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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Bridal News You Can Use

Flashback Friday: Coming to America is a Black American cinema cult classic!

Staying in this Saturday? Snuggle up to Netflix’s and 10 all time favorite Black love films! View them here. (And get your last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas here.) [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – The Ring Doesn’t Mean a Thing

Bling Bling: Does size truly matter or nah?

The touchy subject of the importance (or not) of engagement ring size has been covered here…and here on Triple B by Cousin Mars. But, I’ve never actually delved into the subject myself — until today. As of late, I’ve noticed a lotta folks posting pictures of rings similar to the one above on social media and the comments have been very telling. I’ve read things like: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Forever Brilliant Stones

The Forever Brilliant "Ovation" ring set in 14KT white gold is less than $1,000!

Are you interested in learning more about stones that are ten percent more brilliant than a diamond yet only one-tenth of the price? I thought so. Enter Forever Brilliant. [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – The Truth Behind Diamond Engagement Rings

 

Ladies (and fellas because I know some of y’all are reading too), do you remember your initial reaction to hearing Beyonce’s Put a Ring On It song? We all know one of the first things asked after a woman says she is engaged is “Let me see the ring!” How many people do you know have very little knowledge of precious gems, but can tell you exactly what the Four Cs references? Have you ever wondered why there is an expectation (by most though not all) that a diamond accompanies a proposal? Well, this Final Friday post aims to share a jewel about one of your favorite jewels – DIAMONDS. If you have ever thought why society has come to expect a diamond to accompany a proposal I’m about to share just how and when this tradition began.

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Should Women Pay for Their Own Engagement Rings?

The "ring" means everything and nothing to some women.

Last week the Internet went batch crazy over a recent survey conducted by The Knot. And the hoopla is still going. The results of said survey indicate than an increasing percentage of heterosexual women are splitting the cost of their engagement rings with their mates. Female respondents reported putting money down on their own ring to help out a less financially stable partner, paying for a ring with a joint account, or, in a few cases, agreeing to contribute in exchange for a larger rock. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Triple B Lunches with Colin Cowie

After breaking bread, Colin Cowie and I posed for a pic.

Last week I was invited by The Platinum Guild International to have lunch with special events planner extraordinaire, Colin Cowie! [Read more…]

Fashion Friday – Etsy Wedding Bands

Bands to make him dance: This cool wedding band is sixty bucks on etsy.com!

Did you know that Etsy, the go-to online resource for every DIY (do-it-yourself) bride on the planet, has a wide selection of wedding bands? Honestly I didn’t until very recently. Mr. TK and I are beginning the –slightly daunting — process of searching for wedding bands (admittedly a little late) and I was overwhelmed by all the factors to consider: How will the band complement my engagement ring? How will our bands complement each others? Do we go matchy-matchy or not? What should we budget for bands? Should we get them engraved? Sheesh! [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Putting a Ring on It

The Ring Doesn't Mean a Thing...Or Does It? Cousin Mars shares his pov on engagement ring costs.

So, Beyonce said “If you liked it, then you should’ve put a ring on it.” S. Carter turned around and put an 18-carat ring on it. Well, my last name ain’t Carter and unfortunately I don’t currently have his money. However, Mr. Carter doesn’t have Mark Zuckerberg money and it has been reported that Mark spent under $2k for the engagement ring he purchased for Priscilla Chan. Clearly people have different ideas of what should be spent on an engagement ring. [Read more…]

You Oughta Know: Walmart Has Engagement Rings for $58 (Seriously!)

Walmart's Forever Bride 1/3 Carat T.W. Diamond and Sterling Silver Bridal Set, $198

You, read correctly. Fifty. Eight. Dollars! Who knew it was possible to purchase a diamond engagement ring or wedding band under the same roof as toilet paper and laundry detergent (and in some states guns)? Walmart has recently expanded their assortment of quality diamond jewelry for every budget, with a wide selection of engagement rings and other bridal jewelry all under $1,000. The bargain retailer even offers layaway year-round on all jewelry purchases. [Read more…]

Friday Fashion Find: CareRing

CareRings were created to protect your engagement ring and wedding bands!

My BFF who has been married for eight years and counting misplaced her wedding band a few years ago and it obviously caused her a considerable amount of angst — but truthfully I think I was more concerned than she was. Said friend took her ring off while doing some housework and the ring didn’t resurface until months later. A former co-worker accidentally washed her engagement ring down the drain. Yikes! Although her hubby was pissed, he eventually purchased a new one for her and their marriage is still in tact. I am willing to bet both of these women wish they had a CareRing to prevent these mishaps.
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Wedding Rules – What to Keep and What to Toss

Are today's brides really following these rules?

I recently stumbled across a list of wedding etiquette mantras while doing some research for Triple B and came to the conclusion that most of them were simply archaic. I thought to myself, ‘Are people really still doing this stuff and if so…why?’ Check out my list of The Top 5 Outdated Wedding Rules and then weigh in on whether or not you agree. And oh yeah, Happy Monday!
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