Pin It Forward UK 2013

One of my favourite social networks is Pinterest. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, think of it as a way of bookmarking all of the pretty and inspirational things you see on the web and using them to create as many mood-boards as you like, on absolutely any theme of your choosing.

If you are wedding planning I would definitely recommend you getting onto Pinterest, it is a great way to collate images to enable you to brief your suppliers such as your florist, cake-maker, dress-maker etc. It also helps developing your own style as you’ll notice themes start to emmerge from the images you are pinning.

When I was planning my wedding I collected my inspiration the old school way so cut-outs from magazines glued into a Paperchase sketchbook along with saving images electronically onto a word document. Pinterest takes all that faff out of both sourcing and collecting ideas.

As a wedding blogger Pinterest is a great way for me to get and share inspiration, I’m a very visual person so this kind of network is right up my street. I also use it to curate other types of collections so I recently started a ‘Dressing the bump‘ and a ‘Baby fashion‘  pin board. I’m also obsessed with natural hair boards and am constantly excited by the gorgeous images which are added every day.

My ‘The groom’ pin board is a particular favourite, not only is it full of lots of eye-candy but showcases quirky ideas for the groom. It’s one for you and for the men in your lives, from bow ties, to slim fit suits and vintage styles its full of ideas galore.

Pinterest board - the groom 1.jpg



Pinterest board - The groom 2.jpg

As you can tell I am quite fond of Pinterest, so when they invited me to attend their UK launch a couple of weeks ago I jumped at the chance. It was great to meet lots of other lovely bloggers and also hear from one of the founders. They also asked me to take part in PinIt ForwardUK along with a selection of the UK’s most avid pinners. Next is the turn of Rachael Urquhart from MarrymeInk who has the coolest wedding blog for tattooed brides along with an equally cool collection of Pinterest boards!


Getting married??? Where to start…

Getting married
If you are planning your wedding and have found yourself on these pages for the first time, welcome! I have put together a list of a few posts which you might find helpful as you navigate the wedding planning world, so grab a cuppa and get comfortable:

Some advice…

Afro-Caribbean Caterers: The list

Planning guides: A schedule for your wedding day

The wedding venue search

Enjoy the journey. X x

An invitation:

If you are newly engaged or getting married this year then this is your invitation to become a BelleNoirBride ‘real bride’ star by sharing your wedding planning journey on these very pages. If this is something you might be interested in, we would love to have you so please email me on

Real bride diary: Nova

Here’s the latest installment from our resident bride-to-be Nova aka Nu Bride

                                                         Image Source: via Pinterest


A big hello BNB readers! March / April should have been a month of spring cleaning for me, but alas, it has been a busy time full of wedding planning, so that’s my excuse for the lack of domestic activities and I am sticking to it!

It is definitely the season for wedding shows and I have been to about 6 now. Mostly local, some further afield like the Luxury Wedding Show at Grosvenor House, which was a particular favourite.

It’s really nice to connect with local family businesses and a good chance to pick up any show discounts on offer. Always worth a visit, just to see what else is out there beyond the internet / magazines. Word of warning though: create a designated wedding email address – you will get bombarded with “it was so lovely to meet you at the wedding show” type emails – even if you never met with half of the suppliers they still manage to get your details.

I have never been a fan of traditional looking wedding shoes and have decided to have my shoes made. Exciting! I met with my shoe designer; Anna Kichenside, to go over design ideas and have been to Silk Society in London Soho for shoe material inspiration – with such a beautiful selection of materials – anything goes!

My fiancé is a great shopper, better and much more patient than me actually (I know, I am extremely lucky!) and he has been taking me around some of the finest shoe departments in Harrods, Harvey Nicks and Selfridges to get design ideas: Boy do I have some inspiration!

The prototype is being designed as I type, so I’ll update you on that next time. All I will say is that I went against the majority view and went with my heart and decided on a gorgeous satin crepe material in my favourite colour – red!

We have also started our wedding ring hunt. (I told you it’s been busy!) Another minefield. In my mind I thought I would be quite happy with a clean, plain & cost-effective wedding band that would be pretty simple to source… and then I saw the diamonds. Oh dear….

On the other hand (no pun intended) my fiancé has gone from wanting a plain platinum band, to rose gold, to a black rhodium (!!) to palladium with diamonds, to not
wanting to wear one at all! Well as you can imagine the latter doesn’t sit well with me. Hmmm…I am working my persuasive magic on my fiancé, I will update you on my
progress in the next post!


Brides of Culture Wedding Exhibition

During my wedding planning I visited lots of wedding shows, and although I enjoyed them it would have been nice to have attended a show which celebrated cultural diversity.

Brides of Culture (BoC) is a bridal exhibition that does just that and it is taking place on Saturday, 29 October 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Docklands.

BoC started as a wedding e-channel aimed at helping brides and grooms from all ethnic backgrounds with their wedding planning. I love the fact that as well as the website they have now diversified into wedding shows.

I really identify with its founders Abi & Kemi, as like me they discovered a niche in the wedding industry through their own experiences. They created the BoC in 2009 to meet the needs of a diverse mix of couples from across Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean.

BoC is a FREE event and you can sign up for your tickets by visiting This year is set to be bigger and better than ever before and it’s a great opportunity to meet new and potential wedding suppliers face-to-face!

I certainly look forward to attending next month, so be sure to say hi if you are going to be there, I’d love to meet you.

As always I like to show you the people behind the products, so look out for a post coming soon where I speak to Abi and Kemi.

Something new…trying it out

Here at BelleNoirBride my aim is to make your wedding planning a little easier by not only showing you new things I have discovered but also to try them out for you… please let me know if there is anything that you are particuarly interested in and I will do my best to investigate it for you.

BelleNoirBride X x