The Road to Mrs. – The Name Game: What to Do With My Maiden Name?

Lately, the wedding related question of choice asked by family, friends, co-workers, and anyone who may be within earshot of a conversation had with said individuals, is “Are you changing your last name?”. Honestly, this question gives me slight heartburn because I haven’t decided what, if anything I’m going to do with my maiden name. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – 100 Days to Go!

If it wasn’t really real before, it’s real now. 1000% real. 100 days and counting until we exchange our “I dos”. Excited? Absolutely. Ready? Emotionally — no doubt. Ready as far as wedding planning is concerned? Let’s talk about it. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Why We Chose Premarital Counseling

The union of two people, two independent individuals with their own set of values, morals, and ideas about finances, marriage, and children, can lead to an extremely successful union or one that is destined to fail — sometimes very early on. Understanding that a marriage continues beyond the wedding day, we knew early on that we would seek premarital counseling.

By the time we will be married, we will have lived in the same house for 23 months. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs.- Adventures in Wedding Planning Part III

A custom creation from Tart Bites

After two days of smelling roses and pricing candelabras, it was time to taste some cake! Cake tasting, albeit, not the best for my waistline, has certainly been one of the more enjoyable aspects of wedding planning. For our cake tastings, my planner Christina lined up two appointments. Our first tasting was held at a popular upscale bakery with several locations throughout Los Angeles specializing in wedding cakes and other decadent desserts. Upon arrival, we met with one of the bakers who handed us a book of various cake flavors and told us to go at it. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs.- Adventures in Wedding Planning Part II

Ever wonder if there is a Disneyland for flowers and décor? Well, the Los Angeles Flower District is sort of like that. That place is truly magical. Seriously. From flowers to sparkly table runners, it is a budget bride’s dream [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Adventures in Wedding Planning, Part I

Wedding planning adventures in Los Angeles with resident Triple B bride-to-be Keisa and her daughter Ava!

In a previous post, I discussed the importance of wedding planning visits when planning a destination wedding. Last week, I spent 3 days in sunny Los Angeles with my Mom, daughter and wedding planner to do nothing but wedding plan…well, kinda, except for when we put on our tourist hats and since it was Ava’s Spring Break, checked off all of her “to-dos” from her list, which was a list of random, but dope, sights to see. But, for the most part, we were knee deep in wedding planning. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Our Wedding Registry Dilemma

Wedding registries can be tremendously helpful and are much needed for many couples. Crate & Barrel, Bloomingdale’s, Target, Amazon and seemingly almost every major retailer and department store have options for couples to create wedding registries. You can even set up a registry where your guests can contribute to helping you get to your honeymoon destination! Long gone are the days of dragging an unenthused groom into Macy’s to register for dinnerware and kitchen appliances since wedding registries can also be completed online, with just click — or two or three. Brides (and grooms, but, definitely brides) can register to their heart’s desire, or at least until the registry is complete a variety of pots and pans, glassware, gold plated, engraved silverware, fancy china, Keurig’s, Vitamix blenders, and luggage. Oh, and then you can ask for gift cards, to just about anywhere in the Universe.

So, how could we possibly be considering not having a wedding registry? Simple. We really don’t need anything[Read more…]

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…]

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…]

The Road to Mrs. – Love in 100 Pictures

I’ll admit, I was totally that girl who was thinking about her engagement pictures even before she was engaged. I’m lying! – Even before I was dating my fiancé, I was taking screenshots of cute engagement photos that came across my Facebook and Instagram accounts, I may have even [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – First Comes Love…

Black Bridal Bliss resident bride-to-be Keisa is giving the ultimate side-eye to all “When are you guys having a baby?!” questions.

…Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes Baby in the Baby Carriage

For the record, only marriage is coming for me — I’m so not pregnant. I know I’m going to have at least one Facebook message, a couple of phone calls and a few texts from folks who just read the title of this post without reading the post in its entirety. I can guar.an.tee. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Do I Need to Have a Bridal Party?

Bridesmaids. Groomsmen. Maids and Matrons of Honor. The Best Man. Who makes the list?  How many people should be included? Dresses. Matching dresses or mix-match?

Dis tew much. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Engaged 365, Part II

So, in one day my heart was broken and I was soon-to-be unemployed. Bad day, no? [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Engaged x 365 (Part I)

Cold. Wet. And still in love!

Last week on Christmas Day, my fiance and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary of being engaged. Yay! Milestones are great opportunities to self-reflect and celebrate overcoming hardships. So, reflection…GO! [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – My Own David Tutera

Triple B’s resident bride-to-be is feeling a lot overwhelmed these days.

So, there’s this saying: “Fail to plan is planning to fail”.  All truth. I guess failing to plan a wedding is a major fail — especially if you want a wedding that is like IG worthy or like one of those on YouTube or Vimeo with the titles and John Legend track playing throughout. I digress. Back to planning. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Selecting a Bridal Gown (Part I)

Did our resident bride-to-be Keisa say yes to the dress?

Did our resident bride-to-be Keisa say yes to the dress?

Wedding dress shopping.  Oh. My.

I was certain I was adequately prepared for wedding dress shopping. I mean all of those Friday nights I spent binge watching TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress – how could I not know what dress I wanted? I may have mentioned before that I was serial bridesmaid. 27 Dresses anyone? [Read more…]

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…]

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