Dating and marriage customs in canada
At the bride's parent's house, the bride gets ready and is seated awaiting the groom's arrival.
As the groom and his wedding party arrive, the bride's family and friends ceremonially block the entrance to the house.
Elders from both families retreat into an inner room to negotiate on the bride price.
When concluded, the gifts are then presented to the bride's family.
After a dowry is agreed upon and it has been determined that there is no relationship between the intended bride and groom, the wedding is announced and the families begin preparations for a church/mosque ceremony and a mels/melsi ceremony.
On the wedding day the groom and groomsmen (ሚዜ) get ready at the groom's house early in the morning and proceed to the bride's parents house to begin the wedding ceremonies.
Officials and elders sip wine while they invite the couple in for introductions and negotiations, and presentation of the bride price which consists mainly of gifts of shoes, textiles, jewelry and bags.
Rather the bride's gate is locked and song and dance begins as a cover for negotiations.A delegation carrying small gifts is then sent to the woman's home to meet with her clan elders.Deliberations on bride price actually begin on a later date and these are strictly conducted by the older men only.After this, the bride, along with her entourage of girls is presented to the husband, family and guests in the most colourful way.Pygmy engagements were not long and usually formalized by an exchange of visits between the families concerned.