An Igbo traditional marriage ceremony starts way in advance of the actual wedding. The first step is the marriage request and official proposal by the groom and his family. Once the bride’s family convenes and consents, the two fathers “symbolically” discuss a bride-price and agree to the “terms” of marriage.

On the wedding day itself, the groom is placed in the crowd and told to await his bride. The bride’s father then fills a cup with palm wine and hands it to the bride for her groom. She dances around the ceremony, playfully distracted by attendees,looking for her rightful groom. Once she finds him, the bride hands the groom the cup of palm wine to drink. Only after he has sipped the palm wine, are they considered married traditionally.

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