The vast majority of couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, and it’s a mad chaotic scene around here from January through April with brides and grooms who are researching wedding destinations and trying to grab their first choice wedding dates. Needing to book ahead two years is a myth — although it’s good for your budget — we can plan a wedding in as few as six weeks if we have the date available and your guests can get organized… AND you can make decisions quickly. But the point of this blog in today’s Huffington Post is that you need to go about “shopping” for your wedding destination, your wedding planner and your wedding date in a polite, professional manner. Guerilla-style date-blocking is unacceptable and you’ll get busted. Oh yes, even competitors talk. Click here to learn how to best approach getting the wedding date you want in the best way possible!
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 is also the star of TLC’s reality wedding show “Wedding Island,” . Sandy 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), Flowers in Vieques (a full service floral and décor firm), and Boutique in Vieques (a clothing and home décor shop). Sandy has a regular column on the Huffington Post and has been rated “Five Rainbows” by her happy gay clients! Follow Sandy on Twitter @SandyMalone_ and @WeddingsinVQS and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SandyMaloneWIV.