Black Bridal Bliss: When and where did the bridal shower take place?
BBB: You guys included Shelby’s mom in the shower as well which is nice.
BBB: How many people were in Shelby’s bridal party and did you all help plan the shower?
J: There were five of us in her bridal party and we affectionately call ourselves the “Fab 5”. We have known Shelby for a long time so by default we all had good relationships. Tiffany and Tyne (identical twins) are her cousins, Ericka and Shelby met around age 3, Shelby and I met in elementary school, lived on the same street and attended high school together and Shelby met Ashli in college and pledged a sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha) with her.
Planning was an undertaking because the five of us are perfectionists, sort of “girlie girls” and love Shelby. We spent hours going through every detail. Ashli and I live out of state–so we depended on two hour plus conference calls to fine-tune details. We also had a “Bridal Party” brunch with Shelby soon after her engagement to get things started and to reconnect with each other. We wanted to make sure our synergy was together. Shelby felt we took into consideration her likes with every moment of the bridal shower.
[All images by Tiffany Goliday]
J: Yes due to Ashli and I living out of state, we decided to make the weekend both her bridal shower and bachelorette celebration. After the bridal shower– we kept the celebration going by surprising her with a girls overnight trip. We booked a suite in a hotel in downtown Detroit. We had food catered, drinks and a few games in the suite with just the bridal party. A few hours later we began our Bachelorette Crawl to some of her favorite “single club” venues including the spot she met her soon-to-be husband. She didn’t know anything about where we were taking her. We owned the club and everyone even had their own “Shelby-Inspired” drinks. Shelby had a ball dancing the night away. We ended her bachelorette weekend at a popular brunch spot located right in the hotel.
BBB: Please share any budget tips you applied when planning Shelby’s shower.
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