  • Aso Ebi Wedding Attire

    Aso Ebi Wedding Attire

  • wedding picture on their solidarity dress

    wedding picture on their solidarity dress

  • bride with her relatives wearing aso ebi

    bride with her relatives wearing aso ebi

  • purple-blue blend on aso ebi

    purple-blue blend on aso ebi

  • Fabulous Purple Dress

    Fabulous Purple Dress

  • aso ebi long dress

    aso ebi long dress

  • peplum style aso ebi

    peplum style aso ebi

Weddings are the major events to use aso ebi but they can also be used in any general or official occasions.

4. Jewel by lisa

Jewel by lisa is a luxury dress with a mix of modern and traditional design. It was the first one to embellish Ankara with sequins, swarovski crystals and beads.

Jewel by lisa is among the fabulous African dresses which can be used in weddings. They are women’s wear and accessories collection which are becoming the most prominent Nigerian luxury brand with its careful attention to details and quality craftsmanship.

  • Jewel By Lisa Altaroma

    Jewel By Lisa Altaroma

  • Jewel By Lisa Collection

    Jewel By Lisa Collection

  • Jewel By Lisa Dress

    Jewel By Lisa Dress

  • Jewel by lisa stylish outfits

    Jewel by lisa stylish outfits

  • Jewel by lisa sleeveless dress

    Jewel by lisa sleeveless dress

  • Jewel by lisa above-the-knee dress

    Jewel by lisa above-the-knee dress

  • wild and fierce jewel by lisa

    wild and fierce jewel by lisa

5. Bella naija

Like the other traditional wedding dresses, bellanaija adds beauty in a wedding. It is used in many Nigerian weddings as aso ebi dresses. Below are bellanaija dresses used in Nigerian weddings.

  • BellaNaija Weddings

    BellaNaija Weddings

  • Wedding BellaNaija

    Wedding BellaNaija

  • yellow themed nigerian bella naija wedding

    yellow themed nigerian bella naija wedding
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  • beauty on fleek nigerian bella naija wedding

    beauty on fleek nigerian bella naija wedding
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  • purple theme bella naija wedding

    purple theme bella naija wedding
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  • Violet Couture Dress

    Violet Couture Dress

  • afromantic white bella naija dress

    afromantic white bella naija dress

  • afroman bella naija dress

    afroman bella naija dress

  • stylish peplum with cut bellanaija dress

    stylish peplum with cut bellanaija dress
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  • gorgeous black shift style dress with bias cut bellanaija

    gorgeous black shift style dress with bias cut bellanaija

  • yellow top with blue puckened skirt drop waist style dress bella naija

    yellow top with blue puckened skirt drop waist style dress bella naija

  • stunning red dress with a mermaid skirt style bella naija

    stunning red dress with a mermaid skirt style bella naija

 

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