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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

How to Celebrate Your Engagement When Your Parents Are Divorced

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 12:07 PM

Getting engaged is one of the happiest times of your life and sharing this moment with your parents is something most of us look forward to. Yet, when your parents are divorced or separated, and maybe even remarried, this can be a bit tricky -- especially if both your and...

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Sophisticated (and Cozy!) Winter Cocktails for Your Big Day, the Holidays -- and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 10:33 AM

While we love peppermint schnapps hot chocolate and spiked eggnog as much as anyone, these cocktails can feel a little, well, overdone, after you've sipped them at holiday soiree after holiday soiree... after holiday soiree.

So, we dreamt up six fresh, delicious...

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5 Solid Reasons to Have a Joint Bridal Shower

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 2:32 PM

When it comes to pre-wedding festivities, most brides are typically honored solo. However, there are some times when having a joint celebration with an also-engaged best friend or sister--or even with your partner, if you're part of a same-sex couple--might be a great idea.

Here are five reasons you could...

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What Your First Year of Marriage Teaches You

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 3:10 PM

While one year of marriage hardly seems like an accomplishment (my grandparents made it to 50, after all!), I do believe that my first 365 days of matrimony have been significant -- at least in terms of what I've learned along the way.

I can't speak for...

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Finding Something Borrowed: Fun Ideas for Your Lended Wedding Item

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 1:09 PM

Something borrowed is arguably the hardest of the four "somethings" to find for your big day. On the one hand, you'd like the item you borrow to be meaningful, but you also don't want to borrow something that's so valuable to the person you're getting it from that you spend...

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How to Make the Most of Your Wedding Attire Budget

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Looking for your wedding dress--and accompanying accessories!--is one of the most exciting shopping experiences, well, ever.

But since this is, ideally, a one-time excursion, navigating how to spend your money wisely can be a bit confusing--especially when you're on a budget. You might be wondering things like: What's worth splurging...

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Engagement Chicken: Can A Meal Help You Seal the Deal?

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 10:31 AM

When it comes to getting engaged, there are some interesting cultural rituals men and women take part in that can feel a little, well, confusing.

For example, in so-called "traditional" heterosexual relationships, the guy usually takes the reigns as far as popping the question goes -- sometimes even keeping the...

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

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 9:45 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 | 3:06 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 | 10:58 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 | 2:08 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 | 4:15 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 | 3:40 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 | 5:59 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 | 11:32 AM

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 | 3:12 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 | 10:52 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 | 4:07 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 | 10:17 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 | 1:35 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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