Danielle Pasternak

About Danielle Pasternak

Since 2009, Danielle and the DPNAK Events team have had the pleasure of helping awesome couples plan and execute weddings that are meaningful, smooth-flowing, beautiful, and memorable. Along with being a wedding planner, she also co-hosts the Put A Ring On It podcast - the anti-boring wedding planning podcast. Episodes are free to enjoy and can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts. Danielle is consistently listed in the “Top 20 Wedding Planners of Philadelphia”. Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Abroad Magazine recently placed her in their “Top Wedding Planners in the World”. DPNAK Events has been featured on blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, The Knot, Bridal Guide Magazine, Red Oak Weddings, 100 Layer Cake, Adore Weddings, and more.

Thinking about having a friend officiate your wedding?

2020-05-01T18:20:29-04:00May 1, 2020|

You make a LOT of decisions as a couple when you're planning your wedding. One of those decisions is WHO gets the honor of officiating your ceremony. If you're reading this and thinking:"We already know. We're asking a friend or family member to do it."... Well, I'm BEYOND happy that you've stumbled [...]

COVID-19: Should we send our wedding invitations or Save The Dates right now?

2020-05-07T11:41:56-04:00April 25, 2020|

Let me start by saying how incredibly sorry I am. This incredibly joyous time of your life is being affected by COVID-19. Yes, it's undeniably true that "it could always be worse". But it does not take away from the fact that this is a very difficult time to be planning a large-scale event (as if it [...]

When To Order Your Wedding Invitations (And Other Helpful Tips)

2020-04-25T08:38:42-04:00January 11, 2020|

"When should we order our wedding invitations?" is a question I often hear being asked as couples go through the planning process. Truth be told, there are a few variables that will affect when YOU specifically should start the process. Hopefully, I can walk you through it and make things as easy as [...]

Lessons of a Wedding Planner: 10 Key Things I Learned In The Last Decade

2019-12-31T15:27:32-05:00January 1, 2020|

I recently (and quietly) celebrated my ten-year journey of being a wedding planner. *Cue the confetti canons* While I've probably learned roughly 1,502,439 lessons along the way, I thought it would be a good opportunity to pick out the ten KEY lessons that truly helped me personally and professional [...]

Can I Afford To Hire A Wedding Planner?

2019-05-24T09:59:42-04:00May 24, 2019|

Having a wedding planner used to be looked at as something that was only for celebrities and luxury weddings. If you were spending six or seven figures on your wedding, then yes, of course, it made sense that you would be investing in your own personal wedding planner. Photo by Nina Lily Photography [...]

Refine Workshop: Continuing Education in Fredericksburg, Virginia

2019-03-01T13:59:18-05:00March 1, 2019|

For a few years now, I've been part of REFINE which is an educational resource for wedding planners and truly a great community. This past February, REFINE hosted an intimate workshop in Fredericksburg, Virginia and I was so honored to not only attend but also be a guest speaker for the event. As so [...]

Microweddings – What they are and Why I love them

2019-02-15T13:38:22-05:00February 15, 2019|

Microweddings are one of the newer trends we're seeing hit the wedding industry and I have to tell you, I am so excited for them. By definition, "microweddings" are intimate weddings with roughly two to 30-or-so guests in attendance. Microweddings are the perfect hybrid between having a full-blown, [...]

Keeping a Healthy Wedding Mindset

2019-01-18T11:11:53-05:00January 18, 2019|

Since January is a big month for self-care and setting new goals for ourselves, I wanted to take a moment to remind you, dear reader, that wedding planning can be HARD. (Wait, did you need that reminder?) Ok, I mean wedding planning can be a lot of hard work and it's important to take care of yourse [...]

More of my Favorite Pennsylvania Wedding Venues

2018-11-06T08:16:19-05:00October 24, 2018|

Back in 2015, I wrote a post about my Top Five Favorite Pennsylvania Wedding Venues from that year. Thanks to Pinterest, it's gotten quite a bit of traffic. Since it's now 2018, I thought it was time to put together another list of my favorite Pennsylvania wedding venues including my favorite weddin [...]

Burying the Bourbon: An Interesting Wedding Tradition, To Say The Least

2018-10-02T12:28:21-04:00October 2, 2018|

A few months ago, we celebrated Amy and Joe's Brookside Country Club wedding on a lovely spring day in the Lehigh Valley. Alison Conklin Photography was there to capture every amazing moment, including when our bride and groom "unburied" their bottle of bourbon. "Why did they do this?" you might ask [...]

How To: 5 Event Details That Will Make A Big Impact

2018-03-22T13:56:57-04:00March 22, 2018|

As a wedding planner, I believe there are ways to incorporate details into your day that will make a big impact with your guests and add to the overall experience of your event. Some are small and inexpensive and others are a bit bigger, but all of these items can be done to some capacity on most we [...]

Venue Coordinators vs. Wedding Coordinators: There IS a difference

2018-03-07T14:38:00-05:00March 7, 2018|

There is a common misconception that if your wedding venue provides a venue coordinator, then you do not need to hire you own wedding coordinator. Well, in 95% of cases, I have to say that this is false. A venue coordinator is the NOT the same as a wedding coordinator. photo by Brian and Jessica Pho [...]

Foxblossom Co.: An amazing option for luxury gift giving

2018-01-24T19:31:22-05:00January 24, 2018|

One of my amazing brides recently asked her closest and dearest friends and family members to be her bridesmaids for her upcoming wedding. When she shared with me the site she used to ask, I just knew I had to share! Folks, meet Foxblossom. According to their website, Foxblossom Co. began in 2012 as [...]

DPNAK Receives Two More Wedding Planning Awards!

2018-01-12T14:14:37-05:00January 12, 2018|

Since 2009, I've been working hard in the wedding industry to achieve the best-of-the-best results for my clients. With over 76 five-star reviews from past couples, I'm honored to announce that DPNAK Weddings has recently received more two wedding planning awards from big names like The Knot and Wed [...]