Marriage Matters Monday – A Couple That Graduates Together…

Power Couple Mario + Nitra with son Myles

Power Couple Mario + Nitra with son MJ

Well, maybe not all the time. But they sure do inspire us here at Black Bridal Bliss! The above image of 26-year-old Nitra, 28-year-old Mario and their 5-year-old son MJ went viral on Facebook earlier this month. This moving caption accompanied the pic:

Mario: Masters of Special Education (May 7)

Nitra: Juris Doctor (May 21)

MJ: Kindergarten (May 23)

‪#‎MayGrads‬ ‪#‎AFamilyThatStudiesTogether‬

Read more about married power duo Mario and Nitra, and their adorable baby boy MJ below. We’re pretty sure you’ll be inspired too. [Read more…]

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 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 – The Obamas…Caption It!

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On the evening of Friday, September 25, President and First Lady Obama stunned at the China State Dinner at The White House and basically broke the Internet when these images surfaced. Talk about images being worth a thousand words…Sheesh.

Leave a comment with how you would caption both pics. Annnnnnnnnd go! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Stay in Your Lane

keep calm and stay in your lane

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 – 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: 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…]

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…]

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…]

The First Thing to Do After Getting Engaged!


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Your beloved popped the question or maybe you popped the question — hey, it is 2015 — and now you’re ready to begin planning your wedding…right? Not so fast. Before you prepare an engagement announcement for your local newspaper, before you begin creating a Pinterest board of your favorite wedding gowns, before you go crazy posting a gazillion pics of your engagement ring bling on Facebook and Instagram, Triple B highly suggests you do one thing. [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 – 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 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…]

Marriage Matters – I’m a Force When We’re Together


Life throws us — every single one of us — curve balls and is filled with unpredictable ups and downs. No matter how much we plan and prepare, there are going to be situations that knock us on our a**. When there is someone who can help us navigate those twists and turns, hug us tight and say with sincerity, “Babe, we’re going to be okay. I got you.” — it makes the valleys in our journey a little less challenging and the peaks that much sweeter.

Love can get messy, marriage can get complicated but when there’s someone by your side who wants to figure it all out together it can also be bliss.

Marriage Matters Monday – How to Manage In-Laws as Newlyweds

Caught in the Middle: Newlywed Kandi spent much of her engagement caught between her mother and her beau, Todd.

Last week on April 4, 2014, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss wed her honey Todd Tucker in what appeared to be a fun-filled affair in Atlanta. Kandi happily Tweeted, “This is one of the best days of my life! I never imagined that I would marry my best friend. Todd’s been that to me. And to have just had the wedding of my dreams, it’s all been so beautiful. Now it’s time to party!” Triple B is very happy for the couple and wishes them a happy and healthy marriage.

Those of you who even remotely follow the RHOA know that Kandi’s mother Joyce has not been a fan of Todd or her daughter’s relationship with him. At all! [Read more…]

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