Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: The One Thing I’m Glad We Did For Our Wedding

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched.

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched.

Valentine’s Day marks an unofficial end of “engagement season” for the wedding industry and as of last weekend there are a lot more newly engaged folks checking out Triple B. Welcome!

I technically had two weddings. No, I didn’t deplete my 401K for this. In fact, both ceremonies combined cost less than the national average for weddings. Full disclosure: My husband and I were extremely fortunate to receive many perks during planning as a result of me being a bridal blogger. And we had a lot of financial help from family. But still, we were tempted to go over our set budget several times. We got plenty of practice flexing those sacrifice and compromise muscles during our planning process and good thing we did because those muscles are needed quite a bit during marriage.

The reason I have no regrets – even when I have to make a dollar stretch more than I’m used to as a new wife? Keep reading… [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Danielle and Antijuan

Jump for Love! Danielle and Antijuan say I Do in Sunny Jamaica

Couple: Danielle and Antijuan
Wedding Date: August 22, 2014
Wedding + Reception Location: The Rockhouse; Negril, Jamaica (West Indies)
Wedding Theme: Our Night of Forever [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Leah and Brandon (Part II)

A Couple That Prays Together...Meet Leah + Brandon (and watch their touching wedding trailer!)

New York newlyweds Leah and Brandon received such positive feedback from their Tie the Knot Tuesday feature last week that it was only right to share the couple’s heartwarming wedding highlight video this week. There’s plenty to smile about in this video: [Read more…]

Final Fridays With Cousin Mars – New Year, New [ME] US

For the first Final Fridays with Cousin Mars of 2015, I’ve decided to go cliché. Many of you have probably already forgotten several of your 2015 resolutions. Don’t worry; very few expected you to actually make those changes. There are some resolutions/changes I want to encourage you to follow through with completely. [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Leah and Brandon

A Couple That Laughs Together...Triple B Presents Leah + Brandon

Couple: Leah and Brandon
Wedding Date: August 22, 2014
Wedding + Reception Location: The Church of God of East New York, Brooklyn, NY (ceremony) and The Inn at New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY (reception)
Wedding Theme: Two Hearts, One Love
[Read more…]

Triple B 2015: We’ve Got a New Attitude!


Happy New Year! Many of you might be stopping by for the first time since lots of folks got engaged over the holidays. Welcome to the newbies and welcome back to the regulars. Congratulations if you fall in the former category. New year resolutions…Honestly who makes them anymore? However, most of us do at least attempt to set goals for ourselves at the start of a new year. Triple B certainly has new goals for 2015! [Read more…]

The 10 Most Memorable Triple B Posts of 2014

Solange + Alan Hughes exchanged vows in the magical city of New Orleans in 2014!

Happy Kwanzaa! The year is quickly coming to an end. Before we officially say goodbye to 2014, here’s a look at the most memorable posts on BlackBridalBliss.com this year: [Read more…]

The 5 Best of Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – 2014 Edition


This year on Triple B, I covered everything from date ideas for the summer to the hidden truth behind that engagement ring “bling bling”. Here were your top posts and the back stories on what prompted me to write them.

*Posts chosen based on comments. [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Alicia and Yao

Alicia + Yao Say "I Do" in Tropical Mexico!

Couple: Alicia and Yao
Wedding Date: October 11, 2014
Wedding + Reception Location: El Dorado Royale, Rivieria Maya, Mexico
Wedding Theme: Vintage Paradise

[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…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Kesha and Steven

Kesha + Steven Say I Do: Share Their Bliss

Couple: Kesha and Steven
Wedding Date: August 31, 2014
Wedding + Reception Location: Grand Historic Venue, Baltimore, MD
Wedding Theme: Easy Elegance

[Read more…]

5 Things We Can All Learn from Solange’s Fab New Orleans Wedding Plus Video Footage

Newlyweds Solange + Alan Ferguson strike a pose on their wedding day

Kim who? Chile, please. Solange broke the Internet! The 28 year-old singer, DJ and Puma creative director wed her longtime boyfriend Alan Ferguson in New Orleans yesterday — complete with a second line — and the Internet went ba-na-nas. Here’s what all the hoopla was about and what we can all learn (or be reminded of) about wedding planning from the stylish newlywed plus plenty of swoon-worthy pics and an aww-inducing video clip from the creative all-white affair. [Read more…]

Mars vs. Venus – Critique of a Groom’s Reception Look

Black on Black on Black

Cousin Mars thinks – I’ll start by saying Nasir Jones aka Nas (pictured above) is from Queens, NY…as am I, might I add. Now let me get into this all black “get-up.” [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…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Nicole and Leonard

Nicole + Leonard get hitched! Share their bliss.

Couple: Nicole and Leonard
Wedding Date: July 19, 2014
Wedding and Reception Location: Hotel Seven 4 One, Laguna Beach, CA
Wedding Theme: Romantic Chic

[Read more…]

Mars vs. Venus – Critique of a Guy’s Engagement Session Look

Potential Engagement Session Outfit

Cousin Mars thinks – This outfit could be worn during an engagement session photo shoot. [Read more…]

(Not Quite) Tie the Knot Tuesday – L’Oreal and Jeff

(Not Quite) Tie the Knot Tuesday Presents: L'Oreal + Jeff in Chi-Town!

Couple: L’Oreal + Jeff
Engagement Session Locations: Popular attractions throughout Chicago, IL
Wedding Date: November 1, 2014
Wedding Location: National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD

[Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Shannon and Stuart

Triple B Presents: Shannon and Stuart! Share their love.

Couple: Shannon and Stuart
Wedding Date: July 26, 2013
Wedding and Reception Location: Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle, NY
Wedding Theme: Simple Elegance

[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.)

Tie the Knot Tuesday (Celeb Edition) – Gabrielle Union + Dwyane Wade

The Wade Union Download: (L) The newlyweds are flanked b y Wade's two oldest sons and his nephew. (R) Gabby stuns in her second reception dress.

One of the most anticipated weddings of the year finally happened — actress Gabrielle Union and basketball all-star Dwyane Wade got hitched on Saturday, August 30. The dynamic duo wed in their home city of Miami at the Chateau Artisan castle in a black-and-white themed affair. The bride’s BFF Essence Atkins served as the couple’s officiant. The newlyweds were adamant about not having a traditional wedding party, however, celeb buddies such as Carmelo and LaLa Anthony, Chris and Jada Paul and Kevin Hart were in attendance. [Read more…]

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