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…)

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

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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…)

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…)

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

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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…)

Get Brutal – How to Slash Your Wedding Guest List to Meet Your Budget – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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Did you just get engaged? Save yourself a headache and don’t discuss your wedding plans with your friends and family over the holiday weekend.

Making, and cutting, a wedding guest list is a vicious, brutal process. But there’s a way to tackle it, described in my BRIDES blog today, that makes it a fairly scientific process. More importantly, it will help you accomplish your goal of axing a bunch of people who really do not need to receive invitations. (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…)

5 Things the Mother of the Bride Should NEVER Say to Her Daughter – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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This blog is for all the moms out there!

Wedding planning is a time when normally calm, cool and collected brides may start to act a little squirrely, or completely stress out. As a mom, your job is to be supportive, be a sounding board, and help her calm down when she’s making a mountain out of a molehill. With that said, our moms know how to push our buttons better than anybody, and you have to fight that urge when your daughter has her Bridezilla moments. Otherwise, you might say one of the things in my BRIDES blog that you’ll probably regret. (more…)

Sometimes It Can Be to Your Advantage to Let Mom Plan Your Wedding – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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Hello there!

Many brides worry about their mom trying to “take over” the wedding planning. But for brides and grooms who are busy professionals, having a mother willing to take over the heavy lifting can be a blessing. Especially if your mother has a talent for throwing amazing parties. Before you decide I’m crazy, read my BRIDES blog that talks about the plus-side of putting your mother (or his) in charge! (more…)

Tips for Helping the Mother of the Bride Make a Perfect Toast – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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It Takes Just as Long to Write a GOOD Thank You Note as a Bad One – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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Sandy Malone, Queen of Wediquette, holding her crown!
Sandy Malone, Queen of Wediquette, holding her crown!

I’m wearing my own Miss Manners hat today! After all, I am the self-proclaimed Queen of Wediquette!

There is nothing worse than getting a bad thank you note for a gift you put a lot of time, thought, and money into giving to somebody you care about. It’s an even bigger slap when the gift was obligatory and you didn’t even attend the wedding, but the recipient was too lazy to thank you properly.

It takes almost as long to write a good thank you note as a bad one, but the good one takes a little bit of effort. See my blog in BRIDES for examples of good and bad thank you notes. (more…)

How to Get Your Mom’s Wedding Planning Help without Her Taking Over – Sandy’s Blog in BRIDES

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Hi there brides!!!

Sometimes a mom can get a little over-excited when she’s helping plan her daughter’s wedding. If the bride wants to plan it herself, things can get dicey. Especially when mom feels like she got screwed out of wedding planning because her own parents planned her wedding and she always thought she would plan her daughter’s wedding some day. Check out my BRIDES blog with some advice on how to handle things so nobody’s feelings get hurt. (more…)

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