Wordless Wednesday: The Boogie Down

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Lauriann & Jermaine
Bronx, NY

More Help With Trimming Your Wedding Costs

There are a lot of sources for managing your finances while planning the wedding you want. But we really like the Wedding Survival Guide by CBS MoneyWatch. The feature "9 Tricks to Trim Wedding Costs" is especially full of good, solid advice. Hope this helps some of our ladies who, like a lot of us, are managing our champagne tastes in style!

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This gorgeous photo was swiped from Cassandra Bromfield's latest newsletter in which she recommended our blog (yay!) and several others to her readers. If you're a bride-to-be or a wedding planner, do yourself a favor and sign up for her informative emails. Lots of our bloggy friends also made the list, so it was e-love all around.

Our very own wedding-planner-turned-bride-to-be has fallen in love with a wedding dress. The only problem is that she needs to sell the brand new gown she already has. Pop over to Brittiny's blog to get the details. That dress could be exactly what someone out there is looking for.

Our friends over at Alfred Angelo have chosen their Wedding Dress Diva finalists and now the voting is open. If you want to have a say in who wins the contest, check out the videos and make your choice.

Speaking of competitions, NaturallyCurly.com is hosting a search for perfect wedding hairstyles for naturally curly girls. If you want to show off your look, they would love to hear from you.

Is the cost of today's average wedding really $28,000? Apparently so. But, CBS MoneyWatch has put together a multimedia Wedding Survival Guide covering a variety of topics, including "9 Clever Tricks to Trim Wedding Costs."

Hilarity! Have you heard about the Twitter Wedding? Take a look and tell us what you think. By the way, don't forget to follow us on Twitter for all the latest wedding tweets. Who knows what you might discover. We'll make sure you don't miss a beat.

Nordstrom now has a page on its site dedicated to all things wedding. It offers everything from bridal gowns and bridesmaid gowns to flower girls dresses and ring bearer outfits.

We just learned that African-American Brides has been selected to be a featured blog on hellocotton. If you haven't heard of hellocotton yet, you will. It's a social hangout designed to help women discover the greatest blogs on the 'net all in place. Click below to check out our digs over there:

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Have a great weekend, ladies! And happy reading....

Wordless Wednesday: Cory & Brakkton

Images by Kenya
Richmond, Virginia
Spring 2010

Eye On: Diann Valentine

Keep your eye on world-renowned wedding designer Diann Valentine. She's currently giving out great planning tips on her website and planning a press tour. She co-hosted one season of TNT’s "Wedding Day" television show, and her newly-designed wedding invitations and save-the-dates are taking off on WeddingPaperDivas.com. Take a look.

See more on from Diann on WeddingPaperDivas.comYou can also check out her coffee table book, Weddings Valentine Style: Rich Inspiration for Every Woman's Dream Day, on Amazon.

Battle of the Wedding Designers!

Looking for something to watch on the tube? You might want to check out the premier of the "Battle of the Wedding Designers." It airs tonight at 10pm ET on TLC. The series challenges three top-notch designers to create the ideal wedding with limited budgets and limited details. In each episode one couple will share their love story, dream wedding and budget. After that, it's up to the designers to plan every detail and show-off their ideas. Then, the couple will figure out whose plans are best and choose the person to design their wedding day. Should be fun!

Eco-Beautiful Weddings: Summer Edition

The wedding blogosphere is a-buzz (and a-Twitter) over the gorgeous cover of the Summer 2010 edition of Eco-Beautiful Weddings Magazine. Find out more about the cover and what's inside at the Eco-Beautiful Weddings website.

Gown of the Day: Maggie Sottero Fall 2010

Source: Chicago Bridal Market/Project Wedding

Wordless Wednesday: Aisha & Mekale

Courtesy of Michael Clark Photographers
Newton White Mansion

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Because we want to make sure you don't miss out on fab blogs from our bloggy friends, be sure to add these to your readings.

False lashes look great when they're done right. Make sure you have the right tools with with this checklist from celebrity makeup artist Brandy Gomez Duplessis on AntiBride.com. (The photo on the left is courtesy of Brandy & Studio Tran.)

Want to get your nails ready for the big day? Get some tips from this post by Ghana Bride.

The blogger Then Comes Wife shares some fabulous news with the blogosphere. Congratulations, lady!

Don't believe the hype. The reality is that there is no shortage of black love or committed African-American couples, as you can see on the Black Love Poster Tumblr.

On the same note, thanks to Essence.com for this adorable story about a truly beautiful couple!

You know those pricey shoes you can't stop thinking about? Don't loose hope of finding something VERY similar for a better price. Take a look at what BrideOnABudget found.

Do some websites and magazines mislead brides about wedding costs? Some wedding experts think they might.

Our good friends at Alfred Angelo are looking for a Wedding Dress Diva. Could she be you???

Want to play around with NEW wedding color combinations? Try ColorLovers.

Planet Wedding Giveaway Update!

And the winner, chosen by Random Generator is... the commenter known as Tanya! (Tanya, please email us at africanamericanbrides [at] gmail [dot] com with your mailing information.) We know you'll enjoy reading Planet Wedding: A Nuptialpedia. And happy planning!

We have many more bridal giveaways in the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned!

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