Bridezillas is Bizack!

Ready or Not: They're Back...

The reality show we all love to hate is returning for a brand new season. On June 12, the newest crop of Bridezillas comes to WEtv. (On the same day Amsale Girls is scheduled to debut and as a huge fan of the designer, I’m truly excited about the addition of this show on the network’s reality wedding lineup!) The folks over at WEtv sent me an advance copy of the season’s premiere episode so here’s a little (spoiler-free) feedback: [Read more...]

MUST-SEE Marriage Proposal Video!

There are a ton of unchecked things on my to-do list but I had to stop and share this video with you guys! Many thanks to the folks over at Chocolate Brides for posting earlier this week.

I don’t know what about this video makes me happier: the groom-to-be professing his love during the intro, the “baby, I got you” energy this couple exudes or the warmth from the loved ones of all ages showing support (and the food certainly doesn’t hurt). I feel like I know these folks! Be sure to leave me a comment and tell me your fave part of the video.

Marriage Matters: Love & Money

Marriage Matters Meets Money Matters

Some say there’s no romance without finance. Since many claim money matters are a significant part of why marriages succeed (or don’t), I checked in with Dr. Taffy Wagner, author of Bride and Groom Money Talk FAQ: Financial Advice for Brides and Grooms. Read on for her expertise on debt-inducing weddings, bad credit and the importance of communication.
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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Raine & Ian

 

Fools in Love: Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Ian Diaz

Bride: Raine C. Taylor, 31
Groom:
Ian A. Diaz, 30
Occupations: Taylor, hospital coordinator; Diaz, architect
Homebase: New York City
Wedding Date: April 1, 2011
Wedding Location:
ceremony: Bethany Baptist Church; reception: Deity Lounge (both in Brooklyn, NY)
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BlackBridalBliss.com in the News!

Shameless Plug: Triple B dishes to The Atlanta Post about the cost of being a bridesmaid!

Happy Friday, folks! I’m a beaming proud mama today because BlackBridalBliss.com was used as an expert source in an article again. This time around I was asked about the financial burden of being a bridesmaid for yesterday’s Atlanta Post. Here’s the link and please feel free to share it. Have an awesome weekend.

Wedding SOS: The Truth About Tipping!

 

Wedding planner Ebony Small gives the real deal on tipping bridal vendors.

Howdy! I’m frustrated by information I read in some mainstream bridal mags when the content doesn’t seem practical for the modern bride. This occured just last week when I came across an article about the proper amounts to tip wedding vendors. With everyone being forced to do more with less these days, I was insulted by the figures quoted. So I checked in with NYC-based wedding planner Ebony Small of Longevity Wedding Consultants  for a real breakdown of who should get what in terms of tips on a wedding day. Here’s what the event-planning veteran had to say: [Read more...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Gwen & Endion

 

Love is in the Air for Newlyweds Gwen & Endion!

Bride: Gwen Jimmere, 28
Groom:
Endion Williams, 31
Occupations: Jimmere, digital marketing executive and author; Williams, chef
Homebase: Michigan
Wedding Date: July 11, 2010
Wedding Location:
ceremony: Italian Cultural Garden; reception: The Manor (both in Cleveland, Ohio)

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Fly Bridal Shoes for Less Than $100!

Nina Evelixa Peep-Toe Pumps

Happy Monday! It’s raining and dreary here in NYC today so I figured it was the perfect time to post my round-up of stylish shoes for any bride’s strut down the aisle. (I have all of you covered!) These shoes are guaranteed to brighten up your day regardless of what part of the globe you’re in because not only are they fly but they’re also all less than $100…you’re welcome.
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Destination Bridal Expo in NYC!

Happy Friday! Next week there’s going to be a snazzy wedding expo in my hometown of Queens, NY — perfect for those of you considering a destination affair. I know the last two Tie the Knot Tuesday features in Jamaica and St. Lucia certainly have me dreaming about chillaxin’ on a beach! Revisit Road to Mrs. blogger Nadine’s informative bridal show survival guide before you attend.

Destination Wedding Expo in Queens, NY on Thursday, May 19th!

Get all the deets here. Feel free to spread the word about this event and as always, don’t forget to mention BlackBridalBliss.com sent ya when you register.

Have a great weekend!

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The Road to Mrs. – Video Update

Road to Mrs. blogger Nadine and her fiance Sean during their recent visit to NYC.

Your favorite bride-to-be Nadine is back with a wedding video update. (And her hilarious fiance, Sean doesn’t disappoint!) Check them out as they comically bring us up to speed on their “jumping broom”, their wedding day transportation and other fun stuff.
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You Oughta Know: Three Ring Media Wedding Videographers

Atlanta newlyweds Rasheeda and Cory had their love story captured by Three Ring Media!

I recently discovered a fan-ta-bu-lous wedding videographer resource while checking out Bride & Soul’s hot new site. If they aren’t already, put Three Ring Media on your radar! This husband-wife duo is based in Atlanta but also work their magic for weddings in DC and NYC (and might travel to other locations as well for the right $). Their videos are shot using Blu-Ray technology so everything looks crisp and the colors are vibrant. But what really impressed me was the personalized storytelling approach they bring to their craft. Think Tie the Knot Tuesdays on film. Check out these two (Janelle & Travis made me cry!):  [Read more...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday: Yvonne & Keith

After 40 years of wedded bliss, Yvonne and Keith returned to Jamaica to renew their vows!

Bride: Yvonne Morgan
Groom:
Keith Morgan
Homebase
: New York City
Original Wedding Date
& Location: November 28, 1970; Orange, New Jersey
Vow Renewal Date:
November 27, 2010
Vow Renewal Location:
Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Bridal Inspiration from the 2011 MET Gala

Last Monday night, the annual MET Gala took place and this year there seemed to be an influx of brown faces on the red carpet. Of course this is just perfect for Triple B! Sadly attending this

Newlywed Nicole Richie rocked the red carpet this year in this dreamy creamy Jason Wu number! While the sleeves are rock n' roll, the simple silhouette say intimate, backyard wedding.

fashion event is still on my life’s bucket list but I’m giving you the 411 on what gowns are wedding-day worthy anyhow  as I did last year. Shout out to the lovely ladies over at The Glamazons blog for their on-point (and hilarious) commentary. Enjoy the eye candy!
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Are You “Jumping the Broom” This Weekend?

On-screen newlyweds Paula Patton and Laz Alonzo in the feel-good flick, Jumping the Broom. Hola! As you finalize your weekend plans (and pick up those last-minute gifts for the mothers in your life) be sure you schedule in movie time for Jumping the Broom. Triple B, please support the film this weekend. I was blessed to attend an advance screening but I still plan to see it again in the theater because I want more films like it to see the light of day. Feel free to revisit my spoiler-free review here.

After you’ve watch the flick, come back and tell me what you thought in the comments — good, bad or indifferent!

Lisa Logan MINX Giveaway Winners Announced!

Find out who won these and other HOT Minx designs from celebrity manicurist Lisa Logan!

The winners of the fab Minx giveaway with celebrity manicurist Lisa Logan have been selected! If you recall, I asked the Triple B audience to answer this question: As an upcoming (or former) bride, what beauty element are you or were you most concerned with for your wedding day? Check out the responses from the winners below that scored them this awesome prize. [Read more...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Breanne & Michael

 

Breanne and Michael invite you to experience their special day on the beautiful island of St. Lucia!

Bride: Breanne Barnard, 32
Groom:
Michael Thomas, 35
Occupations: Barnard, preschool teacher; Thomas, attorney
Homebase
: New York City
Wedding Date:
August 14, 2010
Wedding Location:
Bay Gardens Beach Resort, Gros Islet St. Lucia
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Marriage Matters Monday

Are you and your spouse up for the challenge?

Our friends over at Black and Married with Kids are preparing to wrap up a pretty exciting exercise called The Be a Better Spouse Challenge. If you’re married or are about to be and it isn’t already on your radar, please take note. Just reading through the challenges that have already taken place like writing an impromptu love letter or engaging in his/her favorite activity seem so fun! And don’t worry, none of the challenges are time-sensitive so you can and should certainly still get in on the fun. Why not start from the beginning and work your way forward? If you and your wife or husband decide to join in, be sure to let the folks over at BMWK know that Triple B sent ya. (The best thing about this challenge is there are no losers, only winners!)

Check out previous Marriage Matters posts here!

[Image courtesy of BlackandMarriedwithKids.com.]

Triple B’s Top 6 Bridal Trends from the Royal Wedding

An unlikely image for Triple B but keep reading for an explanation...

I know, I know…You’re over the Royal Wedding or perhaps were never into it. Unlike most bridal blogs, Triple B has been mum on the “wedding of the century” until now. The reasons why are pretty obvious. But realistically whether you like it or not, everyone (yes, everyone) who is in a wedding for the next twenty-plus years will be influenced in some capacity by the nuptials of Will and Kate. Because guess what? Even if you couldn’t care less, your vendors certainly do. So, below are Triple B’s top 6 bridal trends from the Royal Wedding:
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