The Road to Mrs. – Honeymoon…mini-moon…some kinda moon!


Before I truly began wedding planning, like really understanding how everything associated with the word “wedding” is marked up by 1000%, I figured we would have a wedding and then take a two-week honeymoon backpacking through Europe or possibly laying amid the beautiful blue waters in the Maldives…It’s a good thing my dreams don’t get crushed on a regular basis, otherwise the reality that what I envisioned for our honeymoon just isn’t going to come to fruition would be completely devastating! Fortunately, I’m pretty good at being uber resourceful and finding ways to make something out of nothing — in this case that nothing being our honeymoon budget. #sigh [Read more…]

Black Bridal Bliss Travels – Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery

Great travel experiences are one of the fringe benefits of my job with BlackBridalBliss.com. When an invitation to be a guest was extended by [Read more…]

MARS VS VENUE CRITIQUES A GROOM’S LOOK

Empire star, Yazz, on Mars vs Venus

Empire star, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray at the 20th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival The New Edition Story film screening wearing a peace sign suit from MOSCHINO by Jeremy Scott

Mars thinks – I honestly struggle to see past the busy jacket. Also, the shirt finish wasn’t the best option. If this is hot, I must be getting old. I’m going to listen to grandma and not say anything else. [Read more…]

MARS VS VENUS CRITIQUES A WEDDING DAY COUPLE

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Ciara & Russell Wilson wed on Wed. (July 6th)

Mars thinks – Russell looks pretty dapper in his Giorgio Armani Made to Measure tuxedo. [Read more…]

BRIDAL NEWS YOU CAN USE

Doughnuts on the big day? Yes, please!

Doughnuts on the big day? Yes, please!

Today is Natural Doughnut Day! Find out how to serve doughnuts at your wedding here

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MARS VS VENUS CRITIQUES A GROOM’S LOOK

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

Mars thinks – This looks like something Hugh Hefner or Kanye West would wear. [Read more…]

BRIDAL NEWS YOU CAN USE

A beautiful bouquets are must haves for spring and summer nuptials

Beautiful bouquet are must haves for spring and summer nuptials!

Adding a little drama to your dream wedding? Have a look at boisterous bouquets here

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Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Uncomfortable, but Necessary

cousin mars on black bridal bliss

Prior to getting married, many couples feel as though they’ve had all of the “must have” conversations. After jumping the broom, these couples often realize a few conversations that weren’t thought of during the courting or engagement phases. [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…]

BRIDAL NEWS YOU CAN USE

Solange and hubby Alan Ferguson have been hitched for 6 months!

Solange and hubby Alan Ferguson have been happily hitched for 6 months!

Solange celebrates six months of marriage by sharing intimate wedding photo. Fall in love with photo here [Read more…]

Hot Honeymoons Trends

Honeymoon' to the max: A luxury resort in the Maldives

By now, most people are familiar with minimoons but there are a few other exciting honeymoon trends getting buzz these days. Triple B has the scoop. Check ’em out and share which is most up your alley in the comments. [Read more…]

5 Things to Do If You’re Invited to a Wedding in St. Lucia

Bridgette & Jenni (Owner of Spices Cooking Studio)

(from l to r) Plantains, Stewed Chicken + Rice & Peas

1) Private Cooking Lesson – I’m sure there are many to choose from, but there is one on the island that I can personally vouch for – Spices Cooking Studio. This experience is definitely a win/win. [Read more…]

USVINice: BlackBridalBliss.com in St. Croix (Part 3 of 3)

A picturesque view of Buck Island, USVI.

The last stint of Triple B’s USVINice Tour was St. Croix. While I had a great time in St. Thomas and St. John, I enjoyed my visit to St. Croix most. The people were friendly, my accommodations top-notch, the island is postcard-worthy gorgeous and there’s something for everyone to do — from families with small children, girlfriends seeking a fun get-a-way, fellas searching for bonding time or couples looking for a romantic retreat. These are my most memorable parts of St. Croix:

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USVINice: BlackBridalBliss.com in St. John (Part 2 of 3)

Triple B on the scene in St. John!

The second leg of my USVINice excursion after visiting St. Thomas was St. John. I had been to the island once very briefly on the way home from Virgin Gorda in 2010 and had been itching to return for a longer stay. I was so pumped to see what St. John had to offer. Here’s what I discovered: [Read more…]

USVINice: BlackBridalBliss.com in St. Thomas (Part 1 of 3)

Triple B's Bridgette Bartlett-Royall hit the ground running in St. Thomas!

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of a USVINice initiative. (!) I, along with about ten other lifestyle bloggers and digital influencers, headed down to the Caribbean for a chance to experience the beauty of island life in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was a wonderful opportunity to visit St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. There’s so much useful information to share about destination weddings, honeymoons and bachelor/ette getaways that I’m giving each island their own post. Find out what people, places and things in St. Thomas are now on the Triple B radar and why they should be on yours, too! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – The Italian Honeymoon That Never Happened

Mr. TK & I chillaxin’ in Aruba three months after getting engaged

“Man can plan but God can hinder.”

Growing up, I listened to my North Carolina-born mom and grandmother recite the above sentence countless times and it typically left me perplexed. Now as a married, 30-something year-old woman I get it. In fact, my new marriage and now postponed honeymoon are prime examples of this saying.

Before I get into the who, what and why of my honeymoon being postponed, let me explain a few things: I work in an industry where frontin’ is embraced. I thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to post this because I was nervous about oversharing and exposing too much of me and the hubby’s business to the world wide web. But upon careful consideration, I concluded (after running it by him) that I should because if I experienced it, someone else probably has, too. So here goes… [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Smythson Honeymoon Journal


BlackBridalBliss.com Random Confession #63: I adore journals and notebooks almost as much as I do stationery. I realize the rest of the world is all about digital, but doggonit I still enjoy scribbling down my thoughts, dreams, frustrations and even fears on paper. Thus my latest Triple B Pick of the Week is the Honeymoon Recollections Panama Notebook ($80) from Smythson of Bond Street. Why? [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: The Benefits of a Minimoon

Mr. TK and me during our minimoon in Washington, DC!

Shortly after Mr. TK proposed, we made the decision to go someplace exotic (by our standards anyway) for our honeymoon. We both enjoy traveling so we wanted to do it up big. We decided on Italy, specifically southern Italy along the Amalfi Coast and Capri. However the reality was that as we got closer to our Charlotte, NC wedding celebration, we had to make the challenging decision to postpone our honeymoon until this year. Our consolation? A minimoon! [Read more…]

Travel Thursday: Cool Resource for Honeymoon Planning


Triple B just discovered a travel resource that could possibly be a lifesaver for nearlyweds or newlyweds in the honeymoon planning stages. I just learned of Encore Romance Travel on Instagram earlier this week via Chic Brown Bride. (Thanks again, Danielle!) Encore caught my attention and I think they should be on your radar, too. Here’s why: Encore specializes in off the beaten path honeymoon packages, custom packages and all-inclusive honeymoons. There is even an option called mystery honeymoons for the truly adventurous couple. Encore owner Brenda says, “I am passionate about traveling, discovering the world and I love helping other busy couples create the honeymoon of their dreams.” Good stuff, right? [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Honeymoon Registires

Honeymoon Dreamin': I snapped this pic while in South Africa a few years ago. (And yes, those gorgeous calla lilies grow WILD there!)

Blame it on the unseasonably chilly temps in New York City but I’ve been thinking about vacations a lot these days. Which has me pondering about honeymoon registries… First and foremost, contrary to traditional belief, I don’t think they’re tacky (as long as it isn’t mentioned anywhere on the invitation). Whether or not I will actually use them for my own union is up for debate but I do think modern registries like those offered by Amazon and Hatch My House are super cool and practical. But back to honeymoon registries…There are several out there and since I will be checking them out with the beau pretty soon to see if they fit our desires and needs, I figured I should share my findings here on Triple B.  [Read more…]

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