Choosing Wedding Colours is one thing. Choosing Wedding Colours for a Nigerian Wedding is a whole different ball game. Many brides find it to be the most challenging aspect of wedding planning as there is so much that has to be considered. I covered the basics of choosing wedding colours and combining the colours earlier on. While other brides have to think of colour schemes for one wedding, we have to think for two! So how many different colour combinations are you looking at?
Colour Scheme 1: Traditional Wedding Bride and Groom Attire
These colours will be unique to you and your husband. They will be different from all other colours used by your wedding guests and for the decor. The rationale behind this is that since everyone is wearing traditional attire, it is important that they stand out by choosing different wedding colours. The downside is that their look may not be harmonious with the rest of the wedding.
Colour Scheme 2: Traditional Wedding Guest (family and friends) Attire
In the past, the norm was that the groom’s family and bride’s family picked different colours and fabrics (lace, aso oke, george, etc). In the Yoruba culture, some familes choose gender specific colours. So the Brides family has to choose female colours like pink and yellow, while the grooms family will be expected to choose male colours such as green or blue. But things have changed significantly. Some families choose the same colour and fabric for the headgear only. Weddings these days are adopting a more uniform look, with both families choosing the same colour and fabric.
Colour Scheme 3: Traditional Wedding Decor and Engagement Gifts
This palette will be the same as colour palette 2. The decor and engagement gifts packaging will have the same colour scheme as the family aso ebi.
Colour Scheme 4: White Wedding Colours
White weddings are a bit more straightforward. There is usually one overall colour scheme for the entire wedding. These colours are used in everything, from the bridesmaids dresses and decor, to the cake and wedding guest traditional attire. Some families still choose to have seperate colours for both families.
So this is how wedding colours are used in the typical Nigerian wedding. But these aren’t hard and fast rules. You and your family could always choose to do things differently. Infact, I would love to see alternative ways in which colours are being used in Nigerian Weddings. Have you seen anything interesting? Please share, we would love to hear!