groom’s family will begin negotiating the marriage and lobola with the bride’s family. is not a ‘ Xhosa but a means of establishing a link between the two families. The size of lobola varies considerably depending on the relative wealth and status of the families, the advantage to gain from the marriage link, and the desirability of the bride.
Traditionally Xhosa usually amounted to eight heads of cattle, and today the value of each head of cattle forms part of the overall negotiation. However there is a Xhosa saying, ‘one never stops paying Xhosa ’, which means the family link is the important part of lobola, a union that must be constantly renewed by visiting one’s in-laws, inviting them round, and in general maintaining very good familial relationships.
A few months ago I was aked by a customer to make her two pairs of wedding shoes. The one pair she would wear with her white dress on her wedding day and the other pair she would wear with her traditional Xhosa dress for the traditional Xhosa wedding ceremony.For modern urban weddings. Most couples prefer to perform both the traditional weding and the modern civil ceremony, often with a church service and reception. Today the bride and groom are far more familiar before the marriage process begins, with the ukutwala uncommon, and when it does happen the bride knows of it beforehand
Traditional Xhosa weddings differ quite substantially from those of the West, although the trend today is to perform both sets of ceremonies.
The traditional process of marriage begins with the ukutwala, roughly translated as ‘the taking’, which occurs after a groom’s family has chosen a suitable bride for him. The men of the groom’s family house, where she will awake the next morning. It is important to know that the ukutwala is not a ‘kidnapping’, the prospective bride is not harmed and may return to her family, rather it is a formal method of signifying the intention to marry, and such begins the betrothal process.
Sepedi wedding is all about the colors and enjoyments for these two families. Bridesmaid wear different color outfits and same is the Bridal Outfits for the wedding day because on that day Bride wants to look like coming from another world, Unique, Different, Attractive and gorgeous so that no body can stop himself being say Wow. No matter how the fashion industry changes these days but still there is a lot of touch in Sepedi Wedding dresses because purely Sepedi Traditional Wedding Dresses Designs are still used by many families.
traditional Zulu wedding. I love seeing this gorgeous couple in their traditional garb (actually, I’m more than a Zulu woman wearing her traditional hat and earplugs. South Africa.costume changes, since she also got to rock a princess dress and a hot little cocktail number for her reception at wedding number The two ceremonies couldn’t have been more different – one with an elegant peaches & cream palette while the other bursts with colour, but what they have in common is a sense of vibrancy and delight, and the biggest smiles from bride and groom.