Nigeria is gaining a reputation as a place that throws lavish and visually stunning weddings. The country’s wedding industry has become so big that it’s said to be booming, inspiring a piece called “My Big, Fat Nigerian Wedding: Inside Lagos’ bridal boom.” Nigerian weddings often see guest lists of over 2,000 people, and the Lagos Wedding Expo regularly draws tens of thousands of visitors. Some Nigerian brides and grooms won’t settle for a wedding that’s anything less than newsworthy. Here are 8 top wedding vendors in Lagos.
Babington King is the perfect place for brides who’ve inherited a wedding ring from a family member but aren’t crazy about the design or fit. Babbington remodels and repairs old rings flawlessly, but they also have wedding-specific jewelry in stock, including engagement rings, wedding bands, and bridal sets — pairs of rings for him and her designed to complement one another. Babington will also professionally clean old jewelry to make it sparkle for the big day, according to MyDestination.com.
Bimbo Beads owner Abimbola “Bimbo” Balogun is quite a success story. She bought her first set of beads for around $3, which she turned into two necklaces that she sold for more than 10 times that cost, according to Smallstarter.com. Bimbo Beads makes stunning thick beaded specialty necklaces for traditional Nigerian weddings. Balogun says her products have graced the necks of Nigerian celebrities and politician’s wives.
Daisy Bridal Community claims to be a one-stop shop for all bridal needs. Its collection of dresses tends toward classic and romantic, with long trains, embroidered tops, and satin buttons. They also make unique bouquets that stand out from the traditional small white roses, like the overhanging, lopsided one on their Facebook page.
Massive Fabrics and Bridal is a giant warehouse that carries fabrics, beads, and stones specifically designed for traditional Nigerian Igbo-style weddings. The shop can recommend designers and tailors or brides can buy their fabric and beads and go elsewhere to have someone assemble their bridal ensemble. You can see their most recent fabrics on their Facebook page.
Eclat is a U.K.-based stationary and bridal store, but they have an agent in Ikeja. The shop specializes in making wedding invitations out of metal that look original and elegant. These invitations act as a souvenir that guests can hold onto forever. Dozens of brides shared photos of their special invites on Nairaland.com.
Royal Touch designs clutches, shoes, hear ribbons and other accessories to match traditional ankara (wax print) wedding dresses. Each piece has a little flare, and the brand infuses the bride’s personality into everything they create. A quick peek at their Facebook page shows that bridal clutches and purses are where they shine.
Pauline has good reviews online, and she claims to be one of the most trusted makeup artists for new brides. Pauline also posts helpful makeup tutorials on her Facebook page, and photos of her masterpieces aka made-up brides. Pauline also makes modern and sophisticated stainless steel bangles for brides that you can shop for no Paulinestore.500shops.com.
Cute Mayor offers bridal makeup and wedding decor, but their standout items are their cakes. Each cake tells a story, represents personality traits of the couples or is a work of art. The shop can even make true-to-life figurines out of the bride and groom out of frosting and other edible treats. You can see some of their recent designs at Cutemayor.com.