The Road to Mrs. – Selecting My Wedding Invitations


I’ve attended a lot of weddings. I’ve been a participant in several weddings. I remember beautiful weddings, great receptions with good music, good drinks and good food. Just as I can remember bad music, bad food and bad wedding guest behavior resulting from the great reception with good music, good drinks and good food – mostly because of the drinks, I digress, but what I don’t recall about any wedding that I have attended, been invited to or been part of is the couple’s wedding invitations[Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – The Reality of Pinterest When Wedding Planning


Oh, Pinterest. It’s easy, addictive and a seemingly unlimited resource for um, everything! The fact that it allows you to create “secret” boards (which is perfect for planning your wedding even before you have a steady boo) is more than enough reason to looooove it!

The downside, when it comes to planning a wedding, [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Five Fab Financial Experts You Should Know


I recently checked in with brides-to-be on Instagram about the things that were most challenging about planning their wedding. One of the number one responses was staying on budget. Here are five financial resources to help any bride learn to better manage her money in the days leading up to “I Do” and well after as well.

Triple B is bigger than weddings. We’re serious about providing trusted resources for and by Black brides well beyond their nuptials. because this undoubtedly helps to build stronger families and ultimately stronger communities. The five women you’re about to meet are driven, fly, funny, know their ish and perhaps most important: They’re not preachy. Each of them are helping me achieve my financial goals and I sincerely think they can help you and your family too. You’re welcome! [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Wedding Planning from Afar: My Destination Wedding Tips

Beach Bliss!

So, we decided to have a wedding in a city that is over 1,800 miles away from our home. Apparently, a year long, long distance relationship wasn’t enough for the kid – I needed more distance and distance I got. Destination sunny Cal-i-forn-ia – beautiful weather, great beaches, tacos, yes tacos – everything that makes this bride smile. However, my smile started to fade when I realized [Read more…]

Five Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding (and Honeymoon!)

Seti and Harry Share I Dos in a Modern Southern Affair

Seti and Harry Shared I Dos in a Modern Southern Affair! Follow our tips to enjoy your own big day without money stress.

We’ve covered this topic in various ways on several occasions but without fail it comes up with countless brides-to-be every engagement season: How can I cut costs for my wedding? So, here’s our latest list for all your frugal nearlyweds. Happy Saving! [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday FLASHBACK – Kelly & Bryan

Revisit Kelly + Bryan's frugal yet fab wedding!

Revisit Kelly + Bryan’s frugal yet fab wedding!

Even with the popularity of “wedspiration-friendly” platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, Triple B still gets lots of inquiries from engaged folks thirsty for ways to save money while planning their wedding — without sacrificing style. Allow us to re-introduce [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Shopping In Your Own Closet

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched.

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched. My earring were nearly 20 years old!

Ladies, before you go purchasing any and everything new you can find for your wedding day, take an honest inventory of what’s already in your closet. Seriously. The earrings I wore on my NYC wedding day? I owned them for almost 19 [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Practical Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

You and yours could be laughing all the way to the bank as newlyweds by adopting these frugal tips!

You and yours could be laughing all the way to the bank as newlyweds by adopting these frugal tips!

Searching for new ways to cut costs for your wedding day? Of course you are! Hopefully you already know that having a wedding on a weeknight (or any day other than Saturday) and during the fall or winter could be a significant cost-cutter. But there are many other methods to making your wedding dollars stretch. Check out these practical tips that are sure to help you get the most bang for your bridal buck in the tune of more than $5,000! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – The Live Richer Challenge


As promised, the first Wednesday of the month here on Triple B is now dedicated to a financial find that can help you add more bliss to your life — regardless of your relationship status. In 2015, I am challenging myself to include even more financial resources to empower Black women and their families on BlackBridalBliss.com and boy are we kicking the year off with a bang! Whether you’re saving for a wedding, a modest townhouse, a third vacation home in the South of France, building a college fund for Junior, searching for smarter ways to invest, trying to increase your credit score or just all around want to be better informed about your finances, today’s Pick of the Week should definitely be on your radar: [Read more…]

Catch BlackBridalBliss.com on The Marsha & Money Radio Show!


You read that headline correctly, folks! I’m today’s featured guest on The Marsha & Money Radio Show. (Remember Marsha from this post? She’s a kick-a** personal financial planner and founder of The Finance Bar.) I’ll be sharing expert tips and tricks on staying within your budget while wedding planning, revealing a few never before shared secrets on how I cut costs for my own Charlotte, NC nuptials and even dishing on ways to practically plan a wedding for $1,000. Be sure to grab a friend or two and take a listen. Thanks as always for your support of Triple B!

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – 6 Shopping Secrets for Brides (Or Anyone!)


After earning two degrees from NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology, studying fashion marketing in London, working as a fashion market editor/writer/stylist for several years and most importantly; being raised by a shrewd shopper who can spot the best sales from bargain basements to Bergdorf Goodman (Thanks, Mommy!), I know a few things about shopping smart. Here I share some insider secrets I’ve acquired and hope they help you stay under budget for your wedding day. You’re welcome! [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Priorities While Wedding Planning

Our resident bride-to-be Nicole was wowed by this chic Southern California venue for her wedding.

It was early in the planning process when I found out that I’d have to set priorities when it came to spending.  In order to stay in budget, I would not be able to splurge on every detail. I’d have to find savings here and there and be willing to compromise.

The most important thing to making my day great would be the venue and the food, [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Romance & Finance

Road to Mrs. blogger Nicole and her fiance Leonard are learning how to compromise before saying I Do.

Being an only child, I’d never not gotten what I wanted. And being an attorney, I’d become very good at negotiating. So when my fiancé and I sat down to discuss our wedding and, most importantly, our wedding budget, I had very few worries. My vision was full of lavishness while his involved us going to the courthouse. In the end, we settled on a number that would allow me the wedding of my dreams, albeit with a much smaller guest list. His reasoning for not wanting to go overboard with the spending made absolute sense, and while I understood his point, admittedly I looked at the budget number as a suggestion — kind of the same way I look at speeding limits. [Read more…]

Cyber Monday Deals for Brides!


Nearlyweds: Planning to get your shopping on today and cross a few to-buy items off of your wedding planning list? The below Cyber Monday listing might help you out: [Read more…]

How to Save Money on Your Wedding Catering

I apologize for the gaps in posts recently. Although I’m no longer wedding planning, merging my 30+ years of life with Mr. TK’s is time-consuming. Wedding planning is light stuff compared to some of the decisions we’re currently making. But, you are likely coming to this site because you’re still in the thick of planning your own nuptials. Don’t worry, I’m not going to abandon you. In fact, I am eager to share even more of my knowledge now that I’ve said “I Do.” Below are ten ways you can trim your wedding catering expenses. Remember, food and beverage costs will eat up most of your budget so this is valuable information. Bookmark this page, forward this link to others, print this post out and stick it on your fridge — you’re welcome! [Read more…]

Wedding Favors – Thoughtful or Wasteful?

Wedding favors: Do you love or lathe them?

Favors have become pretty standard at weddings but many couples (including myself and Mr. TK) have started to wonder if they’re necessary. After much thought, we decided our wedding would be favor-free and we have no regrets. However, [Read more…]

Triple B Founder Bridgette Bartlett Jumped the Broom!

October 19, 2013 - Triple B The Remix: Bridgette's Bridal Bliss!

Well folks, the deed was done. On Saturday, October 19, 2013, I jumped the broom with my best friend in front of roughly 115 loved ones. (We actually wed a month prior in a much smaller ceremony — I promise to elaborate more on that later.) In a word, last weekend was bliss.

Mr. TK and I are still sleepwalking and aren’t scheduled to return to our normal (whatever that means) schedules until next week. Still, I wanted to give you all a glimpse into our nuptials to hold you over until the official Tie the Knot Tuesday feature next month. Below is hand’s down one of my favorite moments from the big day: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Wedding Day Countdown: I’m Getting Married in Four Days!


Last night I received unfortunate news regarding a loved one. The news wasn’t life-threatening and might help said person in the long run but I spent a good portion of my evening consumed with it instead of finishing this list. I still don’t have escort cards, I didn’t go to snapfish.com to get signs printed and I missed the Martha Stewart Weddings Fiesta. On a brighter side, I got my nails and eyelashes done yesterday — WOO HOO. Check this Instagram nail video for a fun play by play. Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish today: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Wedding Day Countdown: I’m Getting Married in 5 Days!


Today’s gonna be a doozy! I’ve been up since 5ish this morning sending emails and making lists. There’s still more lists to write, too. (Mr. TK thinks I make too many lists but my mother has warned him I inherited that from my dad. “She got it honest,” she told him. They now have lots of conversations about me in front of me; they’re too funny.) Here’s what is on my list for today: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Wedding Day Countdown: I’m Getting Married in a Week!


Yesterday was productive. While I didn’t complete all the tasks on my to-do list, I finished most of them and even did a few important things that weren’t on the list. (Ahem, my wedding band was finally selected and purchased — WOO HOO!) I realized that not only was my friend Lisa’s advice to post this wedding countdown important for the Triple B audience but it will also hold me accountable. (By the way if you’re ever in NYC and need a mani or pedi, check Lisa out at The Nail Suite by Lisa Logan. Yes that was definitely a shameless plug.) Here’s what I hope to accomplish today and tomorrow: [Read more…]

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