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The Wedding Graduates


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

The Wedding Graduates | A Practical WeddingI’ve mentioned before, when we first started planning our wedding, I had a hard time finding wedding planning resources that were a great fit for our needs. So, I was over the moon when I started blogging and started meeting smart, savvy, thrifty women who were planning weddings who had amazing style and a sense of humor. Some of these ladies were bloggers and some of them were readers that I got to know through long late night emails.

So, it was with some anxiety that at the end of July I realized that 90% of my new-found internet wedding support group was getting married. In August. Of this year. And here I was, not getting married until next August. What was I going to do? Suddenly I was going to be all alone in wedding land again. I’d noticed that in the indie Wedding world, people often find the wedding planning process so draining, that once their wedding is done, they never talk about it again. I was convinced I was going to be savvy-wedding-posse-less.

Then, the weddings of internet friends started happening, and I started hearing quick stories, tips, and yes, seeing pictures. I realized that far from being all alone in the wedding world, I now had friends and allies with real life indie wedding experience. They knew something magical that I didn’t know yet. They had gone through the transformative process and come out the other side.

I wanted to hear more from these newly married women, and I thought you might to. So, a new Practical Wedding series was born: The Wedding Graduates. Over the next two weeks some fabulous woman (and one man, hooray!) are going to guest blog about what they learned from their wedding. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say.

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 the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

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  • emily

    Oh no fear- you’ve got a whole new crop of wedding planning freshman. I’m two months in and planning for another 12. I check your blog everyday.

  • http://maggieplans.livejournal.com/ maggieplans

    What a great idea! I love seeing real-life weddings. And I’m 7 months into a 13-month engagement.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10010855220044881380 Krista

    I look forward to hearing how to stay sane while planning a wedding! We got engaged December 2007, and are getting married in June 2009, so we’re about half-way through our engagement. Lots of time left! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06511137593846022849 Amy I.

    what a great idea meg! can’t wait to read what others have to say and see how it compares/differs to my own experiences.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01723202743021861347 Cyd

    I’m looking forward to this new series! Sometimes it seems so hard to keep tabs on everyone after the big day and heck, the part I love most is seeing the happy smiles on a wedding day. That is what we’re all working toward after all, is it not? :-)

    Our date is in July 2009 so I imagine my blog stalking shall continue throughout the remainder of your engagement and well beyond. I always get all excited when I see a new post pop up on my Google Reader!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10562092028204904567 Jessica McLeod

    Oh, that’s great! I love hearing from new graduates… especially when they say things like “I forgot my vows and we all laughed and it didn’t matter” :D

  • Sara

    Love this idea! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11711266239364382681 amanda

    how awesome! i never thought of myself as a wedding graduate before, but i guess i am! if you need any additional posts for your series let me know.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09731426268019406064 Ten Thousand Only

    i have a feeling i’m going to be loving this series!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10044595180736126664 Melissa

    This is such a great idea!

  • Stephanie

    love this. My wedding is this weekend and I was just thinking how now I feel like I could actually impart advice – at least what not po do. Can’t wait to here them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15778111549010569731 Kaki

    I’m so happy you have this. I find the information new grads have to impart a lot more useful for planning my wedding than looking at just wedding porn.

  • http://www.xanga.com/bumblingbride Jillian

    Just stumbled onto this series and love it! It’s good to read brides telling it like it is. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08269574305314826326 Mojito Maven

    I just came across your blog and this series is great! I wish i would have found it when i was planning my May 08 wedding!

  • http://deuxetoiles.wordpress.com/ neverecho

    This is exactly what I need – like Emily, I just started planning and I am getting married in October, whereas all of the blogs I’ve been reading are for this summer…it is really fun seeing everyone’s ideas though. Love your blog!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07179305041995114592 Westside Wedding

    This is such a great series! Thank you :-)I'm 3 months into my wedding planning with 9 months to go!