Umembeso Inspiration

The Umembeso ceremony is one of the traditions that form part of the Zulu wedding process. This usually happens after the ilobolo has been paid, and it involves the goom and his family bringing gifts to the bride’s family.

The standard procedure involves the in-laws arriving at the house of the bride and gathering outside the gate with gifts, as a way to thank the family. Singing and dancing to traditional Zulu marriage songs “ukusina” are also takes place while awaiting entry inside. In order for the ceremony to start, a small group of the in-laws are sent into the house to retrieve the bride or alternatively, the bride’s father brings her outside.

Once the bride is now outside and the two families are joined, gifts are exchanged. These gifts often include blankets, doeks, clothing, food & drinks, and even goats or sheep. After the gifts have been given it is time to celebrate with a feast! Everyone in both families gather to eat a delicious meal together and enjoy the special day. A great Zulu tradition to symbolize the joining of two families.

Photos of the Umembeso Process:

Umembeso Invitation Ideas

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The Groom’s Family Arrives with Gifts

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Image Source: Nathi’s Photography || Inkanyiso  

The Couple at the Ceremony

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Image Source: By Lungi  ||  Khaya and Ntando’s Umembeso
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Images: Kenny Kunene

Umembeso Decor Inspiration

Membeso Cake and Food

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Source: Pinterest || Gugu the Baker  ||  


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