"Weddings" Nairobi Local Custom Tip by glabah

Nairobi Local Customs: 26 reviews and 74 photos

  Bride, wedding guests, and photographers at church
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  • Bride, wedding guests, and photographers at church - Nairobi
      Bride, wedding guests, and photographers at church
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      Decorated car for the bride at Nairobi wedding
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  • young girl dressed for wedding - and later hid - Nairobi
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  • dozens wedding photographers, photo by Cindy L. - Nairobi
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  • dozens wedding photographers, photo by Cindy L. - Nairobi
      dozens wedding photographers, photo by Cindy L.
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Virtually all cultures have fairly elaborate ceremonies established for marriage. Nairobi is no exception, though there are certainly elements of adjustments here that are not necessarily in keeping with what could be found in the rest of Kenya, or even the surrounding countryside around Nairobi.

People and vehicles arrive very decorated - just as they do in most cultures.

Generally, weddling last a long time, and there is a lot of waiting involved because usually people arrive quite a bit later than the scheduled start time.

Music? You bet there is music of all sorts. Sometimes traditional chanting with no instruments, and sometiems with modern accompanyment, but there is always music of some sort.

Visitor participation is definitely a part of the wedding ceremony, and you will certainly hear loud shoults of celebration from the people gathered to celebrate the union.

Photographers are drawn to weddlings like flies. In many cases these are not official photographers, but are there to sell their photos after the celebration is over. This is definitely a development of modern times and certainly has its origins in the arrival of Polariod cameras in the area. Sometimes it may seem that these people are annoying, as it seems a bit disruptive to have 10 or so photographers battling for position around a couple celebrating their wedding vows. However, this is Africa and not Europe or America. People view such things differently here.

I have been told that weddings must occur during daylight to be legal, which means that ceremonies may be cut short or altered if there are several weddings in the day in a church, and the first several run late.

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  • Written Oct 3, 2008
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