This is the concluding part of the ultimate guide to enjoying a Yoruba wedding ceremony.
However, as we said in the first part of this article, you could be present but miss out on all that fun even if you really want to be part of it all.
If you haven't read that first article, you can read it here. In it, we began a comprehensive guide on how to enjoy a memorable day at a Yoruba wedding.
We said you are allowed to miss the church service, you should arrive at the reception early, buy aso-ebi or appear in the best of everything you've got [clothes, shoes, makeup, etc], sit with the bride's family, and be as close to the stage as possible.
Now we complete the guide with the remaining things you should do to enjoy your self...
Now this might not be what you want to hear, but it is the simple truth.
Of course, in a normal setting, everyone who attends a party as a guest should be served with all the good stuff at that party, but sadly, many Yoruba weddings do not follow the normal principle.
While it is advisable that you maintain a large portion of your composure and cool, sometimes you have to be rugged and gangsta with the serving ladies before they serve you food and drinks.
It's wrong, we know, but that's how it is. You have to adapt. Go gangsta!
An alternative to what is written above is to cozy up to those serving ladies.
You could compliment one or two of them on your way in. Tell them you like their figure or their shoe or... anything.
Just strike a little conversation with them, make them smile and just as you are about to go take your seat close to the stage, gently drop it to them that that is where you are going to be seated.
Just watch as small chops, ofada rice, amala, semo, jollof rice, dodo and all other stuff will keep turning up on your table.
This is one added as an afterthought, and will be most useful to the men reading this.
Most times, there is always one guy or two of them watching over the drinks.
You could walk over to them, and give them something. Then show them where your location in the hall is.
I hear it works like magic and the booze [if available] will just keep flowing at your table.
This is important for few reasons.
One, if you are a guy, wedding ceremonies are usually filled with pretty girls.
And for single ladies, there is your opportunity to chat with the Yoruba guys in agbada and decide if they are really demons as people claim.
On a more serious note, that Yoruba wedding could be an opportunity to meet someone if you are single.
Secondly, and more generally, you never know who has souvenirs to distribute, and many of those people only give those they are familiar with.
You could become 'familiar' with them by being chatty on the table, and contributing to the conversations created.
Last but not least, you have to dance, for what is a party without dance?
It is even easier to do this at Yoruba weddings especially if there is a good band that understands what real tungba music is all about.
By God, you must dance! That party can't be said to be a complete success if there's solid alujo but you refused to dance.
And if you are a good dancer, you can expect to have money sprayed on you.
Now who doesn't love some extra cash?
Do you think Yoruba weddings are truly interesting or just overrated»