February 11, 2016

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If Craigslist Is Your Nemesis, You Will Love Rentivist

Because who has time for treasure hunting?

by Maddie Eisenhart
When it came time to pick out decor for my wedding, I figured I only had one option: find the coolest stuff you could get at the dollar store, buy lots of it, and cover it in paint and glitter. Getting married near my hometown (before it went and got hip) meant that all of the rental houses were very old school. And thus, my options for modern, eclectic, interesting wedding decor were situated firmly between “not enough options” and “not in my budget.” But today that all changes! Because now there’s Rentivist. Rentivist is... read more
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Should I Invite My Mom Even Though She Calls Me a Slut?

AAPW: I'm almost out of high school, and my mom doesn't know that he proposed

by Liz Moorhead
Q: I’ve been with my boyfriend for over a year now. We are both eighteen years old. We have been best friends for three years. My mother was supposed to be working late one day and we decided to get frisky. My mom came home early. We practiced safe sex, which she is grateful for, but she hates him. I understand that she is upset. We broke her trust. It has been three months since the incident. She gets mad even hearing his name. About two weeks ago, he proposed. I said yes, but I am five months from graduating high [&hellip... read more

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What Happens When You Don’t Meet Your Career Goals?

Maybe you don't need to scramble because you're already... there.

by Eve Sturges
Usually, I host a Vision Board Brunch in the beginning of every year; it’s a potluck but I provide piles of magazines and glue sticks and champagne. My friends and I spend all day creating visual representations of our goals, we gossip, we eat a lot, we share fears and aspirations. It’s super fun, and also, I always benefitted from having a contained day to clarify my twelve-month to-do list. Most years, a big part of my poster is dedicated to growing my career. As 2015 ended, I started to fantasize about future achievements of 2016: I would... read more
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Get Down ‘N Dirty With These Textable Valentine e-Cards

Why spend the day eating chocolate when you could sext instead?

by Stephanie Kaloi
In case you guys haven’t paid attention to the month of February (ever), I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: Valentine’s Day is coming up, and it’s time to get your lovin’ on, in one way or the other. I am one of those people that everyone loves to hate, because I truly enjoy Valentine’s Day in all of its ridiculous and commercial glory. I like big cheesy hearts (there are several hanging in my kitchen), boxes of candy (I will take all of the truffles), and wearing some awful combination of red and pink and... read more

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These Reviews Will Make You Want to Work With Smitten Chickens Right Now

Talented photographers, Harry Potter fans, super nice people. What's not to love?

by Stephanie Kaloi
There are a lot of places to begin when you’re sitting down to write an ode to NYC-based photographers Smitten Chickens. You can talk about how wife and husband duo Sarah and Chris are totally the kind of people you could hang with for actual days (and they are!), or how they create photos that stand the test of time, or how they are the kind of people who pay it forward with their business. However, there’s something else you can talk about, and that’s the simple fact that their clients love them so much they’re willing to... read more
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13 Wedding Podcasts That Are Guaranteed to Save Your Sanity

Personal recommendations from the host of Stuff Mom Never Told You

Planning a wedding isn’t a glamorous affair. Aside from the dress and honeymoon, it mostly consists of managing a bunch of spreadsheets and a bunch more people’s expectations, none of which make for particularly gripping conversation. At my company holiday party, for instance, a coworker asked how my bridal prep was going, and I mistakenly gave an honest answer: “Oh, fine—except I just found out I have to rent porta-potties. I’ll be spending a thousand dollars for my friends to poop! Can you imagine?” Apparently, she could imagine a bit too... read more

February 8, 2016

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3 Reasons Why Engagement Ring Shopping Is Way Better Now

Is online shopping the new feminist frontier?

by Maddie Eisenhart
If there were a feminism litmus test (and boy am I glad we are not into litmus test feminists here at APW), one area where I would decidedly fail is engagement ring shopping. When I got engaged, I wanted to be surprised not only by the proposal, but by the jewelry too. Except, like anyone you hate to buy gifts for, I wanted to be surprised by a ring that was so me I would have picked it out for myself. And that logic is why the traditional proposal is possibly one of the most absurd parts of the modern wedding [&hellip... read more
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6 Fun Wedding Games to Make You Laugh at Your Bridal Shower

We're not making toilet paper wedding veils today, ladies

by Maddie Eisenhart
Oh wedding showers. For something that involves all of my favorite activities—parties, booze, and games—I don’t know how we’ve managed to make them so un-fun. Maybe it’s the forced awkwardness of all those wedding games. Or the assumption that everyone is an extrovert. Because if I’m at a party with both my mother-in-law and my aunts and my best friends from college, there’s nothing I love more than the wink-wink-nudge-nudge of pseudo-sexy Mad Libs derived from your reaction to opening presents. (Yes that’s a... read more

February 5, 2016

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Happy Hour

#nochillzone

by Meg Keene
Hey APW, If life in the APW office in January was no-chill, February is shaping up to have at least some chill (thank the Lord). For the first time in a long time I’ve had a lot of work tasks on my plate that can (and should) be taken care of while binge watching Netflix. Which means, I got down and dirty with United States of Tara this week (a season in three days?), and it is excellent. I should have known, with Diablo Cody as showrunner. Otherwise, I’ve generally had time to chill with my kids and work on [&hellip... read more
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350 of the Best Wedding Songs to Pick from When You Get Married

From modern to religious to booty shakin'

by Meg Keene
Back when I got married, in the dusty distant past of 2009, if you were picking wedding songs for your reception, you were probably also wrangling an iPod, and wondering if you were going to be able to make a bumpin’ reception happen without a high-priced DJ. Thank goodness, in the intervening handful of years, we’ve ditched iPods, moved to iPhones, and some pretty awesome DJ apps have been launched, making “putting together your wedding playlist” the most fun item on tons of couples’ wedding to-do lists. But whether or not... read more

February 4, 2016

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Should Our First Anniversary Be a (Awful) Wedding Re-do?

AAPW: I want a wedding do-over

by Liz Moorhead
Q: My husband and I got married in the fall of last year, but unfortunately I have nothing but bad memories of the planning process and the wedding itself. I let family pressures from both sides get to me, and the arguments we had over the wedding almost destroyed our relationship. To mark the recovery of our marriage and to make up for the miserable experience I had planning and attending our wedding, I would like to have an anniversary party in fall 2016. Is this okay? I don’t want any presents or anything, just a little cake and punch [&hellip... read more
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Brent & Jess Make Fingerprint Wedding Rings So Lovely They Might Make You Cry

Because you know what's really forever? A fingerprint.

by Stephanie Kaloi
When you take a second to think about it, fingerprints are actually pretty incredible. Sure, these squiggly lines on the tips of our hands are easy to overlook or take for granted because hey, they’ve always been there. But they’re presumed to be unique (the debate rages on), difficult to change, and will likely be with your the entirety of your life. Fingerprints are also intimate parts of our bodies—our hands and fingers engage in some of the most gentle behaviors that we express. Anyone who has intertwined their fingers with those of... read more

February 3, 2016

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APW’s Guide to Not Appropriating Other People’s Cultures

Is sharing always caring?

by Najva Sol
About once every month or two, I get a wedding that’s stunning. The story is aces. The vibe is fun. And I have to reject it because it’s absolutely culturally appropriating. When you work in weddings, you really want to say yes to everything. “The customer is always right” mentality becomes… even more personal. Because no matter what choices a couple makes, their wedding is still their wedding, and it’s an expression of their love. But just because it’s heartfelt doesn’t mean we can publish it. Because as a wedding... read more
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What If Every Guest Could Give a Heartfelt Toast at Your Wedding?

With SpeechBooth, they can

by Maddie Eisenhart
If I had to choose the two biggest enemies of weddings, those would be time and money. I won’t go into what I could have done with unlimited piles of cash for my wedding, but time? Oh with more time I would have talked to everyone and drank all the beers and danced until my lungs gave out. Time is also the reason why you can’t have every single person at your wedding give a toast, even if those are one of the best parts. Alas, until one of us can get hold of a Tardis or Hermione’s timeturner, we’re saddled with all [&hellip... read more

February 2, 2016

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5 of the Most Absurd Movie Weddings That Ruined You for Life

Because ice sculptures are totes normal, right?

by Eve Sturges
Suspension of disbelief is the philosophy that movies are made of; it invites us to believe that we might fall in love with an operating system, that time travel is possible, that the wildest coincidences can change lives all over the place. For the most part, we go with it. Except for all the moments that we don’t, because that would never happen. Wedding movies consistently push those boundaries. The movie 27 Dresses wants us to believe that a person could be a bridesmaid in two weddings in the same day, could zip between venues and... read more
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This New Line from Printable Press Is Fresh as Hell

If only everything in life were as lovely as these invitations

by Stephanie Kaloi
When Kimi Weart, founder of Printable Press and fantastic person in general, was getting married, she spent about two months absolutely agonizing over the design of their wedding invitations. In fact, they kind of consumed her, and as she put it: It was the most important thing to me in the whole planning process, as I really wanted to capture our personalities and wanted the spirit of our wedding to be present. I wanted the invitations to express that we were getting ready to set out on our new adventure. Some might see this as a tall order for wedding... read more

February 1, 2016

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What Are Your Financial Goals for 2016?

She works hard for the money

by Najva Sol
You know what January means? Time to examine what I did last year and set some intentions moving forward. I always think I’ll do it in December, but who am I kidding? The holidays trump everything. Among the list of things I’m proud of from last year (starting to work at APW being a big one) and goals for next year (South Korea, I’m coming for ya) is one major theme sticks out: money. Despite the fact that I’ve always prided myself on being “good with money” (never paid rent late, always won at taxes, etc.) I’ve never been… abundant [&... read more