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…]

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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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…]

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…]

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…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – #MRS & #WIFEY Necklaces

mrs necklace black bridal bliss

I recently spotted these #mrs necklaces on Instagram and immediately thought, “Ca-yute!” [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Practical Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

You and yours could be laughing all the way to the bank as newlyweds by adopting these frugal tips!

You and yours could be laughing all the way to the bank as newlyweds by adopting these frugal tips!

Searching for new ways to cut costs for your wedding day? Of course you are! Hopefully you already know that having a wedding on a weeknight (or any day other than Saturday) and during the fall or winter could be a significant cost-cutter. But there are many other methods to making your wedding dollars stretch. Check out these practical tips that are sure to help you get the most bang for your bridal buck in the tune of more than $5,000! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: The One Thing I’m Glad We Did For Our Wedding

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched.

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched.

Valentine’s Day marks an unofficial end of “engagement season” for the wedding industry and as of last weekend there are a lot more newly engaged folks checking out Triple B. Welcome!

I technically had two weddings. No, I didn’t deplete my 401K for this. In fact, both ceremonies combined cost less than the national average for weddings. Full disclosure: My husband and I were extremely fortunate to receive many perks during planning as a result of me being a bridal blogger. And we had a lot of financial help from family. But still, we were tempted to go over our set budget several times. We got plenty of practice flexing those sacrifice and compromise muscles during our planning process and good thing we did because those muscles are needed quite a bit during marriage.

The reason I have no regrets – even when I have to make a dollar stretch more than I’m used to as a new wife? Keep reading… [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Cool Cocktail Idea!

Spice is Nice

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many will be seeking a new sexy cocktail to enjoy with their partner, with friends or even solo. Deets on the above cocktail [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – The Finance Bar

The Finance Bar is Bringing Smart Money Management to You

The first Wednesday of the month here at Black Bridal Bliss is all about highlighting ways to get the most bang for your buck — especially helpful information when you’re planning a wedding or a newlywed. This month’s fun financial find is The Finance Bar! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – The Newlywed Cookbook


Let’s get a something out of the way: It should not be assumed that women are the primary cooks in their relationships. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, The Newlywed Cookbook (St. Martin’s Griffin) is a cute little find for a just married couple — the bride or the groom — and here’s why: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – With This Ring

SOS: Sisters on Screen! Will With the Ring Delight or Disappoint?

I know most people equate Lifetime movies to sappy, predictable, saccharin-sweet chick flicks with mediocre (at best) acting. But I must admit, I’m pretty freakin’ excited about With This Ring [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Diamond Candles


I’m a sucker for an affordable, clean-burning, scented candle so I’m always on the hunt for new ones. My latest find is Diamond Candles! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – The Live Richer Challenge


As promised, the first Wednesday of the month here on Triple B is now dedicated to a financial find that can help you add more bliss to your life — regardless of your relationship status. In 2015, I am challenging myself to include even more financial resources to empower Black women and their families on BlackBridalBliss.com and boy are we kicking the year off with a bang! Whether you’re saving for a wedding, a modest townhouse, a third vacation home in the South of France, building a college fund for Junior, searching for smarter ways to invest, trying to increase your credit score or just all around want to be better informed about your finances, today’s Pick of the Week should definitely be on your radar: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Happy Holidays!


Well guys, this is my last BPOTW post of 2014. What a ride this year has been! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Tips for Giving a Memorable Maid/Matron of Honor Speech

Make sure your wedding toast is one to remember!

I recently stumbled across this post by Teal Pennebaker on wedding toasts over at Brides.com and decided to share it — well, a remixed version anyway. It’s long overdue since Cousin Mars has already blessed us with tips for a memorable best man toast for the groom…The bride deserves her shine too! Read, share and enjoy. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Body Wash

Bathtime Bliss: SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash

Confession: Like most bloggers who regularly cover style and beauty, I often receive freebies. However I only post about those items that I feel are truly Triple B worthy; especially as my Pick of the Week. Here’s why this week’s pick, SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash made the cut. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – My Visit to Truth + Beauty Spa

Triple B on the Scene at Truth + Beauty Spa in Long Island, NY

I recently headed out to the borough of Long Island (for you non-New Yorkers, Long Island isn’t really a borough — this is my attempt to be funny) for a visit to Truth + Beauty Spa. This posh medi-spa opened Spring 2013 and offers a wide range of treatments for brides-to-be. So when the invitation for me and a friend to spend an afternoon at Truth + Beauty landed in my inbox, I was all in! Here’s the scoop: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Carolee Word Play Bangles


In August, I attended the Carolee Fall/Holiday Press Preview. Carolee is one of my go-to resources for stylish fashion jewelry for formal or semi-formal occasions. In fact my bridesmaids even wore earrings and bracelets from Carolee during my Charlotte wedding last year. It was one of my gifts to them. However at their recent press preview, it wasn’t the “bling” I went home thinking about. I was most smitten by the new Word Play bangles. They too make excellent bridesmaids gifts and are so fun for stacking. [Read more…]

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