10 Must-follow Instagram accounts for your wedding planning
We are super-excited about the President’s recent announcement that we will be able to buy, sell and enjoy wine at weddings again. So much so that this entire wedding blog is dedicated to wedding planning and inspiration. Yes, we are in planning mode again and Instagram is essential in staying on top of #weddingtrends.
According to WeddingWire, 80 percent of weddings are planned online and half of that percentage are planned using smartphones.
Lucky for future brides there are some magnificent Instagram pages to follow and in this article, we look at some of the top local and international pages which should be on your “to-follow” list. Keep your Instagram page open and follow the pages as we go along.
1 – BellaNaijaweddings (4.7million followers).
2 – Zulu_brides (41.6k followers).
3 – Xhosabrides (94.4k followers).
4 – Bontlebride (73.8k followers).
5 – Stylemepretty (1.1 million followers).
6 – rockmywedding (313.7k followers).
7 – colincowielifestyle (184k followers).
8 – Etsyweddings – Pinterest 2.09m followers.
9 – Brideandcosa (21.9K followers).
10 – ruedeseinebridal. (430.8k followers).
BellaNaija is an entertainment website with several subcategories. Their wedding Instagram page features only brides of colour across mainly Africa, and all aspects of traditional and modern weddings. The page uses striking video footage to liven up the content stream.
The real-life engagement stories and wedding photo look-books are inspirational. We love how Yemisi and Babatunde’s love story started as a Direct Message on Facebook and evolved into Babatunde surprise proposal for the woman of his dreams:
Zulu_brides draws its inspiration from traditional Zulu wear and features loads of beautiful photos of beading on traditional wear. The traditional beads tell stories – feelings, relationship status, even appropriate behaviour expected from the opposite sex. The Zulu people use only one geometric shape in their beading and jewellery work – the triangle. The traditional attire on this IG page is for sale and even available to hire and worldwide shipping can be arranged.
This Instagram page has some wonderful examples of how to incorporate a traditional look with a modern twist. Couples are often matched with design elements and the page has beautiful examples of Umbhaco being combined with beadwork. Umbhaco is a material used in South Africa for traditional clothing, mainly for skirts and dresses in ceremonies. It is extremely durable cotton that’s made to last. Umbhaco can be used for traditional dress, but can also be applied in modern fashion.
Ika, the owner of Bontle Bride, tells how this bridal company started as an extension of her events company. While the events company sadly came to a halt, the blog did really well and inspired her to start a magazine that caters to couples who wanted to have a cultural wedding. “It saddened me that some brides could not access the blog due to data problems. I laid awake one night thinking of ways I could help them. My heart ached for them and suddenly in the middle of the night while I was thinking of ways to help; the idea of going to print popped into my head. And I decided to run with it and here we are.” Bontle Bride is no longer just a blog but a magazine with a lovely Instagram page where beautiful weddings such as the wedding below of Keitumetse Mate (@keitu_mate)
What we love about this IG page:
Stylemepretty (SMP) often features inspirational styled shoots that include brilliant wedding ideas. They offer real-time advice applicable to Covid wedding planning: “Having to cut down your guest list could be a blessing in disguise. Why is that? Because you can then say hello to a bigger budget for special touches!
LBB planner @masievents offers this sound advice: “An intimate affair allows you to splurge a little more on things you may not have been able to before, like fashion, decor, or a vintage car!”
“Have your day your way.” What’s not to love about this explicitly expressed view from Rockmywedding?
Rockmywedding is based in the UK, which entertains us with weddings all over UK and Europe – ranging from an outdoor forest wedding in Andalucia, Spain, a New York Central Park wedding, and a Caribbean & Indian fusion wedding at Winstanley House in Leicester, to name a few. Each real-life wedding is packed with loads of uber-stylish photos of the wedding for us mere mortals to adore.
It is easy to fall in love with their Real Life wedding section on their website:
Rockmywedding also embarked on a new project called “Recycle my wedding”. They are promoting sustainable weddings – from dresses and outfits to decor and accessories, which deserves a big cheer. It has a buy and sell section – for every item listed on Recycle, they donate 10% to Trees For Life.
Colin Cowie makes our list of follow-worthy IG pages, just for the sheer extravagance of it all. Vogue called him the No 1 Best Wedding Planner, which is no small feat. He surrounds himself with celebrities and huge budgets, which are most likely not within our reach, but we can still be inspired and perhaps apply some of his ideas on a smaller scale:
Locally, we love Otto de Jager Events who has fewer followers but does not lack in style or imagination in any way. Felicity Lloyd applauds the level of detail and sophistication Otto injects into events: “If ever someone is looking for that wow factor in their event or any occasion… The go-to supplier would most definitely be Otto.”
In the photo above taken during a photo shoot for House & Garden some time ago, Otto experimented with chandeliers, natural décor, candles, glass, and mirrors against a dark background to create a sense of luxury and extravagance.
We are sneaking in a Pinterest board amongst all the Instagram pages – with over 2 million followers, it would be crazy not to pay attention to Etsy.
The Etsy Pinterest boards are off course linked to the well-known online store Etsy.com. Chances are if you spot it on the Pinterest page, it will be for sale on the website. We love their Bridal Party Looks and Gifts section with novel ideas. The laser-engraved wooden hangers are unique and can be laser engraved with the name of the bridesmaid and the wedding date for a completely customized bridal party gift. Super idea, right?
Local wedding attire favourite, Bride and Co, has a lovely selection of wedding dresses on their Instagram page. This is of course supported by a well–organised and easy to navigate website and is a brilliant place to start your online wedding dress hunting. We love their virtual support system and the fact that you can book a free fitting. Their 2021 line has just been launched and we adore the fact that they have a Plus size collection for the curvy ones amongst us.
Our last Instagram page to mention (but definitely a huge favourite), Rue De Seine, specialises in Bohemian styles using mostly Lace. To see their Golden Rhapsody collection, click here:
Michele Corty – founder and designer – felt hugely inspired by the style of Saint-Germain-des-Près, and its bohemian residents in France. Rue de Seine is in fact a street in the 6th arrondissement of Paris and one of the most sought-after streets in Paris due to its rich history close proximity to the Louvre. After marrying her love on the famous Rue de Seine, she returned to New Zealand to start Rue De Seine Bridal. From small beginnings, Rue de Seine has grown to a worldwide company wholesaling gowns to over 80 retailers all across the globe.
Did you click and follow as we went along? If you did, your Instagram feed will be filled with daily inspiration for wedding venues, dresses and décor ideas. Happy planning and don’t forget to pop over to Umthunzi Hotel’s 2021 wedding special.
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