A bride’s wedding dress is one of the biggest highlights of weddings these days. Guests, like me, troop to weddings with the thought of going to admire her gown and daydream about our big day. While most people in Nigeria do 3 weddings – court, traditional, and white, the white wedding is usually the most talked about.
In the spirit of challenging the status quo about white weddings, we asked 6 people what they think of brides switching up the colour of their wedding dresses from white to other colours. We also asked about their thoughts on brides moving from the usual white gown to any other outfit entirely. Here’s what they said;
“I don’t think it’s necessary to what a white gown on your wedding day.” – Femi
I don’t think a white wedding is important. Weddings are based on cultural and religious values. As a Christian and a Nigerian, with the fact that prayers and marriage blessings are carried out in a traditional wedding, I will say a traditional wedding is enough. Westerners are the custodians of the white wedding, it’s not necessarily for Christians. And, some white weddings don’t happen in the church building, by the way.
I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to wear a white gown on your wedding day. This is because your wedding should be based on your cultural values as a believer. Weddings shouldn’t be separated into white or traditional weddings. White weddings are traditional weddings for the white people because it’s based on their culture as westerners.
A traditional Nigerian attire or any cultural attire based on the individual’s culture is enough. Also, weddings are based on the culture and blessings that are embedded in them rather than the clothes we should wear.
I believe any form of attire is okay for a wedding day. I know it’s usually a fairy tale wedding that most women imagine and dream of. But fairy tales are based on movies and lifestyles from western cultures and I believe they don’t apply to everyone.
“Whatever your favourite colour is can be your wedding dress.” – Valerie
No, white weddings are not important. As the name depicts, it is a “white” wedding and we are not white. It is more like the white people’s traditional wedding. Am I gonna have one? Yes, because my mum will kill me if I don’t. 😅
It is okay to wear other colours to your white wedding, as long as you are okay with it and the person you’re getting married to is. I saw a lady who wore a pink wedding dress last week. It all comes down to you and your beloved.
In my opinion, whatever your favourite colour is is fine for a white wedding dress. However, black, red, purple and army green are off-limits. Jumpsuits are a nice alternative to a wedding gown. I’ve seen someone wear a short dress, there are really no rules.
“I won’t mind if my wife chooses to wear a pink dress for our wedding.” – Collins
White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the colour of perfection. So, having a white wedding is important because it symbolises the state and hopes of the individuals getting married.
For most ladies today, getting married as a virgin isn’t as important as it once was, which is kinda sad. So, since the belief of purity is not as strong in our society as it once was or should be, it makes no sense to compel ladies to wear white. But I do believe that any lady whose life symbolizes the significance of the white should wear it proudly on her wedding day.
I think I won’t mind if my wife chooses to wear a pink wedding dress, it’s subtle and cute still 😄. The colour people wear to their wedding tells a bit about who they are or the message they want to send. Since we live in a free society I believe that people will nonetheless express themselves with the colour they choose, so I don’t think any colour is off the table. As long as we have crazy people getting married we’d continue to see the use of crazy colours 😄.
I think women should stick to dresses at their wedding, so, it’s either a wedding gown or a wedding dress for me. I don’t believe other outfits should be worn
“You can wear any colour asides from black, red or a multi-coloured dress for your wedding.” – Oyinola
I don’t think having a white wedding is important. It’s necessary, but not important. As long we have been joined in church by a spiritual father all that wedding is serenren.
Wearing other colours is not bad. It’s a white wedding, not a literal colour white wedding. It’s a wedding the white people do, you know the gist. So, if you feel like rocking another colour please do and do it well 😄.
See ehn, it’s a wedding. Black, red and multi-coloured outfits are so off-bounds. Colours have different meanings. It might mean nothing to some but mean a lot to others. The colours that I like personally are off white, cream, and bottle green because I like green. Something nice and mild would do. I think green is too bold.
A jumpsuit can be worn as an alternative to a wedding gown or maybe even a nicely made skirt and blouse. It doesn’t have to always be a gown. I’m allowed to be creative.
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“Wearing a white dress is important to me.” – Chidera
Yes, a white wedding is important to me, but that’s only because I’m very traditional. I think it’s completely fine for brides to wear other colours to their white weddings, this is because I like to mind my business and I think everyone has the right to choose for themselves. I believe you can only get married as an adult, and adults can make their own choices.
Emmmm, I’d say lighter colours like pink (Fuschia pink, or powder pink), actually, any light shaded colour, really really light shade is allowed. Any dark or deep colours are a no, no for me. But again people are adults and they really can choose what they wear at their wedding.
Lol. Don’t expose me naw. I’ve been trying to be very open-minded since but omo ehn jumpsuit can serve sha.
“I prefer a bride wears a bright coloured dress for her wedding.” – Oreva
I think what is important is a church wedding. People also call it a white wedding because of the white coloured gown the lady wears which stands for purity. I would call it a church wedding.
In my opinion, I think you can wear any other colour if you want because it is your day and your idea of how your day should be counts. I would prefer a bride wears bright colours though. I have seen someone wear a black gown, so, choose your choice.
I’m not sure why they call it a white wedding but others styles could be really nice. Think a dinner gown, suit, and so on for the bride. 😁😁