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Sandy Malone
Sandy Malone is the owner of Weddings in Vieques, a full-service destination wedding planning company based on Vieques Island, seven miles off the coast of Puerto Rico. She and her team (including her husband Bill, a retired SWAT team commander) have planned and executed almost 400 weddings in the Spanish Virgin Islands. Sandy is a veteran event planner from Washington, DC, with years of experience planning large and small weddings, press conference, and corporate and political events. She has planned countless events on Vieques Island, beginning with her own wedding back in 2004. Since that time, her professional staff has executed large and small weddings of all styles, including elopements, vow renewals and fabulously posh events at multi-million dollar waterfront villas. She has also planned family reunions, destination baby showers, corporate retreats and a variety of other events for clients from all over the United States and Canada. Sandy is also the owner of Weddings in Culebra (wedding planning on Vieques’ little sister island) and Flowers in Vieques (a full service floral and décor firm).

Entries by Sandy Malone

The Real Business of Reality TV and What Determines a New Show's Fate

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 2:46 PM

Are you a reality television junkie? Are you a closet Housewives fan? Or do you only watch the news, sports, and legitimate television dramas because you think reality TV is a post-Millennial fascination? Did you know that reality television actually originated on the radio, and that it's one of the...

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Why Brides and Grooms Need to Take 'Til Death Do Us Part' More Seriously -- A Love Story

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Most brides and grooms do not think ENOUGH about the vows they are taking on their wedding day. I know this to be a fact because it's the single-most procrastinated item for all of my clients. They always put off planning their wedding ceremony, but that's stupid. Because the whole...

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25 Realities to Consider BEFORE You Sign a Contract to Make a Reality Television Show

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Ever since we wrapped filming for TLC's Wedding Island reality show last year, I've been joking that I wanted to write the "Idiot's Guide to Doing Reality Television" or "RealityTV for Dummies." Unfortunately, I'm a full-time wedding planner, part-time blogger, and I run several real businesses so that little fantasy...

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Many Students Don't Have the Resume and Interview Skills to Actually Get Hired

(6) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Who is advising undergraduates and recent grads on resume writing and interview skills today? I am dead serious about this. I just got off the phone with a woman who was providing a reference for an intern we're about to hire, and she and I got joking about how bad...

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The Perpetually Panicked Bride (PPB) Is the Ultimate Wedding Planner Nightmare

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 11:38 AM

I want to take a moment to talk about the perpetually panicked bride (PPB) -- it's a legitimate label for a syndrome we invented that a few of our clients have earned over the years. It's such a serious condition that we have to joke about it around our wedding...

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5 Detailed Tips for Managing Your Wedding Budget From Day One

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 7:05 PM

There are ways to plan your wedding, and your wedding budget, in a way that will help you spend what you intended to spend if you approach things the right way from the very beginning. However, if you get engaged and decide you're going to throw an extravagant wedding and...

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Getting Nasty With Your Planner Won't Solve Wedding Budget Woes

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:58 AM

The next paragraph is directly quoted from the Weddings in Vieques "Official Guidebook" and I thought about it when I got off the phone with a particularly difficult client the other day. It got me thinking about how some brides really do play the groom against their wedding planner to...

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5 Wedding Trends That Have to Go: A Wedding Planner's Rant

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 2:26 PM

I am JUST the wedding planner. That means I help brides and grooms choose venues, vendors and arrange logistics. The bride (and sometimes groom) choose the colors, the theme and the general spirit of the décor. My only job here is to execute their plan, even if the color scheme...

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Bridesmaids Can Be Total Slobs -- How to Minimize the Damage to the Bridal Suite

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 4:03 PM

I tell my clients that I want to make everything perfect for them on their wedding day, and I try my best. I remember all the little details, like: Do they want me to have lunch delivered for the bridal party while they're making themselves beautiful? And do they want...

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10 coisas que você não deve fazer depois de ficar noiva

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Este é um momento louco para muitos casais que ficaram noivos há pouco tempo -- com todos os noivados que aconteceram no Natal, no Ano Novo e no Dia dos Namorados (14 de fevereiro nos EUA), provavelmente parece que a metade de seus amigos está envolvida em um casamento de...

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The Internship Debate: Messing With a Good Thing Could Be a Bad Idea

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Internships are a hot topic today. Lawmakers want to legislate them, and potential interns and soon-to-be graduates are terrified that means that internship opportunities will go away. Maybe they're right. If lawmakers decide that employers have to give full pay to teach somebody how to do a job, they're going...

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Being a Bridezilla Can Destroy Your Whole Wedding Planning Experience -- Tips for Behaving Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Just a little bit of sugar goes a long way in wedding planning. Now I know I've written before about getting the most bang-for-your-buck with your wedding planner, and how to best work with your photographer, and how to get the most out of your DJ,...

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Try These 5 Steps to Improving Relations With Your Future Family-in-Law Before the Big Day

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:07 AM

"Why does my future Mother-in-Law hate me so much?" "I wish I didn't have to have his sister be a part of my wedding party!" "We could have a destination wedding if his grandparents weren't so old -- I couldn't convince him to just invite them to the reception afterwards."...

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10 Things You Should Not Do After You Get Engaged

(17) Comments | Posted March 9, 2014 | 8:04 PM

This is a crazy time for many newly engaged couples. With all the Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's engagements, it probably seems like half of your friends are involved in a wedding in one way or the another. Everybody is either engaged, a member of the wedding party, a parent...

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8 Tips to Getting the Most Out of Your Wedding Planner's Time

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 1:05 PM

So you and your fiancé decided you would benefit from the expertise and assistance of a wedding planner -- and now you've hired a wedding planner and you're ready to get going. But before you start, no matter where you're getting married, there are some things you should consider about...

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How to Become a Professional Wedding Planner

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 10:11 AM

Everybody wants to be a wedding planner. Okay, maybe not EVERYBODY, but a ridiculously large number of young women (and some young men) want to learn how to be professional event planners when they grow up. You can even major in Event Planning at some real universities now! Not to...

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Why You May Need Plenty of Time Between Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties and the Wedding

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 4:11 PM

More than a year ago, I had a bride and groom arrive on the island barely speaking to each other. It seems the groom had a little too much fun the night before when he went out on the town in San Juan with his boys for his bachelor party...

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Do's and Don'ts for the Key Members of the Wedding Party

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 1:04 PM

There are a lot of things that happen at weddings every weekend that make us cringe. I know that sounds dramatic, some of the social faux pas are so incredibly obvious that the staff aren't the only people noticing. Fortunately, not everything happens in front of the actual brides and...

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

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 10:19 AM

"I planning to do it all online." Aw, shit, it's another one. One more bride who thinks her wedding invitations can be sent out by E-vite, or email, or God forbid, an RSVP on their wedding website. Talk about the WORST possible way to do your wedding invitations for the...

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Why Valentine's Day Shouldn't Be a Big Deal to a Happy Couple

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 9:17 AM

I've been married for almost 10 years and I have to tell you the absolute, God's honest truth -- every day is Valentine's Day with Bill as my husband. I know it sounds cheesy, and believe me, I'm taking a serious risk by admitting that he makes me as happy...

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