Zimbabwean wedding avaZimbabwean wedding culture is rather interesting. There are certain issues that are typical for Zimbabwe and some neighboring countries but seem odd for European, Asian, or American people. For example, Zimbabweans are allowed polygyny but not polyandry, which means that men can have multiple wives but women are forbidden to have multiple husbands. What other unusual wedding traditions and customs are there in Zimbabwe?

Nigerian wedding avaWeddings in Nigeria are large, cheerful, and ample. But all that we see at many different weddings around the world. So, let’s find out what Nigerian wedding traditions are truly special and differ from the wedding customs of other countries. Just as a teaser, Nigerian dowry is not what you’d think, brides and grooms pick clothing for some of their wedding guests, and there is a specific person who heckles and taunts the groom and groomsmen during a Nigerian wedding. Want more? You’ll find it below.

Moroccan sweets avaThe wedding meal is one of the most expected and desired by the guests parts of a wedding. And in many countries, the wedding reception is lavish and grand. Couples and their families show their generosity and wealth by making a real feast for their wedding guests that sometimes lasts for a few days in a row. Moroccan traditional culture is famous for its delicious food, so Moroccan wedding receptions are deliciously wonderful, with lots of sweets and tender & spicy meat dishes.

Tunisian lingerie avaBridal lingerie can be so different. Some underwear pieces are sexy, others are delicate and meant to represent purity and virginity, still others are intricate and complicated in design. Every bride is able to pick whatever she likes and feels comfortable in. Traditional and historical underpinnings are another matter entirely – their design and decorations should be certain, sometimes strictly set. The traditional Tunisian below-the-knee pantaloons probably wouldn’t be considered seductive or tempting by most modern European men. But for modest and conservative Tunisians, such bridal lingerie peeking from under the wedding attire was truly captivating.

Tunisian jebba avaIn Tunisia, many couples still choose to have a traditional wedding ceremony, with traditional wedding rituals and activities. It usually lasts up to a week and is a very cheerful, loud, and colorful event. A lot of rituals are centuries-old and occur in other countries of the Arab world as well. But the most impressive feature of a Tunisian wedding is that the bride is practically covered with gold jewelry – she wears so many gold jewels that you keep wondering how she manages to stand upright with such a weight.

Egypt bridal veil avaIt is said that modern Egypt still is the trendsetter of the Arab world regarding the culture, like its predecessor – Ancient Egypt – was for its neighbors. Among other areas, Egypt creates trends in the wedding business and wedding customs. Even the shape of a standard wedding ring comes from Ancient Egyptian culture. But what unique Egyptian wedding traditions are there? What laws and rituals should a couple from Egypt follow these days?

Ethiopian couple avaIn Ethiopia, there are some rather strict rules regarding marriage, and they are followed even these days. For example, a bride should be a virgin and the couple has to consummate their marriage within three days after the wedding. Ethiopians take marriage very seriously. They pay special attention to avoiding incest – specific research is made as far as 5 generations back to make sure the potential bride and groom have no blood relation. Not many countries take so serious measures to protect the healthiness of future generations.

Ethiopian wedding avaEthiopian weddings are cheerful occasions that leave no one out and show respect between people. This culture values family connections, which we can see in the local wedding rituals that involve the eldest family members. Also, it’s impressive that the last day of the wedding celebration is dedicated to those relatives and friends who couldn’t attend the actual marriage ceremony, so they’re invited to have dinner with the newlyweds and bless the couple for happily ever after.

kholkhal avaTunisian grooms traditionally gave their brides-to-be a very beautiful, valuable, and clever wedding present – it was a pair of gold or silver anklets. By this gift, grooms not only showed off their wealth and status but also invented some cunning tricks to find out more about the appearance of their future wife – remember that marriages were often arranged at the time and women covered their body with baggy clothes that hid their body curves, so men had very little chance to know what their bride looked like before the wedding.

Maasai avaMaasai are people with old and curious wedding traditions that are still widely in use. Some of them are adorable and typically African, others may look a bit strange for an outsider. But these wedding rituals and customs are a large part of Maasai culture. So, let’s take a closer look and find out more about these particular Kenyan wedding traditions. For example, why Maasai newlyweds don’t spend their first night after the wedding together?