Saturday, 16 April 2016


Pre wedding planning is more than a string of decision making, it is a definition of personality and character. Too much? Lol, well that's how I see it anyway. A friend of mine would be getting married soon and my brain was literally sour with deliberating on colour combination for both the white and the traditional wedding. For these who do not know, a typical Nigerian wedding runs through two phases;
The traditional where the couple pay allegiance to their cultural heritage and get the blessings of the elders in the community and parents.
Second is the white wedding a semi-formal wedding ceremony originated in Britain and so called because of the white dresses worn by brides (Funny how evolution has set in and brides are now more daring with colours. Black anyone?  
Common to Nigerian Celebrations is the Asoebi- which can vaguely be defined as clothing a particular set of people in identical material for easy identification. 
Asoebi is an intricate part of any ceremony where you have friends, families, bridal train, community groups all identified with a particular fabric and colour. I passed by a bunch of wild flowers with bursting with different shades of colours, and thought to myself, "Why don't we ever look to nature for the ultimate colour combinations whenever an event comes up instead or running like headless chickens int he fabric market?"
Well pour me a glass of nature's beauties 'cos I sure have found me a great look book for

It is worthy of note that Asoebi runs into occasions that pull the crowd in a typical Nigerian society, occasions beyond wedding like burials, Child dedication and naming, launching at religious places, thanksgiving etc. Candied advise, don't stress when you have to pick out a colour palette for an occasion. Go to the flourish shop or a stretch of vegetation and let nature show you her rainbows. Did I mention that consultation is free? Nature is such a sweetheart wouldn't you say?

“The earth laughs in flowers.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A weed is but an unloved flower.” 
― Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“Flowers are the Romeos and the Juliets of the nature!” 
― Mehmet Murat ildan

“Flowers don't tell, they show. That's the way good books should be too."
― Stephanie Skeem
“How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers." 
― Mother Teresa

“In emerald tufts, flowers purple, blue and white;
Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery,
Buckled below fair knighthood's bending knee;
Fairies use flower for their charactery.” 
― William Shakespeare
“Flowers are the beautiful hairs of the Mother Spring! Don’t pluck them!” 
― Mehmet Murat ildan

“But neither milk-white rose nor red
May bloom in prison air;
The shard, the pebble, and the flint,
Are what they give us there:
For flowers have been known to heal
A common man's despair.” 
― Oscar Wilde