National Wedding Show 2012 ticket giveaway!!

National wedding show 2012_ticket giveaway

We all love a freebie! And yes this is the first ever giveaway here on Coordinated For You! I’m offering one lucky reader 2 tickets to the National Wedding show (Friday 28th September, London)

Hundreds of wedding experts, thousands of dresses, unrivalled inspiration and ideas…this is one of the UK’s biggest and recognised bridal show!

Visitors will be getting an exclusive first look at the new premium suiting from Topman, Vera Wang’s wedding collection by Interflora will be showcased on the daily catwalk shows and expert advice will be given from bridal experts such as Charlotte O’Shea, founder of Rock My Wedding Blog!!

All you need to do is:

  1. Like our Facebook Page – Coordinated For You
  2. Follow us on Twitter
  3. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post, quoting “I want tickets” and also stating why you deserve the tickets to the National Wedding Show

The lucky winner will be selected at random via a random number generator and will be announced on 14th September, 10am, on our Facebook page!

Good luck to everyone that enters….


CONGRATULATIONS!! Kat Screamy, you’re our lucky winner of The National Wedding Show ticket giveaway!! Please get in contact with us, so we can post your tickets to you as soon as possible. Hope you have a wonderful time at the show with your bride-to-be friend!

Winner was selected at random via the number generator. Each entry was assigned a number as they entered in chronological order, these numbers were then entered into the number generator and one of these numbers was randomly selected.


African Wedding Attire

Good morning people. Hope you are enjoying the bank holiday weekend!

Today I thought I’d showcase the beautiful wedding attire worn by West Africans. Each piece has its own special name depending on each country, and it is common to wear particular fabrics and outfits for specific ceremonies. Do read on and enjoy the rich and bold colours along with the vibrant patterns of African Wedding Attire!

Clothes of the Family
Aso ebi [Nigerian and pronounced asho-eybee] or Aschobi [Sierra Leonean and pronounced asho-bee] means clothes of the family in English. These outfits are made from matching fabric and are to be worn by the bride and groom’s close relatives and friends. It shows support for the celebrants and wearing a specific aso ebi/ aschobi sets apart the two families. For example, all the bride’s family and friends might wear green and gold while the groom’s might wear red and gold.


Aso oke fabric
The Aso ebi/ Aschobi fabric is called Aso oke [ah-shaw-oh-kay] and is a hand loomed cloth woven by the Yoruba people of south west Nigeria. It is typically chosen by the bride, and once the material has been finalised guests are informed months in advance so they can purchase theirs and have it prepared by a tailor. Some close friends and family members are given the aso ebi/ aschobi as a gift. When it comes to colour selection, no colour is out of bounds! Coral, gold, purple, green, blue, red, name a colour and it’s available.

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Image via Ile oba

Bride and groom evening attire
In the later period of the wedding reception the bride and groom change into their aso oke. For the bride this consists of an Iro [i-row] or Lappa [La-pah] – a wrapper skirt, Buba [boo-bah] – a blouse, Ikpele [ip-ay-lay] – a shawl worn on one shoulder and Gele [gay-lay] – a head tie. Along with this, the bride will wear stunning pieces of jewellery that compliment her outfit.

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Image via Essence

For the groom their traditional attire consists of a Buba [boo-bah] – a shirt, Sokoto [show-kow-to] – a pair of trousers, Agbada [Ah-gba-dah] – a wide sleeved robe worn over the shirt and usually worn to the ankles, and a Fila [fee-lah] – a hat.

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Image via Pinterest

I love this post here on Nigerian Wedding showcasing some aso oke

Another choice of clothing that wedding guests can wear is Ankara [Ann-kah-rah]. This is very popular with the younger guests of the wedding and is more affordable than the aso oke fabric. Again, the bride will select the fabric and those who would like to support the celebrants will purchase their material and have it tailored made into a style that suits them.  Ankara is so popular now that it has made its way into mainstream fashion and has celebrities such as Beyonce and Gwen Stefani rocking theirs in their own individual styles.

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Image via Wedding Nouveau

Some wedding planning tips around selecting aso oke fabric……..
When selecting your aso oke bear in mind the theme for your wedding. You want your fabric to coordinate with your chosen colours and not stick out like a sore thumb. From experience I would advise all brides to be to firstly pick their reception venue. Once this is decided, it should then make it easy for you to select  your colour palette or theme e.g., if your venue is a chic city hotel with crystal chandeliers and gold and ivory colour accents it would make sense  to stay within these shades and decor theme, than to clash with uncomplimentary colours. Finally, once the colour palette has been decided you can then begin the search for your aso oke that now compliments your venue and colour scheme!  As mentioned before, aso oke fabric comes in hundreds of shades and patterns, so it shouldn’t be too difficult finding something that matches.

Brides of Culture Bridal Exhibition

The Brides of Culture bridal exhibition is now in its 6th year!! And just over two weeks away!!

With up to 35 exhibitors, over 800 budding brides and grooms expected to attend, and special guest Kosibah – the master of couture bridal wear, this is definitely not one to miss.

On the day, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium will be holding an exclusive seminar on the secrets of choosing the perfect wedding cake and flavour, as well as giving attendees the top questions to ask their cake maker.

In addition, Cedar Events will also be offering their expertise in their “Ask the Expert” sessions. If you need tips and advice on how to plan your day then book your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Silk Principles Wedding planners will be running a competition on the day for brides to win their wedding reception decor. It’s a free prize draw and all you need to do is complete an entry form on arrival at the show and the  winner will even be announced on the day!

If that wasn’t enough 360 Hype event management will also be offering a lucky bride the chance to win their day of wedding coordination. This includes 2 weeks consultation and 8 hours on the day coordination!

Here’s a video of the exhibition last year

To find out more visit the Brides of Culture website and click here to register for your tickets

Date: Saturday 8th September
Time: 11am to 6pm
Venue: The Crowne Plaza Hotel

With so much to do and see on the day this really is a great bridal exhibition to attend. And guess what?…….. It’s FREE to attend!

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Bridal Wedding Hair styles: Celebrity Inspiration

I’ve looked to the red carpet and some of the most prestigous award shows to offer you some bridal wedding hair styles, inspired by the celebrities. These A-listers always look their best when it comes to these type of events and their hair is no exception. For a woman, her locks can make or break an outfit, so when it comes to selecting your wedding day hairstyle look to the stars for inspiration!!

Short Hairstyle Inspiration
Most brides feel like their short tresses won’t be pretty enough for their wedding day. So wrong!! Morena Baccarin, Viola Davis and the gorgeous Miss Halle Berry put that way of thinking to rest. With their short red carpet hairstyles, they have demonstrated just how stunning your hair can look on your wedding day.  Add a pair of glistening jewels to your ears or an amazing headpiece to complete your look.

Short wedding hair

Ponytail Hairstyle Inspiration
Whether they’re sleek and high, relaxed and low ponytails are another classic hairstyle that you could consider for your wedding day. Tease at the crown just like the celebs do or slick it back to show off your bone structure. Each one of these ladies hit the nail on the head with their pony’s!

wedding ponytail

Updo Hairstyle Inspiration
Probably one of the most popular bridal wedding hair styles a bride usually goes for. Updo’s come in so many different styles. Below we’ve decided to feature Carrie Underwood and Mary J blige, just because they stood out when it came to stylish updo’s for their hair texture.

wedding hair updos

Bun Hairstyle Inspiration
Just like the ponytail, a bun can complement your bone structure. Whether they are perfectly structured, swept back in a low style or big and flamboyant, buns make a classic wedding hairstyle. If you have a heart-shaped face wear your bun in the middle of your head. Those with square shaped faces should make their buns as soft as possible by adding tendrils. Round faces are complemented by low buns or a high top knot bun.

Bun hairstyles

Curls & Waves Hairstyle Inspiration
Think of 1930’s glamour, volume, and defined curls and these celebs are doing just that. They all scream out red carpet glamour, so if you want to emulate the same feeling on your wedding day, then i’d suggest you follow their lead.

hairstyles for curly hair

Straight & Long Hairstyle Inspiration
Want to show off your long precious locks on your big day. These ladies show us how it’s done. Try a half-up half-down style or go for polka straight tresses like Jennifer Hudson. For women of colour, you could opt for a lace weave that will help you achieve the same look. However, do pick a good stylist that will take care of your natural hair.

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Braided Hairstyle Inspiration
Braids can be incorporated into your bridal wedding hair style in so many ways….buns, crowns, ponytails…you name it and it’s probably been done. Just take a look at the images below.

Braided hairstyles


Have you been inspired? Which celebrity styles are you now considering for your wedding day hairstyle? Checkout the Daily Makeover for more celebrity hairstyles, including tips on texture, length and face shape.

Edmina x