A traditional Kenyan wedding will differ from culture to culture within the country. These practices are what were doing historically in Kenya traditions when it came to weddings. In today’s modern world, things have changed but some practices may still be re-enacted for traditions’ sake.
Among the Pokot, the groom is required to pay a bride price. During the wedding ceremony, the groom circles the bride’s wrist with a leather wedding band.
Members of the Samburu tribe cross wooden sticks during the wedding ceremony, this symbolizes that a marriage will grow deep, have lasting roots, and maintain the strength and natural life force of trees.
Among the Rendille, a man will send beads to the girl whom he is interested in. If she accepts the beads then they will proceed to become engaged. Her parents will demonstrate their acceptance of the man by having the girl’s mother place a wooden ornament over the beads. Prior to the official marriage ceremony, the girl’s earlobes will be pierced and she will have some tattoos applied to her body. The groom will give the girl’s family and relatives some camels.
Among members of tribes like the Kipsigis, even though the giving of bridewealth is not a strict requirement for marriage, if the wife is unable to bear any children, then her family must return it to the husband. He is also permitted to marry another wife. Kipsigis men are allowed to marry as many wives as they can afford as long as they have the approval of the first wife.
If you laugh at your mother-in-law, you’ll get dirt in your eye
– Kenyan proverb