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Wedding Graduate: East Side Bride

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

I’m not sure I have enough kind words to say about the fabulous East Side Bride. She’s infinitely hipper than I will ever be, and you could read her blog just for it’s style tips. But what keeps me coming back is how funny, wry, and honest she is (her f* this series will make your day). She makes me feel more relaxed about wedding planning. So without further ado, the girl herself:

I got married on August 9, but I still haven’t managed to post many details (or photos) on my own blog. Part of me doesn’t want to share my wedding with the world. I think I’m afraid if I shake it too hard the glitter will fall off.

How then to write a “wedding graduate” post for A Practical Wedding? What can I share that might help the rest of you? My thoughts came out in the form of a list. (It’s possible this is a side effect of compulsive wedding planning.)

1. Don’t go overboard with the wedding blogs. I know, right? They will give you a complex.

2. Delegate. Early. Our wedding was essentially made by our friends and family: the baker/shirtmaker, the stylist/photographer, the chef, the musicians, the sculptor, the potter, the painter, the gardener, the director, the expert shopper, the mad organizers. Honestly, I’m a better delegator than a DIY’er. I have good ideas, and then I look around to see who can help me make them happen. And a very happy byproduct of wedding planning was that we found ourselves talking to far-away friends more often. By the time the wedding rolled around it felt like a big party we were all throwing together.

3. Know when to let go. Two days before the wedding, your to-do list will seem insurmountable. It is. Take a fat sharpie, cross out three big projects, and get some sleep. Seriously.

4. The vows are more important than any of the crafty sh*t. We wrote our vows together, and we labored to make them simple and personal. In fact, I drove my almost-husband bonkers obsessing over them. But the vows are what people talked about. And because we memorized them and practiced saying them to aloud each other, they are imbedded in my brain. I love that.

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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  • bekapaige

    Oh she’s my favorite! :) I loved the “know when to let to” tip. I’m positive that I’ll be needing that one!

  • Cheryl Sweeney

    I love it when a bride and groom really spend time thinking about their vows, personalizing them — just so meaningful.

  • Rachel

    Yay! I love you both. Promise you’ll still be around when I’m planning my wedding (next 1 – 3 years, probably).

  • Rebecca Green Neale

    Right on! Personal and powerful vows go a really long way! It was the first thing anyone mentioned after all was said and done — even the die-hard bachelors in the audience!

  • Rebecca

    The. best. advice. ever. I mean, really!

  • Kelley at My Island Wedding

    Excellent advice! I'm posting you both on my "Been There, Done That" series for brides that have already done that "wedding thing!"

    Love you both!

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