Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger’s DVD Review and Giveaway!

Patti-stanger-DVDSometimes we get random things in the mail at FBG HQ. Today’s review would be one of those random things. Because really, I’m not sure how the DVD Patti Stanger: Married in a Year relates to fitness, but we totally took the bait and popped this one in the our DVD player. Despite the fact that I’m happily married, I am a sucker for pretty much anything on Bravo TV, so I couldn’t resist its reality-TV lure. (Not to mention that it’s Love Yo’Self week and Patti Stanger always preaches on Millionaire Matchmaker that you have to love yourself first before anyone else will.)

So what did I think of this love-focused DVD? Well, it starts out with a pretty long commercial for the Sensa weight-loss system (you know the one where you sprinkle something on your food and—bam!—you look like a model?), which Patti claims she used to drop 20 pounds effortlessly (there’s the fitnessy part, I suppose!). Not only does that message make my fit bottom twitch (eat everything in moderation, listen to your hunger and exercise—oye!) but the fact that there’s an ad before a DVD that people actually buy—and it’s not just a trailer? Um, not a fan.

Then once you get into the meat of the DVD, it’s a somewhat disorganized hodgepodge of Patti giving tips, speaking to an audience of women, and interviews with sex and relationship experts. Patti is obviously best in reality-TV show form and seems very rushed and unnatural on stage and talking to the camera. There are some great tips and information in the DVD, including a 12-month action plan for finding the love of your life, a fascinating and frank conversation between Patti and singles about dating and marriage, and how to even “negotiate” a ring by setting clear boundaries and having honest conversations with your potential mate without freaking him the heck out. There are also helpful tidbits and acted scenes that display how to meet the right guy, how to present your best most authentic self, how to forget the jerks you’ve been with before and what red flags to be aware of.

And the best part? Her first step to finding love is to take three months for you to figure out what you love about yourself and what you want in a mate.

So is it a DVD that single girls should go out and buy? No, not right away. But if it comes up on Netflix or into your local library (or you and a few friends want to split the cost), should you watch it? Totally! And better yet, why not enter to win this DVD by leaving a comment below? U.S. residents only, please, and winners will be contact via email in about a week! —Jenn


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  1. I love Patti! And I would love to get to watch this for free (and get on my elliptical to pass the time of that silly commercial)!

  2. I agree starting with a weight loss commercial on a DVD about how to be married in a year sends the wrong message, a very wrong message in fact. It seems to contradict presenting our most authentic selves. If the rest of the information in the DVD is pretty helpful I wouldn’t mind checking it out. I appreciate the honesty in your review of the DVD also. Thank you!

  3. She always recommends that women straighten their curly hair out before going on a date. That alone makes me want to throw up in my mouth. Hopefully she’s smartened up since that last episode I watched. Don’t mess with the curly!

  4. hmmm sounds interesting and perhaps a little cheesy, but I’m in my 30’s so for free, I’d give it a whirl. I do love her show.

  5. I read her book which you have to take worth a grain of salt. I imagine the dvd is much the same way. Her book was a little on the shallow side, but the overall message was good-love yourself first to have a healthy relationship. I agree.

  6. Wow, I could surely use this!! This past weekend I found myself single after 7 years of being in a relationship, 4 of which we lived together. Turns out he’s not sure he wants to get married and have kids like he used to. I know it gets easier, but right now, not so much. 🙁

  7. I pretty much left it in God’s hands cause I was tired of worrying about it, but hey, this DVD might help right? I’m not desperate and OK with being single for now (and past the baby making years) so I guess no rush. Thanks for your review; I always enjoy them!

  8. Didn’t she say that no man wanted to marry a woman with curly hair? Once I heard that, I had a hard time putting stock in any of her other advice. From reading your review, I’ll stay on my path, steering clear of this woman (and straightening irons).

  9. I could probably stand to watch this. Going through a nasty divorce (which will be final in a little over a month…woot!). I could stand to meet someone worth my while!

  10. I’d like to put it to the test! Although I don’t believe that some of Patti’s techniques work with my religious beliefs,I wouldn’t mind seeing if she has some advice I haven’t already tried.