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.
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:
Happy Friday! Guess what? I’m scheduled to jump the broom a week from tomorrow. That’s right! One. Week. From. Tomorrow. Although I’ve been blogging on Triple B for Road to Mrs. periodically, I have managed to remain sorta tight-lipped about the details of my wedding. (When it is all said and done there will actually be two weddings but more on that later.) My good friend Lisa pointed out my covertness the other night over calamari and catfish tenders. Our convo went something like this:
Lisa: Bridge, people will relate to you more on BBB if you shared the details of your day-to-day.
Me: Yeah, but you know I’m kinda private and so is Mr. TK. Plus, I have been blogging about it in Road to Mrs.
Lisa: (rolling her eyes) That’s not enough. You launched a bridal blog and you’re getting married. You’ve shared so many details about other brides yet you’re keeping all the good stuff about yourself to yourself. That could turn people off.
Lisa: How about a countdown! That’s fun and exciting and you can be honest about all the ish you still have to do. Be vulnerable like you were when you first announced you were engaged. People will relate to that.
And so here it is, folks. The first day of my 1 week wedding day countdown. I even plan to blog tomorrow. (Not Sunday though. The buck has to stop somewhere.) Below is my to-do list for today. Let’s see how much of this I can actually get accomplished. [Read more…]
Consumer marketing in the wedding industry is genius. Companies in every area of the biz — from fashion and beauty to food and beverage to travel — find ways to manipulate couples into thinking they need certain items in order to have a beautiful wedding. We’re led to believe that the “perfect wedding” will led to the “perfect marriage”. The truth is neither exists. This might seem odd to read on a bridal blog but then again Triple B isn’t your average bridal blog. With the popularity of Pinterest, Instagram, wedding reality television shows, etc. it is easy to lose track of your original vision before saying I Do. Admittedly, I fell victim to a few of the traps (Hey, I’m human!) but thankfully Mr. TK and I have managed to stay truthful to who we are while planning our nuptials. Here’s a fun cheat sheet with examples of what we did that might help you while planning your big day: [Read more…]
Since the last Triple B “Real Brides Share Money Saving Wedding Planning Tips” special, I started preparing for my own nuptials. Now, helping brides get the most bang for their bridal buck is even more of a priority (and I didn’t think that was possible) because I am seeing first hand how easy it can be to overspend when planning one’s own wedding. An extra $200 here, $75 for that and $300 here adds up quickly. This is an event attached to so much emotion, so it is easy to become disillusioned into thinking that the perfect wedding will lead to the perfect marriage. [Trust me, marketers prey on this fact.] Since overspending in some areas is almost inevitable for most brides, why not take tried and true advice from other women on how to at least minimize or balance things out a bit? Take notes!
I was recently asked by a family member which sanctuary we would be using for our wedding ceremony. My immediate response (courtesy of a combination of being my mother’s child and sharing my fiancé’s penchant for snark) was “we’re having our ceremony in the original sanctuary – the garden”. Religious traditions and sarcasm aside, this reminded me of the significance of the wedding ceremony and how most of the time the focus of the wedding is often the reception. [Read more…]
Between finalizing Save the Dates that need to mailed yesterday, corresponding with a growing number of wedding vendors, completing a freelance story (It’s coming P!), searching for a Triple B social media intern, organizing an exciting Triple B photo shoot and trying to maintain some semblance of a personal life — I still manage to find awesome wedding ideas in the form of images on the Web to share on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. However, the above pic moved me so much that I had to make it my Pick of the Week, too! [Read more…]
Triple B’s resident bride-to-be Jene is unable to post this week. (Quickly dodges bottles and shoes…) I know, I know — it sucks. I’m probably more disappointed than you but thankfully I’m making up for The Road to Mrs. being M.I.A. today by giving you the scoop on a fab bridal resource I think you’ll love!
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!
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
Bride: Kahran Hill, 31
Groom: Regis Bethencourt, 34
Occupations: Hill: Graphic Designer; Bethencourt: Photographer
Wedding Date: September 3, 2011
Wedding Location: Ceremony & Reception: Porterdale Mill in Porterdale, Georgia
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.
Please enjoy today’s Tie the Knot Tuesday brought to you by freelance writer and graduate student Laura Eustache. She’s a real go-getter and did an outstanding job telling this couple’s story so let’s show her some warm Triple B love with loads of comments, okay?
Bride: Barbara Prosper, 32
Groom: Stanley Bellot, 34
Occupations: Prosper; Financial Advisor, Bellot; Student/Computer Technician
Wedding Date: July 2, 2011
Location: Montreal, Canada
Theme: Ode to our Homeland Haiti, Caribbean Chic