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Photo: Libran Eye Photography | Makeup: Banke Meshida-Lawal of BM Pro

Hello there BellaNaija Weddings Lovers! This’ll be our last BN Weddings Trend Watch of the year! It’s a feature where we highlight what’s hot and happening in Nigerian weddings both at home and abroad. For previous editions, click here!

In fact, we predicted many wedding trends for the year in our first edition – See Here

We were spot on with some but with others, we were totally blown away! You guys rock.

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Before that, we’d like to thank you for all your support this year!

If you’re a true fan, you know BN Weddings has come a long way. We’ve introduced 5 new features in 2013 (you can click on the feature names to see more!) In alphabetical order:

We have continued with our tried and true BN Weddings features including pre-wedding shoots, BN Celebrity Weddings, BN Bridal, Our Wedding Story and more! Posting more than ever – more quality photos and in-depth explanations of culture and love.

We blew the doors open to wedding inspiration beyond the website, and created our social media accounts. We now have a combined following (all organic) of almost 100k! We’re so grateful for all your support and love over the years and we solemnly vow to get better and better next year. Remember, if you ever have feedback, we are open to suggestions on how we can improve. Feel free to e-mail us on weddings (at) bellanaija.com.

We’re always asked – are weddings free? Yes they are! Simply e-mail us and we’ll send you the next steps.

In our next rev of the website we plan to add a submissions form to the website so you don’t need to e-mail us first.

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Now, back to the matter! If you remember, BN Weddings outlined our 13 Fabulous Wedding Trends for 2013 {Click to View} and they all came to pass! Now check out these 10 wedding trends rocked Nigerian weddings – at home and abroad this year.

1. Sequin and Blinged gele: Move over traditional gele, brides stood out in 2013 with sequined and embellished gele to shine on their special day and stand out from the crowd. It also became a favourite for #asoebibella!

BN Bride Bisoye glowed in her red sequin aso-oke! See her wedding HERE!

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Photography: Alakija Studios | Makeup: Banke of BM Pro

See BN bride Rowena’s BN Wedding Glam HERE

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2. Traditional in Nigeria, Destination for the White Wedding: Want a smaller more intimate white wedding? Take it overseas! It automatically eliminates the “lookie-loos”. You can pay for those who matter but can’t afford it.

BN couple Mariah & Kevin got married in Nigeria and in the UK! See their wedding HERE.

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Photo by Konverge Media

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Photo by The Atunbi Experience

3. Statement Getting-ready Wear – Bride and Bridesmaids: Say it with a t-shirt or a robe! For example, Bride Mathilda’s bridesmaids shirts show the number of years they’ve known the lovely bride, while her shirt adds all their years of friendship. Statement getting ready gear is now a must for pre wedding photo ops and video.

See BN bride Mathilda’s wedding HERE!

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Mathilda’s Photos: Fotos By Fola

There were even shirts for the flower girls!

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BN bride Toyosi and her bridesmaids’ bridal robes said it all! See her wedding HERE

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Photography: RH Photo Arts

4. All shades of Blue suits for Groom and Groomsmen: Black will always be in, but this year grooms are giving us 50 shades of blue! From more traditional navy to bright cerulean, look no further brides, your something blue can be your groom!

See BN groom Hakeem Shagaya’s wedding HERE

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See BN couple Bisoye & Lanre’s Spectacular Wedding HERE

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Photography: Alakija Studios

5. Out of the Box Pre-Wedding Shoots: Studio photo shoots are so 1990s! With themes from jet planes to baking, you can make a pre wedding shoot that suits your personality through and through. The shots make an awesome keepsake – marking this special time, great for wedding programs and makes for a fun feature on BN 😉

See BN couple Beverly & Tosan’s Jet Plane Pre-Wedding Shoot HERE

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Photography: RH Photo Arts

6. Stand out #asoebibella trends: sequins, velvet, knot wrapper: Akwa oche is back! But it never looked this good. Even your friends can feel special in stand out aso ebi trends – sequins, knot wrapper and velvet were some of the trends that made you look twice at a young lady in stunning aso ebi, or as we’d like to call her, an #asoebibella!

See BN bride Faith’s wedding HERE

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Photo by Ade Plumptre | Aso Ebi by Kwamuhle Fabrics

See the knot wrapper tutorial HERE !

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Photography: Konverge Media

7. Fun socks for the Groom and Groomsmen: Grooms and groomsmen are showing off colourful and playful socks that match the colours or theme of the wedding. Embrace print and polka dot – it’s fun!

See BN couple Ekibo & Boma’s wedding HERE

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Photo by Inije

8. Sequin Second Dress: Get down and dance in a sexy sequin dress! Even at the traditional wedding! From gold to red, brides stun in sequin dresses – it doesn’t need to be heavily designed. Easy, breezy and of course, blingey.

See Lola and Peter’s wedding HERE

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Photography: AkinTayoTimi for BellaNaija Weddings

See Tiwa & TeeBillz Wedding HERE

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Photography: AkinTayoTimi for BellaNaija Weddings

9. Wedding Dress Back Detail: Make a statement all around – from when you enter the room to walk down the aisle, show off your toned back and killer curves with a statement back.

BN Bride Ify … wedding coming soon 😉

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Makeup: Mamza Beauty | Photography: Obi Somto

Bride Shally of Style blog For Style Sake – see her wedding on her blog  HERE

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Designer: Veejay Floresca | Photography: Jide Odukoya

10. Brides and Bridesmaids embracing Braids and Natural Hairstyles: Nowadays more brides and bridesmaids are embracing natural textures and hairstyles for their wedding day.

See our feature on natural Nigerian brides and bridesmaids HERE

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Photography: SamAlesh Photography

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That’s all folks!

What were your favourite wedding features in 2013?

What do you want to see from us in 2014?

Till next year –

xoxo

Uche & Ink

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48 Comments

  1. Thelma

    December 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks BN weddings. You guys are truly awesome. I bet you don’t even know just how awesome you are or how huge the impact you’ve created is. You guys make a difference. Love love love you!

    thelmathinks.blogspot.com

  2. Onome

    December 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    So lovely. This year has been fantastic with u guys. Love
    this blog so much.

  3. Onome

    December 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    This year has been fantastic with u guys. Love this blog so
    much. When my wedding comes, i will definitely contact u guys. So
    much love

  4. xavier

    December 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    You guys came and changed the game. Made wedding planing
    easier. I love u guys u have no idea *sniff sniff *

  5. Gistyinka Blog

    December 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Colorful events and dresses..

  6. Luv .O.

    December 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    So Beautiful

  7. merci

    December 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    thanks bella! looking forward for more beautiful editions in 2014!!! God spare our lives amen.

  8. merci

    December 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    thanks bella! looking forward for more beautiful editions in 2014!!! God spare our lives amen. Particularly grateful for the days of groom wearing gloves is gone lol.

  9. Endo

    December 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Love love all the wedding pictures! So colourful and beautiful.

    Pls share your endometriosis stories @ endochallenges.wordpress.com. Let’s beat endo together!

  10. mia

    December 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I think gold and red was also the color of the year

  11. nollare

    December 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I wake up in the morning, after prayers and all other necessicities, I log on to bellanaija. Yes i am that addicted

    • bee

      December 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      I thought i was the only one that addicted to it…. Love BN so so much.

  12. Cancel Reply

    December 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Lovely weddings!

  13. dd

    December 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Haba BN u missed sumtin oo. Last yr u talked abt predicting a couple showing an element of surprise 2deir guests on deir weddin day. One couple CHINNY n MANNY did an amazing entry on deir weddin day.its on youtube

  14. Caramel

    December 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    You the best Bella Naija…….Keep it coming. Love you loads 🙂

  15. Onye

    December 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Although I love BNW, I won’t be featuring on this myself. No offence. I guess I’m shy!! I hope my hubby wouldn’t want to show off like this too!

  16. jinkelele

    December 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Love the back detail on the wedding dress

  17. rubies

    December 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    love love love yu guys. yu guys have no idea how much i
    refreshed this page in a day. great year guys. you rock

  18. http://www.hairmillionaire.blogspot.com

    December 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Lovely!

  19. the mane captain

    December 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    i like all the trends! let’s see what couples come up with in 2014!
    themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

  20. Yours Truly

    December 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks BN weddings – These years’ weddings have been awesome, and I look forward to 2014 wedding. Hope to feature someday 🙂

    yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.co.uk

  21. khoryin

    December 28, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Naijas rock!! Can only look forward 2 next year
    SMILE FOR THE CAMERA | Welcome to Oyinkansola’s Blog————————http://talkwedding.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/smile-for-the-camera/

  22. Engee

    December 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    BN is the bomb….no doubt. kudos to you. greater 2014…..yaayyyyyy

  23. towknee

    December 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    BN u rock big time!! u guys really made my fashion experience fun this year.more grease to ur elbows in 2014.

  24. SOLO ACT

    December 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    that yoruba bride in the first pic is killing me!! chai beauty

  25. ify

    December 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Anoder wedding trend was d all-white cakes n hall decor! I tot it was elegant! Kip up d good work!

  26. bebe

    December 28, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    bn weddings always make me want to get married. God! this 2014 na my turn o.

    • falalala

      December 29, 2013 at 1:40 am

      Take it easy, after the wedding comes marriage. fyi

    • asgrl

      December 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

      HAHAHAHAHA! F’real!

  27. Steph

    December 29, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Bella Naija of life…..Caps up! hands down guys! U guys have helped so many of us (soon bride-to-be) in a huge way without even knowing it…Wedding planner? forget it, getn al the ideas nd contacts I need on here!… I ve al the time to plan, twitter, instagram, fbk, here, name it everywhere u r I’m there lolz…Luv u bunches, May God keep and bless us all. 2014 here we go…

  28. Bevshine events

    December 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Kisses Bella and thumbs up to the entire BN team…may your ink never go dry

  29. Mo

    December 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Best BN wedding 2013 -Bisoye and Lanre. Viewed their pics over and over. Ify’s dress is the loveliest dress 2013 I think. Looking forward to BN weddings 2014

  30. Chigbo

    December 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Oh my, ive caught the wedding fever!

    BN my wedding and marriage comes off in 2014 IN JESUS NAME by his grace

    You re invited!!!!

  31. nana

    December 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Bella u guys rocked this year for me. Never a dull moment on this site. I had moments of happy tears just looking at wedding pictures. I look forward to a better 2014.
    Thediaryofayoungblackwoman.blogspot.com

  32. aramide

    December 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    U guys really did a great job

  33. ngozii

    December 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Nicee
    Just like my blog of the year is naijasinglegirl.wordpress.com too hilarious

  34. alice

    December 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    well done bella

  35. mcmeffy

    December 30, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Bella Naija thank you so much for coming ma way. Tho still young @ heart….U redefined weddings…

  36. stella

    December 31, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    BN! You guys are d best, i dont miss your site for anything not even for a day, God bless you guys n see you in 2014…..Love u loads.

  37. Bisi BusyBee

    December 31, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    THANKS BN, your features were indeed interesting, lovely
    and of course resource ful. I must say as a wedding planner, I
    learnt quite alot here. Though you didnt upload my wedding
    photos(you are given). I also got some business deals thru this
    site(wide smile). We hope for greater things in 2014. Love you all!
    Cheers, BusyBee. http://www.busybeeeventsng.com

  38. elox!events

    January 1, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Bella naija u Guys rock Tnk!2013 was indeed amazing

  39. Cecelia

    January 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Hi B.N and B.N readers..does anyone know some vendors for the sequined gele?

  40. elox!events

    January 5, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Thanks BN!

  41. tbaby

    January 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Please BN, can you give me the link to the wedding photos of the featured bride in green buba and red sequin bling gele. Thanks.

  42. Aderonke

    January 9, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Lots of hugs nad love to you guys at Bella! Mwahhhhhh love you guys loads. You wont believe thta moi and my colleagues log on to ur site first tin before official work every morning. Even wen we are on field work we made it compulsory for one person to quickly log on and give us all updates hahahha loool we are dat addicted to you guys!
    Last year was a great one with you guys, sure this year will be greater by God’s grace and we will all be around to celebrate it and do more fun tinz together! Amen *hugs*

  43. Fairy

    January 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    NICE POST BELLA . KIP IT UP MAN

  44. ETERNALGEMS

    March 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    beautiful wedding pictures………..

    eternalgems.com.ng a

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