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Natasha Burton
The former Staff Writer and Editor for HuffPost Weddings and Divorce, Natasha Burton is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Maxim,, MSN,,, and, among other print and online outlets.

As the author 101 Quizzes for Couples and The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags, Natasha is regularly called on as a relationships expert by various media outlets around the world.

Natasha is also one-half of swoon california, a Santa Barbara, CA-based event planning company she runs with her best friend Jennifer Arreguin.

Entries by Natasha Burton

What To Do If You're Feeling Post-V-Day Disappointment

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 10:45 AM

The week after Valentine's Day can be a rough one for a lot of people--especially those in relationships.

As most of us know all too well, the holiday comes with a lot of expectation, to say the least. After all, for the month leading up the holiday of love...

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6 Reasons You Don't Need a Bridal Party

(8) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 4:06 PM

One of the most beloved -- and oldest -- wedding traditions is having a bridal party. In ancient times, bridesmaids were actually used as sneaky decoys to outsmart evil sprits (for reals), while today they're just another part of the widely-accepted wedding to-do list: Get engaged, set a date, choose...

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How to Win at Pinterest While Wedding Planning

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:58 AM

One of the very first things many brides-to-be do after they get engaged is sign into Pinterest. (Guilty!) More than just a social network of pretty pictures, Pinterest has become the resource for wedding-related research -- even for women who aren't yet affianced.

Though, as many of us know all...

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How to Create Holiday Traditions With Your New Spouse

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 3:08 PM

If you're newly married like I am, this holiday season is extra special: It's the first one you'll be spending with your significant other as husband and wife.

Sure, it may not feel different if you've been together for many years and have spent a number of holidays with each...

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10 Relationship Deal Breakers You Should Reconsider If You Ever Want to Get Married

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:15 PM

We all have those non-negotiable standards when it comes to relationships -- habits, qualities, characteristics, details and so on -- that we will simply not stand for. However, it's important reevaluate these from time to time in order to make sure you're not automatically ruling out someone who could totally...

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How to Avoid 8 Common Pre-Wedding Stressors

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:40 PM

Ah, wedding planning. The unique time in your life during which you and your beloved -- who likely have little previous event planning experience -- need to pull together a grand occasion for everyone you love most. Oh, and you're also getting married. No pressure, right?


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8 Ways to Keep the Romance Alive During Wedding Planning

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 6:59 PM

As any engaged couple will tell you, wedding planning is stressful. (Those who say otherwise, well...I've never met any.) Not only are you putting together the largest event you've likely ever thrown, but you've got two families and tons of friends to cater to, meaning that there's a litany of...

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5 Different Ways to Say Your Vows

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 12:32 PM

One question engaged couples get asked again and again -- besides, of course, "What are your colors?" -- is whether or not you'll write your own vows.

Vows are, obviously, a big deal. I'd argue that they're actually the most important part of the wedding. And as...

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10 "Essentials" You Can Take Off Your Wedding Checklist

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 4:12 PM

Visit any bridal website and you'll likely find a link to it's all-encompassing, all-knowing master wedding checklist -- a collection of all the must-haves and do-tos you need to complete before you can get yourself down that aisle.

Of course, having a checklist is super handy --...

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Yes, Having Wedding Nightmares Is Totally Normal

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 11:52 AM

There are many annoying things that people don't tell you about wedding planning. Like, how wedding coordinators may try to shame you out of using Pachelbel Canon in D because it's too stereotypical. Or, how those free cake tastings you've been looking forward to aren't actually free. Or even how...

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When Did Cheating Become No Big Deal? (And Could This Be a Good Thing?)

(15) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 5:07 PM

In less than six months, I'm getting married. Which, of course, is very exciting, given that I'm that girl who made a Pinterest board for my wedding long before my guy and I got engaged.

But it's also nerve-wracking, given that I'm also the girl who's terrified of marriage...

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Things You Should Never Do Right After a Friend's Wedding

(125) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 11:17 PM

Over the past three years, I have attended nearly a dozen weddings for various friends. And while there is a ton of advice out there on engagement and wedding etiquette, there aren't many guidelines on post-wedding Ps and Qs. So, I thought I would outline some, all based on my...

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Divorce Effect On Kids: How My Parents' Split Didn't Screw Me Up

(422) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 2:35 AM

We asked adult children of divorce to share how their parents’ splits affected their lives in the long run, for better or for worse. This story came to us from Anna Jones,* age 26 (As told to Natasha Burton.)

I found out my parents were splitting up...

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Lisa Rau And Robert Cannon: Planning A 'Super Happy Funtime Robotland' Wedding

(484) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 2:55 AM

Lisa Rau and Robert Cannon’s August 4 nuptials at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California were more carnival than wedding. Rau, 26, a documentary editor for the National Science Foundation and Cannon, 33, a speech and debate teacher, tied the knot in a vibrant celebration in front of 200...

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Kristen Abele and James Schulman: How We Had A Beach Wedding For Under $10K

(31) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 11:49 AM

Think it’s impossible to have a beautiful beach wedding on a budget? Miami-based couple Kristen Abele and James Schulman, both 28, will prove you wrong. After spending a total of $8,000 on their January 2012 nuptials ($20,000 less than what the average couple in Miami shells out for...

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Rentrée 2012: les enseignants révèlent les plus grandes erreurs des parents divorcés ou séparés (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 11:37 AM

Les parents et leurs enfants ne seraient pas les seuls affectés par un divorce. Un autre groupe se sentirait pris dans la tourmente des séparations parentales: les enseignants.

La rentrée approche; aussi nous avons parlé à des professeurs un peu partout au pays, leur posant des questions sur ce...

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Jessica Hische and Russell Maschmeyer: Love Story Behind Couple With Incredible Wedding Website

(20) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 2:32 AM

As far as wedding websites go, Jessica Hische and Russell Maschmeyer's sets the bar high. When we came across the couple’s intricately designed site -- which doubles as their wedding invitation -- we just had to get the story behind it. (Especially after the site was lauded for...

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Back To School 2012: Teachers Reveal Parents' Biggest Divorce Mistakes

(27) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Parents and their children may be the ones most directly affected by divorce. But there’s another group who end up with a front-row seat to the post-split drama -- teachers.

With back-to-school season approaching, we spoke to teachers from across the country on the things divorcing parents often get...

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Children Of Divorce: How Kids Are Affected By Splits

(206) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 5:10 AM

We asked adult children of divorce to share how their parents’ splits affected their lives in the long run, for better or for worse. This story came to us from Crystal Pearson, age 50.* (As told to Natasha Burton.)

My parents' divorce would have screwed me up a lot less...

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Budget Wedding: Elizabeth Ulrich And Will Fanguy Plan Cheap, Gorgeous Wedding (PHOTOS)

(68) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 2:18 AM

When Elizabeth Ulrich learned that her father had pancreatic cancer, she and her fiancé, Will Fanguy, 30, scrapped the $8,000 wedding they’d been planning for almost three months and put together their nuptials in just eight weeks -- on a reduced budget of $5,000 -- to ensure that her father...

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