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BellaNaija Weddings presents 10 Wedding Trends For 2015!

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Happy Monday!

In what is becoming an annual tradition for us at BellaNaija Weddings, we’re proud to present our predictions for wedding trends that’ll take over 2015!

In case you missed it,

These were our predictions for 2013 | Here was our recap of 2013 | For our 2014 predictions, click here

Here’s our list for 2015 – enjoy & be inspired!

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1. Flower-gasm
Flowers are becoming the focal point of many couples’ reception decor, not just an addition. Flowers have a way of rendering the decor lush and romantic.

Kemi & Seun | Jide Odukoya Photography | Yoruba Lagos Nigerian Wedding | BellaNaija January 2015 | 20141115-Kemi-and-Seun-White-Wedding-Pics-10675

Kemi & Seun’s Wedding | Decor by Victoria F Events

Kemi & Seun | Jide Odukoya Photography | Yoruba Lagos Nigerian Wedding | BellaNaija January 2015 | 20141115-Kemi-and-Seun-White-Wedding-Pics-11070

Kemi & Seun’s Wedding | Decor by Victoria F Events

See Kemi and Seun’s Wedding Here!

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Onyinye & Emeka’s Wedding | Decor by The Wedding Guru

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Onyinye & Emeka’s Wedding | Decor by The Wedding Guru

Maryam Augie & Abdulmumin Jibrin's Outdoor Abuja Wedding | George Okoro Photography | Nigerian Muslim Hausa Wedding 2014 | BellaNaija 0George Okoro-346076

Maryam & Hon. Jibrin’s Wedding | Decor by Lilly’s Concept

Maryam Augie & Abdulmumin Jibrin's Outdoor Abuja Wedding | George Okoro Photography | Nigerian Muslim Hausa Wedding 2014 | BellaNaija 0George Okoro-367079

Maryam & Hon. Jibrin’s Wedding | Decor by Lilly’s Concept

See Maryam and Jibrin’s Outdoor Wedding Celebrations Here!

2. The Cape Trend
In late 2014, Solange ‘broke the internet’ in her unconventional white outfits at her New Orleans wedding. Two of the outfits incorporated capes, which we predict will be an even bigger trend this year.

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Solange’s First Wedding Outfit

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Solange’s Second Outfit

See Solange’s Wedding Here!

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Beautiful Dr. Asia’t

Bauchi State Governor's Son Yahaya Yuguda weds Beautiful Dr. Asia't | Eyes of Insanity | BellaNaija Weddings | 0.IMG_3030

See Dr Asiat and Yahaya Yuguda’s Wedding Here!

Maryam Augie & Albulmumin Jibrin | 30th Birthday | Abuja Nigeria Muslim Wedding at Blue Velvet | BellaNaija 0George Okoro-70v2

Maryam’s Dress by Hudayya

See Maryam’s Birthday/Wedding Dinner Here!

3. Grand Entrances
Nowadays brides and grooms dancing in with their friends alone won’t cut it. Brides are entering with performance troupes, bagpipes, you name it.

Kemi & Seun | Jide Odukoya Photography | Yoruba Lagos Nigerian Wedding | BellaNaija January 2015 | 20141115-Kemi-and-Seun-White-Wedding-Pics-10679

Kemi & Seun’s Wedding | Entrance with Bagpipes

Kemi & Seun | Jide Odukoya Photography | Yoruba Lagos Nigerian Wedding | BellaNaija January 2015 | 20141115-Kemi-and-Seun-White-Wedding-Pics-10826

Kemi & Seun’s Wedding | Crystal Walkway | Decor by Victoria F Events

See Kemi and Seun’s Wedding Here!

Also, the 10-foot-tall ladies at wedding entrances are so in!

Joke & Azeez’s Wedding | Decor by Yvent Kouture

Joke & Azeez’s Wedding | Decor by Yvent Kouture

See Joke & Azeez’s Wedding Here!

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Ireti Doyle’s daughter Abimbola Ngozi Kachi Ozofor’s Traditional Wedding – Cultural Dancers

4. Themed Weddings
Yes, there’s the traditional and white wedding, but now couples are infusing other elements – cultural and otherwise – into these occasions.

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Ewemade & Bode’s Indian Themed Traditional Yoruba & Edo Wedding | Trendy Bee Events

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Yewande & George’s Vintage Inspired Wedding

See Yewande & George’s Vintage-Inspired Wedding Here!

5. Unconventional Bridal Parties
In 2014, we saw the rise of unconventional bridal parties. Women stood by the groom’s side … shall we call them ‘grooms-women’?

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Grooms”woman” Kemi Lala Akindoju, Groom OC Ukeje & Bride Ibukun Togonu | Suits by Mai Atafo | Photo by Insigna Media

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Grooms”woman” Kemi Lala Akindoju | Suit by Mai Atafo

See OC Ukeje & Ibukun’s Wedding Here!

Kehinde & his best lady Taiwo | Bunmi & Kehinde's Wedding Coming Soon to BNW!

Groom Kehinde & his best lady, twin Taiwo | Bunmi & Kehinde’s Wedding Coming Soon to BNW!

6. Next Level Bridal Showers! 
Friends are now sending off their dear bride-to-be off in grand style! Bridal Showers are now on the next level, complete with elaborate decor, red carpets and custom stationery.

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See “Princess” Tolu’s Bridal Shower in a Castle Here!

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Joke’s Chanel Themed Bridal Shower

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7. Monochrome Traditional Bridal Wear 
Traditional weddings are the best opportunity to play with colour! Many brides are however, opting to wear their favourite colour for different elements of their outfit – from headwrap to wrapper. The hottest colours are shades of blue and green – aqua, teal etc.

Adanma Ohakim & Amaha Igbo Traditional Wedding in Imo State, Nigeria - December 2014 | BellaNaija.1 (104)

Adanma & Amaha’s Wedding

See Adanma & Amaha’s Traditional Wedding Here!

Zamfara State Governor's Daughter's Wedding | George Okoro Photography | Hausa Kamu Wedding | BellaNaija 0George Okoro-5424

See Zainab Yari’s Wedding Here!

8. Breathtaking Stage Decor 
Chandeliers, lights, your wedding day is all about You! So why not make a statement with a spectacular stage that keeps the spotlight where it’s supposed to be?

Floral Chandelier - Breathtaking DanceFloor

Bee & Martin’s Wedding | Decor by Oaken Events

Bee and Kabir's Abuja Wedding | Alakija Studios | Oaken Events | BellaNaija Weddings 2015.162 (2)

Bee & Martin’s Wedding | Decor by Oaken Events

See Bee & Martin’s Wedding Here!

9. Custom Wedding Dresses 
If you want more bling, more beading, more everything, why not get your dress custom made?

Nowadays Nigerian brides regardless of their religion desire the ‘princess look’ for their wedding day, and that often comes with a custom white wedding dress!

We see this trend rising in 2015, in Christian and Muslim weddings alike, as brides are making their own rules for their special day.

Nini & Ceejay | Igbo Nigerian Wedding in Lagos | Harbour Point | BellaNaija 007.15

Dress by Lebanese designer Walid Atallah

See Nini & CeeJay’s Wedding Here!

Safiya & Umar

Safiya’s Wedding Coming Soon to BNW!

Sophia & Joseph | Nigerian & Ghanaian Wedding in Lagos | Photonimi | BellaNaija 0115

Sophia’s Dress by Christie Brown GH | Photo by Photonimi

See Sophia Ekere-Obong Andino’s Wedding Here!

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Bride @primarougefashion- she made her own dress!

Maryam Augie & Abdulmumin Jibrin's Outdoor Abuja Wedding | George Okoro Photography | Nigerian Muslim Hausa Wedding 2014 | BellaNaija 0George Okoro-2-28233

Maryam’s Dress by Hudayya Couture

See Maryam and Jibrin’s Outdoor Wedding Celebrations Here!

10. Unconventional Colour Combinations for Grooms and Groomsmen 
Bye bye
boring black suit and tie combinations! Nowadays grooms and groomsmen are mixing it up, giving their fresh spin and infusing their personal style into their wedding looks.

Yagazie of Gazmadu Photography & Oziegbe | November 2014 | Igbo Nigerian Wedding | December 2014 | BellaNaija 0_MG_8076

BN Groom Oziegbe rocked an all-black suit with a pink rose boutonniere (Right), while his groomsmen wore white shirts and white boutonnieres with pink ties.

See Oziegbe and Yagazie of Gazmadu Photography’s Wedding Here!

Lamide Lagos

@LamideLagos made a solid style statement with his red bottoms and groomsmen in red suits!

45 Comments

  1. sum1special

    January 26, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Average people…please take note you have to have a certain amount of wealth to pull this trend off…before people who cant afford it start robbing banks…..cut your coat according to your size and pocket.

    • Nahum

      January 26, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Please help me tell these children o. Ladies and gents, please check your bank accounts very well before you start following trends. Biko if you know you can not keep up with the trend, abeg create your own trend biko. Dont go and sell your unborn children because of one day and Bella Naija pictures. Those of us “oooo”ing and “ahhhh”ing on BN will not give you money when the chips are down o. Dont kill yourself to please us abeg.

    • fynefidel

      January 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      my dear u said it all.

    • Taiwo

      January 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      Loooooooool!!

    • BellaNaija.com

      BellaNaija.com

      January 26, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      LOL we love our BN fam and your comments.
      That said, trends can be interpreted in various ways. It gives us great joy to see trends in our BN wedding posts reinterpreted in various ways. You do not need a huge budget. You just need to get creative!

      For example, you do not need millions to rock so many of the trends. Any great tailor can recreate a cape trad outfit for you. Same goes for the Monochrome trad trend or even the custom wedding dress trend. Go to the market, buy your fabric and sew it. There was a bride we featured on instagram and the photo got thousands of likes. Her dress was stunning! It was made by an “unknown/upcoming” Nigerian designer right here in Lagos and it def did not cost an arm and a leg. Even a themed wedding or unique bridal shower, you can create these according to your budget. You just need creativity and time.

      So dear future brides, you can have a fab wedding at any budget. Enjoy 🙂

    • mrs chidukane

      January 26, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      I love you guys but let’s face it, if e no be panadol, e no fit be like panadol! Lmao!

    • Su

      January 26, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      BN, you dont feature “creative weddings”! you feature expensive weddings with all the hired wedding planners and photographers! and oh yes! you will need to bend over backwards if you r not very rich to achieve the wedding you guys flaunt. You have every right to post them and let people ooh and ahh but please dont come with all the justified talk of interpreting trends.

    • BellaNaija Weddings

      BellaNaija Weddings

      January 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Hello Su,

      We do post creative weddings and also, as you mentioned, expensive weddings! However, the weddings we post are to inspire and not to dictate how weddings should be. We’re always eager for You, or any BN reader with the next creative idea to make your day yours and blow people away.

      Here are a few:
      1. Peacock Wedding – http://www.bellanaija.com/2013/12/02/a-pretty-peacock-wedding-in-lagos-traditional-engagement-reception-beautiful-bollywood-nikkah/

      The couple saved money by having all 3 ceremonies in the same hall on the same day, and infused the peacock theme in creative ways all day.

      2. Beach Wedding – http://www.bellanaija.com/2014/02/27/bellanaija-weddings-presents-anita-berry-kesiena-cakes-lovely-lagos-beach-wedding-rich-rivers-traditional/

      The couple scouted the venue themselves, the family did the decor, groom made the cake, traded some items for barter (e.g. pre wedding photography) etc.

      3. Vintage Wedding – http://www.bellanaija.com/2014/09/30/yewande-georges-elegant-efik-yoruba-wedding-with-a-vintage-touch-akintayotimi/

      Yewande scouted a lot of the items – decor and souvenirs – herself on Etsy.com

      Thanks!

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 26, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Hahaha!!! Very good advice so that nobody “tensions” themselves unecessarily. 🙂

      On another note, I have to say that Nigerian events planners are setting the bar at new levels. Every venue I’ve seen looks fantastic … but, again, na money make beta soup to dey sweet. 🙂

  2. concerned

    January 26, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Trend #11: Multimillionaire Couples. If your father doesn’t have an oil company, a bank or isn’t a senator or governor, please respect yourself and find your way to the Ikoyi registry. Bella, you’re welcome

    • Jane Public

      January 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      You beat me to it. They missed the glaring trend. I foresee more multi millionaire hookups this 2015. You are welcome BN

    • ify

      January 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      funniest comment EVERRR!!! Lmao

    • adelegirl

      January 27, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      LOL! Add fabric merchant and gold dealers to the list- those isale eko women have tons of money!

  3. judi bola

    January 26, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    really really awesome wedding decoration and concept , look so beatifull . you are awesome BN

  4. crew cutter

    January 26, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    So such time spent planning “the wedding”; so little time spent planning the marriage. Little wonder why so many are crumbling within a short time.

  5. Debby

    January 26, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    All BNW is saying is, see the trends and take a cue, they are not asking you to break banks for your wedding. After all we steal styles from the BN as-ebi to sew by our “suraju the tailor”.
    You can copy and paste any of the trends with little budget if you are sincere with yourself and not trying to impress anybody. Shikena…

    • Abeeeeee

      January 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Suraju! LMAOooooooo

  6. enny

    January 26, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    BN when are you going to start covering average people’s weddings. The ones that get married every other saturday. Love ur work but u can’t keep giving us food to chew w/out swallowing

    • corolla

      January 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      O.C’s wedding that was above average was yapped on this site, so I don’t think average people will be submitting their pictures to be insulted by a bunch of basic females.

  7. Meh

    January 26, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    On the serious…. what Bella said is the truth. Caught my boyfriend tensioning himself looking at bella naija pics and had to talk him off the ledge of ‘how the hell is anybody supposed to afford this’. I was of course… flattered, but it really is a case of there are ideas that are easy to copy without killing yourself… e.g. yewande’s bridesmaids dresses were sewn by a normal tailor… she bought her own veil at a non-designer price… and they all looked so nice!

  8. lola

    January 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    but bellanaija you promote expensive weddings

  9. Miss Pynk

    January 26, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Oh wedding trends. My body was itching just looking at the flower walls. thank God i have allergies, used fake flowers all the way.

    Bella you guys left out a trend- custom souvenirs – not buckets or even ipads. I had custom cigars for friends of the groom, and mints for the ladies at the trad. The cigars were a hit along with the mini alcohol bottles, my father friends were asking if they werent young enough for the cigars.lmao.

    for intending couples please do not tension yourself on top of wedding. It only lasts 2 or 3 days. Just make sure you have fun. If you spend your money trying to fulfil unecessary rites,you will feel it later oh….

    At the end of the day, you two will face yourseves behind closed doors and life will happen.

    Also pay for your honeymoon before you pay for wedding…it helps.

    pynk360.com

    • Jo!

      January 26, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Gbam!!! at “pay for honeymoon first”

  10. hawttalkwithtosan.blogspot.ca

    January 26, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Surely this was not meant for the average Nigerian BN.

  11. NaijaPikin

    January 26, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    I’ll add another.
    – Small and intimate weddings which ties in ith destination weddings (the easiest way to achieve crowd control).

    Seen/heard of a couple of 200pple weddings in naija. Thats truly impreasive considering the stand 1000.

  12. hmm

    January 26, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    some bory was asking me why I tink meny politicians chidren wedded last yea

    “cool e be becols elesion is coming hup and you golla spend et na in case your people are no more in power.”
    even two cheedren or more in one family wedding eash by eash

    lol
    jokes

    • Dora the explorer

      January 26, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      hahahahahahahahahhahahahaha IKR!!!

    • Ib

      January 27, 2015 at 4:30 am

      LMAO!

  13. GetReal

    January 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    As u are forming ‘trending’, remember, marriage ain’t all glitz and glamour. Get all creative for the day if you want but know that more of that creative energy is needed in keeping the home. Bella Naija won’t remind you o. They’ll be first to link people to your story when it crumbles.

    • Fre

      February 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Haba, BN has never flaunted itself as a gossip blog

  14. imose

    January 26, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Funny comments!!!

  15. lady lala

    January 27, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Well,BNW has said it all. This post has said it all.The essence of it all is just for you to take a cue and be inspired. Monochrome style cannot cost an arm and a leg. Likewise having the groom wearing a suit other than black. These are basic trends that are welcome in 2015. If your bank account is average you do not have any business setting up a channel -themed bridal shower..that one is not even your business loool. And for the flowers you do not have to do an entire wall! Just filling up spaces here and there with flowers and you’re good,Its Bellanaija- Be inspired 🙂

  16. Someone Naughty

    January 27, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    this is the kind of Chandelier Sia sang about. That what caught my attention on this list

  17. lilii

    January 27, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Big question with all these over the top weddings is DO THESE MARRIAGES LAST.

    Bella u need to update us a year or 2 after so we

  18. God's beloved

    January 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Hello BN fam..what do you think of a permanently styled beautiful Gele that is readily available and can be worn in less than two minutes

    • BN Lover

      January 28, 2015 at 12:11 am

      Great idea

  19. Aadey

    January 27, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    O ma wa ga bayii o! the way we overdo things in this part of the world. hall rental alone is 2years house rent, the money for decor nko, you will comfortably furnish your house with it. these things are beautiful but freaking scary! even the young men are scared to propose cos they keep seeing how expensive, overrated and unnecessary some of these things are! I think we just put ourselves through undue pressure jare… abeg if you can’t afford this luxury, cut your coat according to the material. God help us all

  20. Somiii

    January 28, 2015 at 12:42 am

    All these comments tho, anyway, everyone is entitled to their opinion.
    I agree with lady lala, BellaNaija’s Tagline is “Be Inspired”, and is clearly written on the home page and when you are trying to log in. so remember that before you start to harass the BN wedding team. Even when listening to the word in church, you are advised to sieve through any sermon you hear and take what speaks to you. you cant swallow everything hook line and sinker.
    Be inspired by the trends you like and can afford, don’t run yourself into debt tomorrow and say its BNW that showed you 2015 trends.
    As for featuring expensive weddings, I believe what BN does is feature quality weddings, no matter the cost, na inferiority complex dey make people nor dey submit their wedding to BNW because they think that if they haven’t used “fresh flowers and done red carpet at their bridal shower, BNW will not feature them. Send quality photos and you will be featured on BNW shikena!

    • Amakanwa

      May 21, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      So people no dey pay to get their weddings featured on Bella Naija?

  21. toni

    January 28, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I did not african wedding were so beautilfull,some of the most colorful.

  22. chioma

    May 11, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Why rent a wedding gown or buy a wedding gown when you can sew a wedding gown. add 09027116592 on watsapp she is very good with wedding dreses and bride maids dresses and wedding guest dresses. she made my wedding gown and i dont regret. hope this helps someone.

  23. Zeta Edo

    June 2, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Please Ladies let the wedding also be about the guy, don’t let him and his family just show up. So that he won’t be too mad when the bills come. Just saying!

  24. Samuel Hayford

    November 9, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Bellanaija you bi great

  25. ken

    June 10, 2017 at 8:45 am

    na wa o

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