Traditional wedding attire for bride

If you’re not ready for the big day yet, your engagement is also a remarkable day to look your best. Slay in our traditional wedding attire for bride designs and make all your friends green with envy. Our non traditional wedding attire for bride like traditional wedding attire for bride and groom, igbo traditional wedding attire for the bride, and traditional wedding attire for bridesmaids designs, materials and accessories are just what you need to spruce up your special day.

Traditional Wedding Attire For Bride

Nigerian Weddings

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.

Nigerian 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 Neck Sash

Aso Oke Etu Textiles

Aso Oke Etu Wedding Attire

Aso Oke Sanyan Dresses

Aso Oke Sanyan

blue themed aso oke

Bride with Blue Gele

couple with purple aso oke

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

Traditional Wedding Aso Oke

Aso Oke for Men

Aso Oke Agbada

Wedding Aso Oke Couple

Yoruba Wedding

couple on dark blue aso oke dress

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.×280&!5&btvi=3&fsb=1&xpc=HpXRrPA6wl&p=https%3A//

Ankara Dress

Ankara Skirt

International Nigerian Ankara for Weddings

Lace High Top and Ankara Fish Dress

sleeveless squared neck slipdress styled ankara

off shoulder purple ankara dress

stylish blue sweetheart dress

straight across strapless with stunning pattern dress

gorgeous peplum styled sheath ankara

off shoulder blue dress

print skirt, pencil skirt kitenge ankara

peplum above the knee dress

simple but elegant high waist dress

princess styled bateau ankle length dress

stunning purple shift dress ankara

adorable flower patterned mini sheath dress

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.×250&!6&fsb=1&xpc=r7XhZWGqGz&p=https%3A//

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

Aso Ebi for Men

Aso Ebi Nigerian Wedding

Aso Ebi Uniform Dresses

Aso Ebi Wedding Attire

wedding picture on their solidarity dress

bride with her relatives wearing aso ebi

purple-blue blend on aso ebi

Fabulous Purple Dress

aso ebi long dress

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.

Traditional Igbo Wedding Outfits Are Beautiful

A traditional wedding is known as igbankwu in the ethnic language of the southeastern Nigerian Igbo, and it is a beautiful ceremony filled with traditional customs and elegant pageantry. The wedding guests participate in traditional customs, eat local cuisine, and don native outfits for the ceremony.

During traditional Igbo weddings, amazing high-fashion and customary outfits are worn that are representative of both families and friends. The guests, family members, and bride and groom wear fabrics and designs that complement one another.

The festive celebration is filled with joy, happiness, and fun but is incomplete without the high-fashion outfits worn on these joyous occasions.

Nigerian designers and tailors highlight their creativity with the customary blouses, wrappers, skirts, dresses, and head ties. The styles are brilliant and brightly colored, and there are endless variations, all of which give the men a noble air and flatter the female form.

The outfits worn by the women are eye-catching, elegant, regal, and thoughtfully designed. At these traditional weddings, there is a dress code and color theme chosen by the bride and groom. In addition, there are many similarities between the modern traditional wedding outfits worn by the Yoruba and Igbo ethnic groups.

Both ethnic groups color-code their ceremonies, blouses, skirts, agbada, and wrappers, and use lots of embroidery and accessories. The major distinctions are in the ceremony and traditional requirements, which are different, yet serve the same purpose.

Image of beautiful Nigerian woman courtesy
Image of beautiful Nigerian woman courtesy
Igbo traditional wedding guests often wear the same color code.
Igbo traditional wedding guests often wear the same color code.

The Color Theme

A desire for uniformity and solidarity with the bride and groom dictates that the bride’s family and groom’s family choose the color theme for the event. The colors chosen by the bride’s family might be a different color than those selected by the groom’s family.

However, each color should represent the color theme for the occasion, such as purple and gold. Even though the bride’s family, friends, and associates might choose to wear purple, the material is the same.

It applies to the groom’s friends and family if they choose gold as their theme color. The same applies to the material selected by the bride for her people, called the Aso-Ebi.

Although Aso-Ebi is the same material and distributed to the family for the traditional wedding, the guests are able to create amazing designs using this uniform material. Sometimes, they use a local fabric called “tie and dye” as a uniform outfit.

Traditional outfits.
Traditional outfits.

Igbo Marriage Dress Code

The dress code should have an ethnic design that complements the rich culture of the geographical area of the bride’s heritage. The traditional outfit worn by the bride is usually a blouse and wrapper or dress.

They have a wide range of choices of material from silk, George, damask, print, machine print, lace, or any other material they’d like.

Beautiful Ibo marriage blouse and skirt.
Beautiful Ibo marriage blouse and skirt.

Women’s Outfits

The Blouse

The top blouse could be sown as a short-sleeve, sleeveless, or long-sleeve blouse. If the color choice is gold and blue, the blouse usually is gold, and the skirt or wrapper is blue.

The blouse comes in various designs with embroideries that add a more dramatic flare. The embroidery can be on the short sleeves, neck region, or the entire blouse, depending on the bride’s taste and preference.

The blouse can have a low or high bust-line or be moderately cut, and it should add to the woman’s beauty. A decorative piece such as a brooch, flower, or rose adds to the beauty of the blouse. If a decorative piece is not part of the blouse, then a beautiful hand fan creates a dramatic effect.

The Wrapper or Skirt

The wrapper is usually a different color than the blouse and might be plain or have folds, frills, embroidery, or overlaps, depending on the woman’s taste. The wrappers are tied waist high, and in modern wrappers, they can be held firm with extensions or rubber bands.

The wrappers can be a single- or double-piece, depending on the choice of the wearer. Therefore, if the color theme is pink and purple, then the blouse is pink and the wrapper is purple. The skirts can be expressive and either long, flowing, knee-length items, or flirtier ones (for a young woman).

The designer can do virtually anything with the skirt, even adding pieces of other materials to add to the dramatic flair. Young women and bridesmaids prefer skirts to wrappers, while married women both young and old prefer the elegant wrappers.

George wrappers are usually the preferred materials for these traditional weddings.

Traditional coral beads on a bride.
Traditional coral beads on a bride.
Coral beads.
Coral beads.


The outfit is not complete without accessories to bring it all together; one of the most important accessories is the orange coral beads around the neck. The coral beads are usually large and prominent, giving balance to the whole ensemble.

On her wrist, the bride might choose to wear ivory wristbands, bracelets, bangles, or silver and gold chains. Female guests can choose slightly understated coral beads worn on the neck and wrists or crystal beads and a brooch.

The handbag should be small and match either the blouse or wrapper to give the outfit a uniform appearance. Large bags are not ideal, but they are useful for carrying gifts for the bride and groom. This also applies to footwear, which should match the colors of the outfit, especially the color of the blouse.

Low-heeled shoes are ideal for such occasions because of dancing and other vigorous activities. A heavy brooch is introduced into the coral beads, and a rose can be placed on the blouse’s shoulder for dramatic effect.

Nigerian head wrap.
Nigerian head wrap.

The Head Tie

The head tie is an important part of the outfit and is important when wearing a blouse and wrapper. The head ties in traditional weddings usually match either the blouse or wrapper.

Any combination works as long as the chosen color theme for the event is strictly followed. Head ties are usually made of a lightweight material like silk, polyester, or mono-colored and plain nylon.

Instead of wearing a head tie, the bride sometimes wears a cap made from coral beads. She might choose to braid her hair and wear beads woven into the braid.

Bridal Outfit

ClothesHead wearAccessories
Blouse and skirtHead tieCoral beads
DressHead wrapIvory beads
Blouse and wrapperBeaded hairPrecious stones
Flowy gownCoral capGold bracelets
Bridal makeup.
Bridal makeup.


Makeup is an essential part of the whole process that gives the bride a beautiful, alluring look. A professional makeup artist uses simple tones based on the woman’s facial features. The makeup artist should introduce elements and colors similar to the wedding’s color theme.

In a more native setup, the bride wears short, knee-length skirts, a short blouse, and has her midsection covered in coral beads (known as Gigida). She also wears coral beads on her neck and ivory bangles on both wrists and ankles.

She might also choose to carry a feather hand-fan for effect and to accompany her dancing.

Modern traditional men's outfit.
Modern traditional men’s outfit.

Men’s Outfits

The men are part of this fashion melting-pot and are clothed in loose-fitted, knee-length shirts and flabby trousers. The men use only one of the chosen colors or materials, which they sow into any traditional outfit they favor.

A cap is also part of the outfit but does not necessarily have to match the outfit. Therefore, the caps come in red, black, gold, and other colors commonly seen at these weddings. Some prefer suits, regular shirts, and trousers, but donning clothes that match the color theme shows kinship with the couple.

The groom might add a heavy Agbada with lots of embroidery on top of his native shirt and trousers.

Latest Igbo Blouse Style

Igbo Traditional Wedding Color Combinations

  1. Gold head tie, gold blouse, and blue wrapper.
  2. Silver head ties, silver blouse, and magenta wrapper.
  3. Pink head ties, pink blouse, and purple wrapper.
  4. Gold head tie, gold blouse, and gold and red skirt.
  5. White blouse and magenta skirt/wrapper.
  6. Wedding dresses might have two color designs.
  7. The bride might wear a monochrome colored outfit (dress).
  8. Wine head tie, wine blouse, and blue wrapper.

Interestingly, a recurring color choice for the blouse is gold, and purple wrappers are very popular. Instead of coral beads, beautiful chokers with crystal pendants, including heavy embroidery on the blouse, make a great outfit.

Traditional Igbo wedding outfits are lovely, lively, and a delightful part of the important ceremony.

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