Venda people of South Africa are undeniably rich in cultural heritage. Their rich culture cuts across their food, music, and cultural rites. One of such cultural rites is the wedding ceremony. Aside from the food, music, and cultural activities that go on at Venda weddings, one of the major points of attraction would be the beautiful dresses on display.
As a Venda bride, you should look out for attires that are fashionable and cultural. Thankfully, the Venda prints make it easy for you to make practically any style. Here are 30 modern Venda traditional wedding dresses you can choose from.
Venda Traditional Attire For Wedding
On your traditional wedding day, you deserve to look as attractive as possible, and if you are a Venda bride, here are some really beautiful Venda traditional wedding attires for you.
1. Cape Full-Length Gown
This outfit is classy, traditional, fashionable, and beautiful. The volume on the upper part of the gown and the cape around the abdomen add a lot of details to the gown.
The outfit is perfect for a traditional wedding, photoshoot, and even lobola payment. And to give it the elegant look it deserves, you should wear it with high heels.
2. Off-Shoulder Ball Gown
This beautiful ball gown should look good on practically any lady. Aside from the fact that the gown has a large volume, it is comfortable to wear.
This outfit is great for a Venda traditional wedding and can also be rocked for a pre-wedding photoshoot, as well as classy events after the wedding. To look more elegant in this dress, rock it with high heels.
3. Off-Shoulder A-Line Dress
This off-shoulder A-line dress is best for ladies who are either slim or curvy. It may not look good on plus-sized ladies, except with the help of a good dressmaker.
Aside from your traditional wedding, you can also rock this attire as a Makoti. To bring out the beauty of the dress, it is best worn with high heels.
4. Round Neck Ball Gown
This is another beautiful Venda traditional wedding attire that looks good on almost every lady. For a lady who loves to look very decent, this particular dress should be on your list, as it conceals almost every sensitive part of the body.
You can rock this outfit to church services and other classy events after your wedding and for the best look, high heels will be a better shoe option.
5. Off-Shoulder Mermaid Gown
If you wish to look dazzling and very attractive at your traditional wedding then this is one of the attires you should absolutely consider, especially if you have similar materials as seen in the image.
This attire is best rocked with high heels sandal shoes. After your traditional wedding, you can also rock this attire for a photo shoot and as a wedding guest.
6. One-Sided Armless Two-Step Gown
This outfit is perfect for practically any body type, except for plus-sized women. To give it a better look, it is best to wear a tummy belt if you do not have a flat tummy.
This gown has a way of accentuating and bringing out a lady’s shape. It is best to rock the attire with high heels.
7. One-Sided Mermaid Peplum Gown
This outfit is everything from traditional, classy, and elegant, which makes it perfect for your traditional wedding.
This attire is best worn with high heels and can also be rocked as a Makoti. You can also wear this dress to a wedding as a guest and for classy events.
8. Shoulder Flay A-Line Dress
This attire is perfect for any body type. All you need is a good dressmaker who will give it the best fitting. To give the dress a more traditional look, you can use beautiful Venda beads.
You can also consider modifying the attire to use more Venda prints, especially at the upper part of the gown.
9. Four-Step Mermaid Gown
This outfit is perfect for any body type, especially chubby ladies. However, it may not be very comfortable to wear all day as a result of the way it holds the legs together.
For your traditional wedding, you should rock this gown with sandal high heels. After your traditional wedding, you can as well wear this dress for other events like weddings and a photoshoot.
10. Armless Peplum Mermaid Gown
This outfit is perfect for any type of body. The peplum has a way of making the lady look fuller and for chubby ladies, it hides extra body fat that they would want to conceal.
One of the things that makes this attire unique is that you do not need to worry about having a flat tummy – and the use of waist trainers is not necessary. If you are not comfortable with the way the upper part of the dress exposes the lady’s body, you can ask your dressmaker to modify the style.
11. Sleeveless Full-Length Gown
This outfit is perfect for practically any classy event. And if you wish to attract as much attention on your traditional wedding day, then you should consider it. It is perfect for ladies who are either slim, curvy, or chubby.
You can make the cape detachable, this way, the dress can have two different and unique looks. This outfit is best worn with high heels. Without the cape, both formal shoes and sandal heels will go.
12. Off-Shoulder Strapless A-Line Dress
This is a very simple but beautiful dress that you may want to consider for your traditional wedding. It is comfortable and does not contain excess fabric.
To give the dress a core traditional look, rocking it with a headtie and beaded accessories will be a great idea. This attire is best with high heels sandals.
Venda Traditional Dresses For Lobola
Your lobola payment signifies your transition from being a single lady to a married woman and on that day, you should look cultural but classy. Here are some Venda traditional dresses for lobola that you should consider rocking.
13. Off-Shoulder Two-Step Dress
This attire should look elegant on curvy and chubby ladies. Slim ladies can also rock it, depending on how well it fits.
For your traditional wedding, you may want to rock this attire with sandal heels. However, after your wedding, you can also wear this attire as a Makoti for a day at work.
14. Tartan Blanket And Apron
This is a core Venda traditional attire and is the best outfit to go for if you wish to totally uphold Venda tradition at your lobola payment. Thankfully, this attire does not select body type.
Although it comprises a lot of fabrics, it is a comfortable attire. To give it that perfect cultural look, you can rock it with white sneakers.
15. Armless Two-Step Mermaid Dress
This outfit is perfect for slim, curvy, and chubby ladies. To give this outfit a better fit, it is best to rock it with high heels. This type of gown is best for ladies who have a flat tummy. However, a waist trainer can help solve that problem.
After rocking this attire for your lobola payment or even your traditional wedding, you can wear it to attend weddings, religious gatherings, and any other outdoor event
16. Two-Step Cape Gown
For your lobola payment celebration, you can rock this dress with beaded accessories. The outfit is best for ladies who are curvy. However, it may also look good on slim ladies.
This attire is best on high heels. It is also rocked for traditional weddings and as a Makoti.
17. Three-Layer Ball Gown
This beautiful dress is perfect for any body type. However, plus-sized individuals may not look so good on this dress because it gives the body a fuller look.
Aside from the lobola payment celebration, you can also wear this dress for your traditional wedding ceremony, and as a Makoti. This outfit is best worn with high heels. However, you can rock it with low-heel shoes, depending on the event.
18. Full-Length Flay Gown
This attire is simple but classy and it should look good on any body type. For your lobola payment, you can rock this attire with white sneakers to give it that core traditional look.
But if you desire to look classy, high heels will be a better option. After your lobola payment celebration, this dress is perfect for work and occasions as a Makoti.
19. Armless Three Quarter Mermaid Gown
This outfit is simple but beautiful. It is perfect for slim, curvy, and plus-sized ladies. For an elegant look, you can rock this attire with sandal heels.
After your lobola event, you can wear this outfit for church service or other casual events with low shoes.
20. Sleeveless A-Line Dress
This is a very fashionable modern dress with a touch of Venda traditional prints. To give the attire a more cultural look, using Venda beads as accessories will be a great idea.
This outfit is best for slim, curvy, and chubby ladies.
21. Armless Peplum Blouse and Mermaid Skirt
This attire is perfect for all body types. It is best worn with high heel shoes.
Unlike a mermaid gown that requires the lady to either have a flat tummy or find a way to bring out her shape, this attire does not require all of that.
22. Two-Step Ball Gown
You deserve to look all shades of beautiful on your lobola payment celebration and this gown does justice to that.
It is perfect for all body types and is best with high heel shoes. You can also rock this attire to your traditional wedding, photoshoot, and as a wedding guest.
Venda Makoti Attire
As a newly married bride (Makoti), you should always appear beautiful and pleasing to the eyes of your husband. Here are some Venda Makoti attires that can help you do this.
23. One-sided Off-Shoulder 3-step Gown
This Venda Makoti attire is so comfortable and looks good on both chubby and slim people.
The under-step flay makes this attire most suitable for people with very curvy shapes. The bright color of this dress makes it perfect for any form of social event, and the decency makes it fit for religious gatherings. This attire combined with stiletto or any form of heels is just perfect for a glam look.
24. Crop Top With Palazzo Trousers
This Venda attire is a blend of both the traditional and the modern style. The outfit should feel comfy for any body size and shoe. The V-necked-shaped off-shoulder crop top makes the outfit more enticing for social gatherings.
The color blends of this dress make it revealing and attractive on brightly colored skin. This dress is a perfect match with any form of footwear. It can be combined with flat sandals for a smaller event and for a more glamorous look, it should be combined with heels.
25. Armless Knee-flayed Gown
The color and style of this Makoti traditional dress are just perfect for any skin color, size, and shape. The one-sided armless and sleeveless attire makes the dress gorgeous while revealing the shoulder and arms.
This dress is just suitable for any kind of social outing. The knee flay gives the dress a form of decency and modesty. For a more decent look, the cross opening at the top can be modified with a net or any fitting material. This dress is just perfect for heeled shoes.
26. Sleeveless Flay-short Gown
The first thing that comes to mind with this short flayed Makoti dress is “the perfect gown for that birthday party”. The waistband on the dress makes the dress more comely for a trimmed waist figure.
The dress is a blend of ready-made with a simple touch of the traditional fittings at the edges. This dress is a perfect blend for any body size or shapes with nice shoes and a bag to match. The dress also makes accommodation for any kind of accessories.
27. A-Shaped Sleeveless Gown
This A-shaped sleeveless gown is a go-to dress for any social gathering. The dress is just as great for weddings and can also pass for religious occasions. The white dress with a touch of other bright petal colors shows that the Makoti has a great sense of style and modesty.
This dress would be great for any body size, shape, and color. Wearing nice shoes, bags, and any other form of accessories while retaining its simplicity will equally help to amplify the uniqueness of this dress.
28. Sleeveless Peplum Top With Flay Skirt
This Venda traditional dress is just suitable for any kind of traditional or religious event. This dress will be just great for chubby ladies rather than slim ladies.
The dress is so decent, as it covers every part necessary to be covered, making it suitable for married women or ladies who aren’t interested in skimpy styles. The dress gives an elegant and mature look to the Makoti. It can be worn with any kind of shoes as the ground sweeping flay will cover the shoes.
29. Sleeveless Knee Flayed Gown
This brightly colored Venda traditional attire is just great and suitable for traditional occasions and events. This dress will look great on any chubby-sized or curvy lady.
The stone-beaded dress makes the dress more attractive and enticing. The dress can be modified to more decent clothing by closing the cross opening revealing the burst. With that little modification, the dress can even pass for religious events. Combining the dress with footwear isn’t a problem as the flay will help suffice any footwear worn.
30. Off-Shoulder Sleeveless Two-Step Shaped Gown
This off-shoulder sleeveless, two-step-shaped gown speaks everything traditional. It’s just the perfect dress for any kind of traditional event. The dress can also pass for religious gatherings.
This dress upholds a great sense of style and respect for tradition and can also be used for photoshoots. Traditional fittings or accessories and shoes will pass a stronger message. The dress is going to be just swell on any body shape, size, and skin color.