inspiration board #51: tribal beat

Good morning bridettes! Today I am blogging all the way from sunny Cape Town!  Well, actually as you are reading this I will be bleary eyed and miserable having stepped off a 12 hour flight, if that makes you feel any better!  I am here with Mr B for the next two weeks soaking up some sunshine (what’s that? I hear you ask!) spending some quality time with friends and family who we haven’t seen since our wedding last year, and catching up with one or two of my favourite Cape Town wedding peeps too :)

In honour of my travels, and my well documented love of Africa, today I am sharing some ideas for a tribal African-inspired wedding.  An earthy palette of copper, terracotta and ivory immediately bring to mind the image of a hot, dusty plain, the rhythmic beat of tribal drums in the distance, announcing the arrival of our bride, adorned in colourful beads and a long, floating dress.  Using tribal prints in your stationery like this design spotted on Design Sponge, and details throughout the day like these glasses from Wedding Concepts decorated with the stunning silhouette fo the continent, creating a small but dramatic statement.  Bridesmaids wear loose fitting dresses in deep colours, accessorized with flat tan sandals, beaded necklaces and a carrying a bold clutch.  The dry, hot climate makes Africa the pefect place for on-trend succulent florals, I love the combination of succulents with other textured fynbos and foliage in this arrangement spotted over on Style Me Pretty.

Does this inspire you to go for an all-African wedding, or are you already getting married in Africa with a soft and earthy rustic theme?  Even for brides staying right here in the UK there are a few brilliant African-inspired venues that could provide the perfect setting for your celebration.


Image Credits

top row: wedding ring shot by Aharon Hill Photography & styled by Lauren Lee-Crane via Style Me Pretty, tribal kids war paint via Sweet Paulsucculent floral arrangement by Jan Hendrick via Style Me Pretty

middle row: tribal inspired bridesmaid via EcoStiletto, Africa sihouette glasses by Jean Pierre-Uys via Wedding Concepts, safari cocktail bar by Zoom Photography styled by Sister | Brother Style via Style Me Pretty

bottom row: succulent place setting by Rensche Mari via Style Me Pretty, tribal bride by Zoom Photography styled by Sister | Brother Style via Style Me Pretty, African artwork from Tabletop Made via Design Sponge



After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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