Wedding & Function
Wedding & Function

Dowry

Dowry had percieved importance when families arranged marriages. Dowries were used to try to guarantee the new couple's offspring a pleasant and comfortable life.

The bride was expected to bring a 'dowry' of money, jewels, animals, or something of substantial value to the marriage.

This substantial value was provided by the family of the bride and portrayed her perceived worth. On the other hand, the groom paid a 'brides price' to her family and promised to faithfully support the bride.

This tradition of a “bride’s price” is similar to the tradition of lobola in African traditional weddings.