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DIY Wedding Projects You Should Hire a Pro to Do – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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You know I’m an advocate of planning your own wedding. I just strongly believe that you should hire professionals to execute certain parts of your big day because they’re too time-consuming and stressful to deal with on your own wedding day.

Check out my blog in BRIDES with a list of three things that you shouldn’t try to do – no matter where you’re getting married – if you want to be able to say you enjoyed your wedding experience. Remember, DIY doesn’t mean do it ALL yourself – it just means you’ve taken control of the master plan. (more…)

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

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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…)

Don’t Underestimate the Value of Letting Your Mother Help with Your Wedding Planning – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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Sandy's mom (Robin Corridon) and her godmother (Rev. Nan Chandler) not only helped with the wedding planning, but they bailed Sandy out when she needed all kinds of assistance during the wedding weekend.
Sandy’s mom (Robin Corridon) and her godmother (Rev. Nan Chandler) not only helped with the wedding planning, but they bailed Sandy out when she needed all kinds of assistance during the wedding weekend.

Hey Brides!

I know the trend these days is for the bride and groom to do the vast majority of the planning, but sometimes your moms (both of them, actually) can be an amazing resource. Not only can it be FUN to play with mom, but she can also help reduce your stress level by taking some of the “to do” list off your plate. Check out my BRIDES blog with some suggestions of way the Mother of the Bride can save the day! (more…)

How to Plan a Wedding in 90 Days – Sandy’s Blog on TheRegistry.com

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Ready, set, go!!!

No, having only 90 days to plan a wedding isn’t ideal, but it’s completely doable if you approach it in an organized, enthusiastic manner. Check out my timeline blog on MyRegistry.com and figure out what you’d need to do to make your whole wedding happen in just three months! (more…)

3 Common Wedding Reception Menu Mistakes to Avoid – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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This is the look I get on my face when people repeat my mistakes. Why would you do that to yourself???
This is the look I get on my face when people repeat my mistakes. Why would you do that to yourself???

Why would anybody repeat my mistakes when they have the benefit of learning what NOT to do by reading my blogs??? I’m just wondering.

Today’s blog explains three very common mistakes brides and grooms make when choosing their menu for the wedding reception. Pay attention! (more…)

Demystifying the Wedding Reception Catering Menu Process – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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Reality Check Time!

I’m not sure where wedding couples have gotten the idea that a caterer (or a restaurant who caters) is going to feed you – for free – tastes of everything on their menu before they decide, but that’s DEFINITELY not how it works. Check out my blog in BRIDES today for some guidance on how to approach and navigate the process in the most painless (and hopefully fun) way possible! (more…)

Exciting News!!! Announcing the 2016 Launch of Sandy’s “Wedding Reality Check” Podcast

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Sandy married her close friends Dwayne and Rodney on TLC's "Wedding Island," but she prefers not to be the minister at weddings she's planned.
Sandy married her close friends Dwayne and Rodney on TLC’s “Wedding Island,” but she prefers not to be the minister at weddings she’s planned.

Wheeee! I’m so excited about my newest venture. If you follow my blogs in Brides and The Huffington Post and a host of other places, you know I love to share my opinion on weddings – along with a generous dose of snark and humor.

My producers, Rita Rich and Debra Grobman of Flatlands Avenue Productions are guiding me through this process – YES, I ADMIT I TALK TOO FAST – and they sound pretty good. I hope my brides and groom will like them. They’re going to be especially helpful for the DIY brides and grooms who prefer brutal honestly when making important wedding planning decisions.

Please click here to check out the podcast – we’ve got three up already addressing subjects like what to do after you get engaged, why your wedding planner can’t be your bff, and why you should use different vendors for different jobs. They’re all short and sweet and packed with important wedding advice. I hope you’ll listen, love it and SUBSCRIBE! (more…)

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

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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…)

The 5 Steps of Booking a Luxury Hotel or Resort for Your Wedding — Sandy’s Blog in The Huffington Post

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Hi there newly engaged couples!

You’d think that choosing a proven hotel property or resort would make booking your wedding at the venue much easier – guess again! The whole process of finding the property, negotiating the contract, and making sure that your vision is actually executed on your wedding day can be stressful. My blog tells you what to expect, and some pitfalls to watch out for in The Huffington Post! (more…)

4 Things You MUST Do IMMEDIATELY after You Say “I Do” – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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Woohoo! Congratulations! You are finally married!

After months of planning and anticipation, and at least a few weeks of stress, you have done the deed and now all that’s left to do is write the thank you notes and pay the credit card bills, right? Wrong.

There are some very important MUST DO items that have to go on your priority list so before you do anything else, read this blog in BRIDES and start your “to do” list. (more…)

What Does It Mean to “DIY” Your Wedding – Finally, a Definition! — Sandy’s Blog in The Huffington Post

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I hand-painted these champagne flutes for the bridesmaid luncheon on my wedding day. No, I'm not an artist. But the sentiment was appreciated by all the girls!
I hand-painted these champagne flutes for the bridesmaid luncheon on my wedding day. No, I’m not an artist. But the sentiment was appreciated by all the girls!

Do-It-Yourself is getting more and more popular, but a lot of brides and grooms seem confused about what DIY does, and does not, mean.

Check out my blog in The Huffington Post that explains it all for you. Who you can hire, what you’re supposed to do yourself, and what you should farm out to professionals is all explained in an easy to understand manner!

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Sandy Malone Weddings & Events!

Sandy

Don’t Give Your Step-Parents Second-Class Citizen Treatment at Your Wedding — Sandy’s Blog in The Huffington Post

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Listen Up!

Nobody feels less comfortable at your wedding than your stepmother or stepfather. My Huffington Post blog gives you some things to watch out for when planning how to handle family politics at your own wedding!

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

Sandy

DIY Tip of the Day – How to Book a Famous Band for Your Wedding — Sandy’s Blog in The Huffington Post

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Maybe you’ve always dreamed of having your favorite musical artist play a song at your wedding. It’s not impossible. It’s also not cheap. But it CAN be done.

The problem is that most brides and grooms have absolutely no idea where to start to book a group they’ve seen play professionally. (more…)

Don’t Waste Money on Things Guests Won’t Notice or Appreciate – Sandy’s Blog in The Huffington Post

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Personalization can be a fun addition to all the little DIY touches you’re adding to your wedding day. But don’t get yourself into financial trouble by overspending on things that guests won’t likely notice or won’t properly appreciate, given what you’ve spent and the time and energy you’ve invested. Check out my blog in The Huffington Post for tips on how not to get yourself into budget trouble when it’s really not necessary! (more…)

DIY Tutorial – How to Create Fake Stems for Short Orchid Blooms in Wedding Bouquets – Step by Step Instructions!

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This bridal bouquet included green Cymbidium orchids, all hand-wired using the technique in this DIY tutorial! Photo by Morris Malakoff
This bridal bouquet included green Cymbidium orchids, all hand-wired using the technique in this DIY tutorial! Photo by Morris Malakoff

Hi there DIY brides and grooms!

Sometimes the bouquets that look the easiest to make are actually the most difficult. Orchids are a great example. They’re sturdy enough to withstand tough summer heat, but they come on a long stem with a lot of blooms and each individual stem has to be put into a water tube and made into a fake stem you can hide inside the body of the bouquet. But they’re gorgeous and elegant and sophisticated and they come in so many fabulous varieties that it’s not uncommon to see them in lots of bridal bouquets. (more…)

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