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 the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05777830343729311279 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.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11710312646500735895 Dana

    Happy Birthday!!

  • http://segloveskep.blogspot.com/ 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.

  • http://www.unrelatedsidenote.com 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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09526722516550185150 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. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00174894872050076618 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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13811559996670448379 Emily Takes Photos

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15080583721005285729 the un-bride

    Happy Birthday, Meg!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03935793403239182466 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)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12633056996927758780 Amanda

    ooh, tomorrow is my birthday too!

    happy, happy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05098729708314853961 MWK

    Happy Birthday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09095332512592321016 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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08842191847941847564 Bride in Exile

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12977525202055990615 MaryKate

    Happiest of Birthdays, Meg!

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

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18209861350905135093 LPC

    Happy Birdday to you! Happy Birdday to you…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15899239356088557995 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.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10887625097831786188 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!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17780331196723830632 christina

    happy birthday, aries!!

    have a great weekend & enjoy yourself!!

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    happy happy happy birthday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08666959078241076673 Mara (The Wedding Cabaret)

    Happy Birthday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18058728562934845123 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. ;-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09673896395330316583 Catherine

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04281621170102704781 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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01299895022531090290 Molly Jean


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09526722516550185150 Meg

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11371172824707301749 Cate Subrosa

    Happy birthday, sweetie. Have a good one!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09945813943336222370 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.

  • http://weddingskulls.com Wedding Skulls

    Happy Birthday!

  • http://accordionsandlace.wordpress.com/ 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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12862882012668192502 Rachel Elizabeth

    Happy Birthday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04454278674225963467 AnnC

    Happy birthday !

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

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

    Happy belated birthday! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10678736237475255263 Lisa

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

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

    whoa, i’m late.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dearest meg!!