Many couples choose to do all three, depending on their financial situation.
Nigerian weddings are normally characterised by lots of colours.
The civil marriage takes place at a registry, and then the religious ceremony follows.
Finally it’s the traditional Nigerian wedding ceremony.
After a dowry is agreed upon and it has been determined that there is no relationship between the intended bride and groom, the wedding is announced and the families begin preparations for a church/mosque ceremony and a mels/melsi ceremony.
When concluded, the gifts are then presented to the bride's family.
After this ceremony, the groom retrieves his bride and they along with a procession go to a church/mosque to take their wedding vows.
After the religious ceremony, the wedding procession moves to a park/garden where lunch is served to guests.
This is typically the conclusion the first day of a typical Ethiopian wedding.
During the mels/i ceremony is dependent on the ethnic heritage of the family but it is typically smaller than the first ceremony and a time for close friends and family to spend some time with each other and continue to celebrate the newly married couple.