DIY is all the rage, and the LGBT community is leading the pack in creativity. I’ve had brides who painted 200 little flower pots in neon colors for their centerpieces. Grooms who shopped for their own wedding linens and created a crazy tropical vibe in every aspect of their wedding décor. And there are lots of couples who want to do all their own planning as well.
The first few years that I was planning weddings, I pushed back against clients who wanted to DIY large pieces of their weddings. As the DIY-trend grew, I decided that instead of fighting it, I would help brides and grooms create their own weddings the right way, so that they could have just as much fun on their big day as my clients who hired a professional wedding planner. It breaks all of the industry-rules by giving away trade secrets, but I decided it was time to lift the veil and give DIY wedding couples the tools to plan their own weddings if they truly wanted to do all the work themselves.
Ariane Fisher, head of WeddingMix, a company that helps couples DIY their wedding videos, wrote a fantastic review of my new book “How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional” in The Huffington Post. She says the book is great for traditional hometown DIY weddings, as well as the destination wedding planning for which it was intended.
“I sure wish I had a wedding planning bible like How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding by Sandy Malone when I was doing all the crazy DIY projects for my wedding. It’s seriously like having a wedding planner in your back pocket for less than $20. Three reasons I love this book:
1.It made me laugh
3.It includes EVERY LITTLE DETAIL”
– Ariane Fisher, WeddingMix, The Huffington Post June 20, 2016
Check out the full book review HERE and order your copy today! If you must plan your own wedding, do it right way so you don’t end up with a disaster on your big day.
Good luck and happy wedding planning from Sandy Malone Weddings & Events!
Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, a full-service traditional home and destination wedding planning company, and Do-It-Yourself wedding planning consulting service for DIY brides and grooms. Sandy is the star of TLC’s reality show “Wedding Island,” about her destination wedding planning company Weddings in Vieques. She is an internationally syndicated wedding blogger for The Huffington Post and BRIDES, as well as a reality-TV blogger for Monsters and Critics.
Sandy’s new book “How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional,” was published in March of 2016, and is available everywhere books are sold. Her podcast “Wedding Reality Check with Sandy Malone” is posted twice weekly on iHeartRadio.
Sandy and her team (including her husband Bill, a retired SWAT team commander) have planned and executed almost 500 weddings in the United States and the Caribbean. 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. She is considered the “Queen of Gay Wediquette” and has been rated “Five Rainbows” by her happy gay clients!