Sample brideprice list
Wax print fabrics and lingerie for the bride.
A cash gift for the bride's family which goes to the family head along with a bottle of schnapps.
A token gift to the bride's brother(s).
The bride's favourite perfumes.
A luggage set for the bride.
Good old fashioned money for the bride because...why not?
In modern times
STORIES FROM GHANAIAN BRIDES
When we started dating I remember telling my then boyfriend, "If you ever plan on proposing to me, please make sure my nails are done". Apparently, he wanted to propose two weeks before he actually did. You know why he stalled? Because those two weeks I wanted my real nails to “breathe”; so I had no acrylics on!
That Monday he asked that I get my nails done and I did. I sent him a pic and he loved them. We had a date that Saturday so Saturday morning he comes over while I’m getting ready. I walk out of the bathroom and he’s on his knee. It still didn’t register at that point. I was like “what’s wrong?” that’s when I saw the ring. I hopped around the room for a good two minutes, cried, hit him a couple of times and said "yes yes yesssss". He was shaking so bad when he put the ring on my finger lmao (too cute)....anyway, that moment was special, the big proposal in the end wasn’t necessary to me. That intimate moment? I wouldn’t have it any other way"
Quick list, quick fix
How do people determine what goes into an engagement list? Culture? Family and friends? Experiences of older sibling? Not for me. When it was time for my knocking my father asked me to bring a list of items I wanted, easy right?? Nope! I had never been married before so I had no idea. I went on google pulled up and list and that was it."
With or without you...
"My then-boyfriend' had told his parents that he wanted to see mine about us getting married. So they agreed to just "go and visit" my parents.
We returned to my home that evening after being out all day and my sister tells us "Albert's parents were here today to do the knocking."
We were like "AH??"
His parents were supposed to just MEET my parents and make their acquaintance but because we had dated for so long they just went ahead with the formalities without us."