Why did you start Brides of Culture? It is a joint venture founded by myself and my sister-in-law Kemi. I am of Nigerian heritage, and having got engaged in 2008, I wanted my wedding to reflect my background. My experience made me realise that many other people must be having the same trouble, so I thought that an official channel was needed to make planning a wedding with a cultural twist much easier.
When did you launch? We initially started in 2009 with an interactive website which provides information on various areas of planning a cultural extravaganza, and last year we decided to take it a step further with wedding exhibitions, which showcases a large variety of services and products mainly for Afro-Caribbean weddings.
What inspires you? Our family are our inspiration. I have a daughter and Kemi has two sons. We want to be able to still have a successful career, but still have the flexibility that ‘being your own boss’ provides. God is also a strong motivation in our lives, we know that all things are possible through Him, and that motivates us to aim for the highest success.
What advice would you give to brides to be? Research! This is so important as there are a large number of vendors providing the same service at prices and quality that vary hugely, and also remember that many vendors are open to a little bargaining, the original price is not always the last.
When planning a wedding, brides-to-be should always take the time to shop around, even if they are lucky enough to have money to burn, the extra money can be spent on an added element to their special day rather than paying over the odds for a service/product. Enjoy planning your wedding, the end result will be amazing and a day to remember!
What are your plans for the future? Our aim for Brides of Culture is for it to be a household name, and one of the first that comes to mind when planning a wedding. In the not so distant future, we aim to be as big and as mainstream as The National Wedding Show to meet the needs of Afro-Caribbean weddings. We also hope to have a Brides of Culture bridal magazine widely available to the masses.
It sounds like there are very exciting times ahead. If you haven't already registered, visit www.bridesofcultureoctober29.eventbrite.com to get your ticket. I hope to see you there!