Monday, 5 September 2016


Something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe- in this case, let’s say something extra spicy- The Second Dress. The famous saying dates back to Victorian times as many brides try to arrange their wedding attire accordingly. Something old represents the link with the bride's family and the past. Many brides choose to wear a piece of antique family jewelry or a mother's or grandmother’s wedding gown. Something new represents good fortune and success in the bride's new life. The wedding gown is often chosen as the new item. Something borrowed is to remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her when help is needed. The borrowed object might be something such as a lace handkerchief. Something blue is the symbol of faithfulness and loyalty. Often the blue item is the garter. A silver sixpence in her shoe is to wish the bride wealth. And now, something extra spicy represents the audacious diva in the bride.
Traditionally, white weddings have the bride glammed up in her Cinderella dress to meet her prince charming by the altar with friends and family as love struck spectators. It is famously said, 'it is all about the bride' and Nigerian wedding these days are making it 200% about the bride than was originally thought. From the extra effort put into pre-wedding shots, the outfit for the day, brides maids, shoes, make up, nails, even the food (Party rice and the tradition swallow just got a face lift as wedding now incorporate intercontinental dishes and desserts from cakes to ice cream to small chops and sometimes breakfast for an early engagement-talk about re-branding) .
With the wave of wedding renaissance, the concept of a reception dress stands out as a striking fascination. I for one attend weddings to feast on the bride’s wedding dress as well as her bride’s maids. With the incorporation of the second dress, you can be assured of two times the thrill and two times the wow, depending on what the bride presents. In line with the booming trend, how best can one achieve two looks and why?

The second dress is a cheat platform for a bride to indulge her sassy side and walk in her spot light. Reception dresses vary from  length to silhouette- virtually anything in any colour and silhouette that strikes the bride’s fancy. In the field of presenting two statement looks, I would advise to have two different silhouette for the big day( what better way to indulge your inner glam gal…lol) I recently crashed a wedding and the bride while taking her vows, walked away with a globe award for her smashing taste in sexy conservative fashion.

Though she slayed on all grounds, putting out the same mermaid silhouette for both the ceremony and the reception may not have been the smartest idea. A wise woman once told me, “make sure to wear a ball room dress for your wedding, you only have one day to look like Cinderella and not be criticized for it.”

I am of the school of thought that the second dress is a blank check for the bride to explore more than one silhouette on her big day, thus, eliminating the stress of what should and what shouldn’t be. Two in on wedding dresses are also easy cards to explore more than one look for your big day, who says a skirt on a gown cannot make a difference?

Whether it is a whole new dress in a rootless affair with colours, lenght and texture or even a jumpsuit, make it worth the glam; engage in an affair with more than one silhouette on your big day after all, it is your spot light.