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Wedding Reality Check with Sandy Malone

Trending topics come and go but weddings are forever. Whether you want to do-it-yourself, or hire professionals to help you with your special day, Wedding Reality Check with Sandy Malone provides advice, tips and entertaining stories to help you plan and live through your wedding.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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3 Things Not to DIY

Sandy’s a huge advocate of DIYing parts of your wedding, but when you have a destination wedding, you have to really think hard about what's a good idea to tackle yourself, and what requires professional help. Sandy, author of a DIY wedding book, breaks down the most difficult things to DIY whenyou're someplace other than home. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events www.SandyMaloneWeddings.com Weddings in Vieques www.WeddingsinVieques.com Podcast: http://j.mp/sandwed Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wedding-reality-check-sandy/id1071185841?mt=2

5mins

23 Aug 2016

Rank #1

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Do You HAVE to Make Your Sister Maid of Honor?

Traditionally, if you have a sister, you’re supposed to ask her to be your Maid of Honor. But that’s changed, and many brides are as close to, or closer to, their bffs as their own siblings. But before you skip your sister, be sure to talk to her about her feelings on the matter so you don’t do something hurtful that won’t be forgotten for a really long time, if ever. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Weddings in Vieques Podcast: http://www.iheart.com/show/258-Wedding-Reality-Check/episodes/ Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

3mins

23 Jun 2016

Rank #2

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The Reality of Wedding Placecards

Placecards can be a great idea, but they’re not written in stone. Guests move around, and sometimes even switch around cards to make their table more fun for themselves. Expect this to happen, and don’t flip out on your wedding planner if something goes wrong. Sandy tells the story of where her placecard PTSD originated. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Weddings in Vieques   Podcast: http://www.iheart.com/show/258-Wedding-Reality-Check/episodes/   Twitter: @SandyMalone_Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

7mins

7 Jul 2016

Rank #3

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“Aunt Mary” Is Code Name for Pain-in-the-Ass

Aunt Mary is the female counterpart to Uncle Charley – a badly behaved wedding guest who generally makes a nuisance of themselves. Sandy does a rundown on a variety of different types of Aunt Marys who might cause some problems and drama at your wedding. If you think hard, you can probably guess who will get the title at your own wedding festivities. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare, but it’s not a bad idea to give your wedding planner the heads up! Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Weddings in Vieques   Podcast: http://www.iheart.com/show/258-Wedding-Reality-Check/episodes/   Twitter: @SandyMalone_Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

6mins

26 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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Atrocious Wedding Guests Identified

Despite the fact that it’s your wedding and you’d hope your best friends and closest family would behave themselves at your reception, every wedding has an Uncle Charley. That’s Sandy’s wedding planning team’s nickname for the biggest asshole at the wedding. And every wedding has one. Do you know who yours will be? Think about how your friends usually behave after a few cocktails, and you’ll know exactly who it is. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events www.SandyMaloneWeddings.com Weddings in Vieques www.WeddingsinVieques.com Podcast: Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

4mins

14 Jul 2016

Rank #5

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Fall Wedding Dates Are Tricky

September, October, and November are busy, busy months, especially for wedding guests who have children. That doesn't mean you shouldn't get married in the fall but keep in mind important football games and holidays if you actually want your guests to attend. Sandy says die-hard football fans don't think anything is rude about finding a television to watch at the wedding venue, instead of participating in activities. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events www.SandyMaloneWeddings.com Weddings in Vieques www.WeddingsinVieques.com Podcast: http://j.mp/sandwed Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings Subscribe on iTunes!

3mins

30 Aug 2016

Rank #6

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Tips for Blending Children into a 2nd Marriage

Make your mate your top priority in order to build a working foundation for a new marriage, says Sandy’s guest Elizabeth Carroll, star of WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp” reality TV series. Oftentimes, conflict arises in blended families because the parents have their children on a pedestal, and don’t adjust to put their new spouse first. Elizabeth says you have to put your spouse first or the marriage won’t survive. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events www.SandyMaloneWeddings.com Weddings in Vieques www.WeddingsinVieques.com Podcast: Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

4mins

5 Jul 2016

Rank #7

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Cancelled Wedding? You Can't Keep the Gifts

There's nothing pleasant about cancelling a wedding, but dealing with returning all the gifts may be one of the most embarrassing, and labor-intensive, tasks you'll face. Especially if your date was near and you've gotten lots of things. Sandy says you must try to return everything because those were gifts to celebrate an event that isn't going to happen. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Weddings in Vieques Podcast: http://www.iheart.com/show/258-Wedding-Reality-Check/episodes/ Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

2mins

21 Jun 2016

Rank #8

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3 Things a Dad Should Do on a Wedding Day

Most dads want to do everything they can to make their daughter’s wedding day go smoothly, but they don’t know where to start in order to be helpful. Sandy outlines three things the Father of the Bride should do, without being asked, that will help reduce the stress level of the bride, and her mom. Do these things without being asked and you’ll be a real hero for the day!   Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Weddings in Vieques   https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wedding-reality-check-sandy/id1071185841?mt=2   Twitter: @SandyMalone_Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

3mins

2 Aug 2016

Rank #9

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3 Worst Father of the Bride Toasts Ever!

While the Father of the Bride's toast is a highly-anticipated part of the wedding reception, it can also be the worst moment of the evening if the dad is not on point. Sandy tells three stories of dads who really blew it when they took center stage at their daughter's weddings and, offers tips on what not to say on your daughter's big day! Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Weddings in Vieques Podcast: Please subscribe via iTunes Twitter: @SandyMalone_Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

3mins

16 Aug 2016

Rank #10

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How To Fight with Your Spouse

Sandy interviews Elizabeth Carroll, star WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp” and co-author of the new book “Marriage Boot Camp: Defeat the Top Ten Marriage Killers and Build a Rock-Solid Relationship,” on strategies for fighting fair when you disagree with your spouse. Elizabeth says you should review her “rules of engagement” and talks about adjusting your attitude before the disagreement begins. You have to remember you are on the same team. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Weddings in Vieques   Podcast: http://www.iheart.com/show/258-Wedding-Reality-Check/episodes/   Twitter: @SandyMalone_Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

8mins

21 Jul 2016

Rank #11

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Tips for Wrangling Flower Girls and Ring Bearers

Lots of brides and grooms ask their littlest loved ones to be members of the wedding party, but it’s important to have a plan to manage the kids during the ceremony and reception. Sure, those viral videos of ring bearers with their pants around their ankles are hilarious. But draws attention away from the bride and groom and makes the ceremony less serious. Maybe that’s what you want, but if not, there’s a way to plan ahead so that you little ones are a part of things but not the center of attention all day. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events www.SandyMaloneWeddings.com Weddings in Vieques www.WeddingsinVieques.com Wedding Reality Check is on iHeart! Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings Also available on iTunes, Podbean and via other podcast directories. debra@Flatlandsavellc.com for more information about supporting our efforts to produce fine podcasts.

3mins

12 Apr 2017

Rank #12

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Double Weddings Can Be Tricky

A double wedding is a magical thing, but both brides and grooms have to be on the same page for the planning and execution to go well. Sandy tells the story of a real wedding she planned for sisters that went great until the after-hour party. That's when one sister forgot she wasn't the only bride. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events www.SandyMaloneWeddings.com Weddings in Vieques www.WeddingsinVieques.com Podcast: http://www.iheart.com/show/27505307/ Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings Subscribe via ITunes Here debra@Flatlandsavellc.com for more information about supporting our efforts to produce fine podcasts.

2mins

5 Apr 2017

Rank #13

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Affordable Wedding Destinatiion Near Washington, D.C.

It's possible to have a gorgeous, affordable destination wedding within driving distance of most major metropolitan areas. Sandy talks about the under-publicized town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, home to historic springs, fantastic spas, country inns and castles! Just 90 minutes from the nation's capital, this unassuming village offers a host of activities for wedding guests, at prices the bride and groom can afford. Bonus:Read Sandy's Blog about Berkley Springs Sandy Malone Weddings & Events www.SandyMaloneWeddings.com Weddings in Vieques www.WeddingsinVieques.com Podcast: http://j.mp/sandwed Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings iTunes

4mins

6 Sep 2016

Rank #14

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Tips for Smooth Same-Sex Ceremony Planning

The trick to making a same-sex wedding ceremony flow smoothly is to plan ahead and, decide in advance how things are going to work. Sandy says you should think it out, and then talk to all the major players, ahead of the big day so that there's no awkward situation when everybody arrives at the ceremony.   Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Weddings in Vieques   Podcast: http://www.iheart.com/show/258-Wedding-Reality-Check/episodes/   Twitter: @SandyMalone_Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

4mins

28 Jul 2016

Rank #15

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Bad Groomsmen--GO HOME

Acting like an asshole at your friend’s wedding doesn’t just embarrass you, it hurts the groom – your friend – and causes long-term friendship problems if you’ve done something the bride considers unforgivable. Sandy warns other groomsmen “Don’t be that guy!” and tells the true story of an epic groomsman disaster so bad the guy had to leave before the ceremony.     Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Weddings in Vieques   Podcast: http://www.iheart.com/show/258-Wedding-Reality-Check/episodes/   Twitter: @SandyMalone_Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

3mins

19 Jul 2016

Rank #16

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Why a Wedding Hashtag Can Be #UnLucky

Sandy interviews social media and wedding expert Ariane Fisher about the most common hashtag mistakes made by brides and grooms. Ariane explains why counting on Instagram to collect your pictures and videos isn’t a good idea, and how hashtag generators can help you avoid being lumped in with everybody else.     Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Weddings in Vieques   Podcast: http://www.iheart.com/show/258-Wedding-Reality-Check/episodes/   Twitter: @SandyMalone_Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events   Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

2mins

30 Jun 2016

Rank #17

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Pros and Cons of Holiday Weekend Weddings

You either love them or hate them. Sandy got married on Labor Day weekend, and yet, she's not a fan. Lots of your guests have annual family traditions and commitments during holidays so you have to poll the group if you don't want to risk not having some of your friends attend your holiday wedding weekend. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Weddings in Vieques Podcast: http://www.iheart.com/show/258-Wedding-Reality-Check/episodes/ Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

2mins

28 Jun 2016

Rank #18

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How to Prepare for Holidays with In-laws

Sandy says there are three steps to a successful first holiday season with new in-laws. Find an ally, don’t overdo, and bring a backup. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events www.SandyMaloneWeddings.com Weddings in Vieques www.WeddingsinVieques.com Podcast: Find us on Podbean, Stitcher, Otto Radio and iTunes and more! Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

3mins

29 Nov 2017

Rank #19

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Use Guest Manners with your In-laws

Set yourself up for many years of fun and friendly holidays with your new spouse’s family by using your very best “guest” manners when you start celebrating together. Don’t sit around and watch while others do the heavy lifting – throw yourself right into the middle and be the biggest helper there. Sandy says you’re setting the tone for how Thanksgiving will go for many years to come. Sandy Malone Weddings & Events www.SandyMaloneWeddings.com Weddings in Vieques www.WeddingsinVieques.com Podcast: Find us on Podbean, Stitcher, Otto Radio and iTunes and more! Twitter: @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings

3mins

22 Nov 2017

Rank #20