Destination Weddings

A Totally Pinterest-Worthy Destination Wedding Invitation


I’ve seen all different kinds of destination wedding invitations over the years, but once in awhile, something so awesomely creative crosses my desk that I have to stop what I’m doing and write about it.

Caroline and Jeremy created these fantastic passport invitations, with boarding pass RSVP cards, for their Puerto Rico destination wedding.
Caroline and Jeremy created these fantastic passport invitations, with boarding pass RSVP cards, for their Puerto Rico destination wedding.

Today, I’m giving a shout-out and mad kudos to Caroline and Jeremy, of Washington, DC., on their travel-themed packet that included the invitation and travel information in a personalized passport, and the RSVP card in the form of a plane ticket. With a tear-off on the boarding pass that gives wedding guests a bar code to scan to get to the couple’s wedding website! Seriously clever on so many levels.

The pages of the passport include information about travel and accommodations, and the itinerary for their wedding weekend, to help guests plan their own vacations on either side of the wedding weekend.

Obviously, this invitation was professionally produced, and to have this level of quality (you’d seriously think it was a real passport if you just saw it sitting there), you’d have to send it to a printer. But for the DIY bride and groom who have enough time to mess with it, you could certainly make something similar on your own. (more…)

Fabulous Review of Sandy’s DIY Wedding Planning Book in BRIDES


I’m SO freakin excited about this fabulous review by Elizabeth Mitchell in BRIDES! She says my destination wedding planning guide is a MUST READ for all DIY couples, and that all my checklists and sample schedules make the book worth it, even if you don’t read it cover to cover (although you totally should… because it’s hilarious).

“It gives you tons of templates you seriously can’t afford to plan without
One of the best parts of this book? All the example templates and schedules Sandy provides for her own destination brides. And we’re talking detailed examples at that, which is so incredibly helpful when you have no idea what you’re doing and trying to plan a wedding from a thousand miles away. From packing and supplies lists to schedules for your vendors and wedding party, she’s got it all (and a lot of stuff on each list/schedule that you probably haven’t even thought of but is oh so crucial). Seriously, it’s worth buying the book simply for these alone.”

My book is available everywhere books are sold, so you should order your copy now! The HuffPost review said it’s good for planning weddings at home or away, and a great guide for event planning in general. Find it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble! And it makes a great gift for newly engaged couples!

Good luck and happy wedding planning from Sandy Malone Weddings & Events!

The Huffington Post Reviews Sandy’s New DIY Destination Wedding Planning Book


Book cover 1It is possible to DIY your wedding and still have fun on your big day, but in order to do that, you have to plan the wedding the right way. My new book, “How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional,” gives brides and grooms a step-by-step process to follow that will get them started off on the right foot, and guide them all the way through the wedding day. (more…)

Consider Cost of Travel for Destination Wedding Guests on the Front End — Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES


Most destination weddings don’t actually cost your guests any more than it would cost any out-of-town guest to travel to a wedding in your hometown. But it’s important to research it before you lock in your venue contract and start sending invitations! Check out my BRIDES blog today for some tips! (more…)

5 Questions to Ask AND Answer before You Lock In a Wedding Destination – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES


Happy New Year!

Did you get engaged over the holidays and you’re moving ahead full steam on your wedding planning? Before you start signing contracts with non-refundable deposits and find yourself stuck doing something that might not have been the best idea, take a minute and read my BRIDES blog with questions to consider before choosing your wedding destination. (more…)

How to Personalize a Package Wedding at a Resort – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES


This blog contains some of the most useful information a bride and groom can get about how to personalize what would normally be a cookie-cutter wedding at an all-inclusive resort where you have limited options of what to serve and how to decorate for your big day! Check out my BRIDES blog for some excellent suggestions for personalizing your big day so  that it reflects your own style and taste, not just the options the resort gives you. (more…)

SPECTACULAR Grand Entrance Led by a Shark for Jamalee and Mat’s Destination Wedding!


Hi there! This story is too great not to share.

When Jamalee Jenkins and Mat Henning hired me to plan their destination wedding in Vieques, I knew it would be an amazing experience to work with them because they were absolutely hilarious from the very beginning. Not all of my brides and grooms actually go visit the destination ahead of time, but Jama and Mat had been to Vieques before so they used the pre-planning trip as an excuse for a vacation, and so we could meet in person.

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At our meeting, Mat didn’t express many opinions about what he wanted at the wedding. He was happy to go along with whatever his fiancé thought was best. But before our meeting ended, he told me that his wedding would be perfect if I could just have a shark and a monkey there. With a straight face, I added it to my notes. (more…)

Beautiful Staff Behind-the-Scenes Video of Jaime and Dave’s June Destination Wedding


Sometimes we have a lot of fun filming our clients to create our videos of their destination wedding weekend. Memories from the perspective of the wedding planners can be hilarious because WE SEE EVERYTHING. Click here to watch this New Jersey couple’s gorgeous destination wedding I planned in June through our eyes!

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Happy wedding planning – hope you love it!


5 Easy Steps to Prep Your Guests to Travel to Your Destination Wedding – Sandy’s Blog in The Huffington Post


Yes! It’s possible!

Although you might be the type of person who prefers to turn it all over to a travel professional, you don’t actually have to engage in group travel packages and contracts for your destination wedding if you follow my five simple steps in this blog in The Huffington Post! (more…)

Do You Have an EMS Plan for Your Destination Wedding? Can You Call 911? – Sandy’s Blog in The Huffington Post


Dial 911!

Oh wait, you can’t dial 911 for emergencies EVERYWHERE! And if you’re planning your own destination wedding, you have to be prepared for literally any eventuality.

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“Destination Wedding” Doesn’t Mean You Have to Fly Far Away – A Planner’s Search for Cool Venues near Washington, DC! – Sandy’s Blog in The Huffington Post


Hello Hopeful Destination Wedding Brides and Grooms!

If you have family who can’t travel but you really want to have your wedding feel far, far away, there are fabulous venues near Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD, that would totally fit the bill. (more…)