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BellaNaija Weddings presents 13 Fabulous Wedding Trends for 2013

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Yipee, we have started BN Weddings off with a bang this year and we fully intend to keep up the pace. I have created our list of 13 Fabulous Wedding Trends for 2013.

BellaNaija Weddings presents 13 Fabulous Wedding Trends for 2013



Extraordinary Bouquets
A huge part of a bride’s look is her bouquet! For 2013, we anticipate unique bouquets being chosen by brides all over Africa. Brides will choose unique flowers such as Peonies, Calla Lilies and more. We also envision brides experimenting with unique presentations and shapes. Tolu Ijogun‘s arm sheaf bouquet was so beautiful while Funke Kuku‘s pearl adorned pomander bouquet was a showstopper and Bukki David-Onamusi‘s Victorian-inspired yellow rose fan bouquet was an elegant bridal statement. We also expect more brides to incorporate jewels and brooches into their bouquets, this is a great idea as brooch bouquets are great keepsakes that you can hold on to for a lifetime.

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Funke Kuku’s pearl adorned pomander bouquet (by Ali Bakhtiar Designs)

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Tolu Ijogun’s arm sheaf bouquet (by Newton & David)

Bukki David-Onamusi's Fan Bouquet

Bukki David-Onamusi’s Victorian-inspired Fan Bouquet (by BDO Dreams)

White for the Groom
When done right, a groom in white defines sophistication (think Roger Moore as James Bond!). In 2013, we will see more and more grooms opt for the white tuxedo jacket. Please note that this is a trend that can easily go WRONG. Stay clear of bright white – off-white/ivory works much better, a white jacket is more than enough – no need for an all-white look. Faith and Kenny‘s wedding was really a stunning affair. The bride looked gorgeous and groom in luxe white was truly dapper.
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DIY! Yes, YOU Can Do-It-Yourself
The internet has so many amazing resources for brides and grooms. You will be surprised by the amazing wedding favours, centrepieces and much more that you can create yourself. Beautiful bride Molade got married in Chicago last year. For her wedding, she made her stunning mantilla veil, aisle runner for church, escort cards for guests and reception centrepieces as well. I was a bridesmaid and I can assure you that it was fabulous.
Popular wedding websites StyleMePretty and WeddingBee are amazing resources for DIY brides and grooms.
You can check out a preview of Molade’s wedding via the Alakija Photography Blog.
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Two Sides of the Beauty Coin | Au Naturel & Popping in Red
One of my guilty pleasures is looking through bridal makeover photos. You know those photos that show the amazing before and after transformations of brides? Yup!
For 2013, we will see a rise in the 2 sides of the beauty coin for brides. What do I mean? Our leading makeup artist friends tell us that many brides are requesting for the fresh au naturel look. That look that defines effortless beauty while on the other side, brides are getting bolder and want the va va voom effect on their wedding day with bold red lips as well.

Check out inspiration below!

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Seun Adepoju’s Makeup by Banke Meshida-Lawal | Nicole Chikwe’s Makeup by Bimpe Onakoya

Dami Sosan's gorgeous red wedding look by Dainty Affairs

Dami Sosan’s gorgeous red wedding look by Dainty Affairs

Details! Logos and much more
Yes o! It’s all about the details in 2013. Couples will be “branding” their weddings like never before and will also be paying specific attention to all the special details on their big day.

The internet comes into play once again as it provides you with easy access to many templates for logos. Your wedding logo can be used for your decor, invitation, gifts, favours etc…Some couples even create a special wedding brand such as the popular #KO2012 for Kunbi & Olamide‘s Orlando Wedding with its supercute illustration of the couple {Click}. Also see recent BN couple Aisha and Ibrahim‘s use of their wedding logo for wedding decor including their seating area and dance floor. {Click for More}



Aisha & Ibrahim

Aisha & Ibrahim

The Bride in Couture
It’s no surprise that “Say Yes to the Dress” is one of the most popular shows on TLC Network in Africa. For many brides, it is all about the dress! In 2013, we anticipate more brides rocking bridal couture – Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Marchesa and more. Taking inspiration from the mainstream runways and Hollywood red carpet to create that glam bridal look.

See inspiration from Folake Aluko‘s wedding, her Monique Lhuillier dress was uber glam and mirrored the dress which got Mandy Moore on various Oscar best dressed lists!
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By Invitation Only – Smaller…More Intimate Weddings
This is definitely a trend that I’m excited about. As you know, in Nigeria and many parts of Africa, your wedding is “NOT just about you and your boo“, it is a family affair! You know what that means…a VERY long guest list!
A huge wedding raises quite a number of issues from cost to organization and the loss of that intimate ambience. A “small” wedding is not an easy feat to pull off but a good approach is to allow your parents and in-laws have the traditional wedding/engagement their way and then a by-invitation-only white wedding. You can also crunch the numbers and show your parents (if they are paying) how much they will be saving as well.

For inspiration, check out Ori & Nafisa’s super glam intimate wedding in Lagos via Dotun’s blog.
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Also see photos below from Tamilore Kuboye and Joseph Jatto‘s rustic chic lawn wedding. Photos by DuduGuy.
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Whisked Away! Destination Weddings
There was a huge rise in the number of Nigerians opting for the destination wedding option in 2012 and we expect even bigger spikes in 2013! A destination wedding has a certain exotic appeal. The thought of getting married in an idyllic or historic location is certainly dreamy. It is also a way of ensuring that guest numbers are minimized as well. Superstar musician 2Face Idibia and his wife Annie are set to celebrate their nuptials abroad this year and many others are opting for this choice.

When many people hear the words “destination wedding”, they instantly think EXPENSIVE. That isn’t always the case. There are destination weddings for every budget. Keeping guest numbers small will go a long way in ensuring that your destination wedding stays on track with your budget. Seyi Olusanya of Once Upon a Destination, a company which specializes in dream destination weddings tells BN Weddings that “creating an amazing destination wedding experience involves careful planning and meticulous attention to detail, start planning early, be clear about your budget and speak to a destination wedding planner to advise on where best to allocate your money to achieve the most memorable experience for you and your guests.

For inspiration, check out Stephanie & Linus’ Paris wedding and Amaka & Yomi’s luxe London wedding at the Four Seasons Mayfair.

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Stunning in Paris

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Luxe in London

Next Level Wedding Photography & Cinematography
2013 is the year that we say GOODBYE to bad wedding photography and take the trend of amazing wedding photography to the next level. There are so many great photographers for every single price range. Please browse through BN Weddings, select your preferred style of photography and contact the photographer. We also anticipate couples experimenting a bit more for their pre-wedding shoots, brides trying boudoir (translation – sexy for your hubby) photography, day-after photography sessions and more.

For inspiration, Check out Bolanle & Temie’s gorgeous pre-wedding photos by Wale Ariztos below {Click}.
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As you know, we introduced “BN Weddings – Video” in 2012 and we expect to feature more amazing wedding videos in 2013. Brides and grooms will go beyond getting anyone with a camera to shoot their wedding instead there will be a focus on creativity and quality of the wedding films. Here is one of our favorite wedding films of all time! It’s an international wedding but something everyone can appreciate.

Unexpected Hues & Textures for Traditional Weddings/Engagement
2013 is the year to experiment with colours especially for traditional wedding/engagement ceremonies. We saw a lot of brides and grooms play it safe with champagne, gold and silver in 2012 but we anticipate a re-emergence of bright and beautiful colours in 2013. Expect unusual colour combinations for aso ebi and even more complex colour descriptions a la midday sunshine yellow, deepsea green, Louis Vuitton brown and GTBank Orange 🙂

Let’s not forget unique textures such as velvet and sequins.

Check out inspiration from Funke Adepoju’s traditional engagement below.
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Something Different for the 2nd Look for the Bride & the Groom
Yay, BN Weddings predicted the rise of the “2nd Dress” and in 2012, a huge chunk of brides bought into this trend. What we noticed was that brides were wearing 2 (traditional) wedding dresses. For 2013, we anticipate that brides will be a little bit more playful with their 2nd look by using different colours instead of traditional white and playing around with shorter lengths as well.

The men do not  want to be left out and grooms will be getting in on the action as well. I recently saw a photo of a groom who changed into a Michael Jackson inspired look…so anything is possible!
Check out Samira’s red sequined look {Click} and Uduak’s jewelled look {Click} for inspiration.

Samira & Musty’s Wedding Dinner

Samira & Musty’s Wedding Dinner

Uduak & Tope's Wedding

Uduak & Tope’s Wedding

Glamorous Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
2013 is not the year from you to not dull your friends! They have bought aso ebi, paid for your bridal shower/bachelor’s party, perhaps even travelled from their home base for your wedding and then paid for their outfit – brides and grooms in 2013 will ensure that their bridal train looks fabulous.
Check out inspiration from Makashe Ibru and Kayode Awogboro‘s wedding {click}

The Element of Surprise
Now for the final wedding trend of 2013, “the element of surprise“! Yes, you are getting married, it’s your special day. Everything is ready and set to go. Forget cookie cutter and don’t forget to incorporate something special that is so unapologetically YOU! No I am not talking about getting Beyonce to perform at your wedding (though that would be totally AWESOME!), what I mean is a pleasant surprise for your guests that represents you. Maybe a duet by you and your spouse, maybe a dance performance by you and your friends. The element of surprise could also be doing something fresh and special for your guests. Check out what Lola and Wale did at their wedding! Flipflops for their friends so they could dance the night away.

Photography by Dotun Ayodeji, see more via Lola & Wale’s Blog
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So which trend will you be trying out for your big day? Let us know what you love!

Remember, a wedding is an event and marriage is for a lifetime!
Besos, Uche

Photo Credit: Atunbi Photography | BellaNaija | Photonimi | BMPro | NotesonaWedding | David Pullam | DuduGuy | Dotun Photography | Peter Rear for Filmotography | Dimeji | Shollots Studio | Seyi Charles George | Wale Ariztos | Jide Alakija Photography | Instagram | Getty Images | Ian Holmes Photography

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Will also be happy to answer any wedding related questions (especially related to the trends discussed in this post) in the comments section


  1. Onyi

    January 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Now i have started dreaming about my wedding and Weddings again….Everything was so beautiful…Fank u BN

  2. Ade

    January 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    1st. Lovely Ideas

  3. giggy

    January 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    oh goshhhh!!!!! am blushing already…… dear future hubby, get your cute butt down here!!!


    January 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I love BN and its reviews. Nice post

  5. midas

    January 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    i absolutely love the trend of changing into a dinner dress for the reception, was thinking of doing two wedding gowns but this is just perfect and i can wear the dress anywhere… maybe on our anniversary dinner… wink wink!!!

  6. ZAPPHAIRE events

    January 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    These trends are lovely. Great inspiration . These are some trends that ZAPPHAIRE incorporated last year and we are already working on some amazing weddings this year.
    We see 3/4 of all our brides here. Thanks bella naija

  7. lovely..lovely.. Totally agree. Invitations only..smaller weddings will be big this year no doubt. What is the use of having a street carnival type of wedding with no intimate special moments?

    Great post BN

    • uche

      January 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      MizV just wanna say i love your blog. Saw your YNaija feature. Keep doing you boo. And BN can we add better MARRIAGES to this trends for 2013? Great job you guys are doing here

  8. kiks

    January 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Jeez! am fantasizing about my wedding already…

  9. kmh

    January 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    So confused,will read it bit by bit later…..BN you are the bomb!

  10. sasyxcassie

    January 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Very nice.
    Now,if only people would put as much time and energy in courting and making their marriages work as they put in having the perfect, most glamorous wedding, maybe reduced divorce rates and spousal abuse will also become a trend for 2013.

  11. pade

    January 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    No regrets getting married long ago cos im sure i would be tempted to spend soo much with a these new trends in ceremonies( venue, decorations, aso ebi, photography,food , drinks, ).
    Spend wisely for weddings it doesn’t determine the success of a marriage.
    Very nice though.

  12. handsignals

    January 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Everybody should sa cut their coat according to their cloth. Most of the people featured here are obviously well do.No need breaking the bank to keep up with them. The pertinent thing is getting married to the man God ordained for you. Great tips nonetheless..

  13. Chattyzee

    January 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    This is definitely a nice article that I’ll be re-visiting. Lovely weddings too…

  14. Layo

    January 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Amen to more intimate weddings; It also means people are beginning to live within their means. And #ko2012 was amazing with lots of DIY ideas.

  15. Berry Dakara

    January 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm


  16. AMA

    January 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I am planning my wedding for the ending part of this year or early next year.Already done with the traditional engagement and yes my parents took over with the planning and organization and everything.However with my white wedding Im thinking of something very intimate(just close family and friends) out of town.I have in mind this serene location in Aburi(Im Ghanaian) and its going to be some sort of late afternoon wedding.My husband sings so Im thinking of having him perform our fav song.These are the ideas i have for my wedding so far..My main priority is to have an intimate wedding which is all about ME and stressing…just a day to celebrate our love with close family and friends..

  17. AMA

    January 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    lol at “Expect unusual colour combinations for aso ebi and even more complex colour descriptions a la midday sunshine yellow, deepsea green, Louis Vuitton brown and GTBank Orange”

  18. Amazeballs!

    January 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Nice article! the flip flops idea was so cute, costly too!

  19. Tincan

    January 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    GTBank Orange. Lol… So there no fit be mistake. Ha.

    Lovely article, Uche. Thinking of having a second wedding already… I’ve got 6 years to plan… 🙂

  20. maggie

    January 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    nothing better than a ” strictly by invitation wedding” for me. small and very intimate!! Don’t nobody wanting random people and causing chaos

  21. Zuzu

    January 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Oh my!

  22. All Clothing Online

    January 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    WOOWW…. Beautiful Brides… lovely dress

  23. Adelove

    January 21, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Love the flip flops idea…I most definitely want the emphasis of my day to be party rather than “wedding”.

  24. Ada

    January 22, 2013 at 12:15 am

    haba!!! You never gave us Faith’s white wedding o! Or Seun Adepoju’s! Please o, wedding updates will be nice. Thank you.

  25. Bridgewater Gardens

    January 22, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Those are some beautiful wedding photos. Peonies are my favorite wedding flowers!

  26. Ella

    January 22, 2013 at 8:48 am

    This got me laughing like a fool, i dey work abeg “Expect unusual colour combinations for aso ebi and even more complex colour descriptions a la midday sunshine yellow, deepsea green, Louis Vuitton brown and GTBank Orange”
    Nice Article, Kip it up BN!

  27. Bisi BusyBee

    January 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Thanks BN, for these reviews. I already told my PA, to note all down for reference. We’d be glad to recommend to our 2013 brides. Yipee! Cheers,

  28. Choice

    January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Beautiful.Oh God bless me this year,so mine will be on BN by 2014.

  29. The trends certainly are changing. One of the latest TRENDS is having your wedding transformed into a PAINTING. That’s the next level of photography. Having your photographs transformed into Embossed Surreal Works of Art . Just imagine, seeing various parts of your wedding as works of art hanging on your walls. Truly it’s amazing. And because the technique is special to the artist, it can’t be duplicated by any other artist or photographer. Would love to hear from you. Some of the photographs would have made great paintings.

  30. senator sandrelle

    January 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I love weddings so much…yet I want mine to be simple with 50people max..(Wonder how will get that done)….nice review..enjoyed every bit of it

  31. fashionandstylepolice

    January 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Beautiful brides. Loved it.

  32. Toyin

    January 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    All these men were annoying me before I came here. Even my ex bf asked if we can get back together and get married, I said no. Sorry, I’ve changed my mind. Now, back to my “dream wedding”. Simply beautiful.

  33. Sabrina

    January 23, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Great work with the whole article. I have always loved destination weddings for the whole experience it provides. Also, I just have to say that I want one of those colorful flip flops for myself.

  34. Dee dee

    January 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    OMD! I m sane thank God. I v been nursing more than half of those ideas in my head ever since I mean like sinceeee sinceeee oo! Tot my imaginations were running too ‘fairytale’ loolll! The ideas really make so much sense. Can’t wait for mine.
    Ehn ehn plix n plix give us some Seun adepoju’s wedding foto nau biko. I dunno y I jus like that girl.

  35. Julie Hill from Elysium

    January 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Hello! Thanks for featuring our work! It’s so great to see a blog promoting the importance of having a high quality wedding film!! xoxo!

  36. Nenyenwa

    January 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Where is my long awaited missing rib……God may he locate me in this year 2012.
    Wedding can be so romantic and lovely with the right guy not just any body

  37. Kefe

    January 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Great tips

  38. HRS

    February 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I absolutely love these ideas! Flip flop on a grass field, fabulous!

  39. Mimi

    March 12, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Oh my my!!! Thinking already how my wedding’s gonna beeeeeeee. My husband start coming so we can get something started. Kudos BN, Always making me dream dream and dream.

  40. custom bobblehead

    June 8, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Great work with the whole article.All the pictures in the blog is very nice and pretty one.Stay up on good work in the blog.

  41. HenorStag

    July 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Wowee! All brides featured are stunning! Beautiful. I’m sure they all looked stunning on their hen parties too!

  42. SilveR for HOUSE OF VESTAS

    December 24, 2013 at 5:16 am

    LoveLy TrenDs we’ve got heRe Must Confess

  43. Bello Ayobamidele

    January 23, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    This blog is really a good blog. She impress people a lot. And she draws people attention through the pictures,videos,and music she posts on her blog. That is why people really love the blog. Thumbs up to you bella. Keep it up.

  44. Pimp Suits for Mens

    March 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    So nice post about tuxedo wedding suits thanks for sharing this

  45. ladies party dresses

    August 13, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    white jacket is more than enough – no need for an all-white look. Faith and Kenny‘s wedding was really a stunning affair. The bride looked gorgeous and groom in luxe white was

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