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by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

HappyHappyHappy! | A Practical WeddingFirst off, I want to thank you all for being nice to my sick, slower posting self this week. Next week I’ll be back with thinky-ness and real weddings and magic. Also, less of a cough.

Second of all, I just have to say, I’m running off tomorrow to celebrate my biiiirrrrrthhhhddddaaayyyy!* I’m turning almost-30 this year, but I have zero anxiety, because I know by the time I turn 30 I’ll be married. Which is accomplishment enough, especially if you happen to know just who I’m lucky enough to be getting married TO. Yep, I defiantly am getting the better end of *that* deal.

So have a wonderful wonderful weekend all! (Especially happy wishes Chelsey, the Team Practical member getting married on my birthday. Yes. I remember these kinds of things.)

*You are so not surprised that I’m an Aries.

Photo by the exquisite Aubrey Trinnaman

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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  • Wahkonamama

    Delurking to say happy birthday! (But I also have to tell you that there’s nothing wrong with turning 30 and being unmarried.. I did it in December.)

  • Dana

    Happy Birthday!!

  • SG

    Happy Birthday! I will be getting married next year 10 days after I turn 30. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my 30th than marrying the man I love.

  • cindy


    No need to feel anxious about 30, it’s actually pretty cool–clean slate, you know?

    Twenty-nine was the rough one for me. I went into it thinking, “Have I done everything I wanted to do in my twenties? Did I live it up? Did I slack off enough? Life is about to get serious and I only have one year left!!!” The best I can give is, “No regrets.”

    Two years into my thirties, I can say they are partly serious, partly awesome, and all around spectacular.

    Happy birthday!

  • Meg

    Of course their is nothing wrong with turning 30 and being unmarried! It will just be my particular accomplishment of the year of 29. :)

  • Marie-Ève

    Happy birthday!

    And as a nearly 34 year-old (who’s getting married in a month to the father of my child), I really want to second cindy. Seriously, the 30s are just great! I’m not just talking about myself, but there’s something about women when they reach this age, confidence, self-realization, less angst? I wouldn’t go back for the world.

  • Emily Takes Photos

    Happy birthday girly! Hope your bday is as fun as those pictures :)

  • the un-bride

    Happy Birthday, Meg!

  • A.Mountain.Bride

    birthdays are my favorite – even over weddings! *gasp!*

    enjoy your day! i think i’ll go get a cupcake and enjoy it on your behalf (gawd i love reasons to consume cupcakes)

  • Amanda

    ooh, tomorrow is my birthday too!

    happy, happy!

  • MWK

    Happy Birthday!

  • Nightfall

    Happy Birthday! I’m getting married on my best friend’s birthday, but I got her permission before booking the venue. I’ll have to make it up to her, I’m sure, making her do all that work on her bday…

    Anyhow, best of luck getting well, nasty nasty colds went/going around this year.

  • Bride in Exile

    Happy Birthday Meg! Econo Boy’s birthday is fast approaching too — April is clearly an excellent month :-)

  • MaryKate

    Happiest of Birthdays, Meg!

  • Amy I.

    Happy, happy birthday Meg! Best wishes for an amazing birthday/weekend and year!

  • LPC

    Happy Birdday to you! Happy Birdday to you…

  • Amanda

    MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAYYYYYYYYYYY, my friend. I’m blowing big smooches your way. And I hope you get a balloon. And a cocktail. And cake. And to do whatever you want.


  • elizabeth

    Happy Birthday, Meg! Wishing you a spectacular year! And they get even better: there’s a reason for the saying ‘life begins at 30.’ Cheers!!

  • christina

    happy birthday, aries!!

    have a great weekend & enjoy yourself!!

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    happy happy happy birthday!

  • Mara (The Wedding Cabaret)

    Happy Birthday!

  • Chelsey

    I’ve only posted here one time, so I don’t think you can possibly be talking about me, but it seems like a strange coincedence that there’s another Chelsey getting married today. ‘Cause that’s me.

    Happy Birthday! I love your blog. And I hope you don’t get like 2 hours of sleep and wake up at 6 a.m. on your wedding day because you’re SO EXCITED. ;-)

  • Catherine

    Have a glorious, fun- and love-filled birthday!

  • very married

    haaappy birthday! 30 sounds fun. like a whole new chapter – plus you’ve got awhile before you have to decide what you wanna write.

  • Molly Jean


  • Meg

    Nope Chelsey, that’s you. You told me your wedding date. Happy happy!! Remember: imperfection is the best kind of day.

  • Cate Subrosa

    Happy birthday, sweetie. Have a good one!

  • Luis

    Happy Birthday Meg! I just turned 30 a week ago! We didn’t have the big blowout party I always thought I would, but then again I never thought we’d be having a wedding, so the trade-off is good I think.

  • Wedding Skulls

    Happy Birthday!

  • accordionsandlace

    Happy Birthday! Both of our birthdays and in January (and the mister turned the big 3-0 this year) and we also spent a lot of smushy time saying to each other, “by our next birthdays, we will be married.” Aw.

  • Rachel Elizabeth

    Happy Birthday!

  • AnnC

    Happy birthday !

    It was my OH’s birthday yesterday too :-)

  • Melissa

    Happy belated birthday! :)

  • Lisa

    Just have to wish you a very happy birthday, they just get better from here on out girl!

  • Ten Thousand Only

    whoa, i’m late.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dearest meg!!


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