Wole and his family are of Nigerian descent, specifically Yoruba. Mia and her family are Black Americans. To celebrate and highlight both of our cultures to the fullest extent we have decided to have two weddings to represent the two cultures we are bringing together with this marriage.
Wole and his family are of Nigerian descent, specifically Yoruba. The traditional Yoruba engagement is the groom's public declaration of his intention to marry, a formal acknowledgment that a marriage will be taking place, and signifies the coming together of families.
The ceremony is led by an Alaga, the master of ceremony. Both families will enter and introduce themselves to one another, with the groom's parents stating that they want their son to marry the bride. Once the families have been introduced, the groom dances into the hall with his friends and formally asks the bride's parents for their blessing to marry their daughter. The alaga will then put the groom and his men through some challenges; telling them to march like soldiers, do push-ups, pay 'fines' and more. Once it's been determined that the groom is suitable, the bride will dance out with her girls, and the bride and groom are put through a series of actions. THEN the fun begins with eating, drinking, and dancing!
The dress code for the Nigerian Ceremony is Nigerian traditional attire (lace or ankara) or cocktail attire. The dress code for the American Wedding Day is black-tie. We request all attendees wear floor-length gowns, dark suits or a tuxedo with a necktie or bowtie.
The colors of the day are colors that you will see throughout the event. For the Traditional Nigerian wedding, many attendees will wear traditional Nigerian attire incorporating the colors of the day. The colors of the day are emerald green and champagne gold. You're encouraged to wear these colors!
Both events are adults only (21+).
We have reserved 3 hotel options for our out of town guests. Please refer to the Travel & Hotel tab for hotel options, links, and phone numbers to book your hotel room.
Doors open at 6:30, the ceremony will start promptly at 7pm.