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Yoruba Wedding Traditions: Family Introduction

Yoruba Wedding Traditions: Family Introduction

 

In the Yoruba culture, an “Introduction” Ceremony is held so both families can meet officially. The idea behind this is to introduce members of both families to their son or daughter's new relatives. If we were in Nigeria the whole introduction process would actually consists of three ceremonies. One is the family of the groom writing a letter to the family of the bride asking for their daughter's hand in marriage, the second is one in which the family of the bride responds to the request. Then comes the family introduction and finally the traditional Yoruba wedding.  In the U.S. however all of these parts of the marriage are condensed into one or two ceremonies.  The introduction is usually a small get-together, where the groom's family comes to the bride's home, but these days it’s like a mini-traditional Yoruba wedding ceremony.

We held the Introduction at my dad's house in Atlanta last Labor Day weeekend, and most of my family that live in the United States were able to attend. It was the first time I met members of Gabe's extended family and he was able to meet mine as well. First both sides of the family and close friends were introduced, then we took lots of pictures, there was plenty of delicious food (Jollof rice!), both sides exchanged gifts, and finally we danced the night away. 

It was so wonderful to be surrounded and supported by some of our favorite people and a great way to introduce my new family to my culture and prepare them for our coming traditional wedding in October.

Gifts Gabe's family brought for my parents.

Gifts Gabe's family brought for my parents.

Gabe's lovely family and friends.

Gabe's lovely family and friends.

My future parents-in-law.

My future parents-in-law.

My fantastic mom and dad.

My fantastic mom and dad.

Our family and friends.

Our family and friends.

Gabe's dad introducing their side of the family.

Gabe's dad introducing their side of the family.

My cousin Ayomide (doesn't she look so cool?!)

My cousin Ayomide (doesn't she look so cool?!)

My younger sister played a beautiful song for us.

My younger sister played a beautiful song for us.

SO MUCH FOOD.

SO MUCH FOOD.

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Gabe and his uncle.

Gabe and his uncle.

My cousins, brother and friend Tobi with Gabe.

My cousins, brother and friend Tobi with Gabe.

We changed into Traditional clothes halfway through the party.

We changed into Traditional clothes halfway through the party.

With our adorable grandparents!

With our adorable grandparents!

With Gabe's siblings and their significant others.

With Gabe's siblings and their significant others.

Gabe and I with my siblings!

Gabe and I with my siblings!

My dad and my step-mom.

My dad and my step-mom.

Gabe's dad and his lovely fiancée Shannon. 

Gabe's dad and his lovely fiancée Shannon. 

With our nephew Maurice!

With our nephew Maurice!

My best friend Kelechi!

My best friend Kelechi!

Our friends Tobi and Anise! Tobi was the one who introduced us!

Our friends Tobi and Anise! Tobi was the one who introduced us!

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