This year, my birthday was also the day of my husband’s best friend’s wedding and this was the Aso-Ebi. If you haven’t already been to or come across a Nigerian wedding before then let me tell you. They are big deals.
Nigerians go all out when it comes to weddings. Before the ‘white’ wedding day, a traditional engagement ceremony is held. Guests are informed the colours or fabric of the day which they have to adhere. For example, friends of the bride must wear blue, mother of the groom and her friends would wear gold etc. This is done so guests at the event can easily identify which ‘clan’ attendees belong to.
At the wedding I attended, the colour code for my ‘clan’ was silver. My husband being one o the groomsmen was required to wear a white outfit with a silver hat. I, being his wife had to wear a silver ‘gele’ ( Nigerian head tie ) with what ever colour I desired. I chose yellow simply because it’s one of my favourite colours.
My attire was designed by me and sewn by a local tailor in under 5 days! When it comes down to Aso-Ebi there is always a trend. When my older brother got married in 2013, velvet aso-ebi was all the rage. Fast-forward to 2015 and it is all about cord lace. With much animosity, I opted for ‘dry lace’ as my fabric of choice. To bring it to 2015, I designed an off-the-shoulder deep v-neck midi dress. Which I ended up falling head over heels for. My fondness for this dress was due to how it accentuated my curves.
I was so happy when I managed to get matching yellow dress for CeCe and Amelia. I didn’t even mind so much that the Crochet Dress from Zara was more of a mustard yellow because the 4 year size fit Amelia so well.