Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Top 2016 Wedding Trends

Russell Westbrook marries college sweetheart Nina Earl

NBA player Russell Westbrook + college sweetheart Nina Earl on their wedding day in 2015. 2016 promises more memorable weddings!

Guess what? Today, Thumbtack released their 2016 Wedding Trends Report — the largest survey of U.S. couples getting married this year. The company receives more than 320,000 personalized requests for wedding services each year. This 2016 study reveals some interesting findings. Take a look of the highlights and use some of this valuable research to help you plan your own wedding!

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: 2016 Golden Globes Bridal Inspiration Recap

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Taraji P. Henson shut down the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in a white hot Stella McCartney number

Red carpet season 2016 is officially here! Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards was full of bridal inspiration as sleek white gowns and ultra-feminine silhouettes dominated the carpet. The evening was also chockful of wedspiration for the fellas (Hey, they want to look sharp on their big day too, right Cousin Mars?). Here are my faves:

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Bridgette’ Pick of the Week – A Bridal Piece

A Bridal Piece

One of Our Fave Styles From A Bridal Piece

WHAT: A Bridal Piece caters to discerning brides in search of stylish and elegant headpieces to wear on their wedding day. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Rose Quartz & Serenity

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I’ll admit when I first learned that Pantone selected Rose Quartz and Serenity as the 2016 colors of the year I was skeptical. Why two? And why pastels? Generally, I prefer to rock bright bold hues. Pastels typically make me think of Easter eggs. But the soothing, serene hues grew on me and now I’m eager to see how next year’s brides incorporate them into their wedding day and beyond! Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman explains, “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” I’m definitely looking forward to more order and peace in 2016. Here are a few of my personal style ideas in Rose Quartz and Serenity to get your juices flowing: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – D.C. Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation Recap

In Great Company: My + Moderator Cori Murray Flanked by the Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation Panelists

In Great Company: Me + Moderator Cori Murray Flanked by the Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation Panelists

Ladies and gentlemen, the Black Bridal Bliss Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation in Washington, D.C. was a bona fide hit! On November 8, 2015, beautiful people made their way to the historic Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inn in Dupont Circle for sexy signature craft cocktails from Stir D.C. and yummy pastries from Mimi’s Mocha Treats. The equally fun and informative conversation which covered a wide range of topics from blended families to relationship social media boundaries with our all-male panel of married men was moderated by the lovely Cori Murray of ESSENCE Magazine. Each guest was also gifted with a copy of the November 2015 issue of ESSENCE. However, I can show you better than I can tell you. Take a look at these pictures to get a glimpse of Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation for yourself. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Should Couples Pick and Choose Which Children are Invited to Their Wedding?

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Hola! I recently discovered an intriguing article over at MadameNoir.com as it was getting quite a bit of buzz on Facebook. Said article weighed the pros an cons of have an adult-only wedding while allowing select children to attend. It caused a bona fide fury both on the blog and on popular social media platforms. Thus, I really want to know where the Triple B family stands on this. Take a read [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Fab New Hair Resource

Curl Crushin': From tight kinks to loose waves veteran hairstylist Gabrielle Corney shares her hair wisdom on YouTube!

Curl Crushin’: From tight kinks to loose waves veteran hairstylist Gabrielle Corney shares her hair wisdom on YouTube!

The world wide web is flooded with self-proclaimed hair experts (especially in the natural hair space) dishing out DIY advice to women like us. It is daunting, especially for planning brides who are already overwhelmed. I’d like to introduce you to Gabrielle Corney, a talented beautician who has been professionally styling hair for over two decades. In addition to working with celebrities like Brandy and Kandi Burruss, Corney is a creative consultant for the hair division of Carol’s Daughter. Check out her debut how-to video below; a perfect style option for you natural brides-to-be!

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Healthy (and flavorful) New Recipe

Dinner is Served: Linnyette's Shrimp & Sauteed Spinach!

Dinner is Served: Linnyette’s Shrimp & Sauteed Spinach!

Admit it: Most of us have been successful in eating healthier but on those evenings when you get home from the office late or have to shuttle the kids around town to one of their upteen extra-curricular activities, the last thing you want to stress over is preparing a healthy meal for you and your family. This daunting task can of course applies to men and women. (My husband might be a better cook than me…Shhh, Don’t tell him I admitted that.) Ordering take-out or buying fast food often seems like the easier option in our time-starved lives. Well folks, keep reading! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Pantora Mini

Pantora Mini debuts in Brooklyn, NY!

Pantora Mini debuts in Brooklyn, NY!

By now you’re hopefully familiar with Pantora Bridal, the chic Brooklyn, NY boutique specializing in stylish bridal and eveningwear fashion. Pantora creations have appeared on popular reality television shows and outfitted blushing brides and bridal parties from Bed-Stuy to Australia. Pantora designs are noted for a unique mix of modern textile and classic silhouettes, all with a glamorous edge. Now, owner and designer Andrea Pitter has expanded. The Fashion Institute of Technology graduate recently opened a second shop right across the street for children called, Pantora Mini

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Why Are You Getting Married?

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Personalized Cutting Boards

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I’m a sucker for most things personalized. These days, I’m also a sucker for home furnishings. I’ve learned that style goes far beyond clothes. Enter this fab cutting board (pictured above) from Heirloom!

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Bachelorette Fun in Washington, D.C.

Triple B on the scene in DC!

Triple B on the scene in DC!

Jetting off to Las Vegas or Miami are expected destinations for bachelorette fun but did you ever consider turning up in Washington, D.C. for your last days as a single woman? Surprisingly, there are lots of ways to make that “last fling before the ring” trip unforgettable in Chocolate City. Check out our roundup of where to stay, play and eat for a truly memorable bachelorette trip in the nation’s capital! [Read more…]

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

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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…]

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