Tuesday, May 24, 2022




Getting ready to say “I do” is exhilarating and stressful, and you can’t do it alone. When you’re shopping around for venues and linens and caterers and florists and photographers and everyone else that helps make it happen, turn to Black-owned businesses. After all, Black love matters, too. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered. 

Esé Azénabor

If you’re looking for a totally glammed-out gown, Esé Azénabor-Grembowski is the woman to call. As a designer, she creates one-of-a-kind dresses that perfectly suit the needs of her brides. She’s known for her hand beading, which is evident in nearly all of her dresses. 

Style #4004 Plunged Sweetheart Fit and Flare Gown

Pantora Bridal

A longtime dream of founder Andrea Pitter, Pantora Bridal has an impressive gallery of wedding gowns. But, dresses are no longer its bread and butter; instead, Pantora specializes in a lovely selection of headpieces, veils, and even bridal masks for your pandemic-era wedding!

Amanda Veil – $685


You’re looking great, but everyone else should be, too. Get your bridesmaids ready with dresses from Amsale that they’ll be sure to love. You can request color swatches to be sent in while you’re picking out your color scheme to make sure that everything matches perfectly. Since every dress is available in every color, you can set your friends free on Amsale’s website to pick their own styles. 

Mali Bridesmaid Gown – $270


You’re ready, your gals are good to go, but what about your spouse? A bowtie is the perfect place to put a splash of flavor onto an outfit, and Sonson’s collection does just that. From classical styles to African prints, there’s a fashionable tie for any neck.

Bamana African Print Bow Tie – $28

LePenn Designs

Oh, you need invitations? Maybe some programs, too… What about menus, or cocktail napkins? Or an entire seating chart? LePenn has all of that to boot, and way more. Uniquely designed for your wedding, LePenn’s customizable stationery makes sure that not only your colors, but your font, theme, and motifs are featured from the first announcement to the final thank you card, and everything in between. 

Geometric Blue, Peach, and Rusty Wedding Set

Rogue & Fox Floral Co.

Creating an unforgettable wedding is all in the details. For centerpieces and botanical backdrops that keep that in mind, check out Rogue & Fox. Creating floral masterpieces for the modern event is what they do best. This company is based in L.A., so if you’re getting hitched in Cali it’s more than worth making an appointment. 

Circular Backdrop


When the wedding’s over and you’re ready to say goodbye, the work still isn’t done. Party favors can be a hassle- they’re either too expensive or too cheap, or they don’t match your vibe. But Luxe Sugar Cubes from Teaspressa keep the party going. Drop one of these flavored cubes into a flute of champagne and- ta da!- instant mimosa. 

Raspberry Sugar Cubes – $9