Marriage Matters Monday – Bouquet + Garter Toss Alternative

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Find a memorable way to honor those marriages that have stood the test of time at your own wedding!

In 2016, the idea of singling out unmarried friends (men and women) at a wedding reception seems archaic and predictable to many. For those nearlyweds searching for a fun alternative, Triple B suggests the following: [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – A MUST-READ for the Newly Engaged

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Happy New Year! Since there’s an influx of new folks joining the Triple B audience (Welcome!) who are recently engaged (Congratulations!), we thought it was imperative to revisit one of last year’s special posts for nearlyweds. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – A Very Special Vow Renewal

A Vow Renewal Worth the Wait: Elaine + Rich

A Vow Renewal Worth the Wait: Elaine + Rich

Every couple has a story and Elaine and Rich, who just celebrated 25 years of marriage in a simple yet stylish fashion, are no different. Keep reading for the aww-inducing Huffington Post Weddings story from Triple B friend Summer McLane who happens to have a very special connection to the couple. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday: Who Are You Inviting to Your Wedding?

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As we enter engagement season (late-November through mid-February), hundreds of newcomers will join the Black Bridal Bliss family — welcome! During the coming weeks and months, many of you will be determining the type of nuptials you want to have and much of this rest on the amount of guests you’ll invite.

Yep. The dreaded wedding guest list. No need to sugarcoat it. The process is daunting. Unless you and your partner elope or opt to have a small civil ceremony — which can be quite chic (!), you will likely lose a little (or a lot of) sleep thinking about your guest list choices. Here are three quick tips to help you navigate this process: [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Never Stop Dating

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A good friend of Triple B recently shared this video with us. And we’re sharing it again (and taking heed our dang selves!) here because the message is poignant. Thanks again, L. [Read more…]

Mars vs Venus – DC Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Conversation edition

Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Conversation Panelists

Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Conversation Panelists

Mars thinks –  This week I decided to let Venus comment on the all male panel at Sunday’s Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Conversation event held at Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast in Washington, DC. [Read more…]

BRIDAL NEWS YOU CAN USE

Black Bridal Bliss in Brooklyn for Magazine It Girl, Kahlana Barfield!

Black Bridal Bliss in Brooklyn for Magazine It Girl, Kahlana Barfield!

InStyle magazine editor-at-large Kahlana Barfield tied the knot last weekend in Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden and her first look (see above) is all kinds of fabulous. Congrats to you and Dwayne from Triple B, Kahlana! Read more about this gorge sneak peek pic here. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – MUST-SEE VIDEO!

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The below video has gone viral in the last week and for good reason. The featured couple has been trying to conceive for years and have had to endure one disappointment after another. After 4 miscarriages and a stillborn birth, they had given up on the idea of having biological babies of their own but…

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Marriage Matters Monday – B. Smith + Dan Gasby

Power Couple Through the Fire: Married for over 20 years, B. Smith and husband Dan Gasby are using an unfortunate circumstance to help others

Power Couple Through the Fire: Married for over 20 years, B. Smith and husband Dan Gasby are using an unfortunate circumstance to help others.

If you ever wondered what “…in sickness and in health” meant, please watch this video featuring married couple B. Smith and Dan Gasby. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Newlyweds Gabrielle & D. Wade’s Wedding Video Trailer

The Wade Wedding was sentimental, funny and filled with loads of "wedspiration"!

The Wade Wedding was sentimental, funny and filled with loads of “wedspiration”. Don’t believe us? Just watch!

Here’s the long and short of it: This wedding video rocks. In conjunction with their first wedding anniversary, The Wades released a highlight reel of sorts to the public from their wedding day. Watch, enjoy and comment with your thoughts! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Stay in Your Lane

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Lots of awesome marriage advice is shared here on Black Bridal Bliss. All of it has come from people in seemingly happy and healthy marriages. However, I don’t have the time, energy or skill-set to get involved in anyone else’s marital affairs. 

Let me explain. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday: Don’t Forget to Have FUN!

A Couple That Laughs Together? Alicia Keys + Swizz Beatz Horsing Around

A Couple That Laughs Together? Alicia Keys + Swizz Beatz Horsing Around

We’re smitten with this photo spotted on the Instagram page of singer Alicia Keys! Keys and her super-producer husband Swizz Beatz recently celebrated five years of marriage. As always, it is never a good idea to look at someone else’s relationship from the outside [Read more…]

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

Age Ain't Nothing But a Number: Me and my boyfriend at my NYU graduation in 2013.

Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number: Me and my boyfriend (and soon-to-be fiance!) at my NYU graduation in 2013.

In August of 2009 I was a nervous 18 year-old moving cross-country to New York City to begin my first year at New York University (NYU). Being that NYU is the largest private institution in the country and a PWI (predominately White institution), I mentally prepared myself to go through four years with a minimal amount of friends; after all, I was an introvert and school was the priority. If you would have told me that during my first week on my own in a new city I would meet the man who I would spend the rest of my life with, I would have literally laughed out loud. But that’s exactly what happened. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Imperfectly Perfect

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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…]

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…]

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…]

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

A young Kathryn in daddy's hands

A young Kathryn in daddy’s hands

As a kid, every Wednesday daddy and I had a tradition. We listened to Frank Sinatra and sipped cherry slurpies while cruising down the highway. Windows down and not a care in the world. My father has and will forever be my first love. The role my father played in my life helped to shape me as a wife. [Read more…]

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