Things to Buy for Traditional Marriage in Nigeria

If you are planning for your traditional marriage, what things would you buy for that special event? Without brainstorming, you have an exclusive checklist of things to buy for traditional marriage all wrapped up in this post.Information Guide Nigeria

Drafting out a checklist of items to buy for a special event is an essential part of planning-though nerve-racking at times. Consulting a checklist such as the one prepared on this post could serve as a valuable reference for newly engaged couples or event planners that are totally new to the ‘buying matters’ of traditional marriages.

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Speaking of buying matters for traditional wedding? It is easy to be place off track when you think of the huge monetary expenses that might be incurred with a large turnout of guests, inclusive of wedding crashers (we know it always happen). But the good part is that hosting traditional marriages has a more flexible approach these days than formerly when it seemed you had to break the bank. One could choose to go low key while still hold a grand white wedding or vice versa.

What’s in the flexibility? For a public ceremony, you could choose to go with the canopy style set up (most people go for this) or a grand cocktail style like what you would have seen in Ovation. The latter requires more detailing and higher budgeting.

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Nevertheless, in the checklist provided below includes all the essentials you need for whichever style of event you opt for.

Why do it this way way? To avoid the pitfalls of leaving items out, it is usually helpful to be elaborate as possible regardless of the budget at hand before slashing out items off the list. And you get the opportunity to do that on this list- to reflect on what is essential and what could possibly be done without. That is the flexible approach to budgeting!

So then, what are the things to be bought for traditional marriage?

Check out the list below.JAMB Result

(Note: this checklist excludes things to hire and services to pay for.)

List of things to buy for traditional marriage

  1. Ceremonial/Marriage requirements

    (Items differ with tribe and are nevertheless compulsory before traditional marriage could hold).

  2. Outdoor/Indoor decorations

Couple’s ornate seat

Couple’s centre-space Decors

Head tables/Chair decors (Family Heads of Bride and Groom)

Hanging LanternsThings to Buy for Traditional Marriage

Inflatable foil party balloons

Wedding Bunting banners

Floral decor/garlands

Lace and net rolls (wall decorations)

Organza rolls

String lightings

Luxury curtains

Centre piece

Fancy paper chains

Banquet chair covers

Satin sheets

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  1. Wedding Table Decorations

Table place cards

Table runnerJAMB Form

Table confetti and gems

Table cover spandex

Crystal decorations

Metallic holographic streamers

Centre piece e.g. bouquets

Foliage/crystal light strings

Table Skirt Cloth

  1. Bride’s traditional costume

Traditional Head dress/gears

Traditional Bridal veil or head accessories – pins, extensions or weave-on etc.

Make-up accessories

Traditional fabrics for Bridal attire (lace, Georges, Ankara, etc.)

Wedding shoes

Beaded ornaments/Jewellery set

Bridal Sun umbrella

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Bridal wrist watch

Clutch purse

Traditional bridal shawl (e.g. Hausa brides)

Ornamental staff (Efik brides)

Bridal lingerie

Women’s Perfume

  1. Groom’s traditional costume

Traditional cap

Grooms Ornamental staff (applicable to some tribes)

Traditional fabric for ‘Up and Down’ (lace, Ankara, linen, Georges etc.)

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Wrist watch


Gents Perfume

  1. Parents traditional costumes

Traditional fabric

Head gears (Male and Female)

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  1. Friends and Family Traditional uniform (Aso-ebi)

Traditional material

Head gears (Male and Female)

  1. Food and drinks

Food items/ingredients for the following:

– Swallows (Future, Garri, Pounded Yam etc.)

– Soup (local and white soup)

– Special Local delicacies (different from general meal served)

– Fried rice

– Porridge

– Meat (Cow, Goat, Chicken)

– Fish (Stock fish, Dried fish etc.)


– Soft drinks

– Juice

– Malt

– Stout

– Beer

– Wine

– Champagne https://www.jumia.com.ng/champagne-white/

– Palm wine

– Whisky

  1. Tableware and catering

Party plates

Party bowls

6 pieces party flat and soup dinner set (white)

Party cups

Champagne glasses

Pasabahce champagne glass

Pasabahce beer glassware

Disposable Plates – Disposable foil takeaway plate with lid 

Disposable cutleries – Disposable forks

Disposable cups

Party plastic cups (for children) – Universal plastic cups

Cutleries (Knives, forks, spoons, dessert spoons) – Stainless steel cutlery set

Two teeth cake desert fork 



Drinking Straws


Food Flags

Party Coasters – Wood round coaster

Table runners

Banquet rolls

Dinner napkins

Water jugs

Salt and pepper shakers

Knife (for cutting the wedding cake)

Cake spatula

Food tong – Stainless steel bbq food tong

Serving spoons/fork

Food cooler – Eleganza wheel Food cooler

Insulated hot pots – Sweet casserole set

Chaffing dish – 8.5 litre Chaffing dish silver

Dessert bowls and cup

Cock screw – Stainless steel corkscrew

Moi-Moi plates

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Serving trays

Food warmer buffet

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  1. Wedding stationeries

Invitation cards and envelopes – Romantic wedding invitation card 

Guest book – Magideal wedding party guest book

Thank you stickers


  1. Favors/Gifts

Favors (invitations) – Organza wedding gift pouches

‘Thank you’ souvenirs (for guest)

Gifts for ushers

Gifts for cooks

Multicolour wedding party gift bags

Gift for Master of Ceremony

Gift of appeal/ appease (on standby)

  1. Cooking wares/Kitchen Items

Cooking pots and pans – Tower cooking pots

Serving spoons

Set of stainless cooking spoons

Extra Basins

Dish Washing Agent

Measuring cups

Mixing Bowl

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Garbage bags

Cooking pots

  1. Logistic needs

Attendants uniform/identifying tags

Recharge card

First aid kits – First aid box

Standby alternate power source (with fuel) – Generators

CDs of Favourite traditional wedding music

  1. Wedding Cake decorations

Cake Topper – Wedding party cake topper

Cake stand

Disposable piping bag icing cake decor 

Cake doilies

Baking cup measuring spoon

Cake ribbon

Square Cake Board – Green 12 inch square cake board 

Cake boxes

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Cupcake cases

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  1. Couple’s Emergency kit

Emergency bag/case


Pain reliever

Mouth freshener Longrich mouth freshener

Razor or Scissors

Hanker chief

Sewing Needle


Sewing kit

Extra Hair pin

Extra footwear

White chalk (to whiten stains)

Wet wipes

Groom’s facial powder

Men’s grooming accessories

Safety pins

  1. Toiletries

Hand towels

Hand wash liquid soap

Air fresheners

Toilet Papers

Water Storage Unit


Toilet sign

With the above listed items for your traditional marriage, you can easily manage your shopping with less stress.

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