“Why did you have to name the site Black Bridal Bliss?” “What about all the other brides who are not Black…Aren’t you excluding them?”
The answer to the above questions is simple: The Black bride has been ignored. Perhaps it is because folks are still singing the same lame song about Black women not getting married since their pickings are so slim (someone press fast forward or better yet erase). Or maybe it is because the bridal industry — similar to the fashion industry — hasn’t taken the time to truly consider the wants and needs of Black women preparing for their walk down the aisle. Whatever the reasons, the playing field needs to be leveled.
Enter BLACK BRIDAL BLISS.
Created by award-winning twelve year media veteran Bridgette Bartlett-Royall, this site will showcase content for Black brides and their nuptials – from big to basic; budget to ballin’ and everything in between. Black Bridal Bliss offers information on every facet of planning a wedding: from engagement parties to honeymoons. In addition, every Tuesday we highlight a different signature “Tie the Knot Tuesdays” real wedding feature. Q&As with seasoned professionals, tips and tricks from bridal industry experts who actually want your business and even candid advice from married Black couples on what really counts (and what doesn’t) after saying “I do”.
Keep checking regularly as we’re frequently expanding to make the site even more entertaining and informative. Enjoy the bliss!
Triple B Editor & Founder Bridgette Bartlett-Royall
Born and raised in Queens, New York Bridgette Bartlett-Royall began working in media while still in college where she served as the Queens section editor for Columbia University’s Inside New York. She is a graduate of New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology and holds a certificate in journalism from New York University. She has also studied fashion marketing and journalism in London, England.
Bartlett-Royall is an award-winning writer/editor and an editorial contributor for Essence, Juicy and People magazines. For eight years, she served in various editorial positions at Essence Communications. Her expertise is fashion, beauty and lifestyle. During her career, Bartlett has interviewed notables such as Alicia Keys, LeBron James, Heidi Klum, Patti LaBelle, Steve Harvey and Rachel Zoe. While at Essence, she covered the nuptials of real people and celebrities weekly for the bridal feature which she started on the magazine’s site. Under her direction it became one of the site’s most viewed franchises. She also contributed to the magazine’s “Will You Marry Me?” campaign for three consecutive years. In addition, she was responsible for the widely popular Michelle Obama Daily Diary; another groundbreaking traffic franchise. Bartlett has written for a host of publications such as Delta Sky, Gospel Today (where she penned her style column), Heart & Soul, Real Simple and Vibe. The self-proclaimed “bridal junkie” has provided her style expertise as a communications consultant to fashion designers in the New York City area as well.
Since launching Triple B in April 2010, Bartlett-Royall has provided her bridal expertise to several media outlets including AOL Black Voices, The Atlanta Post, BlackEnterprise.com and Huffington Post Weddings. For the past two years, Uptown magazine’s Weddings & Travel Special Issue has recognized BlackBridalBliss.com in their coveted Gold Pages directory. In February 2013, Bartlett-Royall was featured in her own half-hour episode of TLC’s bridal–themed reality show tv Something Borrowed, Something New. She wed in October 2013.