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…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Guests saying “I Don’t” to weddings

If you feel my wedding is too expensive to attend, staying home is always an option.

I had a completely different post scheduled for today. But when I received a link to this article from my cousin, I knew I had to share it in this week’s BPOTW. Said article from MSN delves into the topic of wedding costs, particularly costs of weddings for guests and especially attendants. Check out this snippet: [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday Special – Real Brides Share Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

Triple B's Tie the Knot Tuesday Alum Rashida & Ben Pucker Up! Be sure to get Rashida's money-saving wedding info below.

Every Tuesday in Triple B’s Tie the Knot Tuesday stories, the featured bride offers 2-3 tips on how future brides can save money on their big day. This information is golden. So this week, I rounded up 10 tips that were so fab they deserved an encore. Looking for even more? Revisit these tips and tricks for getting the most bang for your bridal buck. Happy Saving! [Read more…]

Wedding Planning Lessons from a Billionaire Bride

These newlyweds are laughing all the way to the bank!

Once in a blue, an event takes place in popular culture that just has to get discussed here on Triple B, even if the bride isn’t identified as Black. The latest such event would be the nuptials of tech tycoon Mark Zuckerberg and his college sweetheart of nine years, Priscilla Chan. I’m sure you’re aware that Zuckerberg — a founder of Facebook which officially went public last week — is the youngest billionaire in the world. The Harvard University dropout wed Chan, who just graduated from the University of California at San Francisco’s medical school and has plans to become a pediatrician, in a modest ceremony in the couple’s backyard. Of course the word modest is relative but in comparison to some folks who don’t have nearly as much money as Zuckerberg (ahem Real Housewives of Atlanta), these two kept it low-key and simple.

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The Road to Mrs. – I Hired a Wedding Planner!

Road to Mrs. blogger Jene said "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" to her new wedding planner!

It is crunch time and thus far I have approached wedding planning as a DIY bride. I am very proud of the accomplishments I have made on my own. Especially since event planning on this scale is not my forte. The bulk of the major decisions have been made.  Contracts, deposits and price negotiations are done, but here is where I have hit a wall.  I am secure enough to acknowledge where my strengths are lacking, and the little details of décor and implementation for the reception is where I cry UNCLE!

I have decided to enlist the help of a planner. One of my bridesmaids recently had a party celebrating her birthday, and her planner did a fabulous job. I was so impressed in fact, I begged my friend for her contact information. I was beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed at this phase of the planning process and I saw this as God answering my prayers. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – My Six Month Wedding Countdown

Jene and her fiance Royshawn have officially begun the six month countdown to their September wedding!

Hey Triple B! I missed you guys last week. I was down with a cold and wasn’t able to post. I am happy to be back on my feet and really glad to be back with you guys.

The realization that my wedding day is six months away has begun to settle in, and I am officially freaking out. While we have solidified quite a few things already, there is still so much left to do and time is speeding by. [Read more…]

Fashion Friday – Bebe Goes Bridal!

Bebe Goes Bridal!

Guess who the latest bridge designer line is to go the bridal route? Bebe! That’s right, joining their peers J.Crew and many other mall faves Bebe will soon offer gowns for those preparing to say “I Do”. Now you can grab a sexy top to wear for date night (or the club!) under the same roof as your wedding dress. All jokes aside,  [Read more…]

Awesome Bridesmaid Gifts: Voluspa Candles

Your bridesmaids will thank you!

Most brides struggle with the decision of what to give their bridal party as a token of appreciation. And for good reason, these women (and in some cases men) have likely cried with you, laughed with you and hopefully threw you an unforgettable bachelorette party and bridal shower. The list of items that work as possible bridesmaids gifts is virtually endless but I recently discovered one more. To put it frankly Triple B, Voluspa Ceramic Macaron Candles are the ish!
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The Road to Mrs. – Is My Side Hustle Hurting My Diet?

Bride-to-be Jene's struggles to maintain her bustling new biz and her diet goals.

 

Being an upcoming bride, who is trying to lose weight for my big day, my relationship with food is a constant struggle. Although I am getting married I know food and weight issues are definitely not exclusive to a bride. [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday: Joi and John

 

Newlyweds Joi & John are lucky in love! Share their story...

Bride: Joi Burrell, 31
Groom: John Deberry, 30
Occupations: Burrell: registered nurse; Deberry: graduate student and Janay Herbal Products Vice President
Homebase: North Carolina
Wedding Date: May 30, 2011
Wedding Location: Ceremony & Reception: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada [Read more…]

Black Brides: You Matter Here!

Triple B's very first Tie the Knot Tuesday bride, Cleo Dujon!

A new year always encourages us to reflect on the one we just left. We’re 9 days into 2012 and as I attempt to strategize on ways to make Triple B more helpful and efficient for you (and make a profit in the process), I’ve been forced to reevalute why this site was launched in the first place. We can all agree that the Black bride is rarely ever acknowledged and when she is it often seems like an afterthought. But here are some other reasons I think often go unnoticed: [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday Best of 2011!

Maryland newlyweds Robyn and Victor blessed us with jaw-dropping images like this from their big day in 2011.

Happy Holidays! Yes, I’ve been MIA but I have a certified treat for you. I’ve combed through all the year’s Tie the Knot Tuesday features and selected the most notable in categories I think you’re most interested in as a planning bride. This was tough because every single TTKT feature brings something special to Triple B. In a couple cases I just couldn’t pick one wedding so look out for the ties. Enjoy and be sure to comment and let me know if you agree with my selects! [Read more…]

Five Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Reception

A pair of Leslie Short's very satisfied newlyweds!

Are you looking for ways to make your wedding reception more personal and less cookie-cutter yet still classy? I thought you might be so I checked in with NYC wedding planner Leslie Short of K.I.M. Media. Short was the marketing mastermind behind groundbreaking sportswear label FUBU. These days she’s orchestrating jaw-dropping nuptials — her work has been featured in The New York Times — and working her mojo to help couples get the most bank for their bridal buck. She’s a beast when it comes to planning events so take heed to her advice. Oh and none of her tips will send you to the poorhouse! [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Kahran & Regis

 

Go Inside The Bethencourts Fun & Fab Affair in the Peach State!

Bride: Kahran Hill, 31
Groom: Regis Bethencourt, 34
Occupations: Hill: Graphic Designer; Bethencourt: Photographer
Homebase: Georgia
Wedding Date: September 3, 2011
Wedding Location: Ceremony & Reception: Porterdale Mill in Porterdale, Georgia

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Cyber Monday BRIDAL Deals!

Happy Shopping Brides-to-Be!

I hope you had a restful holiday weekend. I came across a few Cyber Monday deals that I thought might interest you all. I’m also encouraging the Kwanza practice of Ujamaa (cooperative economics) a little early. FYI – Most of these incentives last through the end-of-the year. Happy Shopping!

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EXCLUSIVE Budget Bridal Decorating Tips from David Tutera!

Me & David Tutera talking about his Triple B exclusive

Remember when I told you guys I met celebrity wedding planner David Tutera at the Chris Paul/Jada Crawley wedding? And remember when I promised an exclusive Q&A with Tutera here on Triple B? Well, promise kept — here you go! Keep reading for the event planning veteran and star of WE’s My Fair Wedding’s expertise on budget bling, the truth on favors and the importance of music at your reception.
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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Robyn & Victor

 

The Robertsons get hitched in a fab yet fun Maryland affair!

Bride: Robyn London, 32
Groom: Victor Robertson, 32
Occupations: London, office manager; Robertson, social worker
Homebase: Maryland
Wedding Date: September 10, 2011
Wedding Location: Ceremony & Reception: The Mansion at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD
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Winter Wedding Accessories

Don't let a little snow ruin your bridal fashion.

Technically winter is still a couple of months away but here in the Northeast U.S. we were treated to an early debut just this weekend. It got me to thinking about all those fall/winter brides who might be struggling with ways to stay warm on their big day. We already know there are huge financial benefits to getting hitched during off-peak times of year but the bridal fashion choices don’t immediately seem as plentiful. Don’t fret, just check out these winter wedding suggestions that aren’t just stylish but affordable, too.
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A Sneak Peek at the David’s Bridal Spring 2012 Collection!

The $99 (!) Halter Charmeuse Floor Length Gown from David's Bridal current DB Studio collection.

Happy Friday! Yesterday I previewed the spring 2012 collection from David’s Bridal. I know some folks consider David’s Bridal boring and predictable (and sometimes quite frankly they are) but they’re such an accessible resource for you brides getting married with a gang of bridesmaids and/or bridesmaids living in different cities. David’s Bridal is also affordable — let’s face it, your maid of honor might be a single, childless 20-something making close to six digits but your matron might be a stay at home mom with two kids and a baby on the way…Their priorities and levels of disposable income are probably quite different. In addition, I appreciate that their sizes fit a wide range of body types because chances are everyone in your bridal party is not 5’9 and a size 4.

Here are a few trend highlights from DB that you can look forward to seeing next season: [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Roxann & James

 

Bridal Bliss in the Sunshine Sate with Roxann & James!

Bride: Roxann Reid, 40
Groom: James Goodman, 43
Occupations: Reid, project manager; Goodman, sales insurance professional
Homebase: Florida
Wedding Date: June 11, 2011
Wedding Location: Ceremony: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church; Oviedo, Fl; Reception: 310 Lakeside; Orlando, Fl
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