Every bride I presume wants to go all out for her big day but, wisdom demands that you remember the life after that one day and ensure that you have enough to sustain that lifestyle right after the big day. I had this in mind while booking every vendor and in shopping for the wedding outfits. If there is one thing I can confirm to you, it is the fact that there is something classy for every bride irrespective of your budget. All you need is, do your research, make enquiries and you will be just fine. Secondly, classy is not always expensive and cheap does not mean thrash. All that I will speak on in my wedding vlog coming up soon. For now, let’s look at what we wore
The Wedding Gown
Initially, I was going to rent a gown because I couldn’t understand why I had to spend so much money on a dress that I was only going to wear once. Deep down, I wanted one of those custom made dresses but the prudent soul in me just wasn’t ready to bulge. In the course of discussing with my husband, he made it clear that he didn’t want me wearing a rented gown. He insisted that I bought my own gown and even had a few ideas of places where I could purchase the gown.
After searching on the streets of Paris and online, I finally found the perfect dress- beaded bodice with a different kind of material for the skirt. Since I couldn’t go in to try the dress, I sent the company a message, asking if I could have the gown custom made. As soon as I got a positive response, I reached out to Seyitan who is the creative director of Elan Fashion, to send in my measurement and voila, the dress was made, delivered to the United States and my shipping company there sent it to me. It took about a month to make it and deliver to the States but in the end, it was worth the wait. I haven’t completely decided what I want to do with the dress but my designer has an idea and I am seriously contemplating it.
I was going for a cathedral veil and the ones I found online didn’t have the front veil which is a necessity in my church. The groom needs to be able to unveil his bride at some point in church. Quite frankly, if you know me, I love to have my outfits custom made. Hence the love for prints. Once I envision it, the next goal is to give it to a designer who can bring it to life. It saves me all the time I could have spent online trying to get what I have envisioned. For the veil, I did show it to Seyitan who shopped the materials and had her designers tailor it.
For the first time, I let the whole ‘stand out’ talk get to me. No bride wants a guest wearing the same dress as she is. You really want to stand out without having to compete with the slay mamas. Quite frankly, with how full my hall was, there was no way I would have noticed if a guest had my dress on. Notwithstanding, I allowed my mum take me to a store that sold exclusive fabrics that you could also use in making reception dresses.
They were quite pricey but mama got me a good deal. Looking back at how gorgeous I stood in the dress, it pays to have mama follow me for shopping occasionally, *smiles*. Can I also add that I love a little bit of bead work and shine? Or would that be an understatement?
After Party Dress
This was a last-minute decision. I had no idea we were going to have an after party until a week to the wedding. I discussed this with my designer and she said to me, “Tell me your budget and I will make something happen for you”. When she showed me the material, I didn’t exactly give it a thought. The only thing I was curious about was the kind of ball dress it was going to be and the length. I went in for fitting and I fell in love. Initially, I was going to give it away after the wedding but, I just found myself a great party dress.
He really wanted to go for Made in Nigeria. I still feel like his best man had a hand in it but, when I saw him in the suit that day, I was blown away. The color did suit his skin tone and the accessories were just perfect.
For the second look, he did change but you know with guys, it wasn’t all that obvious. He changed his shoes for a Made in Nigerian brand, Def couture and the pant from burgundy to navy blue. He changed his shirt as well as the tie because he had a bow tie for the first look and now, he has on a long tie.
Chinedu, his best man, did a great job with the styling.