Monday, 16 September 2013

Ideas For Yoruba Traditional Engagement Ceremony

This post is clearly one of it’s kind! Based on popular request by some of our readers, to help them decide the perfect colors for their traditional engagement ceremonies. We have decided to write a post about choosing the right colors and how to complement with other colors you may wish to use throughout your engagement, inspired by real Nigerian couples in their traditional engagement attire. So what are the traditional engagement colors? Which colors are the most suitable? How do you combine colors? What are the possible color combinations? The questions are endless, and we can say, as a matter of fact, that all colors are usable including black! The color possibilities are endless and so are the number of ways you can combine them. There are a million and one way to perfectly combine aso-oke colors, and here we will show you how, all you need to do is continue reading.
The colors of aso-oke you choose for your traditional engagement wedding day set the style and tone for your entire event. Like we know, traditional engagement ceremonies are usually colorful and full of life and activites. There are several ways you can implement your choice of colors, from the decorations, cake, favors, accessories, table linens and even the invitations! One tip: make sure you choose the colors you love, typically, you want a maximum of three to five colors in your palette: one to dominate, a second to support, and a third as the accent. For example if you choose black, white and yellow, your decor and cake can be white with a support colour of either black and yellow, you eru-iyawo can be wrapped in yellow or black and white, your aso-ebi can be Yellow, with a silver gele etc. However, you must wear a completely different colour of traditional engagement attire, because you clearly need to stand out from everything and everybody else!
We know so much has been said about choosing colors, which colors go perfectly with each other etc. However, it’s very important that you understand certain words to guide you in the process of finding the perfect colours for your traditional engagement wedding attire.
Complementary” colors means choosing colors that are opposite each other on the wheel, such as red and green.
Analogous” means the colors lie next to each other on the wheel, such as red, red-orange, and orange.
Monochromatic” means variations of the same tone, such as bright red, dark red, etc.
Another tip: Try to limit your main colors to two or three so as not to look too jumbled and stay consistent with your colors throughout the wedding. Use a few subdued colors for a more elegant look.
Our gallery is packed with over 40+ different aso-oke colour ideas of real Nigerian couples, whatever colour you seek, there maybe something in the gallery to spark an idea, and if you can’t find the colour you love, drop a comment and we will try our best to help source it. We know, how nice it feels to see what we like on other people of the same skin tone, it helps with judgement and of course decision considering body type too! There are several colours and several ways to pair them, check out our list below.
1. Aqua blue- This colour can be matched perfectly with baby pink, wine, peach and gold
2. Army green can be paired with yellow, mint green, baby pink, cream and champagne gold
3. Yellow can be paired with navy blue, wine, mint green, pink, army green, purple, silver and chocolate brown
4. Purple can be paired with blue, pink, gold, silver, lemon green and champagne gold
5. Red can be paired with gold, silver, orange, black and navy blue
6. Peach can be paired with burgundy, coffee brown, navy blue, purple, bottle green, cobalt blue, silver
7. Gold can be paired with navy blue, army green, wine, lilac, burgundy, silver, red and nigerian green
8. Fuchsia pink can be paired with baby pink, wine, peach, sky blue, lilac, mint green and gold
9. Burgundy can be paired with champagne gold, powder blue, cream, peach, golden butter
10. Brown can be paired with a lighter shade of carton brown, gold, peach, cream, pink, turquoise, mint green, powder blue
11. Lilac can be paired with apple green, burgundy, light pink and purple
12. Orange can be paired with lemon green, ivory, coffee brown and champagne gold
13. Turquoise blue can be paired with baby pink, gold, navy blue, orange, silver and yellow
14. Wine can be paired with gold, peach, silver, olive green and pink
15. Silver can be paired with navy blue, peach, cobalt blue, brown, burgundy, blue, purple, turquoise and army green

The colour combinations are endless,


  1. Thank a lot, this is helpful.pls is red and blue a good colour combination for wedding.

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for this post. Before i go into my question, please do bear in mind that the white wedding and Traditional wedding will be the same day. We are thinking of doing the Church wedding in the morning and reception/engagement to follow.
    Can you please advise me on this colour combo?
    Dark colour suit for the groom and groom's men and with horse blood red ties.
    Cream dress for bride (has a child) and touch of red with green and maybe peach/gold in bouquet and red shoes (i love) under the dress.
    Red dresses for the Bridesmaids with touch of gold.
    Cream cake for white wedding with touch of mint green.
    I am thinking of mint green and peach for our (bride and groom attire) for the engagement.
    Army green and Champagne gold and touch of red for the deco and cake.
    Aso ebi will be green (mint/olive) and peach.
    Someone said the colours are too much but do you think we can make them work without it looking tacky?

    1. hi foluso ,
      please can you contact me via email
      Best Regards