For the modern Yoruba bride, the good old Iro and Buba makes a great traditional wedding attire, but with the versatility that comes with this look, no two Yoruba brides ever look alike. The Yoruba bridal style is a flamboyant one. With a fascinating blend of fabrics, colours and accessories, the bevy of options help make every bride uniquely stand out in their chosen look.
Culturally, the Yorubas love the life of affluence so when it comes to weddings, they spare no expenses as they see it as a time to ‘show themselves‘ (Nigerian pidgin slang for show-off). From the Aso Oke fabric she choses to wear to the beads and the embellished gele which crowns her look, every element of a Yoruba bride’s wedding look is designed to reflect affluence and class status. Even the word Aso Oke (Yoruba: Așǫ Oke, pronounced ah-SHAW-okay) literally means ‘high clothing’ and signifies prestige.
It is the versatility and luxury appeal of the Yoruba bridal style that makes it a top choice for even non Yoruba brides on their big day and with the many modern twists a bride can add to it, the Yoruba bridal look is growing even more popular among brides of African heritage.
For the soon-to-be bride looking for ideas to create her winning look, we have curated a modern Yoruba bridal lookbook filled with jaw-dropping ensembles.
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