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5 African and Afrocentric Wedding Traditions

Whether you identify with a specific culture or just want to celebrate your African roots in a symbolic way, here, a roundup of the most common African wedding traditions and how to personalize them for your wedding day.

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Knocking on the Door (From Ghana)

Knocking on the door is a custom similar to asking for a bride’s hand in marriage. In Ghanaian wedding tradition, the groom asks the bride’s family for permission to marry their daughter by "knocking on the door." Then the prospective groom and his family visit his future in-laws. If his "knock" is accepted, the families celebrate and the couple’s engagement officially begins.

Make It Yours: A far more informal approach is to plan a brunch or dinner to bring both families together when you announce your engagement, so that they can meet each other and start getting to know one another.

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