Marriage Matters on a…Wednesday?!

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. Marriage Matters is typically a Monday feature on Black Bridal Bliss. However, we’re mixing things up this week. There’s been a lot of chatter on social media regarding whether or not women, particularly wives, should or shouldn’t fix their partners plates at cookouts, Thanksgiving gatherings and such. Check out what our pal Charli Penn over at ESSENCE.com had to say about this debate:

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Debbie Allen Never Lost It!

And They're Still Together... Debbie Allen and husband Norm Nixon with baby in tow.

And They’re Still Together… Debbie Allen and husband Norm Nixon with baby in tow.

Earlier this week the below video of choreographer/actress/director Debbie Allen and her husband, retired NBA player Norm Nixon, celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary went viral. The couple have three children, countless professional accolades and a whole lotta love between them. Don’t believe me, just watch! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Family Business

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I recently noticed the above meme via @MarriageAnonymous on Instagram. Kinda profound I thought and put it in save.

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BRIDAL NEWS YOU CAN USE

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Ladies take a risk, try a bridal boudoir shoot for your beau!

Surprise your beau with a sexy photo shoot. Get the details here

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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 – Triple B’s Fave Celeb Married Couples

Boho Bliss: Alan + Solange sipp their bubbly in style.

Boho Bliss: Alan + Solange sip their bubbly in style.

Praising celebrity relationships on a regular basis is not something Black Bridal Bliss condones. It is a slippery slope that can be dangerous since every marriage contains nuances only the two people who said “I Do” to each other are fully aware of. Still we thought it would fun — and it was! — to round up a list of well-known married folks who seemingly have a healthy and happy union. Triple B jumps at the opportunity to celebrate Black women in love. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Uncomfortable, but Necessary

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Prior to getting married, many couples feel as though they’ve had all of the “must have” conversations. After jumping the broom, these couples often realize a few conversations that weren’t thought of during the courting or engagement phases. [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…]

BRIDAL NEWS YOU CAN USE

Who says plus-size brides don't have (affordable) options? This Kiyonna lace number is just $242!

Who says plus-size brides don’t have (affordable) options? This Kiyonna lace number is just $242!

22 plus-size wedding dresses for less than $400? Yep! Get the full style scoop here

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BRIDAL NEWS YOU CAN USE

She said yes: We're excited about the latest Triple B engagement!

She said yes: We’re excited about the latest Triple B engagement!

Triple B editorial intern Kelsie is officially tying the knot! Read more about our newest resident bride-to-be here and revisit her popular op-ed on marrying young here.

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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

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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. 

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Marriage Matters Monday – Imperfectly Perfect

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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…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – I Got Your Back

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I think we have all heard the term “I Got Your Back.” I know it isn’t grammatically correct, but let’s ignore that for now. Growing up with siblings and/or other close relatives is what allows most kids the first opportunity to use this expression. As we grow older our circle begins to include friends. If you’re anything like me, you have many stories of how you’ve proven this mantra. Perhaps even better stories regarding how it was proven to you by others. I’d share a few, but the statute of limitations in New York and the District of Columbia are a bit fuzzy in some cases. [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…]

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