Author: Sandy Malone

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. 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. I love showcasing the creativity of my couples, and this invitation really put a smile on my face. So I’m passing it to you. Until next time, good luck and happy wedding planning...

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

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. If I’d thought about it, I might have realized that somebody older and wiser than me devised the whole pre-cana process for the Catholic Church. And most other religions have some sort of pre-marital counseling program that engaged couples must engage in prior to having a religious ceremony in that church. There’s a reason for that. It’s key to make sure both halves of the couple are on the same page about major things BEFORE they say “I do.” Check out my blog in BRIDES, featuring Elizabeth Carroll of Marriage Boot Camp, to learn more about why pre-marital counseling isn’t a joke. With that said, if you’re in the early stages of a relationship – as in, not even considering marriage yet – and you need to see the help of a professional to get along, that might be a sign that you weren’t meant to be together. #JustSaying Good luck and happy wedding planning from Sandy Malone Weddings &...

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

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. True, you and all your girls will know the words to every song by Pink, Alanis Morisette, and all the other angry women full of angst – but are the lyrics to those songs the kind of sentiment you want to be shouting in front of a roomful of family and friend who are there to celebrate your new union? Check out my blog in BRIDES with a list of three kinds of music to avoid on your wedding playlist. Good luck and happy wedding planning!...

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

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. Good luck and happy wedding planning from Sandy Malone Weddings &...

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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...

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