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Emily Post Will Roll in Her Grave Over New Wedding App

Sandy Malone | Posted 08.01.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

There's an app for every aspect of wedding planning now. But it's a double-edged sword. Just because you CAN do something more quickly and easily than ever before, doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea.

3 Things Couples Must Do for Destination Wedding Guests

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.13.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Back in the days when parents paid for everything at weddings, brides and grooms were sometimes accused of padding their guest lists so they'd receive...

What Is NOT the Bride's Privilege

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.01.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

It's the bride's privilege to ask her wedding party to dress a certain way for her wedding. It's tradition. She can tell them what jewelry and shoes to wear, too. She can even ask everybody to wear their hair up, or down, if she's super picky. But she absolutely, positively CANNOT ask anybody in her wedding party to alter their physical characteristics in any way.

New Wedding App Helps Couples Achieve a New Level of Rudeness

Sandy Malone | Posted 03.29.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

It's irritating as hell when somebody RSVPs "YES" to your wedding invitation, and then fails to attend when your big day arrives. It's doubly irritati...

Wedding Planner Rant: Don't Even THINK About Crowdfunding to Pay for Your Wedding

Sandy Malone | Posted 11.13.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Sometimes, technology is a bad thing. Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you should. That's exactly what went through my mind when I received an email from a public relations company asking me to blog about how wonderful it is that brides and grooms can crowdfund to pay for their weddings now. Are you kidding me?

Attention Guests: Stop Ruining the Wedding Photos!

Sandy Malone | Posted 11.11.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

EVERYBODY has a smart phone with a camera and video app on it, and everybody likes to take pictures. The worst offenders, in my opinion, are the guests who prefer to film on their iPads or other ginormous tablets.

Avoid Giving Step-Parents the Shaft at Your Wedding

Sandy Malone | Posted 10.29.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

The politics of divorce often come into play when it's time to have a wedding. Even if your parents have been happily apart for many years, the traditions surrounding weddings force everybody involved to declare, more or less, their position in life relative to the bride and groom.

5 Tips for Avoiding Divorced-Parent Wedding Drama

Sandy Malone | Posted 10.23.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

I'm frequently impressed by the very progressive, co-parenting, divorced parents of my wedding couples, and how well they get along and enjoy the wedding weekend together.

You Can't Punish Rudeness by Sending a Dinner Bill to Your No-Show Wedding Guests

Sandy Malone | Posted 10.01.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Rise above any inappropriate or rude behavior of your guests, keep smiling, and be the gracious guests of honor that you wanted to be when you planned your wedding. Never let somebody else's rudeness bring you down on your big day.

Avoid the Out-of-Control Wedding Registry: Figure Out What You Need and What You Want

Sandy Malone | Posted 08.18.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Where you register and what you ask for has everything to do with where you come from, what you need, and where you live. You have to choose to register someplace that has things you need and want, but also that your wedding guests can actually afford.

Groomsmen Gone Wild: Epic Stories of Two Very Badly-Behaved Members of the Wedding Party

Sandy Malone | Posted 07.27.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Sometimes I think I've seen enough crazy to produce a TV show called "Wedding Guests Gone Wild," except watching my brides and grooms suffer through their friends' antics isn't entertaining for me.

What "Obligations" Do Brides and Grooms Have to Their Wedding Guests?

Sandy Malone | Posted 07.01.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

The bride and groom want to depart for their honeymoon the morning after their wedding, and this MoG was hoping I'd tell her she's totally right and that the bride and groom are being tacky "abandoning" their guests. But she's wrong. Totally WRONG.

Sneaky Has No Place in Wedding Planning

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.15.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

I am not a fan of sneaky people during wedding planning. I answer to the brides and grooms who hire me and nobody else, unless they've been foolish enough to let their parents sign the contract.

How to Handle Divorced Parents at Your Wedding with the Least Drama

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.12.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Some of my brides and grooms struggle about what to do with their separated or divorced parents at their wedding. The goal, obviously, is for everybody to have fun and avoid any potential drama.

Don't Invite an Ex to Your Wedding Without Your Fiance's Approval - and How to Fix It If You Already Did

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.27.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

You can't invite a former boyfriend or girlfriend to your wedding if their presence on your big day will upset your fiancé. That's just a hard and fast rule and you're not allowed to break it.

A Rant by a Professional Wedding Planner: Do Not RSVP 'Yes' to a Wedding and No-Show

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.09.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Enough! Unless you're in the hospital or have just had a death in your immediate family, there is no excuse to no-show at a wedding. Ever. It's very rude.

The Lost Art of Writing Thank You Notes -- Guidelines for Brides and Grooms

Sandy Malone | Posted 01.31.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Unfortunately, the etiquette of wedding thank you notes is suffering from this basic skill set that parents didn't teach the newest generation of brides and grooms. It's time to do something about that.

A Guide to Wedding Bar Etiquette: How to Water Your Guests Correctly

Sandy Malone | Posted 01.19.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Your wedding reception is a party being given by the bride and groom and/or their families, and the only expense your guests should incur is that of a gift and whatever it costs them to actually be there to attend.

6 Obvious Differences in Planning Gay and Lesbian Destination Weddings

Sandy Malone | Posted 08.31.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

There are some things that were learning experiences for me as I planned and executed a lot of same-sex wedding in the last 24 months and I'm sharing them with all of you.

The Evolution of the Wedding Invitation from Engraving to Email: Is It a Good Thing?

Sandy Malone | Posted 04.22.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

What message are you sending to your guests with an online wedding invitation?

What the Bride Wants, the Bride Gets -- Wedding Planners Don't Make the Big Decisions

Sandy Malone | Posted 02.15.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

There seems to be a misunderstanding amongst some about WHO makes the decisions and choices for the wedding events. The clients choose the venue, the lighting, the food, the beverages, the music and pretty much everything else you can think of.