Black wedding dresses, prenup contracts at bridal show

Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

Models in black wedding dresses and legal experts talking pre-nuptial contracts ensured a different take on fairytale marriages at this weekend’s Fab Bridal Expo.

Cape Town couturier Jacques Lagrange said his range of black wedding dresses was intended to “do something different.”

A model wears a black wedding dress by Cape Town couturier Jacques Lagrange. Photo by Yazeed Kamaldien

A model wears a black wedding dress by Cape Town couturier Jacques Lagrange. Photo by Yazeed Kamaldien

“Everybody was doing white wedding dresses and I wanted to do black. Women get married in black wedding dresses all the time. A lot of Jewish women wear black dresses the second time they get married,” said Lagrange.

“Eighty percent of the women I speak to say they want to wear black for their wedding.”

Danielle Abrahams, an attorney dealing with wills and pre-nuptial contracts, said she was “not at the expo to promote divorces.”

“Anti-nuptial contracts have a bad reputation but we are bringing it home to people why they need it. It is not there to protect you from when you get divorced. It protects you while you are married,” she said.

“We are promoting why you should have an anti-nuptial contract. Getting married is not about the pretty ring and dress. It’s a legally binding contract that you enter into. Why would you not want to govern that properly from the start?”

Financial adviser Bjorn Salsone meanwhile offered free financial needs analyses to couples who “might think of saving towards a wedding or buying a house together.”

Prospective brides and grooms walked the expo floor from one vendor to the next, seeking services ranging from wedding invitations to pre-wedding massage treatments.

Leandre Thomas, 23, plans to get married next February to a man that she has been in a relationship for almost eight years.

“I came to the expo for tips on hair, make-up and honeymoon venues. I’m a bit disappointed that there are not many companies that make dresses for plus-size girls like me. They should have that at the expo,” said Thomas.

“The expo is very helpful. I wouldn’t employ a wedding planner so this is where you can find everything. Many stores are not on the Internet so you get exposed to everyone.”

She added: “It’s flippin’ expensive to plan a wedding. You need to have a budget.”

Dirk Visser was at the expo with his fiancé. He said there were not many services exhibited for men, but was not surprised about that.

“Weddings are about the bride. Guys just go to a suit shop and you’re sorted,” said Visser.

“We are getting married in August. We have still finalise some things so we came here to have a look at the options.”

The two-day event unfolded at the GrandWest Market Hall and was organised by Donato Events.



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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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