This is our take on the Yellow Traditional Ndebele Gown for the perfect traditional wedding. We are currently talking about the Ndebele culture but to be totally honest, this Yellow grown is the perfect dress to wear if you want to have a traditional wedding but still want to wear a gown.
Most of the people that i know personally and that have chosen to get married have done so in a more traditional way. Having a traditional wedding is what we Africans used to do from the beginning of time until urbanization. Then the media and fairy tale stories and stories from the west, influenced us to start wearing big ball gowns on our wedding day.
The Ndebele traditional dress is colourful and bright and it’s decorated with a lot of beautiful bead work. Bead work is important and it is pleasing to see on any traditional South African cultural wedding dress. Bead work can be pure white or very colorful. The choice lays on the Bride and what she wants but, a combination of both, to save from having two weddings and two wedding dresses, can be a plus.
Culturally inspired Yellow Traditional Ndebele Gown vs White Gown
A white wedding is a conventional formal or semi- formal wedding ceremony that came from Europe. The term white wedding is from the white colour of the wedding dress, which first became popular with Victorian era elites after Victoria The Queen wore a white lace dress at her wedding. The term now also encapsulates the entire Western wedding routine, especially in the Christian religious tradition, which generally includes a ceremony during which the marriage begins, followed by a reception.
The practice of wearing gowns isn’t originally African or South African. Wearing a gown to your wedding is a practice that started and originated in European, American cultures as we have read above. Wedding dresses weren’t such a big deal. What was important was two people coming together and bringing their families with them. Weddings weren’t expensive and there weren’t any superstitions in terms of wedding dress colour, length, type or fabric.
To wear anything that isn’t pure white to your wedding and wearing something you are comfortable with is breaking away from Western Traditional. But the Modern wedding gown looks beautiful and the aesthetically pleasing to the eye so mixing the type of dress with own traditional elements is the perfect combination.