Heeeyyyy! It’s been quite a week over here. We announced APW’s pending relaunch. (Which is going to be so good. The teaser we gave you gives away very little.) And then we proceeded to crash the site. Twice. Both totally our fault, as we try to do a massive cleanup effort behind the scenes in advance of the move. We also put brand-new APW mugs on sale. And, since you guys asked so nicely (and told me my hair looked really good) we now have… drumroll please… tote bags! $12.95! Go snap them up!
It’s your Friday open thread, hop on it. Now, go forth and weekend (or fast… for the Jews in the house).
Highlights of APW This Week
APW has been a little heavy of late (whoopsy), but before we lightened up we needed to run this post from Genevieve on why calling off her wedding was the best thing she ever did. Not because we think you should call off your wedding, but because the lesson of listening to your inner voice is so instructive.
Hiring a not-totally-pro wedding photographer? You can live to tell the tale. Here is Maddie’s best, detailed advice.
Intern Elisabeth is getting MARRIED in like, five seconds, y’all! Her post about decision fatigue is just… I think everyone has been there. She articulates it in such a funny and smart way that you feel so much less alone.
Our open thread on religion and marriage provoked some complex conversations, and some helpful explorations of interfaith life.
Why your engagement ring matters (five years after you’ve stopped wearing it) hit home for me, four years after I stopped regularly wearing mine. My ring that involved so much thought that it inspired the first proper post on APW, at that.
Ask Team Practical, on finding examples of happy and healthy marriages, and how that means looking at the big picture. (I’ve never met a happily married couple hadn’t gone through serious rough spots.)
We announced APW’s relaunch (coming in October, whee), and I remembered that the best lesson for women entrepreneurs is also the best thing to learn as a regular feminist: I don’t care if you like it. Go apply that somewhere in your life this weekend. It is so liberating, and will help you make better decisions. (The relaunch is going to be beautiful though, don’t worry.)
In the words of reader Sarah E, this photo series from photographer Shadi Ghadirian will “hit you over the head with ‘whoa.'” And for more (and completely different) thought-provoking images of women, check out this (possibly NSFW) post.
This week in Things That Are Cute news: a wedding infographic made by the couple, this video of a guy proposing to his boyfriend with a flash mob in a Home Depot, and Wiley the Duck.