The Newlywed Chronicles – So…How Does it Feel to be Married?

The Newlywed Chronicles Debuts on Triple B today with L'Oreal Thompson Payton shown here on her wedding day!

The Newlywed Chronicles Debuts on Triple B today with L’Oreal Thompson Payton shown here on her wedding day!

Triple B has a treat for you! BlackBridalBliss.com is launching a brand new “column” called, The Newlywed Chronicles! That’s right…And last week’s Tie the Knot Tuesday bride L’Oreal Thompson Payton will be kicking this exciting monthly feature off. Read up and be sure to show her some love in the comments. (All feedback — good, bad or indifferent is welcomed as long as it is respectful.) Enjoy! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – I’m Married to My Best Friend

Verdel + Jeremiah have been married for more than 25 years!

Verdel + Jeremiah have been married for more than 25 years!

Please enjoy the below essay from a new contributor to BlackBridalBliss.com — Verdel A. Jones. Verdel is an educator in Long Island, New York and has been married to her husband Jeremiah (pictured above) for 26 years and counting. Be sure to show her some Triple B love in the comments after reading! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Letter to My Daughter’s New Stepmom

Jada Pinkett Smith (far right) with husband Will's first wife Sheree and their collective three children have (over time) made their blended family thrive.

Jada Pinkett Smith (far right) with husband Will’s first wife Sheree and their collective three children have built — over time — a thriving blended family.

Bridal blogs tend to dish out warm and fuzzy wedding and newlywed advice as though everyone saying “I Do” has never been married and/or doesn’t already have children (whether together or from a previous relationship). Admittedly, even Triple B was guilty of this. Yet when many of us get engaged, we’re already mothers and/or are preparing to wed someone who is a parent. As expected this can get messy — whether the children involved are toddlers, teens or any age in between. We typically witness the messiest of these situations glorified in media — you know, the evil stepmother and the bitter “baby mama” but the below excerpt of a letter written by a mother and ex-wife to her daughter’s new stepmom proves it doesn’t have to be. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters: What Marriage Means to Me Series

Donald is marrided & lives in Texas

Donald, who resides in Texas, is a married father of two.

Marriage is a contract to some people, a commitment to others and most unfortunately, slavery to a few. For me, it’s two people who love each other coming together for the advancement of their common goals. My wife and I love each other and our common goals are [Read more…]

Marriage Matters: What Marriage Means to Me Series

Olivia from Maryland shares her feelings on marriage with Triple B.

Olivia from Maryland shares her feelings on marriage with Triple B.

Working with Black Bridal Bliss has afforded me the opportunity to interview scores of brides-to-be and women that have already jumped the broom. Two questions I often ask these individuals are: 1) What does marriage mean to you? and 2) What is/was your biggest fear entering marriage? The answers have been so entertaining and/or awe inspiring. Here’s part three in this enlightening feature. I invite you to revisit the first and second essays as well. You’re welcome. [Read more…]

Top 5 Triple B Marriage Matters Posts

The Hodges are one featured couple helping Triple B walk down Marriage Matters Memory Lane!

The Hodges are one featured couple helping Triple B walk down Marriage Matters Memory Lane!

Since most of you are catching up on housework or sneaking into those President’s Day sales, we’re taking a look at some of the most memorable Marriage Matters posts on BlackBridalBliss.com. Enjoy this trip down memory lane… [Read more…]

Marriage Matters: What Marriage Means to Me Series

Better Together: Author Kia and husband Ronnie

Solely because I have an issue doing things the way people expect me to, last week I kicked off our What Marriage Means to Me Series with a wonderful unmarried woman instead of one who is presently a Mrs. This week is a bit different. You have another opportunity to peek into the mind of an awesome individual, however this one checks a different box on forms asking about marital status. Meet Kia from New Jersey as she shares her views on marriage and motherhood. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters: What Marriage Means to Me Series


We have an exclusive new Black Bridal Bliss series debuting today called What Marriage Means to Me.
Today’s essay is from Jacqueline of New York.

I approach this subject not as a presently married woman but as a child of a married couple. I grew up in a two-parent household as the youngest of four children. Although my parents weren’t affectionate toward each other by the time I became aware of such things, I witnessed two adults joined in matrimony, committed to raising their children to the best of their ability. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – 36 Things I Know After 36 Years of Marriage


My cousin and Triple B supporter Nik recently forwarded an article to me from Huffington Post. I was so enlightened by it that I had to share. Since we’re in the midst of engagement season, I felt it was especially poignant. Get ready to soak up some wisdom! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – “He Was Made For Me!”

Nicole and Damien Gurganious celebrated 5 years of marriage in August.

Nicole Brewer-Gurganious is a friend of Triple B. She’s a former boss from my days at ESSENCE magazine (she was then fashion director, I was fashion and beauty research editor). A few years later I started covering real weddings for Essence.com and featured Nicole’s August 2009 nuptials to hubby Damien. The vibrant couple had been contestants on Biggest Loser and both shed an impressive amount of weight while making significant lifestyle changes. It was a delight to showcase Nicole’s big day on Essence.com and Nicole was equally as excited to share her love story. Nicole has confessed, “He was made especially for me” when asked about her marriage. Fast forward to the launch of BlackBridalBliss.com in 2010 — Nicole was an ambassador for David’s Bridal and lent her style expertise to Triple B when the blog was just a month old. She cheerfully expressed how proud she was of me and the leap of faith I took to start this blog. Her advice on how brides of any shape or size can find a fashionable gown is still relevant. Two years ago, Nicole and Damien became the proud parents of a beautiful daughter named Giselle who was the light of both of their lives.

Now Nicole is a widow. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters: This Husband’s Work

Marriage Matters: Kyle with his wife Jackie of 9 years

Kyle Douglas, the author of today’s Marriage Matters personal essay, and I have known each other for over 25 years. As always, none of us know what happens in any marriage behind closed doors, but we can certainly learn from and be inspired by the ones that are seemingly healthy, happy and honest about how they attempt to stay that way. I’m proud of the husband and father Kyle appears to have become. I remember when this dude sported a high top fade! Check out his take on what it really means to work at a marriage.

This Husband’s Work by Kyle Douglas

As a child, it is not uncommon for someone to ask the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Back then I gave answers like, “A pilot, a professional football player, and even an electrician.” This mentality stayed with me ’til about my late teens and then something changed. I can’t tell you exactly what triggered it but those things were no longer important. My goal in life was to become a good if not great family man. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Secrets to a 70 Year Union

Ruth + Jerry Greenspan on their wedding day circa ~1944

No, this couple isn’t Black. Yet the wisdom shared in the below video crosses racial barriers. It needed to be shared. They’re still together and seem to personify the mantra, “Live.Love.Laugh.”

Watch. Digest. Comment. [Read more…]

FINAL FRIDAYS WITH COUSIN MARS – IS PRIVACY REALISTIC IN MARRIAGE?


I can think of many benefits of waiting until entering your 30s to tie the knot. However, one fairly common challenge like-minded individuals often face is figuring out how and what habits and behaviors to abandon. Many topics can fall under this umbrella, but I’d like to specifically discuss privacy. Individuals over 30 are generally more set in their ways than their younger counterparts; often leading to a more interesting adjustment period. According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, Privacy is defined as freedom from unauthorized intrusion. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters – How Young is Too Young to Get Married?


Raised by married parents, a college graduate, pursuing a master’s degree and the owner of a pretty smile. Doesn’t that make me the perfect package? My relationship reality didn’t become clear until I began to scroll through my Insta (gram) timeline and notice many of my female classmates had either been recently married or engaged. For a moment I laughed at those girls. My first thought was, “Y’all are crazy!” Did your mother not teach you as mine did; to “Do You!” before settling down? In other words: Travel, party, live alone, and kiss a few frogs? [Read more…]

Happy Anniversary to The Cosby Show!

Clair + Cliff were an on-screen dynamic duo!

This week will mark the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters – Thinking Inside the Box


I found the above message on Instagram a couple weeks back and thought it was profound. So much so that I needed to share. It is easy (too easy) to get caught up in the rings, the gown, the flowers, the reception music, and the 18,000 other things that even the most focused engaged couple can forget the true point of it all.

Read. Digest. Comment. (Even if you disagree.)

Marriage Matters Monday – Do Successful Women Scare Away Potential Husbands?

Is there a such thing as "doing too much" before marriage?

I recently read an article over on Black & Married with Kids written by Franchesca Warren titled, Can a Single Woman Do Too Much Before Marriage?. The piece was penned two years ago but the topics it addresses are still very relevant today. Warren explained that she became a homeowner at 23 — among having various other admirable accomplishments — and was happy to have married a man who viewed her ambition as a good thing. Yet, she points out how others maintain mantras like, “A woman should wait to purchase “big” things (dream car, house, etc.) until she’s married. If they don’t wait, then it’s intimidating to a potential mate.” [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – The Family Crews Exclusive Interview

Pucker Up! - Rebecca + Terry Crews at the 20th Wedding Vow Renewal

We all remember BET’s hit reality show The Family Crews. Terry and Rebecca Crews welcomed us in their L.A. home, making us all feel like family. But what happened when the cameras stopped rolling? Triple B chatted with Mrs. Rebecca Crews about getting and staying married. Rebecca, who is refreshingly down to Earth, is clear that her husband did not become the man that he is overnight but in practicing commitment, compassion, and communication they held on. Terry and Rebecca are the proud parents of five children and celebrated 25 years of marriage on July 29, 2014. This is their story… [Read more…]

Marriage Matters on…Tuesday!

Hola! Tie the Knot Tuesday and Not Quite Tie the Knot Tuesday will return soon, folks. I know, I know — but trust that Triple B is working on some good stuff in the meantime and it includes featuring a bunch of great love stories, weddings, videos and engagement pictures. Today however, we’re switching things up a bit. [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…]

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