The Road to Mrs. – Maintaining Your Life Before the Proposal

Welcome Bride-to-Be Keisa and her fiance Vlad to the Black Bridal Bliss Family!

Can bride-to-Be Keisa and fiance Vlad maintain balanced lives in the midst of wedding planning?

Even for the most organized, well prepared bride-to-be, wedding planning can be a beast! Talk about being overwhelmed in details — Hydrangeas or orchids? Chiavari chairs or chair covers? DJ or Band? In almost an instant, nothing was the same *cues in Drake*.  It is easy to not only become overwhelmed but to also forget life before the bling. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Setting a Realistic Wedding Budget

We refuse to go into debt for our wedding!

We refuse to go into debt for our wedding!

Once Vlad and I settled on our wedding location, it was time to tighten up the very loose budget we had in place. Weddings are big business – big as in BILLION dollars big and I was not ready! [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Selecting a Wedding Location

Welcome Bride-to-Be Keisa and her fiance Vlad to the Black Bridal Bliss Family!

Our resident Bride-to-Be Keisa and her fiance Vlad invite Black Bridal Bliss to join them on their exciting wedding planning journey!

In my twenties, I wanted a lavish, David Tutera-esq wedding: 20 bridesmaids in matching bright dresses, a serenade from Eric Benet, tons of flowers in vibrant colors and 300+ guests to witness the event. Now, on the other side of 35, with a steady creep to 40, I do not want any parts of the aforementioned. Lavish? Meh. Eric Benet? Nope, I’ve booked my best friend’s brother, an up and coming singer in LA. 20 bridesmaids? Absolutely not. No way. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – 90 Day Fiancée

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She’s back! Check out this week’s installment of The Road to Mrs. with our resident bride-to-be, Keisa:

On most days, I’m unequivocally a Type A personality. I’m the organizer, the planner, the keeper of all things – that girl. However, when my fiancé asked me to describe my vision of my marriage proposal, I didn’t know what I wanted. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Introducing Bride-to-Be, Keisa!

Welcome Bride-to-Be Keisa and her fiance Vlad to the Black Bridal Bliss Family!

Welcome Bride-to-Be Keisa and her fiance Vlad to the Black Bridal Bliss Family!

There’s a new bride-to-be joining the Black Bridal Bliss Family for our beloved Road to Mrs. blog! (WOO HOO) Keep reading to meet Keisa–and be sure to show her lots of Triple B love in the comments.

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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. – How I Chose My Wedding Colors

 

Resident bride-to-be Nicole was generally uninspired by the color combos featured in her bridal mags so she decided to go with a chic and simple black and white palette.

The first thing I did when I started the planning process was to decide on a color scheme and a theme.I immediately knew that I wanted an evening wedding full of romance and candle light.  I’m also a fan of all things modern and classic. My venue fit my personality and my vision perfectly. Next to a beach, my wedding will be full of ocean views, sunsets and romance…a few of my favorite things. 

When deciding on a color scheme, I had a bit of a trickier time.  [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – My Groom’s Wedding Day Attire

You Match My Fly: Resident Bride-to-Be Nicole's Fiance, Leonard, suited up on New Year's Eve

Leonard definitely has what one would call swag. He wears a uniform to work daily but cleans up very well.  He attributes his style to his Houston upbringing. Whether in jeans, a Polo, and a fresh pair of tennis shoes or a suit and tie, Leonard takes great pride in his appearance and can make any ensemble look good. I’ve never doubted his taste. My female friends often talk about having to give their men direction when it comes to picking out gifts for them, especially shoes or clothes. On several occasions Leonard has picked out shoes for me as a gift and I’ve always be happy with his choices. Despite having to deal with his cockiness, I’m happy to have a guy with such great style.      [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – My Calm Before the Storm

Triple B's resident bride-to-be Nicole is cool as a fan 60 days before her wedding day!

The last few weeks not much wedding planning has been happening. Invitations were sent and now I’m just waiting on RSVPs to trickle in. All of my vendors have been selected. The menu is set. Flowers have been chosen. Photographer, DJ, musicians, hair & make-up are all on lock. Rentals and timelines have been completed. Leonard ordered his tuxedo and the bridal party has their attire picked out. My dress is being altered. So now I find myself with little to do planning wise. I learned from working in a hospital that we never say “it’s slow” as things will quickly turn around. So with that in mind I won’t say I’m finished planning, what I will say in that I’m enjoying the calm before the storm.  A much needed calm as my work life has definitely been busy. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – The Best Bachelorette Trip That Never Happened

Triple B's resident bride-to-be Nicole was dreaming of a Vegas bachelorette bash...

Las Vegas is one of my favorite playgrounds! I’ve been several times with multiple groups of friends, and during every visit I’ve had a blast. I would like to think the common denominator was me. So when the crew said they needed a girl’s trip before my wedding, a bachelorette party in Vegas only made sense. Naturally the planning commenced. Dates were set, invitations sent and bikini body workouts began. I was excited and ready to go. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Pre-Marriage Counseling

This week, Triple B resident bride-to-be Nicole is opening up about pre-marital counseling, "shacking-up" and more!

Growing up, I went to church every Sunday with my grandparents. My pastor would always speak of the love God had for the church, and how a man should have that same kind of love for his wife. I learned that marriage is ordained by God and is a sacred and holy. So when Leonard and I got engaged the first thing on my agenda was to start pre-marital counseling. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Our 100 Days Until the Wedding Countdown!

Triple B's resident bride-to-be Nicole and her fiance Leonard on their hot date night!

Leonard was out of town for six weeks (He’s in the Air Force, remember?) and I counted the days until he got home. I tried to keep myself busy with wedding planning and work, but I missed him very much. So I was elated when he finally came home this week. I had my BFF back and all was good in the world again. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – My Obsession with Etsy

Triple B's resident bride-to-be Nicole dishes on her Etsy wedding obsession.

Shortly after I started planning our wedding I discovered the website Etsy and now I’m a full blown addict.  The app is on both my iPad and iPhone and I visit the site several times a day. I’ve already ordered a cake topper, guest book and numerous wedding favors. I also have lots of items in my shopping cart just waiting on me to pull the trigger. I love Etsy. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – My Adventures in Wedding Cake Tasting

Cake, Cake, Cake! Triple B's resident bride-to-be Nicole shares her adventures in wedding cake tastings.

Cake tasting has definitely been a highlight of the wedding planning process. Yes, I had committed to losing 10-15 pounds prior to my wedding in four short months, but this was something that had to be done. For the greater good, I sampled 13 delicious flavors of cake and frosting and did it guilt-free. With Leonard out of town, I enlisted the help of my grandmother and MOH, Heather. They too, were happy to indulge. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Choosing My Wedding Party

Triple B's resident bride-to-be and her maid of honor, Heather!

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…]

The Road to Mrs – Saying Yes to the Dress

Triple B's resident bride-to-be Nicole (in pink) enlisted the help of her girls to find her dream wedding dress!

Once I was engaged, the thing I looked forward to the most was finding my wedding dress. All ten of the wedding apps I’d downloaded to my iPad said I needed to do this 7-9 months prior to the date. I was already behind schedule. Having watched every single episode of every single wedding show on TLC, I knew exactly what I wanted. Only problem was I was in Los Angeles…alone. Initially I thought I’d go into a bridal salon and pick out a dress solo so that everyone would be surprised when I walked down the aisle. But the more I thought about it, the more I knew I needed some assistance and support. I needed my girls. [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…]

The Road to Mrs. – Introducing Bride-to-Be, Nicole!

Triple B's newest Road to Mrs. blogger Nicole and her fiance, Leonard!

Ladies and gents, it is time for me to pass the Road to Mrs. baton. Now that I’m officially a Mrs., I’m happy to present to you Triple B’s latest resident bride-to-be, Nicole! She’s a bubbly Los Angeles-based attorney who is preparing to wed a member of the Armed Forces (Air Force to be exact) and ecstatic to share her wedding planning highs and lows with us every Thursday for the next few months. After reading her first post below, give her a warm Triple B welcome in the comments. (Thanks in advance!) [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 Countdown: I’m Getting Married in THREE Days!

The great news: I made it to Charlotte! Hello, Bojangles and hearing folks say “reckon” regularly. I’m about as Southern as a New York gal can be so it isn’t too much of a surprise to most of my friends that I wanted to jump the broom in North Carolina. Time is flying by. Here’s what I have on the itinerary for today:

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