Wedding Planning

Take an Engagement Honeymoon – Don’t Rush Wedding Planning

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Happy New Year Everybody!

What’s my New Year’s resolution? I’m going to write more for my own blog. I’ve been so busy writing for The Huffington Post and BRIDES that I don’t often sit down and just write for my site anymore. And I miss that. And while I love being a contributor to those worthy sites, writing for myself is a lot more fun. I’m continuing to blog for Huff and BRIDES in 2017, but I’m also going to make a concerted effort to publish more original content (much of it focused on DIY brides and grooms). So make sure to bookmark my page and come back regularly. Also, don’t forget to check out my podcast “Wedding Reality Check with Sandy Malone.” I’m doing all sorts of useful interviews with vendors, in addition to giving my regular tips and advice, so it’s well worth following me on iTunes or iHeart radio(more…)

Why Putting Off Your Wedding Homework Is a Bad Idea – Sandy’s Blog in The Huffington Post

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Hi there brides and grooms!

Okay, let’s get really, really honest here. Are you a procrastinator? Do you have a tendancy to pay bills late even though you have the money? Do you scramble to shop a week before Christmas? If so, wedding planning homework is going to be a challenge for you. But if you don’t do it when it’s assigned, it sets off a chain reaction that drives your wedding vendors nuts. (more…)

5 Things Couples Should Know Before They Start Wedding Planning – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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Hi Everybody!

Knowing the things that are in my BRIDES blog will make any bride and groom’s life easier as they start to plan their wedding. Some of it is obvious stuff – or at least it should be. Time is money. The world doesn’t actually stop, and start revolving around you, when you put on the engagement ring. 

I don’t mean to sound so terribly snarky – I actually want to help. Read my blog with five things that all couples should know before they start wedding planning, and see if you don’t find some of this advice helpful as you get farther into the process.

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

Pre-Marital Counseling Gives Couples a Leg Up, According to Marriage Boot Camp’s Elizabeth Carroll – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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Look, I own it when I’ve been wrong. And this is one of those times.

I’ve been snarky for years (privately, of course) about couples who went to relationship counseling before they got married. My philosophy? If you can’t get your sh*% together without help before you get married, you probably shouldn’t be getting married.

Turns out, I was wrong. (more…)

Music That Doesn’t Belong on your Wedding Reception Playlist – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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Yes, it’s your wedding day. No, nobody can tell you what you cannot have on that day. So technically speaking, if you want to make your grand entrance to 2Live Crew’s “Me So Horny,” that’s your prerogative. Keeping that in mind, there are some genres of music that are really more appropriate at your after-party than on your dance floor. (more…)

Don’t Let Fall Weather Screw Your Wedding Plans – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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Are you getting married in the autumn, someplace the weather can be unpredictable?

Oh wait, the weather in the fall is pretty confusing everywhere! That means you have to plan for pretty much any eventuality to ensure your wedding guests will be comfortable on your big day. You don’t want to be miserable either! (more…)

What Wedding Guests Hate – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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You might wonder why I consider myself an expert on wedding guests satisfaction – or in this case, dissatisfaction. In truth, my knowledge comes entirely from feedback I’ve received, and conversations I’ve overheard, at the more than 500 weddings I’ve planned.

Sure, there are people who nitpick. But most of the time, we hear the same complaints from guests, over and over again. I warn my brides and grooms about those potential pitfalls when we’re planning together, but that doesn’t stop some couples from repeating the mistakes of others. (more…)

5 Things Mom Should Have for Her Daughter’s Wedding – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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The Mother of the Bride is a VIP at her daughter’s wedding, but she still has to be a mom. Who else will know the bride’s tummy tends to go funny on stressful days, or that she gets DANGEROUSLY grumpy when her blood sugar gets low. You can’t count on the bridesmaids that day – they’re drinking mimosas with the brides. (more…)

Another Great Endorsement of Sandy’s DIY Wedding Planning Book by an Industry Pro

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I’ve always been an admirer of Lisa, famous for her “A Bride on a Budget” blogs. Probably because they go so nicely with my philosophy that it’s possible to have a gorgeous wedding without spending a zillion dollars. And because I was the original DIY bride for my own destination wedding, long before I became a professional wedding planner. (more…)

How Many Times Should You Confirm Wedding Vendors? – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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I’d say that you can’t confirm your vendors too many times, but you don’t want to aggravate them to the point where they’re not excited to work hard for your wedding. With that said, you do need to confirm EVERYBODY several times in order to ensure that all of your vendors are where they’re supposed to be, when they’re supposed to be there. (more…)

The Cost of Cancelling a Wedding Is More Than Mental – Sandy’s Blog in The Huffington Post

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While you’re probably only thinking about the emotional toll cancelling a wedding you’ve planned will take, it’s important to know how much you’re going to lose in dollars, as well. Especially if there are deadlines in play that mean you might have to pay full balances if you’re too close to your date.

Read my blog in today’s Huffington Post BEFORE you decide to call it off – make sure you know the consequences and do your best to mitigate them. Cancelling a wedding is painful enough without hitting your pocketbook too. (more…)

5 Ways Mother of the Bride Can Help Reduce Her Daughter’s Stress – Wedding Reality Check Podcast

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Alrighty moms, listen up!

Not only can you do things to help your daughter, but you can actually reduce her overall wedding planning stress level if you simply take some advice from my Wedding Reality Check with Sandy Malone podcast! Just click here for a super-quick review of some best practices that you should try to follow! (more…)

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

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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…)

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…)

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