I recently received an email from Atlanta bride-to-be Samantha searching for Black wedding planners in her town. First and foremost I am grateful Samantha turned to Triple B for such expertise but equally impressed that she and her fiance are going out of their way to support as many Black-owned businesses as possible in planning their nuptials. The trustworthy and talented DJ Battle, one of Atlanta’s premiere wedding gurus suggested several planners and I edited the list down to the four below. [Read more...]
I caught up with special event planning guru William P. Miller to get the insider scoop on Niecy Nash and her husband Jay’s one-year anniversary bash! Remember Miller also planned Nash’s glam bridal shower. Read on to see exclusive pics, find out what goodies the guests left with and learn how you too can plan a similar event on a budget. [Read more...]
It is crunch time and thus far I have approached wedding planning as a DIY bride. I am very proud of the accomplishments I have made on my own. Especially since event planning on this scale is not my forte. The bulk of the major decisions have been made. Contracts, deposits and price negotiations are done, but here is where I have hit a wall. I am secure enough to acknowledge where my strengths are lacking, and the little details of décor and implementation for the reception is where I cry UNCLE!
I have decided to enlist the help of a planner. One of my bridesmaids recently had a party celebrating her birthday, and her planner did a fabulous job. I was so impressed in fact, I begged my friend for her contact information. I was beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed at this phase of the planning process and I saw this as God answering my prayers. [Read more...]
There were somber-skies Saturday morning outside of New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania. But that weather was no match for the heightened activity on inside. On the 18th floor of the midtown Manhattan hotel, excitement for the WBLS annual Wedding Expo could be felt instantaneously.
Last week about a dozen media professionals and I joined WeTV’s David Tutera in NYC for an intimate dinner of Asian fusion fare and screening of an upcoming episode of My Fair Wedding. It was a great time! I had a chance to briefly chat with David who as you remember I originally met while covering the wedding of Chris Paul and Jada Crawley. The episode we previewed is a must-see and scheduled to air on Sunday, December 18. (I won’t spoil it for ya but if you’re a fan of old Hollywood glam, you’ll especially enjoy it.)
Have you checked out Diann Valentine’s new show on WeTV, “I Do Over“? The premise of the series is great — giving deserving couples a chance to relive their once in a lifetime wedding day under of the direction of the talented Valentine. I’ve long admired the event planning diva’s work and her 2006 tome Weddings Valentine Style is one of my favorite coffee table books. While the show has an excellent concept, I know you nearlyweds are looking for as many ways to not be on it as possible. So, below are Valentine’s top 10 practices to avoid wedding day disasters. Enjoy this Triple B exclusive and above all else remember number 10!
Remember when I told you guys I met celebrity wedding planner David Tutera at the Chris Paul/Jada Crawley wedding? And remember when I promised an exclusive Q&A with Tutera here on Triple B? Well, promise kept — here you go! Keep reading for the event planning veteran and star of WE’s My Fair Wedding’s expertise on budget bling, the truth on favors and the importance of music at your reception.
Howdy! I’m frustrated by information I read in some mainstream bridal mags when the content doesn’t seem practical for the modern bride. This occured just last week when I came across an article about the proper amounts to tip wedding vendors. With everyone being forced to do more with less these days, I was insulted by the figures quoted. So I checked in with NYC-based wedding planner Ebony Small of Longevity Wedding Consultants for a real breakdown of who should get what in terms of tips on a wedding day. Here’s what the event-planning veteran had to say: [Read more...]
Now that the preliminary plans for our nuptials are out of the way, you would think I’d be in chill mode. Breathe a little easier perhaps? Not quite yet. Sean and I have yet to answer one important question: Do we need a wedding planner? [Read more...]