Groom Stylists, the 360 Video Booth, MisMatched Bridesmaids, The Couple’s Signature Cocktail Mix & More | 2018 Nigerian Wedding Trends

2018 has been another beautiful year for Nigerian weddings in Nigeria and abroad. It’s that time of the year when we show you how busy we’ve been all year. If you missed any of our previous Nigerian wedding trends reports, catch up on 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. We’ve been trend spotting at every Nigerian wedding we’ve attended, seen online, read about, etc so here’s our list of 2018 Nigerian wedding trends. 

Enjoy!

BRIDE Balloon Set up: This is officially a THING now for brides to have a balloon set up at the hotel room while they get ready for their big day with their bridesmaids in robes. We spotted this trend at Gabi & Funmi’s wedding in Dubai, #HappilyEverAbbe, #ForeverPutPut18, #BTA2018. 

The Fashion Forward Bride: This year saw a lot of brides standing out in their individual style. From Salewa’s stunning Victorian bridal look for #ForeverSNO, Ayo’s stunning bridal look in Alonuko, Nowe’s (#CupidsMasterPiece) avant-garde bridal look by April by Kunbi and more. A lot of the bridal gowns looked like they came straight off a bridal catwalk show and we love how these brides showed off their individual style. 

Brides looking beyond white, ivory: A lot of brides this year looked beyond white wedding gowns; we saw pinks, blues at a lot of Nigerian weddings. Linda Ejiofor wore a stunning pink bridal by Mai Atafo for #ISquared18, Anita from #BanksDale18 wore a pink toned Elizabeth & Bridal bridal dress; Hadiza from #HU2018 wore an icy blue bridal dress from Elizabeth & Bridal for her aqua themed wedding.

A lot of bridal fashion shoots and bridal collections also reinforced this trend of wearing colours outside the usual white, ivory coloured gowns. See photos from a bridal shoot featuring Akin Faminu with the bride wearing a blue wedding gown and photos from OTRA by Becca and British bridal designer, Jacqui James’ bridal collections. 

Short Hair, No Problem: A lot of brides stepped out in short hairstyles. Who says you need a wig, weave, or braids to say ‘I Do’. Nigerian bride, Stephanie Anyamele from #Kelenna18 looked stunning on her wedding day. 

First Looks: This year was arguably the year of first looks; more couples embraced this trend, which we totally love. From Jide Kola and Cynthia’s #CJLoveStory, Hodo and Emeka’s #HN2018, Chidinma & Christian’s #CC2018 to Ope and Olamidun’s #OOJ18

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen Gift Boxes: We love gifts and we love thank-you’s here at LoveWeddingsNG so this is one trend we absolutely are here for. Nigerian couples handed out lots of gift boxes this year; whether it was to invite them to join the bridal party or say thank you for being a bridesmaid or groomsman; here are a couple of examples from some Nigerian weddings including #NkemDarling2018

Mismatched bridesmaids: This is where each bridesmaid chooses a style she feels comfortable wearing and can vary from fabric, colour, length to the style of the bridesmaid dress. We spotted this trend at Ini & Femi’s #TheLeyeLoveLane wedding, the #OGLoveStory, the #HDLoveStory and more. Check out how these bridesmaids rocked their individual looks. 

The Bridal Clutch: Whether it spells Wifey, Miss-2-Mrs, Bride2Be, Bride; 2018 brides rocked their bridal clutch purses from the pre-wedding shoot to the wedding day.  

Groom Stylists: Yes, the bridal stylist came last year and the year before and took over BUT the grooms this year had none of it. This year, we saw Nigerian groom’s hiring their own stylists too to make sure they look sharp and on par with the brides. We saw this at a number of weddings from #FAMIL2018 where the groom was styled by Jeremiah Obodo (Swanky Jerry), Denola Grey styled Mayowa Mosuru for his wedding. At #RoyalFaaji2018 FAAJI2018, the groom was styled by Denola Grey.

Simple two/three tiered Wedding Cakes: A lot of wedding cakes in 2018 were simple and mostly between one to three tiers. See these cakes from Makida & Oliver’s #MOx18Forever wedding, Debbie and Femi’s #TheBeecrofts18 #AmourNoir2018, #OverTheMoonToBeAnNoon, 

The Grooms Lady / Female Best Man / The Best Woman: I mean, surely you haven’t missed this trend this year. From Gbemi and Femi’s #TheGFShow, #TheVibesWedding18, #JKay2018, #BoluKedei4Eva, #TYTheKnot2018, #ForeverSNO and more.

Floral Classy Photo Walls: From the #OGLoveStory to #TheBeecrofts18, #TheGFShow, we saw some of the classiest and beautiful floral photowalls we’ve seen in a long time. 

Peacock bridal hand fans are definitely here to stay: We told you in 2017 that peacocks were in trouble because Nigerian traditional bridal hand fan makers plucked all of their feathers to make traditional bridal hand fans for all the brides. From #FloRia2018 to …. , it appears peacocks are still in trouble.

There’s a new traditional bridal hand fan in town and she’s bold, full, grand and elegant: and she comes in different colors. Check her out at #SODAffairs18, #TBanks18

Grand Bridal Robes: Bridal robes were grand in 2018. See some robes we spotted below. 

Black Bridal Robes: From #KOKE2018, #Ayowa18, #TheOneForYou2018, #SWTheWedding and more; lots of brides rocked black bridal robes in 2018.