Bridesmaids in black: Help!

Monday, 30 August 2010

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Q: I am thinking of black bridesmaids dresses for my wedding next year. I'm just concerned about how conservative or judgmental people can be. Has this been done in Lagos before? 
A: I think that black bridesmaid dresses could be a really striking look, and it is very fashion forward as far as bridal trends go! Black gowns are more popular outside Nigeria, and practically, they can be used after the big day as black dresses can be quite figure flattering!
In the Nigerian society though, there is the superstition that bridesmaids in black can be bad luck as it is generally thought of as a funereal colour so you may want to avoid black if your folks are at all superstitious. The last thing you need on your happy day is criticism and  comments from tactless people, so hope you've got really thick skin! You know your family best so if you sense or rather know there's going to be a lot of resistance, sound the alarm bells early, really early on.
I know it's been done in Lagos before though so it might not be so shocking if it ties in with the whole feel of your wedding. It certainly can be done but look around for inspiration which you can modify to suit your needs. If the black dresses are tasteful and occasion appropriate rather than club-like, then the biggest challenge might be making sure your bridesmaids don't steal the show! Goodluck.
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Chic Therapy 2 September 2010 at 17:04  

Groomsmen and grooms usually do black suit and it is not seen as a sign of mourning.So i think it is okay for bridesmaids to wear black.

Black is a neutral color, and wont clash with the other colors thereby allowing you infuse more colors to your palette.

Anonymous,  3 September 2010 at 12:37  

exactly!! I always thought black was a neutral colour and no one seems to have a problem with guys wearing black... as the blog said as long as it doesnt look skanky

Anonymous,  5 June 2013 at 15:01  

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