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BN Bridal Beauty: Edo Brides in Beautiful Beaded Benin Wedding Attire

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Edo_benin_Coral_Beads_brideHappy Friday! BellaNaija Weddings has 2 special style articles for you today! Whoop whoop. One for the grooms and one for brides.

This article is spotlighting the beautiful culture of brides from Edo State, in the south south of the Nigeria. Edo is home to many ethnic groups, including Bini, Akoko-Edo and Esan.

Edo brides are known for their elaborate beaded bridal wear – complete with a crown and accessories. The hair – the most important part of the look, is made into a high bun hairstyle known as Eto-Okuku, typically created with black gel. Coral beads are then sewn into the hair or extensions in to the form of a crown, called Okuku. Many brides buy wigs ready made with the hair and crown.

The coral bead accessories accentuate the regal look. Beaded necklaces are called ivie-uru, hand beads – ivie-ebo, earrings – emi-ehorivie, a beaded clutch – ekpa-ivie and a poncho like cape/beaded top called ewu-ivie. Many also wear slippers or shoes covered with beads.

For the complete look, brides wear different fabrics of wrappers – some wear embellished George, some opt for velvet or lace of different colours – anything looks great with beads.

Be Inspired!

When you’re done with this article, check out our Something Blue article – a trend for the grooms 😉 It’ll be up in an hour or so.


Lovely Lynda –  Click to View her Wedding – MUA Funmi Abeke – Instagram Benin_Edo_Brides_Wedding_Nigerian_Okuku_BellaNaija_31

Beautiful bride shared with us Instagram – #bellanaijaweddingsBenin_Edo_Brides_Wedding_Nigerian_Okuku_BellaNaija_4

Makeup by Kemi KingsInstagram
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Osayamen – from Facebook

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Iyayi – Beads by Esohe of Beauty Lounge. Makeup by Lolade of Dainty Affairs


Bisi – Makeup by Kunbi Fashakin of Sit Pretty Makeovers

Brides made up by Osamu of Beauty Matters – InstagramBenin_Edo_Brides_Wedding_Nigerian_Okuku_BellaNaija_11 Benin_Edo_Brides_Wedding_Nigerian_Okuku_BellaNaija_12 Benin_Edo_Brides_Wedding_Nigerian_Okuku_BellaNaija_10 Benin_Edo_Brides_Wedding_Nigerian_Okuku_BellaNaija_13 Benin_Edo_Brides_Wedding_Nigerian_Okuku_BellaNaija_14

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Vivacious Tolu – Wedding Video

Beautiful Omoye – Wedding | Makeup by Beauty Cook Studio – InstagramBenin_Edo_Brides_Wedding_Nigerian_Okuku_BellaNaija_38 Pretty Ehi & her sister – WeddingEhi Ade Traditional Wedding -  November 2012 - BellaNaija034 Ehi Ade Traditional Wedding -  November 2012 - BellaNaija053Elegant Elsie – WeddingBenin_Edo_Brides_Wedding_Nigerian_Okuku_BellaNaija_27 Benin_Edo_Brides_Wedding_Nigerian_Okuku_BellaNaija_28

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Elohor Aisien in Okuku, Beaded Velvet Wrapper & Ivie Uru


Okuku – coral crown & cape – ewu-ivie


In red George wrapper embroidered with gold


Mercy in an asymmetrical gold dress

Mercy had many outfit changes! See more ideas in her exclusive BN Wedding feature!


Nike Oshinowo in a styled shoot – rocking okuku (crown) & ewu-ivie (cape)


Beautiful little bride from Mercy’s wedding. Wonder how old she is now? 🙂

Hope you were inspired today!

If you would like to see the vendors like MUAs and for beads, click on the full wedding links near the bride’s photos.

We are adding a trusted vendor page soon – in the meantime, feel free to refer bead vendors and hairdressers for the Eto-Okuku in the comments.

xoxo – Ink

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