Today, Baltimore celebrates Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).   This weekend, 92Q is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a challenge! I’m learning Spanish piece by piece. Here we go: Escuchar todos los fin de semana largo […]

It’s a week of wedding planning advice for the newly engaged! If you’re one of those brides, we’ve created a blueprint for your first few steps. So, you’ve identified your budget and you’ve created your guest list. Perfect! Your next step should be to invest in a wedding planner. Now, before you start thinking, “I […]

Planning a wedding is a BIG task. There are bound to be some stumbles on the planning road that leads to the alter. While there are many mistakes that you can make in the process of pulling the big day together, we’ve chosen to highlight three big mistakes that we see on a regular basis. […]

After you’ve selected your wedding invitations, you start to stress about who will show up. Will guests RSVP? Will they bring extra people with them? Will I end up with enough tables and chairs? No bride wants to have THAT wedding. You know…the one where people talk about you like a dog and how you […]

A few years ago, I did an AMAZING wedding for a couple. They were very creative and open-minded…one of my favorite types of couples. They didn’t want to spend tens of thousands of dollars on their wedding, so they were open to some unique ideas. Suggestion 1: Get married in the morning. This is where […]

OMG! You’ve gotten THE RING!!!! Ok. Now what? Most brides do a couple of things first. I’ve seen brides who run to the store and buy every wedding magazine on the shelf. Some brides immediately start trying on dresses. Others start zipping from one side of town to another to scope out their potential venue. […]

One of the questions I get all the time is this: If my wedding invitation says 4pm, doesn’t that mean that I actually walk down the aisle at 4pm? The answer is simple: no. If your wedding invitation says 4pm, that’s the time the actual ceremony begins. That doesn’t mean you start the ceremony 10 […]

Here at HelloBeautiful we just love celebrating Black love.  Each week we profile newly engaged couples as they describe the moment he decided to “Put A Ring On It”. Her Story: I met Jamel in 2008 on campus. Our first date was on Valentine’s Day at Morton’s Steakhouse and we’ve been together ever since.  Fast forward to March 13, […]

When you’re planning a wedding, you are probably always updating your budget and altering figures on your wedding budget spreadsheet. You’ve probably factored in all of the basics like your dress, the cost of the photographer and the cost of your wedding venue. But there are a few elements of the wedding budget that often […]

There are so many things that can take a wedding to the next level. In the case of Marlon and Ayana, their rooftop venue, Ventanas, was the first step. Then they added a dramatic attire change. And, of course, they had a unique, choreographed first dance. But the exit…that’s what REALLY the exit that took this event […]

The ladies here at HelloBeautiful just love celebrating Black love. Each week we profile newly engaged couples as they describe the moment he decided to “Put A Ring On It”. Her Story: For my birthday I planned a trip to Las Vegas with my boyfriend (soon to be fiancé) Fernando. On our first day in […]

Every year, I get a couple of brides who want to do something that, as a planner, makes me break out in hives. They want to invite EVERYONE to their wedding ceremony, but they only want to allow SOME of those people to attend the reception. Often, this is an issue of budget. The bride […]