Marriage Matters Monday – Awesome Wedding Trailer!

Marriage Matters Monday presents The Mauricettes of Canada!

Just last week an engaged Facebook buddy pleaded in her status update, “To or to not do a wedding video? I love the idea, but my fiance isn’t sold. Need to convince him. Help!” Of course, Triple B was on the case. I immediately sent her a link to Tie the Knot Tuesday couple Cleo and Lyncoln’s Q&A on choosing (and budgeting for) a videographer and advised her to book one based on honest feedback from the hundreds of brides I’ve interviewed. Said buddy was very appreciative. But just this morning I realized that I never shared The Road to Mrs. alum Nadine’s wedding trailer with you! Well, here it is (newlyweds Nadine and her hilarious hubby Sean don’t disappoint). The three things I enjoy most about this wedding trailer are Nadine’s teenage son in the video (he was a significant part of the union afterall), the video switching from black and white to color as the couple jumps the the broom (it was subtle but carries loads of significance) and last but certainly not least, the inclusion of their engagement trip to Cuba in the middle. Swoon! Enjoy folks and leave me a comment with your fave parts, as well as advice for my friend on how to convince her fiance to book a videographer for their own big day.

Nadine and Sean’s Wedding Trailer

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Nadine & Sean

 Remember Road to Mrs. blogger Nadine who shared her ups and downs of wedding planning with Triple B last year? Well, she’s officially a Mrs. now! I personally know candidly opening up in her blog wasn’t always easy for Nadine but she was committed. Read, view her stunning pictures and show her and her hilarious husband Sean support of their glorious new union in the comments.

You May Kiss the Bride: The Mauricettes jump the broom in Toronto!

Bride: Nadine Gooden, 35
Groom: Sean Mauricette, 33
Occupations: Gooden: Writer/Blogger/Executive Assistant Mauricette: Musician/Entertainer/Motivational Speaker
Homebase: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Wedding Date: September 4, 2011
Wedding Location: Ceremony: Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto; Reception: Mariposa Belle Boat, Toronto Harbourfront
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The Road to Mrs. – I’m Getting Married Sunday!

Nadine is counting down her final days as a single woman!

This Sunday my road to Mrs. will end. I’m so ready. Ready to marry my best friend. Ready to begin the next chapter of our lives together. Sean and I can’t wait; it’s time to celebrate! 

 
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5 Wedding Planning Tips for the Busy Bride-To-Be

Earlier this summer, I spoke to a group of interns at my former place of employment, Essence magazine. Immediately following the discussion, several of them approached me about contributing to Triple B. One of those ambitious folks was Janine Rayford. Janine explained that not only was she interested in media but was a nearlywed herself and fan of BlackBridalBliss.com. (Swoon!) Janine pitched me the below piece and managed to make her deadline in the midst of all her other responsibilities. This impressive bride-to-be jumps the broom this weekend and has promised to share her wedding with Tie the Knot Tuesday in the coming months.

Janine and her fiance Doug countdown to their big day. Follow her tips so you don't miss out on all the bliss in the midst of your planning!

When my fiancé Doug proposed in May 2010, I was smack dab in the middle of my last year in graduate school.  On top of my studies, I had work, internships and a truck load of other obligations on my plate.  But once that sparkling ring slid on my finger, I happily added wedding planning to the top section of my to-do list. It was tough at first – meeting with venues after school and work, scheduling tastings around Doug’s work schedule, scolding myself for studying bridal magazines rather than my textbooks – but as planning wore on I discovered the best ways to balance it all. Now graduated, working and just a few days away from a 200+ guest wedding, I’m here to share my tips on how to fit wedding planning into an already jam-packed schedule.
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The Road to Mrs. – Nadine & Sean’s Love Shoot

Our resident bride-to-be shares her gorgeous e-session pics!

Hey Triple B! Need to relieve wedding planning stress? Try a beachside love shoot! If you know our story, then our beach location should come as no surprise. It’s where we got engaged and is our favourite place to be on a beautiful day. Last Saturday we headed to one of the best beaches in Toronto, Ashbridge’s Bay. It was important for us to have our good friend and Sean’s best man Jose Roldan capture the moment. Special thanks as well to my friend, the multi-talented Natasha Waterman for doing my hair and makeup. And I’ve been instructed by Sean to send a very special shout out to our camera, the Canon Rebel T2i which Jose used to take our photos. Yes, you read that right…our camera. I mean who sends a shout out to their camera? Sean said all the guys out there would get it. Sigh…

Enjoy the photos!

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The Road to Mrs. – When Future In-Laws Impede Wedding Planning

Nadine and her hubby-to-be keep a united front in all aspects of their wedding planning.

If you’re looking for a fluffy piece on the latest wedding trends, you’ll have to forgive me. I’ve been dealing with difficult future in-laws (FILs) so I’m going to vent and offer some tips on how to maintain your cool.
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The Road to Mrs. – Video Update

Road to Mrs. blogger Nadine and her fiance Sean during their recent visit to NYC.

Your favorite bride-to-be Nadine is back with a wedding video update. (And her hilarious fiance, Sean doesn’t disappoint!) Check them out as they comically bring us up to speed on their “jumping broom”, their wedding day transportation and other fun stuff.
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The Road to Mrs. – Bridal Options for Short Hair

Road to Mrs. blogger Nadine is searching for the perfect hairstyle and veil. And she plans to rock her short 'do sans a weave!

Hey ladies! When planning your wedding, indecisiveness isn’t sexy. Among the many questions I’ve asked myself, two have been hanging over my head:

1. How am I going to wear my hair?

2. Will I wear a veil and if so what kind?
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The Road to Mrs. – Fitness Tips for the Bride-to-Be

Resident bride-to-be Nadine fights to keep her fitness regime in tact for her wedding day (and after)!

The most important call a bride-to-be receives is probably the one to schedule their first dress fitting. After months of waiting, I’m expecting my call any day. I can’t wait to wear it again! Most brides prepare for their dress fittings by toning up or losing weight. I’ve been doing both: increasing fruits and veggies intake, avoiding fatty fried foods and even hitting the gym a few times a week. Although I love the results (7 inches so far!), because I’m petite and slim, I don’t want to lose any more weight or gain too much muscle. So I’m switching up my routine: more cardio and yoga.

Contrary to popular belief, this lifestyle change is about more than my dress or my wedding.  I turn 35 in May so it’s more about keeping a promise I made to myself on how I wanted to celebrate this milestone. Whatever your motivation, I hope these expert tips will help you achieve and maintain your fitness goals.
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The Road to Mrs. – A Letter from Nadine

The freshly engaged Nadine in Cuba last August.

I should’ve written this post hours ago but Sean and I have been going back and forth discussing our wedding colors. OMG! Who knew colors could be so intense? Instead of trying to find colors we both agree on, I’m trying to gather my thoughts. Which brings me to the reason for this post.
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The Road to Mrs. – Long Distance Wedding Planning

Nadine and her fiance Sean don't always have the luxury of planning their wedding in the same country.

Last week Sean and I updated you on our wedding plans. Hours after our video posted on BBB, Sean headed to the UK for work. By Saturday, I sent him this Facebook message, “Mayday! Mayday! I’m surrounded by wires and trying to figure out which cable wire goes into the TV.  Missing you very much right now. When you get a chance can you send me an email with instructions? Thx!”

To be clear, I’m not some damsel in distress. I’m used to Sean’s traveling but I hate having to deal with household chores he’d usually handle, such as changing high ceiling light bulbs or moving anything really heavy. Thanks to Skype I was able to solve my dilemma, which got me thinking about engaged couples that have to plan their wedding long distance or are planning a destination wedding. If your wedding ceremony is far from home or if you and your fiancé can’t plan the wedding together, things can get sticky. Here’s a few tips that may help:

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The Road to Mrs. – Nadine & Sean’s Wedding Update Video

Triple B's Road to Mrs. blogger Nadine and her fiance Sean share another HILARIOUS video with us.

Howdy! Triple B’s resident bride-to-be Nadine has granted us another hilarious video with her fiance, Sean. You remember how funny their first one was, right? Well, be prepared to laugh some more. They’re giving an update on their wedding invitations, photographer and videographer bookings and even…speedboats. These two are a certified hoot — their chemistry is palpable. Enjoy!

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The Road to Mrs. – Wedding Apps

Resident bride-to-be Nadine explains how your phone can help you plan those important wedding details.

If you read my Valentine’s Day post, you’ll know that I recently got an iPhone 4.  Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t get it solely for the apps. I loved my BlackBerry, but I grew tired of its lack of functionality. I can’t lie though, the apps on the iPhone are fantastic, especially the wedding planning apps. Smartphone apps are worth considering and can help you reduce your wedding planning stress. The good news:  If you’ve got an iPhone, there’s an app for that! More than enough. The bad news: If you’ve got a BlackBerry, your options are limited. Here are a few I like:
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The Road to Mrs. – Google for Weddings

Can Google for Weddings help with your planning needs? Nadine and her fiance Sean investigate...

When I got Bridgette’s email I just had to read it at the dinner table.  She wanted Sean and I to give our thoughts on the new wedding planning tool being offered by Google.  Google For Weddings is a new set of free wedding planning tools to help you get organized for your big day.  Bridgette doesn’t know this, but I absolutely love Google.  I mean I really love it… I Google just about everything! Sean and I were both up for it, especially when we heard our favorite word, “free.”  So we took time to check out one of the coolest wedding planning tools available. Here’s the rundown:
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The Road to Mrs. – Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Our resident bride-to-be Nadine shares her flirty and frugal VDay gift ideas!

Things have been quiet on the planning front. So with Valentine’s Day approaching I wanted to take a look at some fun gift ideas for engaged couples. When you’re engaged Valentine’s Day takes on a new meaning.  Somehow $5 chocolates no longer cut it, nor over indulgent gifts. Yes, you want to enjoy the day but when you’re saving for your wedding, it’s important to make every penny count.  These gifts are sure to spice up your Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank.
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The Road to Mrs. – Wedding Insurance 411

Nadine shares her wedding insurance know-how.

No one wants to think about anything going wrong on his or her wedding day, but disasters can happen. From vendors canceling at the last minute to airlines losing your luggage, arming yourself with wedding insurance can help protect you from the unexpected. For one of the most important days of your life, it is definitely worth considering. Here’s what experts say you should know:
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The Road to Mrs. – My Bridal Show Survival Guide

Nadine gives the 411 on bridal shows.

If wedding planning season is in full swing, I clearly didn’t get the memo.

My Bridesmaid Tru: Hey Nay! The National Bridal Show is happening this weekend. Let me know if you want to check it out. Might be a great way for all the bridesmaids to get together. P.S. Brides-to-be are free!

Me: Hey, thanks for the email!  I heard about this and was going to send a note to you and the other girls. P.S. I love free!

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The Road to Mrs. – Choosing Your Wedding Theme & Colors

Pantone's Color of the Year: Honeysuckle!

Last week Sean and I realized our original wedding theme and colors weren’t working. We felt the colors didn’t represent us. So over a good bottle of South African wine, I read up on the importance of theme and color and we regrouped. Sean happens to be a design guru — he has a degree in architecture. And as you remember from his “Sean-In-Law” video, he’s also quite the comedian. You can imagine how silly things got. To be fair, he’s very talented and has improved our living space, but when he gets in design mode…look out! You should see him in IKEA. I digress. Finding it hard to choose your theme or colors? Here’s what the experts say: [Read more...]

The Road to Mrs. – Bridesmaid Blues: How to Fire a Bridesmaid

Bride-to-be Nadine is getting over a case of the bridesmaid blues.

This was a tough post to write.  But when I made the decision to share my wedding plans here on Triple B, I knew I’d have to share all of it: the ups and the downs. I had to remove one of my bridesmaids from my bridal party. It is definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It had nothing to do with the usual transgressions such as a bridesmaid cheating with the fiancé, being unresponsive or demanding. Mine was a situation that took me completely by surprise.
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The Road to Mrs. – How To Simplify Your Wedding Guest List

Triple B blogger Nadine helps you sort through your dreaded wedding guest list issues.

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season. This week I’m talking about the dreaded guest list. Who makes the cut and why? I know it can be  frustrating but you’ve got to work through it. If I can do it, so can you. Here’s how Sean and I simplified the process.
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