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Happy Six Month Blog-o-versary! (errr, to me)

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Happy six month blog-o-versary to me! Well, -ish. It’s really tomorrow, but you all know I don’t blog on the weekends.

Six months! It’s so odd, it feels like six days ago when we were out for our *achem* power walk and I was actually weeping little tears about wedding planning saying “It’s so crazy! With the crazy! And the $10 invitations and the $5,000 dresses, and the color matching, and all the pressure. Nobody is like me and nobody shares our values, and whatamIgonnado?”

I was, if I do say so myself, pathetic.

So then, my fiancé, and smartest guy around, suggested maybe I should start my own blog and call it “A Practical Wedding” and then I could write about doing my own thing, and be happy. I sniffed a bit and perked up “I do have a lot of IDEAS!” I said. “I do have a lot of OPINIONS!”

And which point I think my dearly beloved muttered something like “Oh, don’t I know it” and threw himself in front of a passing bus. Or something like that.

But. After actually following someone’s good advice for a change, here we are. And it’s been marvelous. When I started this little project, I didn’t really think anyone would show up to keep me company, I mostly just thought I could calm myself down by writing about it. But then all you all showed up, and we all helped keep each other sane, and it’s been delightful.

I admit, I’m still having wedding planning traumas. I still get freaked out, frustrated, appalled, and horrified, by turns. But, every time that happens, I think of you all, and I realize that weddings are insane, and it’s not just me, and we have lots of alternatives.

So, thank you. It’s been an incredible six months. Thanks for hanging out, and sharing your weddings and your stories. Pop by later this morning, and I’ll be having a little contest to celebrate Team Practical.

pretty pretty photo from holiday_jenny‘s Flickr

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit

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  • Erika

    Congratulations on the milestone. And thank you so much for creating this space for us. My wedding was last weekend, and let me tell you, it feels much better from this side. All my worrying (about whether we were being cheap, too non-traditional, and not having enough vendors) completed melted away when I saw how much fun everyone was having at our wedding. Keep it up and we will all be here to cheer you on for your day!

  • (wife.)

    Hooray! Congrats!! Thanks so much for helping keep my head screwed on straighter than it would be otherwise. :-)

  • Marie-Ève

    Congrats! and cute cake…

  • pepperedmoth

    Coming out of lurking to say how glad I am that you and your blog exist! I found you about a month ago and you are my favorite wedding blog, as much as I love Offbeat Bride. We seem to have the same philosophy of weddings and of life. ;-)

  • Peacock Feathers and Diamond Rings

    happy six months blog-o-versary.

    thank you for keeping us sane. x

  • Jessica @ budgetsavvybride

    Congrats Meg! Thanks for doing what you do, and giving it to us straight. :)

  • Blablover5

    That was pretty much the reason I started blogging too. I was freaking out over having to be this center of attention, of having picture after picture taken of me, and don’t even get my started on the aisle walk.

    So my guy suggested that I start a blog for the introverts who really don’t want to be THE BRIDE.

  • *Michelle


  • budgetbeautiful

    Congratulations and thank you for having a blog that I turn to more and more as I become frustrated with “traditional” wedding planning. Thanks also for your links list, as there are some great blogs there too!

  • AmyJean {Relentless Bride}

    Congratulations! That’s awesome…

  • Lee

    I also have been reading for a few months now, and appreciate knowing that as I plan my own wedding, there are others like me out there! Congrats on 6 months, and keep the ideas and opinions coming!

  • stephanie

    congratulations! thanks for being you and having an opinion and for being a great daily read!

  • bekapaige

    Yay for six months!! You are one of my daily reads, I’m so glad your very wise fiance had this idea!

  • Grosgrain Bride

    Cheers! I totally heart your blog and the perspective it brings me each day! Keep it up!! xoxo

  • Amy I.

    Congrats, Meg!! :)

  • Kathryn

    Congratulations Miss Meg! Your blog is such a source of inspiration, and helps to temper the craziness of the wedding world!

  • Jennifer

    Happy Anniversary! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been stalking your blog since I got engaged and truly enjoy each one of your posts.

    Keep it up!

  • Emily

    I’m so glad you’re here. yay! Team Practical!!!!

  • Jess

    Congrats on your anniversary!! I’ve been lurking around your blog for the past couple months and I have to say Thank You for taking your fiance’s advice and starting this blog! Whenever I get discouraged by all the super-traditional weddings I attend or see pictures of $50,000+ weddings all I have to do is come to your blog and it brings me back down to earth. Thanks for creating a forum where I feel connected to other brides that are like me!!

  • Emily Takes Photos

    Happy 6! You’re a much-needed breath of fresh air on the blogosphere and I always look forward to reading your posts. Keep it up! :)

  • Abbie

    Congrats! You’ve definitely shed some light on practical ideas for many brides!

  • Cate Subrosa

    Congratulations! You’re such a pro, I had no idea you’d been here such a short time. Go celebrate :)

  • Heather from the bar


  • Melissa

    Congratulations! :)

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    Happy birthday! I mean Blog-o-versary.

    Six months? I feel like you’ve been here forever. In a good,you’re-a-wedding-rock kind of way, not in a geez-shut-up-already kind of way.

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