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Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger has finally found love! The reality TV star got engaged last month to businessman and long time boyfriend Andy Friedman. Here she shares some of her post-marriage relationship advice and what style element you can expect on her big day. —Cari Wolfert
You have a lot of relationship rules for before you get married. Do you have any for after?
My number one rule for after you get married is to not forget what it was like when you were dating. You should always have "date night" once a week, when phones, computers and the TV are turned off. Breaking out the vino and a good meal in a quiet place can reconnect a couple better than crazy glue.
How will you translate your everyday style that we see on the show into bridal?
I am a big fan of fitted gowns with beaded detail. Since I am not religious I like to show cleavage and some skin, however a little lace around the arms makes a girl look thinner. Pink roses are my favorite flower, so of course I will use them for my bouquet, and my hair will probably be down because every time I see a bride's wedding album when she wore her hair up, she always looks ridiculous and often regrets it.
Have you ever gotten to go to a wedding of a couple that you matched? If so, what details from those weddings will you use in your own?
I went to a lavish wedding with Andy at the Beverly Hills Hotel many years ago where they had a separate area for the actual ceremony under a white sheath tent with crystal chandeliers hanging and actual rose petals down the aisle. I will definitely steal the idea, however I plan to use the rose petals on sand because I would love to be married on the beach.
Before you got engaged you had been asked a lot about when Andy would pop the question. What finally made him decide to propose?
I think a man decides to propose many many months before they actually do it. They need a lot of time to process and prepare. I think what really pushed him to do it was when I started to get offers from other men.
Who is your celebrity bride inspiration?
Cindy Crawford and Randy Gerber has always been my favorite wedding. It was in the Bahamas, on the beach. She wore the cutest white sheath dress and it was casual, classy, and fun.