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Hatch, Match, Dispatch

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

When working on our guest list this weekend we took one name off for someone who had died, and added one name on for someone who had been born.

Celebrate what you have while you have it. Come together. That’s what we’re all doing with these parties we call weddings, in the end.

And what else is there, really?

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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  • Callie

    amen, girl.

  • holly p

    I’ve had to take 3 people off of our guest list due to death. It is so sad!

  • Amanda


  • Meredith

    Hello, I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning (and since I started my own wedding journey-which, when I think back, is more like traveling in a circle that keeps getting smaller and smaller until you finally stop in the center, where everything finally makes sense). I’ve gotten so many awesome ideas from you and can’t wait to see all our efforts come into fruition in two weeks (!!) One thing that I keep reminding myself is that if on my wedding, I’m not the center of attention, I will have done my job. I think weddings are as much about the guests as they are about the bride. If you go into your wedding day thinking “This will be the best day, and I will be the most beautiful bride ever” you will be let down because the next day, the world has moved on to a new bride and you are just a wife! If you go into it thinking “This will be an awesome way to start an awesome life with this amazing man and my amazing new family” then boy are you in for a treat!

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  • Nicole

    word – so true!

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    Indeed. That’s what weddings are for.

  • Jess

    A family friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer a few weeks ago, and was given only 3 months to live. I stuggled with my decision to send him a save the date… I felt it was insensitive, very “look how I’m moving on while you’re dying!” In the end, I sent the save the date. I know I won’t be sending an invitation in 3 months, but I felt good about my decision.

  • Trips

    I just couldn’t take my cousin off. He died suddenly a few weeks after the Save the Date went out. I didn’t send the invitation, but his name is still on my excel spreadsheet…its so hard to hit the delete button.

  • Steph

    Thank you for this, it’s beautiful.