While African wedding dresses have many similar traits to American ones — they’re often floor-length and include a veil — they also incorporate some distinct, very traditional african dresses traditional African elements that we think make them vibrant and elegant. Here are 17 of our favorite African wedding dresses on the web.
We love the earthy green in the print of this dress—it works perfectly with the off-white, sandy color of the rest of the dress. The extra-tall cap attached to the veil gives the bride a royal air and the rounded skirt is very unique.
It’s not easy to pull off brown in a wedding dress — it can often look drab — but the lively, precise pattern on this dress makes the brown look youthful. We love the rounded cutouts at the top of the bust and the two “waist lines” (the two solid brown lines across the bride’s torso) are very slimming.
Regal but sensual
Traditional African wedding dresses wouldn’t normally show so much chest, but this African-infused gown has just the right amount of sensuality for a wedding gown. The semi-Rastafarian colors give the dress a nice pop and the tall headpiece is very regal looking.
If you’re going to go with color on a wedding dress, you may as well go bold, and this designer did just that. We love the blazing orange hue, reminiscent of the Saharan sunset, and the groom’s orange jacket brings attention to the dress even more.
Fun in the sun
This dress is so youthful and fun. The bright white plays perfectly against the earthy browns. The dream-catcher ornament is perfect for such a monumental day and the corset top is very distinguished.
The diagonal sash is a refreshing way to use feathers on attire, and the few dangling single feathers are so playful. We love the convenient and dainty 1940s-style veil, with flowers that suit the tropical theme so well.
The woven, structured material on the bust and waist reminds us of a pharaoh’s hat from ancient Egypt. The wrap-around strands of necklace also remind us of traditional Egyptian jewelry.
The yellows and golds are so happy on this dress, and there’s great attention to detail, with a gold trim along the outside of the veil. Paisley is a common print in African clothing, and we love the larger patterns of it along the train of the dress.
This dress combines two very different but complimentary looks — traditional African and 1960s mod. The bell sleeves are flirty and the cutouts at the end of the sleeves, top and skirt are very eye-catching.
This is a traditional style wedding gown. It’s more casual than some but very elegant. We love the solid, bold color dress with the patterned skirt. The patterned skirt that extends just beneath the belt elongates the bride’s legs. And the silver headband seems much more manageable than a veil.
The bright pattern peeking out through the skirt, along the waist and the top of the dress is perfect for a young bride, or more modern wedding. The large, chunky necklace is the perfect thing to pair with the rather simple gown.
Royal but playful
We love the giant skirt on this dress, perfect for swishing around the dance floor (and maybe hiding the fact you’ve taken your shoes off after too many dances.) The gold embroidery along the top of the dress gives it a royal look and that gorgeous head scarf means one very important thing: less work for the bride.
The party dress
This is certainly not your traditional wedding dress, but it must be a relief for the bride not to have to trip on her train all night. Even though the cut is more casual, the materials are sill very elegant.
Funky and fun
We love the pop of royal blue along the hemline of this dress and the chest area. It’s a flattering fit because it’s slimming along the top, and then flows at the bottom, making the bride look long and lean.
This Egyptian-inspired dress is so flirtatious, with the super thin, romantic fabric flowing down the skirt, and the sturdy, gold chest plate that feeds into a revealed back.
We love this dramatic, elongated veil that the bride can nearly wrap around herself like a cape. The golds throughout the dress, and the headpiece, are so stunning, and the chunky pearl necklace is a unique spin on the classic pearl jewelry.
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