Are you engaged and having a Yoruba traditional wedding? Congratulations!! Yoruba Traditional Wedding Checklist and Guide is specially created to seamlessly guide you and help you keep things organized while planning for your big day. For a wedding on a short schedule, just start at the beginning of the list and move as quickly as possible. You should consider creating a gift registry to get the right wedding gifts.

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6 – 12 months before

3 – 6 months before

  • Get a right-hand man/woman or assistant you can trust to help you through the wedding preparation.
  • Pick traditional wedding colour(s) and attire (‘aso-ebi’). Also fabrics for the bride/groom attire and the family attire. See #FunkeSays: Choosing Your Wedding Colours.
  • Take engagement pictures to be printed on souvenirs, invitation cards and to be used on social media.
  • Meet a printer and start making arrangement for your invitation card, program, souvenirs etc.
  • Research and hire a photographer and videographer. See our Tips to select your wedding photographer.
  • Research and hire a caterer.
  • Research and hire a decorator.
  • Research and hire an Alaga (Yoruba Wedding MC).
  • Arrange for music that will be played at the ceremony. This could involve securing a DJ, a solo artiste and/or a band. See our wedding song list.
  • Research and hire a makeup artist and hair stylist.
  • Start compiling a guests list.
  • Make arrangement for transportation and accommodation.

1 – 3 months before

  • Collect invitation cards and start distributing to guests.
  • Order your traditional attires and family attires as well.
  • Check with vendors to remind them and make initial payments if you haven’t.
  • Start purchase of all the items on the Bride Price List (“Eru iyawo”).
  • Order your traditional wedding cake.
  • Confirm all transportation and accommodation plans.

2 – 4 weeks before

  • Confirm details (arrival location, times, etc.) with all vendors (caterer, photographer etc.)
  • Have final fitting and adjustment of traditional wedding attires and dry clean where necessary.
  • Meet and discuss seating arrangement.
  • Confirm that items on the bride price list are complete and wrapped.
  • Compile and carry list of all vendors with contact information.
  • Setup a meeting with both families and sort out details, seating arrangement, arrival time etc.
  • Meet with the MC to discuss guest list and the program of event.
  • Appoint an assistant to oversee vendors. Handover vendor’s contact information to him/her.
  • Write or purchase engagement letter.

1 week before

  • Make arrangement for a reliable person(s) to collect cash sprayed on that day.
  • Have final beauty treatment.
  • Make final payments or set aside remaining payments to be made to vendors on the traditional day in envelopes and hand over to the assistant.
  • Go over details in case something has been left out.

Day before wedding

  • Enjoy a time with friends and family.
  • Get some rest and sleep early.
  • Ask the assistant to contact all vendors to remind them and ensure they deliver as planned.
  • Review any possible contingency plans.
  • Handover the engagement letter to your assistant.

On traditional wedding day

  • Have a good breakfast.
  • Ensure the elders and families leave early to deliberate on the bride price list.
  • Get dressed at least 2 hours before.
  • Arrive 1 hour before the ceremony. Have fun, smile, be calm and dance. Make it memorable. It only happens once in a lifetime.

Post-wedding day

  • Finalize outstanding payment for vendors.
  • Follow up with family and friends.
  • Send out thank you messages to your contacts and make thank you calls if necessary.