Ghanaian Traditional Weddings
Unlike the “White Wedding” made popular in 1840 by Queen Victoria, the traditional Ghanaian Wedding Ceremony is celebrated with Vibrant Color.
After declaring the intent of marriage, the bride and the groom go through a comprehensive process before the final wedding ceremony and celebration.
Because both the bride and the grooms’ family is also to be intertwined there is an extensive research process that occurs to ensure that the tribe, clan and family are compatible.
There are eight traditional clans, with each one have their own attributes:
Aduana Clan: Hardworking, Clever and Brave
Agona Clan: Good Speakers
Asakuiri Clan: Beauty and Patience
Asenie Clan: Bravery & Diplomacy
Asona Clan: Extremely Wise
Bretuo Clan: Aggressive & Brave
Ekuona Clan: Uprightness & Justice
Oyoko Clan: Patience
Once the research is completed, the KoKooKo engagement event takes place. This is where the groom knocks on the door of the father of the bride to get a formal agreement to get married. Bearing gifts, he visits his potential in-laws accompanied by his own family. If his “knock” is accepted, the families celebrate and wedding planning begins.