Celebrating cultural Diversity in your Weddings

by Aleisha

bridechilla-premium-1800x1800-1On my way to record today’s episode with Nova from nubride.com, I was flicking through wedding magazines (what else!) at the train station newsagent and had a little epiphany (and this isn’t original or new unfortunately). There aren’t very many black gals and guys featured in these mags.

Here’s the thing.

We all look different. I don’t want to get into the ‘we’re all beautiful embrace it’ because we are and we should already.
I don’t know about you but I don’t really look like the gals in the bridal magazines because A) I’m 5″2 and B) I’m not a model but I am white and if I squint I can sort of visualise my head on their body.
I learned a lot from today’s interview. Nova is a
bold and outspoken. Nubride.com (modern weddings with a splash of diversity) has quickly become a destination for brides of all colours, ethnicities and backgrounds because Nova is presenting all the info that the mainstream media is often ignoring. Sillies. Her blogs posts are in-depth, thought-provoking and fun! I really relate to her because that’s what I’m hoping to present with each episode of the podcast.

Nova and Mr Nubride – Image: JK photography

Spend some time on nubride.com and you will find lot’s of details that mainstream media miss out on, make up and hair styles for black brides, skin tone and dress selection, celebrating diversity, embracing cultural backgrounds and most importantly presenting some of the most gorgeous weddings and unions on the web!

What I love about Nova is that she began this website as lots of the bloggers I speak to did…almost by accident. Nova writes about the excitement of getting engaged but then realising that black brides were not being included in all of the mags and websites that she initially visited.

This void made me feel quite surprised, and unexpectedly excluded as a black bride-to-be living in a cosmopolitan and multicultural UK.  I was desperate to see inclusivity, to see princesses and positive images of women who looked liked me within the mainstream wedding industry…so the seed for Nu Bride was sown!

A while back I presented a health and fitness episode with trainer Scott Colby and mentioned a blog post,The perfect bridal body  that Nova had written at about the same time.
Nova makes some great points. There is no doubt, we are obsessed with body image, especially in the wedding planning world, where we see curated pictures of models all over Pinterest and in the mags. They might be beautiful but hardly true to life. We’re all different shapes and have longer (or shorter hair) and dimples and some ladies and gents have tats and that is what makes us all fabulous! If we all looked like white stork ladies with long amazing hair…well were’s the fun in that?!

I was thinking what would be an appropriate book recommendation for this week and then I thought screw appropriate, let’s have some fun, that’s why [easyazon_link identifier=”1416596364″ locale=”US” tag=”savthedatwedp-20″]Are you there Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea[/easyazon_link] is my pick! I interview Chelsea Handler once. I was too much of a fangirl, momentarily lost my journalistic cred (ha!) just like when I was interviewing Keith Urban and found myself thinking about his hair instead of listening to what he was saying.

Chelsea’s written a few books now ([easyazon_link identifier=”1455549215″ locale=”US” tag=”savthedatwedp-20″]My Horizontal Life[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link identifier=”B0085CB810″ locale=”US” tag=”savthedatwedp-20″]Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link identifier=”1455599719″ locale=”US” tag=”savthedatwedp-20″]Uganda Be Kidding Me[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link identifier=”B00A19TA7Y” locale=”US” tag=”savthedatwedp-20″]Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me[/easyazon_link]) but if you’ve read her hilarious memoir-in-stories accounts, this one is the place to start. Rude, candid and fucking hilarious. I’m not ashamed of being a fangirl.

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Jess March 21, 2015 - 5:28 pm

Enjoyed this so much the first time I’ve just listened to it again!
Whilst I’m a stereotypical bride as far as magazines are concerned (slim blonde), I totally agree with everything you talk about! As you say, it’s crazy considering the real world we actually live in.
As soon as I got engaged I was bombarded with ‘wedding diet’ offers and questions despite actually wanting to put ON weight! And then the ‘fake tan’ conversations starting arising. Now, whilst I’m very pale, I am very happy with this! And I will be embracing this on my wedding day as I do every other day of the year.
So I LOVED your podcast! You both articulate these issues so well.


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