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APW Happy Hour

(Don't) put a little sugar in my bowl?

by Meg Keene
Hey APW, So over the last few weeks I totally cut out refined sugar (and a fair amount of simple carbs) from my diet. Has anyone done this? It’s… crazy. It all started a little on accident, when my acupuncturist diplomatically suggested that it might help me drop the baby weight if I ate, “less muffins, and stuff like that.” WAHHHHHH, right? If my husband wants to make me fresh muffins every morning… OKAY, FINE. I’LL TRY IT. So I came home, and was like “NBD, gonna not have refined sugar or bread tonight.”... read more

A couple of days ago

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Do I Have to Invite My MOH’s Jerk Partner?

He probably won't even make an effort to come anyway

by Liz Moorhead
Q: I’ve asked my best friend of ten years to be my maid of honor. We’ve had a bit of a complicated relationship, but she’s been at my side for so many years, and we’ve experienced so much together that it was never a question that she’d be my MOH. Now for the tricky part. She’s been dating a guy for a few months now that my fiancé and I don’t really like. There’s nothing glaringly terrible about him, but he doesn’t seem to care much about my MOH’s friends, and he’s been consistently cynical and negative the few times we [&hellip... read more

There’s a Reason Fingerprint Wedding Bands Are So Meaningful

Brent & Jess makes it easy

by A Practical Wedding
There’s a funny thing about wedding rings: In all of the pre-wedding hustle and bustle to coordinate All The Things, it’s easy to let your rings slip under the radar. But in the midst of a process that can feel like it’s about everyone, choosing a ring can be something that’s just for the two of you. A ring from Brent & Jess takes that idea one step further by making your rings literally unique to you and your partner. Brent & Jess have created a patented method of capturing your partner’s unique fingerprint and... read more

June 29, 2016

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The Best Business Strategy Is the One That Makes You Money

You're in it to win it, right?

I have started a number of micro-to-medium-sized businesses over the years, and I have made the same mistake almost every time. That mistake? Spending money before making money, which—surprise!—isn’t the best business strategy. Because if you’ve got the cash, it’s much, much easier (and more fun!) to buy logos and business cards and supplies and seminars and memberships to various online services (“Ooh, I’m gonna need Photoshop!”) than it is to actually go out, sell something, and actually bring home some money.... read more

June 28, 2016

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What Happened When I Was Hired to Lie to Someone’s Girlfriend

What do faith, love, and trust have in common?

by Eve Sturges
I don’t want to brag, but I was a pretty great Murder Mystery Dinner Theater actor. It wasn’t glamorous, but it was an acting gig, it was local, it paid decent money, and it was fun. My role was to mingle as a ditsy but enthusiastic conversationalist who chewed bubble gum loudly, took bites of other people’s food without asking, and was offended and bemused when anyone suggested she might be the culprit. Life was otherwise mundane; I was living with my parents as a single mom, waiting tables in the evenings, writing my goals (“savings... read more

3 Ways Printable Press Will Make Your Invitations More Awesome

And easy. SO EASY.

by Maddie Eisenhart
In the past, caring about your wedding stationery often meant one thing: work. If you had a particular vision in mind, it might mean a trip to Michael’s for ribbon, Paper and More for envelopes, Etsy for a return address stamp, and on and on… And by the time you were done, you’d have huffed so much rubber cement that even your paper cuts were high. But with Printable Press, it doesn’t have to be work to be beautiful on your terms. Printable Press offers everything from artfully designed invitations (that you can customize in... read more

June 27, 2016

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What Makes a Good Marriage?

I think I'm in a good one, but who knows?

by Stephanie Kaloi
It seems to me that humans spend a lot of time categorizing and labeling… everything. We like to make lists of what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s in-between. Even when we don’t know exactly what we mean by good, bad, or in-between, it’s like there’s something in us that just can’t help putting a label on what we feel, what we’re doing, how we’re behaving. Whether due to nature or nurture (or a combination of both), I don’t know anyone who can’t tell you their own personal... read more

30 Unique Wedding Hair Ideas You’ll Want to Steal

For when you're looking for something that isn't all over the Internet (yet)

by Maddie Eisenhart
If you're searching for wedding hair ideas, you may have noticed there's a particular... look that has been prescribed to wedding hair. It's always long, and requires a certain finesse with a curling iron (or at the very least, hair that responds well to said curling iron). In recent years, the wedding industry has at least opened its doors to wedding braids (and thank the textured gods for that), but otherwise? It can seem like slim pickings... read more

June 24, 2016


APW Happy Hour


by Stephanie Kaloi
Hey APW, It’s a bummer that Happy Hours keep bringing the hits, I know, but in this week’s edition of “OH MY GOD WHAT HAVE WE DONE” lookie here: the UK is leaving the EU (but it looks like plenty of people didn’t even know what they were voting on in the first place, so…)! Because that sounds like a totally great idea! Except it doesn’t, because now scores of people—including those who graduated college a month ago and thought they were entering into an exciting, open new world—can’t travel or work in... read more

See How a Foggy Day Made for a Breathtaking $55K Waterfront Wedding

Getting misty-eyed over this misty celebration

by A Practical Wedding
"You cannot control everything" was my little mantra. I knew that there would be bits of the day that might not go as I envisioned them, and it was important to recognize that it would all be okay in the end. If I spent time obsessing over everything that could potentially go wrong, I would have driven myself crazy. No matter what, it would all work out the way it was supposed to... read more

June 23, 2016

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Can I Make My Sister Keep Her Promise to Help with My Wedding?

From MOH to MIA

by Liz Moorhead
Q: My sister and I used to be close. We used to go out to dinners together, go to shows to see our favorite local bands, and I considered her to be not only my sister but my best friend. A few years ago, things started to change in our relationship. We would only hang out when it was on her schedule or something she wanted to do, she started telling a lot of little lies for no known reason, and she was just generally acting incredibly selfish/self-important. She stopped making an effort to come to extended family get-togethers, weddings, [&hellip... read more

We Found the Card Game That Will Make Your Bachelorette Party Fun

Because nothing brings a wedding party together like laughing over naughty jokes

by A Practical Wedding
Oh, wedding games. You old fossil, you. Here in the twenty-first century we’ve got artist-quality wedding photographers, documentary-quality videographers, and DJs that aren’t embarrassing, but we’re somehow still playing housewares bingo and activities that involve toilet paper. Luckily for all of us, when Cads About Matrimony founder Ailea Sneller realized this, she actually went out and did something about it. Disappointed with what she found when planning a close friend’s bachelorette, game-lover Ailea created her own... read more

June 22, 2016

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I’m Not Sure If I Ever Really Wanted to Have Kids in the First Place

Who really decides what we're supposed to do?

by Diane Day
“Do you have kids?” “You’ll be next!” “So when are you having kids?” As a thirty-year-old married female, I find that people say variations of the above to me all the time. After all, I have all the trappings one would expect of a woman who has, or will soon have, children. I have a good job, a wonderful partner, and a lovely little house in a charming New England town with good schools. But I don’t have children, and I’m honestly not sure that I ever will. If you asked me about my plans for children ten years ago, my [&hellip... read more

This Is What Our Hindsight Registry Would Look Like

The 6 items that survived 3 moves in our first 2 years of marriage

by Kelsey Hopson-Shiller
My wife, Julie, and I have been married for just under two years, and we’ve managed to squeeze three houses into that time. We’ve had a two-bedroom house with hardwood floors, two yards, and zero closets; a little bitty one-bedroom apartment with beige carpet and granite countertops that would make a pie baker weep; and now a sweet place in a small apartment building where we can see the ocean from our back door. We have found things to love about all of these homes. The trick has been choosing, and then curating, the things we brought into all... read more

June 21, 2016

women discussing paperwork

6 Important Finance Questions You Need to Ask BEFORE the Wedding

Do you know how much your partner actually makes?

Talking about money basics (income, assets, and debt) before you get married is basically required, right? Well, maybe not. According to this survey, a whopping 43 percent of people don’t know the salary range of their spouse. We’re not talking about the specific dollar amount—just the range. That’s a whole lot of people who are way, way out of the loop (and probably haven’t asked the really hard questions). To save you from a lot of post-wedding tears and fights, we put together six important finance questions that partners... read more
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