Ethiopian custom dictates that the groom appoints three or four elders to contact the prospective bride’s family. The elders then arrange a meeting to go to the bride’s family to beg for her hand in marriage on behalf of the prospective husband. After the meeting, the bride’s family replies and the groom’s family hears back after a predetermined amount of time. According to Solomon, the procedure typically takes several months or sometimes a full year. Urban families’ contributions have been restricted to ceremonial participation and approbation. Every Ethiopian groom is required to give his bride a dowry. Every item in the dowry had to be brand new and was traditionally paid for by the groom in metropolitan areas. The younger generation makes modest financial commitments. Just some of the goods are rented from stores, and the bride and her friends provide the rest. The custom has nevertheless endured up to this point. On the eve of the wedding, the groom sends his men to Addis Ababa to deliver the dowry to the bride’s family. The bride’s family and bridesmaids receive the dowry, which frequently consists of jewels, a bridal gown, and a variety of outfits and shoes, and they assess its quality. At the dowry transfer ceremony, the bride is never seen, but she can watch the drama play out from a nearby corner.