Owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, Star of TLC's "Wedding Island," author and columnist
Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, a full-service traditional and destination wedding planning company, and Do-It-Yourself wedding planning consulting service for DIY brides and grooms based in the Washington, DC area. 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. Her blogs also appear frequently on the HuffPost's Business and Entertainment pages.
Sandy is the author of "How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional," published by Skyhorse Publishing in March of 2016. She also has a twice-weekly podcast on iHeartRadio called "Wedding Reality Check with Sandy Malone."
Sandy and her team (including her husband Bill, a retired SWAT team commander) have planned and executed more than 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 conferences, 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 graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, and two Marks of Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists. She attended The Fund for American Studies' Institute on Political Journalism in 1996, and parlayed the internship into a full-time position her second week. She became Managing Editor of Campaigns & Elections Magazine six months after graduation, and then moved to New York to write the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal.
Sandy worked in public relations, public affairs, and government relations capacities in Washington, DC, for 10 years before opening her own destination wedding planning business on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.