Who needs a live band when there’s a DJ: So, why waste money on a live band of semi-professionals who often times don’t even know the correct lyrics to the song, are not skilled enough in the art of singing and may go off key at certain intervals? Well, truth be told, live bands bring their own zest to every party and that’s the reason they probably will not be extinct just yet. In reality, though, they appeal to a much older crowd.
The younger generation definitely prefers to have a DJ who would furnish the couple with all their favourite tunes from way back till date. The trick at a Lagos bride’s wedding is that she mixes up the two. There’s the live band for her parents and their friends. and the DJ, jamming hit after hit for her friends and generation. A win-win situation, isn’t it?
Colours rock: The Lagos bride is young, energetic and ready to play with colours so she splashes colour everywhere. Her shoes are no longer white or silver; they are now gold, red, yellow, or even green, depending on the colours of the day. Her cake is definitely not plain white; that’s just boring. Even her dress is slowly becoming Ivory, cream, milk, with other fun colours in the mix. She is not afraid to turn things up with her look and no longer cares that the original intent for a bride to wear white on her special day was to tell the world that she was still virgin. Virgin or not, she is uninterested in an all white dress, that colour is no longer in.
Role Reversal: While the women are avoiding wearing white for their big day, the grooms have adopted this trend and are looking dapper in their white tux and black pants. Some do the all white ensemble, which could be a bit too much but others tone it down with a touch of black on the lapels, pants and shoes.
Save the Dates: In Nigeria, the custom was to inform friends and family about the upcoming nuptials by word of mouth before the actual invitations for the wedding was ready for distribution. Today however, the Lagos bride sends out ‘Save the Dates’. These are semi-invites, if you will, that inform guests about the wedding date, asking them to kindly clear their schedules for that particular day. Some ‘save the dates’ are printed on cards and distributed before the invitations are ready while some people would print the information of the dates on studio photographs and use those pictures on their Facebook profiles or Blackberry display pictures. This brings us to our next trend, the pre-wedding photo shoot.
No photo shoot, no wedding: It is almost impossible for a Lagos wedding to hold without a pre-wedding photo shoot. This is where the bride-to-be flaunts her engagement ring and wears matching polo shirts with her beau. These pictures are often displayed at the reception either through a projector or via banners. These shoots are now being taken out of the studio and into fun locations where the couple can express their pleasure at their decision to tie the knot.
These are the 10 most common trends most Lagos weddings are rapidly adopting which give that added oomph. What trends do you think are more popular than ours? Let us know in the comment box.