Podcast Episode II: Bling Your Own Bouquet

Entrepreneur Sheronda Carl from Bling Your Own Bouquet asked the question:

why are most bridal bouquets are so plain?

Inspiration struck after Sheronda’s wedding. After making a few samples, and bouncing her ideas off of friends and family, this creative lady had firmly cemented her designs. Bling Your Own Bouquet was born, providing brides with their own designer bouquet wraps for that extra special touch.

In Episode II of the Bridal Extravaganza Podcast, we chat with Sheronda about becoming an online retailer.

Find out answers to these questions and more! Enjoy Episode II!

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Your Wedding Pics in One Place


By Marian Jacob

Your wedding day is a once in life time event to be remembered. Yes, a professional photographer is still very important for your wedding. But why not have all the pictures taken (by guests) from that special day in one place? The latest photo-sharing apps allow guests to take pictures with their phones and share them through social media. This is also a great keepsake for the couple to save and download for display or share with others. For more information, check out these top rated apps; WedPics, Eversnap, WedSocial, Capsule, Wedding Party.


The #1 photo & video App for your wedding

BOTW: Uwaila Osemwota

Uwaila Osemwota

On June 11, 2016, my now fiancé Walter proposed to me. A week or so before that day Walter informed me that he wanted to take me out to a nice restaurant just because we hadn’t been out in awhile. He told me that he would be wearing a suit and that I should make sure that I had an outfit suitable for a five start restaurant (because he knows I enjoy dressing up). The days leading up to our extravagant date I was very excited because we both needed to distress and enjoy each other’s company. I did not think much of it until we were on our way to this surprise five star restaurant and Walter all of a sudden realizes that he forgot his wallet on my couch when picking me up from my home. “Oh wow Uwaila, I think we’re going to have to turn around to go get it” he said. “Well what about our reservations? Aren’t we going to lose them?”  I replied. Despite our reservation time Walter decided to turn around to get his wallet. At this time I was a bit irritated because I was quite hungry and was not sure how much longer I could go for.  We finally arrived at my house about 30 minutes later and to my surprise when I came into the house I heard, “Surprise!” My house was filled with family and friends. When I got over the shock, that was when my love Walter asked me to be his and I said YES! The date of our wedding is expected to be August 26, 2017, but has not been confirmed yet.  I could not decide on a picture so here are a few. Thank you for considering me to be a billboard bride.

BOTW: Jocelyn Litton

Jocelyn Litton
Nick and I met a couple of months before he graduated from high school, and though he already had plans to enlist into the Marine Corp that summer, giving us very low chance of staying together, we still decided to date. He left that summer on my 18th birthday. For three months, our only way of communication was through letters. After graduating from basic training that October, he was stationed to 29 Palms, CA, and I was stuck in Texas finishing my final year of high school. We continued date however, and saw each other briefly throughout the year. After graduating high school, I began college at Texas A&M University, while Nick was given orders to Okinawa, Japan. We still continued to date. [Read more...]

BOTW: Mukosolu Nweke

Mukosolu Nweke

So the way he proposed to me was everything and more. He ask if I wanted to go to the bridal extravaganza with him and his mom and my best friend and I asked him why would I go there. That’s only for married people. So he then got on one knee and asked me, well if it’s for married people why don’t you marry me? I was so shocked at the moment I began to cry. All of my family and his family were all there and it just made my day. I’m so happy to be marrying him on July 8, 2017.

BOTW: Gabriel Brown

Gabriel Brown

It is very exciting to hear that we have been picked as one of your finalist for this year! You have no idea how much! I will try to keep my response to the point. I can only imagine how carried away some get in responding to your email. My fiancé and I actually met in the toothbrush aisle in Walmart. It was one of those double take moments when someone walks by you that is attractive and you can’t help but look twice! He stopped to look at the cheaper brand and I mustered up the courage to inform him that it’s better to invest in a good toothbrush if he didn’t want to be right back to buy another one. Let him tell it he spoke to me first, but we both know the truth lol. We have been together for around 4 years. I know, a little longer than most but we both wanted to invest time into getting to know each other COMPLETELY before marriage.  We both have only wanted to say “I Do” to one person. He proposed to me by writing me a 4 page letter while I was away visiting family. He told me he was sending a package in the mail but didn’t specify what it was. After two days of calling to see if it had arrived,it came in the mail. Now my fiancé is truly one of a kind and has to be original in everything he does, and I do mean everything! He wrote out in a 4 page letter how he had fallen in love with me for 4 years over and over again! If you can only imagine reading this letter in my mothers living room balling crying reading this letter. [Read more...]

BOTW: Uchechi Azuike

Uchechi Azuike
My proposal story actually starts months before the actual proposal. My fiance Steve went to with his father to meet with my father to officially ask for my hand in marriage and get my parent’s blessing. Unfortunately for him, my dad couldn’t let it be easy so he did not give his answer right away. After letting him sweat it out for a few days, he finally got the call from my dad to officially give him his blessing. Steve then called each of my 3 siblings in order and also asked for their blessing before proposing to their baby sister.

My whole family was in on it after this and knew everything before I did. I don’t know how he pulled it off, both of our schedules are pretty difficult to work around. He had just finished taking the Texas Bar Exam and I was in my first year of my pediatric residency. Being a pediatric resident, I don’t have a lot of time off, especially on weekends. Steve had me make sure I requested at least one Saturday off during one of my busiest months.  Then he recruited my sisters and my brother to help him. The weekend before the proposal my older sister had me meet her at the galleria too look for outfits and told me that we would be going to a fashion show on the upcoming Saturday. [Read more...]

Podcast interview with A&E Weddings and Events


Vendors We Love: Basic Invite




Basic Invite is an innovative stationery design company.


They have been designing cards for all of life’s celebratory moments since 2006. Basic Invite specializes in wedding invitations and stationery and because of their endless customization options, instant preview technology, designer assistance, and affordable prices they are a vendor we love and one we know you will love too!

Shopping for wedding invitations can be daunting at times. There are so many options – do you go with box store invites, hand-made boutique stationery, or homemade cards? Which options fits into your timeline and budget? There are so many things to consider when weighing your options, but choosing to create them online with Basic Invite solves every issue immediately. Creating your own custom cards online provides you with choices, money saving options, and a truly custom invite every time!

Basic Invite is one of the only websites of its kind that allows customers to order sample wedding invitations. That means once you have chosen from over 200 wedding invitation designs and customized the perfect card you can order a sample of your exact invitation and even your entire wedding suite! This is huge for brides because it gives them peace of mind to see their invitation before placing their final order. Being able to triple check your design and make sure you are in love with every aspect is key to smooth sailing.


They even have matching save the dates cheap and you can order a personalized guest book that goes with your wedding suite so that all your stationery is uniformed. Going with a cohesive look takes the picking and choosing out of the equation saving you time and effort. Besides, who doesn’t love matching stationery! It will be a detail your guests will adore!

If you are newly engaged and embarking on your journey down the aisle, check out Basic Invite for your wedding stationery vendor. They are the custom card company after all. Don’t forget to use code 15FF51 at checkout to receive 15% off everything!

BOTW: Arva Smith

BOTW Arva Smith
My fiancé and I met in the halls of our high school. I was going to the front office to meet my mom and he on the other hand. Well, who knows why he was in the hall during class. From the time we meet we knew that we wanted to buy a home by the time we reached our mid twenties.

Fast forward to July 3, 2016 we had our first housewarming with friends and family present. Cody and I were in standing in front of the fire place toasting and saying thanks to everyone for coming out and showing support. Cody started out leading the toast and I interrupted and took over the speech. Sometimes I get nervous and I babble on. By the time I noticed it I had ended the toast and made everyone cheers there wine glasses. Little did I know Cody was not done with his speech as he gathered everyone’s attention again. He talked about how I was his first girlfriend and how he is so proud to be my man and wake up with me every morning.  Before I knew it he had pulled out a ring and I immediately broke down crying ” boo who” tears . It was exactly how I ever dreamed a proposal should be. I would feel it in my heart when the question was asked “Will you marry me?”. I cried with disbelief , happiness, and overjoyed . Before I knew it my family had to catch me before I fell backwards from crying ,but Cody came to me and grabbed my hand and was on one knee. I said “Yeeeesssss” and was on blended knee with him.

Cody and I have now been engaged 3 weeks!!! We are hoping for a wedding date of 07-03-2017. I would love to send you our proposal video it’s unbelievable. We actually watch it everyday and still tear up.