Founded in 2009, Brides of Culture (BoC) aspires to be the largest Multicultural Bridal Exhibition in the UK. We are also an interactive e-channel providing information on services, products and vendors for members of the ethnic minority community on all aspects of planning a wedding.
We are available for any bride-to-be who lives and is planning to get married in the UK, providing them with any help we can to make their day a special one. There are currently many resources available to those planning a wedding in the UK, but very few for those planning one with a cultural twist. This is the area where BoC is invaluable in providing solutions to regular issues and problems that are common in ethnic minority weddings, but may not be so common in western ones.
Being a woman of an ethnic background, having grown up or are currently living in the UK gives the perfect opportunity to mix two or sometimes more, very different cultures in what is likely to be the most important day of their lives. We are here to help merge the combination of cultures successfully and act as an avenue for like minded people and those of similar backgrounds to discuss and share thoughts, ideas and experiences throughout your wedding journey, from becoming engaged to even after the wedding day.
I am a British born, PR professional with Nigerian heritage. I got engaged to my now husband, who is also of Nigerian heritage in October of 2008 and as a genuine lover of weddings and planning events, happily took my time to organise my big day which took place in June 2010. It’s the planning of this ‘extravaganza’ that made me notice the lack of resources for other brides-to-be in similar situations or with comparable backgrounds.
Whilst planning my dream day, I noticed that my needs were somewhat different from what the usual magazines and websites were offering, i.e. African caterers, native material designs and colours, as well as venues to fit the large crowd of well wishers, Nigerian celebrations typically attract. I also wanted a channel where I can converse with other Brides of Culture and share thoughts and ideas. This along with my general love for all things wedding related formed the idea!
I am of Nigerian origin and married with two wonderful children. I am a software tester by profession and although I love computers, my greatest passion is weddings. I enjoy weddings and anything relating, from the initial planning stage to picking colour schemes and looking at wedding dresses. Having helped a lot of family and friends with planning their wedding, I noticed a void in the market for brides of ethnical background.
When Abi initially started planning her wedding, she had the framework for an idea that will help her as well as other brides-to-be in similar circumstances make the planning process easier and also add an element of fun. We brainstormed about the best way in which to do this and decided to come up with a group on Facebook, a channel we are both regular users of, and after a few dud attempts of coming up with a name, Brides of Culture was created, and the rest, as they say, is history!