African Infused Wedding Dresses

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Whether you love color, pattern, or simple elegance you can find it in both the traditional and inspired African American wedding dresses. As a way to pay homage to your ethnic background or your husbands, you can infuse aspects of the traditional African wedding dress into your gown. Here are a few ways to add that cultural nuance to your wedding gown and attire:

Patchwork patterns, gold lace trim, and beautiful beadwork add the right amount of ethnic flavor to your gown.

Traditional gowns like the ones above contain essential elements of the African wedding attire which is made of several components. The head wrap, or gele, is made from 3 to 5 yards of fabric  and for a more traditional looking veil some brides will add 5 to 10 yards of tulle. The tulle is also used to stuff the gele adding height and helping keep the head wrap standing upright. Another component is a loose fitting garment called a Bou-Bou similar to a wrap skirt known as Iro. Then over the skirt the bride will wear a shawl, called iborum, and a loose blouse knows as Buba.


The ethnic inspiration in these dresses draw from the traditional African wedding dresses which are less formal and the colors are more festive using the color red (for the blood that was shed) and gold (for prosperity). Traditionally many brides also had their attire done with white, usually with gold or silver accent to appear more bridal. Although there are many components and aspects to a traditional African wedding dress, you can add cultural nuances with color, patchwork, beads and pearls and gold trim. There are many ways to make your gown unique with an ethnic flair and remember to have fun!

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  • Twala Washington

    I am planning to renew my vows and I would love to wear an African Infused Wedding Dress for the event. Do you have contact information on how to reach these fashion vendors and prices? Thank you in advance.


    September 28, 2011
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    September 28, 2011
  • Toya Ballenger

    The white and gold dress with straps and the symbols on the front of it is exactly what I would like to be married in. Is there anyway for me to purchase that dress or get in contact with the designer?

    October 5, 2011
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