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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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 – Barbara & Stanley

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?

A Real Romance: Meet the Bellots

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
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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Yaasmeen & Richard

 

Destination Dominican Republic: Meet the Spencers!

Bride: Yaasmeen S. Heard, 33
Groom: Richard Spencer, 33
Occupations: Heard, neuroscience area manager; Spencer, engineer
Homebase: Maryland
Wedding Date: May 7, 2011
Wedding Location: Ceremony & Reception: Hard Rock Resort & Casino, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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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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5 Wedding Planning Tips for the Busy Bride-To-Be

Earlier this summer, I spoke to a group of interns at my former place of employment, Essence magazine. Immediately following the discussion, several of them approached me about contributing to Triple B. One of those ambitious folks was Janine Rayford. Janine explained that not only was she interested in media but was a nearlywed herself and fan of BlackBridalBliss.com. (Swoon!) Janine pitched me the below piece and managed to make her deadline in the midst of all her other responsibilities. This impressive bride-to-be jumps the broom this weekend and has promised to share her wedding with Tie the Knot Tuesday in the coming months.

Janine and her fiance Doug countdown to their big day. Follow her tips so you don't miss out on all the bliss in the midst of your planning!

When my fiancé Doug proposed in May 2010, I was smack dab in the middle of my last year in graduate school.  On top of my studies, I had work, internships and a truck load of other obligations on my plate.  But once that sparkling ring slid on my finger, I happily added wedding planning to the top section of my to-do list. It was tough at first – meeting with venues after school and work, scheduling tastings around Doug’s work schedule, scolding myself for studying bridal magazines rather than my textbooks – but as planning wore on I discovered the best ways to balance it all. Now graduated, working and just a few days away from a 200+ guest wedding, I’m here to share my tips on how to fit wedding planning into an already jam-packed schedule.
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11 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Day!

 

10+ Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Bridal Buck on BlackEnterprise.com

Howdy! My apologies for being a little MIA but life has me pulled in upteen directions as of late. I’m blessed to be so busy but I cannot continue as I was and have learned to ask for help (thanks Mom!) as I work on improving my time-management (thanks Mr. TK!).

Now you really don’t give a bleep about all that, you’re trying to plan a wedding! And in the midst of one of this country’s biggest financial meltdowns no less. I mean ish was already tight but trust there will be trickle-down from this recent stock market fiasco. Although the bridal industry is recession-proof, nearlyweds will be even more interested in ways to do more with less. So, check out my BlackEnterprise.com piece chock-full of tips to get you the most bang for your bridal buck.
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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Lesley & Kamau

 

The Wares Say "I Do" in a Beautiful & Intimate Brooklyn Affair

Bride: Lesley Williams, 33
Groom: Kamau Ware, 36
Occupations: Lesley, fashion blogger; Kamau photographer
Homebase: New York
Wedding Date: April 30, 2011
Wedding location: ceremony and reception: Serentiy at Home Guest House, Brooklyn, NY
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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Raine & Ian

 

Fools in Love: Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Ian Diaz

Bride: Raine C. Taylor, 31
Groom:
Ian A. Diaz, 30
Occupations: Taylor, hospital coordinator; Diaz, architect
Homebase: New York City
Wedding Date: April 1, 2011
Wedding Location:
ceremony: Bethany Baptist Church; reception: Deity Lounge (both in Brooklyn, NY)
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A Big Budget Bridal Bite: How to REALLY save money for your wedding day!

Are you a penny pinching bride-to-be?

Confession: I don’t have any get-rich quick schemes. But one of my goals for BlackBridalBliss.com is to offer sound advice on having a dream wedding within one’s means. That is why in every Tie the Knot Tuesday profile I get real tips and tricks from the featured bride on ways that future brides can get the most bang for their bridal buck. I’ve also shared frugal advice on other occasions for those preparing to say ‘I Do” — one of my faves is this post.
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The Road to Mrs.: Do We Need a Wedding Planner?

Nadine rejoicing after beating her beau Sean in a game of Wii. Like then, the couple has to find ways to get over when they don't see eye-to-eye during the planning process.

Now that the preliminary plans for our nuptials are out of the way, you would think I’d be in chill mode. Breathe a little easier perhaps? Not quite yet. Sean and I have yet to answer one important question: Do we need a wedding planner? [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Lynda & Alonzo

 

The Wrights chose their gorgeous Harlem abode for their nuptials!

Triple B experienced technical difficulties yesterday so please enjoy this edition of Tie the Knot Tuesday on Wednesday.

Bride: Lynda Johnson, 54
Groom: Alonzo Wright, 47
Occupations: Lynda, Web entrepreneur/college professor; Alonzo, musician
Homebase: New York City
Wedding Date: May 29, 2010
Wedding Location: at the couple’s home in Harlem, New York
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Bridgette’s Budget Bridal Bites

Get smart about your wedding budget with these tips.

Everyone is trying to make a dollar stretch these days. I completely understand, I was bitten by the layoff bug myself last fall. Perhaps you still want to have the wedding of your dreams but realize that dream is going to need some tweaking in order for the mortgage and car note to get paid. Take a look at my seven savvy suggestions to get the most bang for your bridal buck. You’re welcome!
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Tie the Knot Tuesdays-Cleo & Lyncoln

Cleo and Lyncoln Dujon

Bride: Cleo Stevenson, 29
Groom: Lyncoln Dujon, 33
Occupations: Stevenson, registered nurse; Dujon, accountant
Homebase: Maryland
Wedding Date: November 22, 2009
Wedding Location: Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Church, Bronx, New York; Reception: The Westmount Country Club, West Paterson, New Jersey

Second Time Around: If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Thank goodness newlyweds Cleo and Lyncoln took heed to this sage advice. After meeting through friends, the duo immediately hit it off and started dating. “Cleo seemed down to earth and we had good conversation,” explains Lyncoln. However the pair decided to take things slow after a few months of courting but agreed to stay in touch and remain friends. “During that time apart, I constantly found myself thinking about him and he wasn’t even my boyfriend,” admits Cleo with a laugh. A chance meeting at a mutual friend’s party in Philly rekindled their sparks and the couple decided to give their love another chance. They haven’t looked back since. [Read more…]

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