Hi APW UK. Fancy meeting you here.
Remember that time APW got named a top British wedding blog by Channel 4, and I had to ask all my British friends if Channel 4 actually meant something, and then they all fainted? No? Right. Well, that’s because I didn’t bother to share it here, because I figured it would just confuse the Americans. However. Channel 4 didn’t make a mistake. There are loads and loads of Brits who read APW (at times that are really inconvenient for you), and we feature tons of British weddings. We even read How To Be A Woman for the APW book club, when it was still only out in the UK. The problem is, we’re always prattling on about these things as Americans, and really, what do we know? (NOTHING, BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER BEEN INVITED TO A BRITISH WEDDING, AND I AM VERY BITTER ABOUT IT.)
Now. This is the part where I say something horrifying, which frankly, you may already be used to. Americans are raised to think of the UK as, basically, “Like America, but across the ocean with accents.” I mean, you speak English, we speak English, you used to… what’s the word… own us… so we’re all the same, right? Needless to say, when David talked me into going to London (his favorite place in the world) for the first time, I was in for a huge shock. “It’s sort of like… Europe here.” I kept saying. “They don’t seem American at all!” Well, right. All I can offer as apology is the fact that I now love London so much, we’re dragging our kid there for his first birthday.
Well, that and the fact that I’m turning over the keys of APW to the British for both Thursday and Friday. I’m delighted to introduce the incomparable Kirsty of A Safe Mooring, who’s going to be taking over as the APW UK Guest editor for two days this week. In addition to ironing the Union Jack to get it starched and ready to go, she’s also grabbing the keys to everything: Twitter, Facebook, and even Pinterest (you should be really excited about Kirsty at the wheel over at our Pinterest page, she’s one of the best pinners around). Plus, she’s scheduling the posts on British time—you can look for APW posts at 7:30 am GMT, 11:00 am GMT, and 2:30 pm GMT. (And if you really like it, we should talk.)
Americans, tag along if you’d like (though for a change, this isn’t for you). The end of the week is some of the most hilarious and informative stuff I’ve read in a long time, so if you’re going to be stuck at your desk, this should really improve things. And, in case the indecipherable Olympics Opening Ceremony last year didn’t take care of this already, APW UK should destroy the idea once and for all that the British are like us, but with cuter accents.
Without further ado, I give you Kirsty. (I’ve met her in real life. She has a way cuter accent than me.)
Sorry, Meg, just let me check I’ve got this right. Are you telling me that you, as an American, are going to celebrate your country’s independence from its tyrannical British overlords by handing over control of your site to a British person? You’re giving the keys to the enemy? And you’re EXCITED about it? Well. Let’s just say it’s a good thing this British person has a well-developed sense of irony, and no intention of renaming the site the United Kingdom of Practical Weddings. (Yet.)
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, hello there APW! I am just as excited as Meg about this crazy, potentially traitorous idea. The truth is, the WIC is not an American-only phenomenon. Couples on my side of the Atlantic are facing all of the same pressures, costs and difficulties, with added helpings of tradition and crippling politeness thrown in for good measure. The overwhelming relief at finding APW about a month before my own wedding is something I will never forget. What’s more, I know I’m not alone—this site has a huge readership in the UK. However, while many of the discussions we have here are universal, there are times when goodwill and a lifetime of watching American TV will only take us so far in understanding what on earth you’re talking about.
Now is our chance to redress that balance. For two whole days, A Practical Wedding will be brought to you by the letter ‘u’ and the suffix ‘–ise’. There will be British weddings, British vendors, British style, British voices, and hopefully some fascinating conversation with my fellow British readers.
That’s not to say the Americans aren’t invited to the party, of course. Come, be the Andie MacDowell to our Hugh Grant! The Cora to our Lord Grantham! The Jerry Hall to our Mick Jagger! It’ll be fun, I promise. I’ll see you there.