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Cheers: How to Toast at a Wedding

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 07.01.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Everyone has been to a wedding where there were either too many toasts given or too much detail given in the toasts. You sit there, drink in hand, wondering when the toast or speech is going to end or you simply try to tune out details that you really didn't want to know about the couple.

Wedding Dates to Avoid Like the Plague

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 06.25.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

I realize I'm probably not going to make a lot of friends with this post, but I've heard plenty of "date" complaints about weddings -- so this is necessary!

Husband Material

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 06.12.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Typically I write about wedding trends, things to consider when planning your wedding, and why hiring a wedding planner is the most awesome idea you will ever have.

Sometimes You Don't Need a Planner

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 06.05.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

This blog probably seems odd to be written by a planner, but hear me out. Not everyone should hire a planner. That's not to say that everyone doesn't need a planner, but for those people that cannot get out of their own way, a planner might not be for you.

Criticisms I've Faced Because I'm Engaged In My Early Twenties

Elizabeth C. Medlin | Posted 06.05.2015 | Weddings
Elizabeth C. Medlin

I think a lot of people have misconceptions about women who get engaged in their early twenties, but it's the best decision I've ever made.

What 'Type' of Planner Will You Need?

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 05.29.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Below is a list of the types of planners that are out there, and it's up to you to decide which one is a match for you! Kind of like picking out a pair or shoes, or your favorite vodka. Whatever.

We Need to Remember... Why We're Getting Married

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 05.19.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Why are you having 500 people at an over the top banquet hall that you cannot afford? Do you need to impress these people? Is that how you want to remember your wedding?

5 Things to Think About that You Didn't Know to Think About

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 05.18.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Engaged? (Congrats) Planning a wedding? (Pop the Prosecco...because Champagne is tired). Doing it alone and without a Planner? (Eh. Mah. Gawd.) Here are the top 5 things you need to know!

10 Ways to Drive Your Planner Crazy

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 05.07.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

As a planner, I am often drowning in difficult and unattainable requests from clients. While I'd like to think that I'm great at handing the impossible and making dreams come true, there are some things that clients do that just take it to the next level of impossible.

Vendor Shopping: More Than "What Do You Charge?"

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 06.29.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Never send an email that says "What do you charge?" or any other form of that question. Sure, you need to know the costs to see if you can even afford the vendor -- I get it. But you aren't picking up a pair of shoes here.

I'm Getting Married At 22 And Apparently That Upsets People On The Internet

Shelbie Thilmony | Posted 06.28.2015 | Weddings
Shelbie Thilmony

I don't need Alex to complete me, I don't need to backpack through Europe to "find myself," and I don't need to date 20 more people to make sure he's the one. I'm not going to live my life in fear of divorce or poverty or anything else for the sake of other people, because at the end of the day, it's my life, my love and my happiness.

10 Ways To Be The Absolute Worst Wedding Guest

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 06.22.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

If they aren't registered anywhere, that is code for: Give us money. Odds are, you will go to the reception and see a card box, which is where you drop off a card that should have a check in it. That vacuum that you think they need? It doesn't fit in a card box for a reason.

Grooms: You're Doing It Wrong

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 06.17.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

My advice for the brides? Stop trying to demand your groom to chime in. He picked you, he proposed, he's done. Otherwise, don't complain when you wind up with fire-breathing, car crushing robots at your reception with x-box games available during cocktail hour.

How to Hire a Planner, Not a "Planner"

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 05.31.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

With the wedding market being super saturated, sometimes it is difficult to tell the good vendors from the not so good ones. Take your time and follow these tips to make sure that you hire the best Planner for your needs.

Why I Won't Be Losing Weight For My Wedding

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Weddings
Nikki Gloudeman

The wedding industrial complex was going to do everything in its power to convince me I needed to lose weight. And it would take every ounce of will I had to not let it.

2 Thumbs Up! But Does It Really Matter?

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 05.11.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

The best way to handle reviews is to take them with a grain of salt. While you can't always consider the source since most reviews are anonymous, just take the good with the bad (or the good with the better) and interview vendors on your own.

Little Kid Absolutely Cannot Deal With The Bride And Groom's First Kiss

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.10.2015 | Weddings

When you kiss at your wedding everyone should cheer, right? Not according to this kid. As captured by the wedding photographer, the bride and groo...

The 6 Big Benefits Of Getting Married Midlife

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

Studley and I met after being divorced from marriages that had lasted more than 22 years. We weren't proud of those failures, but we were willing to take another chance on love and life. Based upon our successful experience, here are some advantages of midlife marriage.

Who Pays for What?

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 05.05.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

There is an old saying that you should always remember: "He who has the gold, makes the rules." Basically, if the parents are writing the checks, they are also writing the rules.

5 Reasons To Have More Sex With Your Spouse

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 03.04.2015 | Weddings

There may be some truth to those old jokes about sex after marriage. At least, according to the findings from a 2011 Australian study, which found tha...

Meeting Your Spouse At Whole Foods Has Never Been So Romantic

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.02.2015 | Weddings

If you've always dreamt of meeting your future spouse in your favorite aisle of the grocery store instead of by swiping right on Tinder, this short fi...

Wedding Planning: Managing the Runaway Train

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 04.27.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

People are just excited and everyone wants to hear planning details. Let others know that you are taking your time and will begin the planning process as soon as you're ready.

The "Day Of" Coordinator: What It Is, What It Isn't and Why You Need One

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 04.18.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Let's be honest, not everyone can afford to include a full service wedding planner in their budget. Many couples also choose not to hire a wedding pla...

I Don't Remember Why I Married Him

Toni Hammer | Posted 04.15.2015 | Weddings
Toni Hammer

It's difficult for me to remember why I married him that day. It was partly a logical decision. As I said, we couldn't remain in the friend zone without one of us getting hurt, but I didn't want to lose him forever, so marriage appeared to be the correct step forward.

Valentine's Day Proposals: Thinking Outside the Ring Box

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 04.14.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Why let a restaurant dictate your evening and why share such a special night with a room full of strangers? Keep it simple, keep it classic, and keep it at home this year.