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Wedding Reality Check with Sandy Malone

This is the podcast of Sandy Malone, a the author "How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy Malone, the owner of SandyMaloneWeddings.com and WeddingsinVieques.com, has planned more than 500 weddings and is an internationally-syndicated columnist for The Huffington Post, BRIDES, Monsters and Critics, and a host of other publications. She's also the star of TLC's "Wedding Island" which is now airing internationally in many languages on FOX. and the author "How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional Sandy Malone Weddings & Events www.SandyMaloneWeddings.com Weddings in Vieques www.WeddingsinVieques.com @SandyMalone_ Facebook Sandy Malone and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events Instagram: SandyMaloneWeddings
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Mar 15, 2017

chalk board No Nude Dads

 

No parent at their child’s wedding reception should take their clothes off. If your dad has a tendency to get naked when he’s drunk, you need to assign somebody to babysit him at your wedding. It’s not cute, it’s not funny. It won’t make for a memorable wedding in a good way. The staff shouldn’t be subjected to your dad’s nakedness, even if you’re okay with your friends seeing your pops in his altogether. Sandy tells the true stories of two occasions when the Father of the Bride got stark naked and passed out in the middle of a wedding.

 

 

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Mar 8, 2017

shamrock garter

 

Sandy tells the story of a bride and groom who asked her to plan a St. Patrick’s Day wedding theme for their Caribbean destination wedding on the actual holiday. The flowers were green, the beer was green, the wedding cake was made of Guinness beer, and an actual leprechaun greeted wedding guests as they arrived at cocktails.

Here's a link to the blog Sandy wrote for the HuffPost shortly after the wedding she describes in this podcast.

 

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Mar 1, 2017

 

Photo of pagan wedding handfasting cords

Sandy is the type of wedding planner who will bend backward over to make your big day just the way you want it. But, she begs couples to do the heavy lifting of telling your parents that you are not going to be having the traditional marriage ceremony that Mom and Pop imagined you would have. Listen to this bewitching tale.

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Feb 22, 2017

ferry to and from Vieques, PR

 

Sandy tells a true story about a group of wedding guests who missed a ferry, setting off a chain reaction that could have resulted in 17 guests having to buy new plane tickets home. Fortunately, with a little help from her friends and her husband Bill, Sandy was able to get everybody on a charter flight to the big airport, where they caught their flights home on time. Because no wedding planner wants to have their guests stuck and unhappy after a perfect wedding!

 

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Feb 15, 2017

elephant

 

During her first year of wedding planning, a client asked Sandy to set up elephant rides for her wedding guests, for her destination wedding on a tiny island off the coast of Puerto Rico. Being new to the business and eager to prove herself, Sandy did her best to find an elephant. Until her husband gave her a much-needed Wedding Reality Check.

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Feb 8, 2017

One of Sandy's Clients Invitation and Save The Date

You can send out a destination wedding invitation as far out as one year ahead of your wedding date, meaning you could know exactly who is attending your wedding 10 months in advance. Sandy explains the best way to
handle save the dates, travel info packets, invitations, and RSVPs on a destination wedding timeline.

Are you, or someone you know, planning a first Valentine's Day as a married couple? Listen to Sandy's podcast on tips here.  

 

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Feb 1, 2017

Sandy and Bill

It’s so easy to fall in love with a big, poufy silk ball gown for your wedding, but if you’re having a destination wedding, less is more. Before you start trying on wedding dresses, consider what kind of fabrics are most conducive to the weather. Consider organza instead of silk so that you don’t melt. Remember, if you feel miserably hot, you probably look miserable, too.

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Jan 25, 2017

MaryJane Bouquet

Brides and Grooms are taking full advantage of legal weed for their destination weddings. But while its legal, it's still against the rules at some wedding venues. Sandy tells you where to start if you want to incorporate marijuana into your wedding plans.

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Jan 18, 2017
Brown Palace Hotel_One of their Wedding Spots
 
In the heart of downtown Denver, the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa has stood as one of the most beautiful places to get married in the city, since 1892. With five different wedding venues in the hotel to choose from, brides and grooms can choose what suits their taste and style best. The historic hotel just finished a complete renovation of its rooms and facilities, and it couldn’t be lovelier!
 
 
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Jan 11, 2017

Sandy interviews Wedding Planner Erin Proctor at The Buccaneer Hotel in St. Croix, a popular Caribbean wedding destination that is also the first choice for a number of celebrities. Sandy’s excited she got to stay in the same suite of rooms where Michael Jackson stayed, but it’s not uncommon to run into Vice President Joe Biden on the scenic 18-hole golf course. Erin says every guest becomes a member of the Buccaneer family – which means every visitor is a VIP at The Buccaneer.

Thinking you want to get married in a gorgeous destination? Listen to Sandy's #WeddingWednesday #Wisdom! Check Out the Place Before You Sign Any Contracts!

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Jan 4, 2017

Sandy talks with DJ Paul Gonzalez-Chavez of Islands Entertainment Network about some of the nightmares they’ve dealt with when brides and groom (or more likely, a well-meaning friend or relative) want to add on extra hours to the party while the wedding reception is in progress. Sandy says if you couldn’t afford it before the wedding, you definitely can’t afford it at the 11th hour. Plus both Sandy and Paul agree that too many hours of open bar can turn a celebration into a catastrophe.

Have time for another podcast? Listen to Sandy's practical advice about whom you should tell you're engaged! Click on the URL and check out episode 13 of Wedding Reality Check.

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Dec 28, 2016

The Buccaneer Hotel in St. Croix may be one of the best wedding venues in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Not only is the 70-year-old, family-owned property gorgeous and home to an incredible golf course and several beautiful beaches, but their wedding planning team also works closely with a number of other attractions for your guests, including the Cruzan run factory and the beer drinking pigs in the tropical rain forest. Sandy interviews one of the on-property experts about what to do with your groomsmen on the wedding day.

 

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Dec 21, 2016

 

DJ Paul Gonzalez Smiles While He Works!

Sandy talks with DJ Paul Gonzalez-Chavez, of Island Entertainment Network, about why it’s important to give your wedding DJ a list of songs you’d rather not have played during your wedding reception so that you avoid any awkward or embarrassing moments. DJ Paul says there are about 100 songs that regularly appears on the “NO” list. And he says that the more guidance a bride and groom give their DJ, the more successful the reception will be.

 

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Dec 21, 2016

 

DJ Paul Gonzalez Smiles While He Works!

Sandy talks with DJ Paul Gonzalez-Chavez, of Island Entertainment Network, about why it’s important to give your wedding DJ a list of songs you’d rather not have played during your wedding reception so that you avoid any awkward or embarrassing moments. DJ Paul says there are about 100 songs that regularly appears on the “NO” list. And he says that the more guidance a bride and groom give their DJ, the more successful the reception will be.

 

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Dec 14, 2016

Sandy and Paull

 

Sandy chats with guest DJ Paul Gonzalez-Chavez, her favorite DJ in Puerto Rico, about what happens when drunk guests get too friendly late-night at weddings. Too much booze can be a really bad thing.

If you're new to our podcast because you just got engaged and you're just started thinking about planning for your big day, welcome! We invite you to check out Sandy's very first podcast here: Congrats! You're Engaged! Now What?  

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Nov 10, 2016

 

For God's sake, don't tell your closest family and friends you're engaged via a tacky engagement ring pic on Facebook! There's a proper way to tell your parents, and extended family, that you're saying "I do." Sandy says it's also important to tell your boss about the engagement up front, so you can address any concerns about the wedding date you're planning.

 

 

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Nov 8, 2016


So many couples who are getting married in the first few months of the new year end up stressed out, and worried about money, because they don’t get their homework down prior to the holiday season. Think ahead – Sandy says you can’t expect your vendors to be available over the holidays to help you play catch up.

 

 

 

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Nov 3, 2016

montage of tropical wedding inviations

You need to know where and when, and how many guests you're going to have, among other things. You'll get a free initial consultation with any wedding planners you consider hiring, but you should be prepared with answers all these to questions before you make that appointment, or you won't walk away with solid information or a realistic budget guestimate. Use their time wisely!

 

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Nov 1, 2016

autumn leaves on wedding train

Sandy wrote a blog for BRIDES with tips about handling last-minute wedding guest cancellations for your at-home or destination wedding. You don’t want to let the fact that a few people won’t be at your big day ruin the experience for you and your fiancé, and all of your friends who will be there with you. Sandy says you have to let it go, so it doesn’t hurt your friendships.

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Oct 27, 2016

Where You Might Want to Honeymoon

 

It’s difficult to get enough days off from work for your wedding and your honeymoon at the same time. And even if you have the vacation time, you may not have any spending money left, after you’ve paid the bill for your wedding. Sandy says more couples are taking “mini-moons” for a few days after their wedding, and then going whole-hog on a dream honeymoon trip later on.

 

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Oct 25, 2016

No

 

If you're getting married the weekend before the Presidential election, is it fair (or even realistic) to ask your guests to refrain from talking politics for the duration of their wedding weekend? Sandy says you can't expect people to avoid a hot topic for multiple days, but you can ask them nicely to not discuss their political views on your wedding day. Listen to her suggestions on how to handle it!

 

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Oct 20, 2016

Sandy recently had the pleasure of planning a vow renewal for a professional bridal consultant, and during the wedding weekend, “the girls” got chatting about how ridiculous some brides are about dress shopping. Apparently, too many women have been watching “Say Yes to the Dress” and think they’re supposed to bring everyone they know shopping with them. Hell no!

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Oct 18, 2016

couple getting married in the rain

 

You probably didn’t realize that Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on weddings in a far larger area than just the islands and states that it swept through. In fact, a bunch of wedding guests headed for a Puerto Rico wedding Sandy planned that week couldn’t get to the island because flights were cancelled.

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Oct 13, 2016

Sandy broke the story about WHY Jim and Elizabeth Carroll are AWOL on the new season of WEtv's "Marriage Boot Camp," after seven successful seasons. Check out her blog - and draw your own conclusions - on Monsters and Critics. And tune in now to hear her talk about the real program, and its fundamentals.

Read Sandy's Blog in Monsters and Critics

 

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Oct 11, 2016

drone photo EP Anderson Studios

Drones are providing incredible wedding pictures and video that you could never have had before without a helicopter! But there are some things you need to look into before you sign contracts with your photographer and the wedding venue. Sandy says check everything out ahead of time so you won't have any regrets.

Photo thanks to EP Anderson Studios.

 

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Oct 6, 2016

wedding shoes

Cinderella didn’t lose her glass slippers – she threw them out! Nobody can stand and dance, for six-plus hours, in the super high heels that are so very fashionable right now. It’s important to choose shoes and hem your dress to the right length, so they will allow you to gracefully process down the aisle, and dance the night away without breaking your neck. Sandy explains how to tackle the problem.

 

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Oct 4, 2016

 

Map of St Kitts and Nevis Islands

After a few years in a row being ranked “most romantic island” in the Caribbean, and the whole world, by various important publications, Nevis Island is coming into its own as a popular destination wedding location. For wedding planners and travel experts who don’t know much about St. Kitts’ sister island, the Romance Symposium (http://www.nevisisland.com/nevis-travel-symposium) from October 17-21 is an excellent opportunity to learn everything you need to know for your clients. And Sandy’s a guest speaker!

 

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Sep 29, 2016


Brides with the very best intentions often give inappropriate gifts to their bridesmaids and groomsmen, in that they gift them with the accessories they want them to wear on the wedding day. That’s not giving a present to thank them for their time and effort in being part of your wedding – that’s making sure everybody matches and being willing to pay for it. Sandy says she made this mistake with her own bridesmaids!

 

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Sep 27, 2016

 

Did you know you can get married INSIDE a hot air balloon? While it’s being inflated on the ground, they use cool air. And you and your closest friends can gather inside the balloon to exchange your vows. Or you can wait until liftoff, and exchange vows high in the sky. Sandy says that’s a destination wedding that none of your friends has ever seen before!

 

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Sep 22, 2016

Jekyll Island Resourt Aerial View

Sandy says it feels as if time forgot Georgia’s Golden Isles, most notably Jekyll Island, home of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, where such notables as the Goodyears and the Rockefellers sent their families to escape the heat of the cities in the summertime. Now, the once famously exclusive club is a hotel, open to the public, and very popular for destination weddings.

 

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Sep 20, 2016
Wedding Favor Good Enough to Eat
Wedding favors used to be pretty cheesy, but they’ve improved in recent years. Couples realize that giving guests something consumable is usually the best bet, but it’s possible to give them something cool that’s a forever present if you think about what people might actually want to have in their homes.
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Sep 15, 2016

Nowadays, women have the option to keep their maiden names, hyphenate,or take their husband's name as their own. Some say they dread the paperwork of a name change, but it's really not that bad. All you have to do is go to the social security office and the DMV. But Sandy says you might want to consider making your maiden name your middle name for all those pesky membership programs and other things you won't remember to change, and which could cause you problems later.

 

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Sep 13, 2016

drinks and the beautiful landscape at Hyatt Regency Tamay

Want to have a stateside destination wedding that will wow your guests? The Hyatt Regency Tamaya has three separate venues to choose from for your actual wedding, and golf, horses, and a mind-blowing spa for your guests! Depending on the time of year, they can play in the Rio Grande or ski before and after your wedding. Sandy's letting the cat out of the bag on what has been New Mexico's best-kept wedding secret!

 

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Sep 8, 2016

Sandy and Bill's Wedding Pic

 

It’s important to celebrate all of your legitimate anniversaries – your wedding, your engagement, your first date. But it’s also important to recognize your wedding date every single month. It doesn’t mean you have to go out and celebrate every month, but it takes very little effort and time to do something small to acknowledge it. A note tucked into the laptop bag, making your spouse’s favorite for dinner, or just taking a few extra minutes to kiss and snuggle that you wouldn’t normally have time for in your everyday lives. Sandy says all anniversaries should be celebrated.

 

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Sep 6, 2016

Sandy and her Mom at the Atasia Spa

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

 

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Sep 1, 2016

 

If you're having a destination wedding, it's critical that you provide all of your wedding guests with a comprehensive welcome letter that includes all of the information they may need while they're there at your wedding weekend. Sandy says don't leave your guests hunting for directions to an event or, the alternate emergency phone number for 911 at your destination.

 

 

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Aug 30, 2016

Fall Leaves on Wedding Gown Train

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.

 

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Aug 25, 2016

Groom Wanted a Shark


Themed weddings can be a fantastic way to celebrate your big day, and you’re not required to carry the theme through all of your events. It also makes planning the décor much easier. Sandy says the bride and groom, and at least some of their friends and family, have to be totally committed to the theme in order for it to work. But when it works, the results can be spectacular.

 

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Aug 23, 2016
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.
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Aug 22, 2016

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Alexander Hamilton history buffs and fans can now have a "Hamilton"-themed wedding on the tiny island of Nevis in the Caribbean. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis has taken the mad popularity of the Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical and figured out a way to incorporate the romance of Nevis island with the history of Alexander Hamilton, in a package designed to feature both. Sandy's is seriously impressed!

 

 

 

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Aug 16, 2016

Publicity Photo of Father of the Bride

 

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!

 


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Aug 11, 2016

 

Weddomg Cakes and Tarts

 

There are so many different kinds of food allergies and sensitivities today that weren’t an issue 20 years ago, and it’s causing challenges for brides and grooms planning their wedding menus. Sandy says you should show sensitivity to your guests’ needs and preferences, but you don’t have to take a survey of who-can-eat-what and work around that. Your wedding menu should be things you like, and things most people can eat. Just do your best to accommodate as many folks as you can without giving up the vision you have for your party.


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Aug 9, 2016

No Talking

 

Sandy shares a true story of a very embarrassing mistake she made at a wedding her first year planning in Puerto Rico. It didn't do any harm -except to her ego - but it taught her to be very careful which dialect her Spanish-speaking wedding guests use before she demonstrates her own language skills at a client's wedding.

 

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Aug 4, 2016

Tara Reid on weTVs Marriage Boot Camp

Tara Reid belongs on "Celebrity Rehab," not WEtv's "Marriage Boot Camp." She and Dean May are faking a relationship to be on this show, and in the process, they're hurting the experience for the other four couples who are trying to save their relationships. Sandy's a regular reality TV blogger for MonstersandCritics.com, and she usually restricts her commentaries to stuff she's written. But Tara Reid is wreaking such havoc on "Marriage Boot Camp" that Sandy had to do a rant for her podcast, too.

 

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Aug 2, 2016

Steve Martin as the Dad in the Movie Father of the Bride

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!

 

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Jul 28, 2016

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.

 

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Jul 26, 2016

 

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!

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Jul 21, 2016

Jim and Elizabeth Carrol

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.

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Jul 19, 2016
groomsmen with er personality
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.
 
 
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Jul 14, 2016

Image from Wedding Crashers The Movie, courtesy Rotten Tomatoes

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.

 

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