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…]
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…]
One of the things we enjoy about weddings here at Black Bridal Bliss is that although there are many similarities in each, every single one is distinctive. Take the nuptials of Kesha and Steven of Maryland, for instance (we initially featured them in Tie the Knot Tuesday last year). While their wedding on the surface seemed classic and pretty traditional, it in fact was injected with several unique touches such as liturgical dancers during the ceremony and a surprise Latin-inspired first dance that even their wedding party didn’t know about! The best part? Their touching and relatable love story. Check it out:
After five years (whew!) of featuring awesome couples and their nuptials here on Triple B we’ve gotten quite a bit of content in our archives. Today we revisit an interview with our first Tie the Knot Tuesday couple, Cleo and Lyncoln Dujon. The Maryland couple first shared their insider videographer tips and tricks here. However, their insight — the couple comes clean on budgets and not initially agreeing on the need for a videographer — is still relevant so enjoy! [Read more…]
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…]
Couple: Leah and Brandon
Wedding Date: August 22, 2014
Wedding + Reception Location: The Church of God of East New York, Brooklyn, NY (ceremony) and The Inn at New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY (reception)
Wedding Theme: Two Hearts, One Love
Congratulations! 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…]
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!
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…]
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.
Couple: Seti and Harry
Wedding Date: September 14, 2013
Wedding and Reception Location: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Charlotte, NC
Wedding Theme: Combination of traditional East African heritage along with modern Southern style [Read more…]
A year ago, Leonard and I packed up and moved to Los Angeles. With no friends or family in town we spent most of our time together and became best friends. So when we got engaged, my initial thought was this day should be about us and us alone…no wedding party (yes, my narcissism flared up). With my wedding being small and intimate, it was already the case that everyone there was special to us. All of my friends would be traveling to LA and I didn’t want to burden them with the additional cost associated with being a bridesmaid. It was Leonard who convinced me otherwise. He had already decided that he wanted to have his lifelong friends at his side. They’d all been best friends since grade school and shared all of their life experiences together. To him, this was no exception. [Read more…]
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…]
Nearlyweds if you’re in the midst of wedding planning, chances are you are neck-deep in scheduling lots of tastings, venue walk-throughs and dozens of other vendor appointments. Juggling it all along with your already hectic life (because I don’t know many Black women who aren’t pulled into a multitude of directions) can begin to seem more like work than play. But I strongly urge you not to stay in that place and here’s why. [Read more…]
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…]