Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Shopping In Your Own Closet

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched.

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched. My earring were nearly 20 years old!

Ladies, before you go purchasing any and everything new you can find for your wedding day, take an honest inventory of what’s already in your closet. Seriously. The earrings I wore on my NYC wedding day? I owned them for almost 19 [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Building Generational Wealth

Ronnie & Lamar Tyler of Black and Married with Kids

Ronnie & Lamar Tyler of Black and Married with Kids

Ronnie and Lamar Tyler, the masterminds behind Black and Married with Kids are up to something that should be on the radar of us all — whether we’re married or not. The power couple recently released a new documentary entitled, Generation One and it is getting rave reviews. Here’s a brief synopsis and snippet of the film: [Read more…]

The Newlywed Chronicles – Is Newlywed 15 a Thing?

Will you put on pounds after saying "I Do"?

Will you put on pounds after saying “I Do”?

No doubt you’ve heard of the “Freshman 15.” That time during our first year at college where we lived solely on Ramen, Hot Pockets and peanut butter crackers (or was that just me)? While I didn’t gain the full 15 extra pounds, the proverbial trend did not leave me unscathed.

Fast forward to my first eight months as a newlywed and history seems to be repeating itself. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday: Making Love Work

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We’re borrowing from our pals over at The Lover’s Rocque (Remember their fun Tie the Knot Tuesday wedding?) for today’s Marriage Matters. The messaging that brides-to-be are bombarded with is plan, plan and plan some more for a beautiful, memorable wedding however there is very little information for engaged women (or men) on achieving and maintaining a beautiful and memorable marriage. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Bill Cosby vs Heathcliff Huxtable

A snapshot of my childhood: Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable.

A snapshot of my childhood: Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff ‘Cliff’ Huxtable.

When Bill Cosby rape allegations broke last fall — shortly after I posted this — my husband asked me if I planned to address the matter on Triple B. He and I discussed it, as we do most current events especially those directly connected to the Black community and/or women, at length. I ultimately opted not to mention the matter here on Black Bridal Bliss. Why?

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Marriage Matters Monday – The Matrimony

Behind the Scenes: Wale + model/actress Bria Murphy filming "The Matrimony".

Behind the Scenes: Wale + model/actress Bria Murphy filming “The Matrimony”.

“Even if you make plans you never think you’re really ready for marriage. Like any growth you can’t be (completely) ready for it because it’s going to be new.”

– Jerry Seinfeld

 View the video below and share your thoughts (particularly about the exchange between Wale and Jerry in the beginning)! The conversations surrounding marriage from a man’s perspective are usually enlightening if for no other reason because we rarely hear them. Share your feedback — good, bad or indifferent — and let’s get a discussion going in the comments, y’all. [Read more…]

Triple B Will Return Next Week!

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Howdy! We’re taking a mini-hiatus here on BlackBridalBliss.com this week. We’ll return on [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – A Wine Basket of Firsts

Basket of Firsts: A Bridal Shower Hit!

Basket of Firsts: A Bridal Shower Hit!

I first learned of the “Basket of Firsts” for newlyweds at my girlfriend’s bridal shower. It was a bona fide hit — so incredibly thoughtful! It featured bottles of bubbly labeled First New Year’s, First Anniversary, New Home, First Baby (sparkling cider instead of wine) and even First Fight. In total the basket contained about 7 or 8 bottles and each contained a heartfelt note about the occasion in which it would be popped.  [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Selecting a Videographer with Cleo + Lyncoln

Couple Cleo + Lyncoln Dujon give Triple B the scoop on hiring a quality videographer for your wedding day!

Couple Cleo + Lyncoln Dujon give Triple B the scoop on hiring a quality videographer for your wedding day!

After five years (whew!) of featuring awesome couples and their nuptials here on Triple B we’ve gotten quite a bit of content in our archives. Today we revisit an interview with our first Tie the Knot Tuesday couple, Cleo and Lyncoln Dujon. The Maryland couple first shared their insider videographer tips and tricks here. However, their insight — the couple comes clean on budgets and not initially agreeing on the need for a videographer — is still relevant so enjoy! [Read more…]

Triple B’s Ultimate Date Night (Charlotte) – Recap!

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BlackBridalBliss.com Founder Bridgette strikes a pose with Chanel Davis of the Harvey B. Gantt Center

Last month BlackBridalBliss.com headed to Charlotte, NC for the first (but definitely not the last) Ultimate Date Night Wedding Planning Soiree! Held at the scenic Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the event featured an interactive info-session with Charlotte’s own personal financial guru Marsha Barnes of The Finance Bar to help couples make the most of their money post-wedding and tunes were provided by the award-winning DJ Battle of One Sound & Entertainment. Guests included engaged men and women, newlyweds, seasoned married couples and happily single folks. A memorable time was had by all!

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The Newlywed Chronicles – Finding a Perfect Work Love Life Balance

Can a modern married woman really have it all?

Can a modern married woman really have it all?

Hey Triple B, your resident newlywed L’Oreal is back with her third Triple B post. Like many of you she’s trying to juggle her relationship as a newlywed, manage a flourishing career, maintain a social life and more. (Whew!) Here’s how she’s balancing it all (or not)… [Read more…]

Triple B On the Scene in…Riviera Maya!

BlackBridalBliss.com heads to Riviera Maya! The above picture was taken at the Bayan Tree Resort.

BlackBridalBliss.com heads to Riviera Maya! The above picture was taken at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba Resort.

Hola! By the time you read this, I will probably be en route to Riviera Maya. That’s right, [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday: Cousin Mars Presents A Father’s Day (Month) Special

Triple B founder Bridgette with her parents -- 1980-something...

Triple B founder Bridgette with her parents — 1980-something…

I was tempted to make this essay about how my father stressed the importance of family. I’m grateful for it and hope to pass similar family values to my children should I become a mother. Then I considered making the post about how culturally aware I am as a result of my father. The art, literature and even music he exposed me to at an early age was key in making me the woman I am today. I thought about focusing this piece on the way my father treated my mother and the message it sent to me. I knew early on that romantic love did not mean physical or verbal abuse and I have my father to thank for that.

But I decided against them all. Why?

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Lapel Pins

Dem boys clean! These lapel pins are definitely a nice pop to the classic black tuxedos.

Dem boys clean! These lapel pins are definitely a nice pop to the classic black tuxedos.

Lately I’ve been crushing on lapel pins for grooms. I think they’re stylishly unexpected, often make for great conversation starters and the color/texture options are practically endless. Plus, unlike real flowers in a traditional boutonniere they can be worn over and over again. While I have known about lapel pins for a “minute”, the latest varieties are a lot more dapper than those of years past. I especially like the one new hubby Mendeecees wore on his wedding day in the below pic. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Cultural Wedding Traditions

Scene from a traditional Ethiopian wedding ceremony

Scene from a traditional Ethiopian wedding ceremony

At the recent Triple B Bride-to-Be Vision Board Workshop, one of the planning brides — who happens to be Nigerian — expressed how torn she is about incorporating Nigerian customs into her wedding. Her fiance, who is also Nigerian, was adamant about them having a traditional large wedding affair complete with 400+ guests. [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday (Celeb Edition) – Yandy & Mendeecees

Yandy and Mendeecees said "I Do" in a live televised two-hour special.

Yandy and Mendeecees said “I Do” in a live televised two-hour special.

Last night the wedding of Love and Hip Hop reality television stars Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris aired during a two-hour special courtesy of VH1. The longtime couple are the proud parents of four children (two of whom Mendeecees brought to their relationship) and the lovebirds were sure to include them in their big day. Also present at the nuptials were a plethora of fellow Love and Hip Hop faves including Kandi Burruss, Ray J and R& B songstress K. Michelle who performed during the ceremony.

The bride and groom spared few expenses for the “fairy tale” experience including $90,000 for flowers [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Eco Flower Weddings

The "All White Everything" creation from EcoFlower is just $29.99!

The “All White Everything” creation from Eco Flower is just $29.99!

At last week’s Ultimate Date Night Soiree in Charlotte (We had a blast by the way, pics to come soon!), one of the planning brides in attendance expressed that she was regrettably still searching for affordable floral options for her big day. While I had several of tips of frugal floral finds to share with her, it reminded me of an awesome floral resource I’d yet to gush about here: Eco Flower Weddings! [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday (VIDEO) – Allison + DeQuan

Tie the Knot Tuesday Presents: Allison + DeQuan

Tie the Knot Tuesday Presents: Allison + DeQuan

Who wants a perfect love affair anyway?

It has been a minute since Triple B featured a wedding trailer so here’s a true feel-good one from the talented folks over at 3 Ring Weddings. Couple Allison and DeQuan don’t disappoint and their chemistry is palpable. Be sure to leave a comment including your favorite part of the video after viewing. [Read more…]

The Newlywed Chronicles – What’s in a Name?

Newlywed + Triple B contributor L'Oreal discusses the name game!

Newlywed + Triple B contributor L’Oreal discusses the name game!

I’m baac-aack! Hey Triple B, L’Oreal here with my second Triple B post. What’s in a new last name?

Beyonce Knowles-Carter.

Kim Kardashian West.

Kandi Burruss Tucker.

Back when our mothers got married, they typically took our fathers’ last names. But nowadays, brides have more options than ever: [Read more…]

BlackBridalBliss.com Ultimate Date Night GIVEAWAY!

Celebrated wedding DJ Battle + personal financial guru Marsha Horton Barnes are two of the reasons you do not want to miss this event!

Celebrated wedding DJ Battle + personal financial guru Marsha Horton Barnes are two of the reasons you do not want to miss this event!

Here’s an opportunity for a *lucky* couple to attend Thursday evening’s Ultimate Date Night Wedding Planning Soiree in Charlotte, NC for f-r-e-e! All you have to do is [Read more…]

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