Archives for February 2013

You Oughta Know: Walmart Has Engagement Rings for $58 (Seriously!)

Walmart's Forever Bride 1/3 Carat T.W. Diamond and Sterling Silver Bridal Set, $198

You, read correctly. Fifty. Eight. Dollars! Who knew it was possible to purchase a diamond engagement ring or wedding band under the same roof as toilet paper and laundry detergent (and in some states guns)? Walmart has recently expanded their assortment of quality diamond jewelry for every budget, with a wide selection of engagement rings and other bridal jewelry all under $1,000. The bargain retailer even offers layaway year-round on all jewelry purchases. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Personal Wrapping Paper

While at the “After I Do” event I hosted earlier this month, I discovered a neat new resource that’s perfect for the creative and sentimental bride and groom. Personal Wrapping Paper is one of those things that makes you say to yourself, “Why didn’t anyone think of this before?!” [Read more…]

(Not Quite) Tie the Knot Tuesday – Kim & William

Meet Kim and William! The handsome couple shares their stylish engagement session with Triple B today for (Not Quite) Tie the Knot Tuesday. The duo was shot by the talented Chad Pennington — remember this steamy e-session he captured? Kim and William are planning to wed in Northern New Jersey this fall. They decided to shoot this e-session in NYC’s trendy Meatpacking District because they often frequent the area for dates. I decided to let the pics speak for themselves so there are no captions today; none needed. Enjoy and be sure to check out Kim’s fierce shoes!

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Janet Jackson Tied the Knot! (…LAST year!)

The happy newlyweds!

She told us back on Control that she had her own life and was going to make her own decisions. Well Janet Jackson has stayed true to those lyrics. News broke today that the R&B singer and screen gem wed her beau Qatari businessman, Wissam Al Mana. Cool, right? But get this — the couple has been married since last year! [Read more…]

2013 Oscar Red Carpet Bridal Inspirations

Zoe Saldana's Alexis Mabille gown was an unconventional choice...Do we like it or loathe it?

Check out these Triple B top gown picks from the 2013 Academy Awards for red carpet bridal inspirations! See if your favorite dress made the cut: [Read more…]

Catch Triple B on TLC’s Something Borrowed, Something New TONIGHT!

Me in one of the many wedding dresses I tried on for Something Borrowed, Something New! Think I picked this gown?

Tonight is the night, folks. Triple B has made it to prime-time! Tune into TLC’s Something Borrowed, Something New to catch Triple B and me on a hilarious and quite possibly emotional show. (Check here for complete listing info.) At the end of the 30-minute episode, you would have met my mother, [Read more…]

Watch Bridgette TOMORROW on Something Borrowed, Something New- Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 on TLC

Just one more day until TripleB founder Bridgette Bartlett makes her reality tv show debut!
Tune in to Something Borrowed, Something New tomorrow on TLC.
Need to know what channel? Time Warner Cable, click here. DirectTV, click here. Dish Network, click here.

We’re on Pinterest!

Triple B is stepping up the Pinterest game!

Triple B has stepped up the Pinterest game. WOO HOO! Yeah, we were on Pinterest (barely) way before now but things have been revved up. I realize how many of you turn to Pinterest for wedding planning and bridal inspirations. Sooooo [insert drumroll here], you can now view boards of all past [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – My Reality TV Debut!

Me trying on a princess style wedding gown on the set of SBSN!

I’ve been itching to share this great news and at last the time is here. Yours truly will be one of the featured brides on TLC’s new reality show, Something Borrowed, Something New! [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Erika & Donald

Harlem Goes to Memphis: Meet Erika & Donald

Couple: Erika & Donald
Wedding Date: October 15, 2012
Wedding Location: (ceremony and reception) The Peabody Hotel; Memphis, Tennessee
Wedding Theme: The Harlem Renaissance [Read more…]

Triple B & Curly Nikki Book GIVEAWAY: WIN IT!

A copy of this book can be YOURS!

As we’ve covered here on Triple B before, few things get Black women as emotionally riled up as the topic of hair. Blogger Nikki Walton’s cult following from her blog, Curly Nikki, is yet another example of this. Nikki’s first book, Better Than Good Hair (Amistad) is all the buzz right now and for good reason. The book, co-written by Ernessa T. Carter, is chock-full of useful info on transitioning from relaxed to natural tresses, the big chop, tips on caring for your daughter’s mane, kitchen beautician recipes, product reccos and tons of pics from real women like you. Although I currently relax my hair, I was natural from 2000-2008 and boy do I wish this type of book was accessible back then! Well, Triple B called in a couple of favors and secured a spanking new copy for you! Wanna know how to win it? [Read more…]

Eco-Friendly Wedding Trends

Today’s post is from Virginia Cunningham. Cunningham is a health, beauty and fashion blogger from Southern California. She currently blogs for the international pharmacy, NorthWest Pharmacy.

Virdina and Kevin had a gorgeous eco-friendly wedding in Washington, DC.

If you are conscious about environmental conservation, then you can demonstrate this in your wedding. Having a green wedding means your wedding will focus on using sustainable materials and practices. This is one of the trends that are catching up, with many couples adopting eco-friendly lifestyles. [Read more…]

Black Bridal Bliss Out & About!

Triple B founder Bridgette Bartlett with fitness guru Richard Simmons!

Triple B has been busy! Take a look at what we’ve been up to around New York City. Fun times. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – New Wedding Invitation Resources

A fun bridal shower invite from DynaSmiles by DNT.

Way before I thought about a wedding of my own I was a bona fide fan of stationery. My father purchased my first set of personalized note cards when I was about 8 years-old and I even worked a part-time job after college at a fancy smancy British stationery shop. Any opportunity to highlight more invitation suite options for nearlywed couples is a treat. Here’s what stationery resources are currently on my radar: [Read more…]

2013 Black Bridal Bliss Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. Don’t fret, Triple B has an exciting gift guide for every budget. Lingerie, flowers and candy are appreciated but they’re already February 14th no-brainers. So below are five gifts that are likely to delight and surprise your sweetie. Enjoy!

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15 Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Wedding Venue

Know what to ask before booking your wedding venue!

The truth is there are no shortage of resource guides you can download on the net containing worksheets that could prove helpful when choosing a wedding venue. The truth also is most people don’t remember to use these intense worksheets when finalizing their wedding venues. (Truthfully, I didn’t.) They are typically intimidating and can make one feel as though they’re not prepared to book the best venue for their nuptials if they didn’t attend law school. So here’s a cheat sheet to keep handy when securing your venue. Don’t be afraid to ask any of the below questions. And if a potential venue’s rep makes you feel uncomfortable because you’re seeking this information, it could be a sign that you need to walk away…fast. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Planning a Wedding at 30+

Me in a random pose snapped by my fiance the day we got engaged.

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week has a Road to Mrs. spin today. I was recently discussing my wedding with one of my fiance’s friends and after she asked the typical questions about the planning process — did you guys select the venue, have you found a gown, etc. — she expressed something very telling. “Bridgette, women like me are curious to see how you pull off your wedding not just as a Black bride or a bridal blogger but also as a woman in her 30s.” [Read more…]

(Not Quite) Tie the Knot Tuesday – Jessica & Kevin

Muah! Jessica and Kevin exchange kisses during their fun D.C. engagement session.

Skilled photographer Leonard Poteat landed yet another lovely pair of nearlyweds to shoot for memorable Washington, D.C. engagement portraits. Poteat is a friend of Triple B — feel free to revisit some of his past work here. Remember this innovative camping themed e-session he shot? Now meet Jessica and Kevin, who are scheduled to say “I Do” later this month, in the below gallery and be sure to leave a comment sharing which pic is your fave. Jessica and Kevin began their fun e-session at D.C.’s sleek Hotel Monaco before making a few other stops in the area including Red Velvet Cupcakery. (Confession: They’re all pretty fab but the cupcake ones left me swooning.) Enjoy! [Read more…]

Beyonce & Jay-Z Marriage Matters Monday – CAPTION IT!

As mentioned on Triple B in the past, some images are so strong they require no words to describe them. The above pic was snapped just moments after Beyonce shut down (literally) the 2013 Superbowl with her electrifying halftime show. After her unforgettable performance, Beyonce’s hubby Jay-Z was waiting for her backstage and the two shared this heartwarming embrace. This picture is especially touching since the duo rarely exhibit PDA. As if this weren’t adorable enough, Jay — who despite having over two million followers hardly ever tweets — jokingly tweeted: “Lights out! Any questions?” of course referencing the power surge in the New Orleans Superdome after his wife’s performance. [Read more…]

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