Here comes the bride of culture

Planning your wedding is never easy. Planing your wedding in the UK especially if you are of an ethnic heritage such as African or Caribbean, and want to include cultural attributes in to your wedding can be frustrating, if you don’t have the right avenues.  Lets face it, your average wedding planner wouldn’t know where to begin.

This is exactly what prompted sister-in-laws Abi Laditan, a PR Professional and Kemi Osinloye a Software Tester, to set up an interactive E channel for brides and grooms to be from all cultures, who are looking for a little more than what is available in the UK mainstream.  Both love weddings and enjoyed planning their own.

Abi Laditan

After starting up a Facebook page to test the waters, they became convinced there was a market. It was how Brides of Culture was born in 2009.

Kemi Osinloye

Both are of Nigerian heritage and understand the challenges of planning the sort of wedding they wanted. There was a time ethnic weddings were a large family affair, with the women in the family pitching in, but not so any more, as Abi explained to Hackney Hive.  “Today’s bride from ethnic back grounds is an aspiring woman. She has a busy career,  is discerning and has  disposable income.

“Brides of Culture’s Bridal Exhibitions are unique in that it not only provides the usual wedding services, photographers, cake makers, etc, but also those specifically for the Afro-Caribbean market, such as caterers, traditional wear designers, gele designers to name but a few.

Make up artists will be on hand at the exhibition. Photo: Brides of Culture

So far Brides of Culture have held Three wedding exhibitions, with a fourth to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Docklands on Saturday 29th October 2011.  The exhibition will include everything you want for your wedding from food to photographers.

You may visit Brides of Culture website here on Twitter or Facebook

About Remi

Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned to London, happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. It sometimes feels like she’s still at war with herself. This often leads her into a whole lot of trouble, although it’s fair to blame it on some of her best qualities: intelligence, original thinking, willingness to take risks, skepticism, rebelliousness, independence, and creativity. But you know what, much of the trouble she gets into is because she can’t help pointing out that the emperor is naked. Remi still lives by her own rules, nobody else’s. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell ) Darcy (a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix now deceased but can’t remove their names) and two Black cats she adopted December 2021, Desmond and Tutu. She is proprietor of London’s finest and long established pet sitting service. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.


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