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Love/Make, The Recap

In which I lose my voice

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief


When I talked to Alyssa of Lowe House Events about joining me at our wedding advice booth at Bold Italic’s Love/Make expo, I think I pitched it like this: “We’ll hang out, answer a few questions, go dancing at the slow-mo photo booth, check out the nail art, and have some bubbly. It’ll be a super fun, laid-back day.”


The truth was, I hadn’t done a non-conference speaking event since before I got pregnant and was comfortable with the fact that everyone had more or less forgotten about me. (And to be fair, some people had. One super nice lady came to ask me where Maddie was, and I was looking for her, she explained that she “just wanted to meet the person who’d created APW.”) So when three minutes after opening, we had a line all the way to the stairs in front of our advice booth, I wasn’t sure what had hit us. I was just sitting there, with some Oakland Bakes cake samples ready to put into my mouth, when the onslaught happened. It took me an hour to get the cake into my mouth. And then two hours later I had lost my voice.


Our booth was packed with a mix of people wanting logistical advice (which Alyssa happily provided), and emotional advice (there were some teary conversations on my side of the booth). And while lots of awesome readers visited (our people are the best people), what I really learned from Love/Make is that people just… really need wedding help. There were a number of times where I finished up a personal, emotional conversation with someone, and as they were pulling their teary selves together, I’d say, “So you’ve been reading the site for awhile?” And they’d say, “You have a website?” And I realized they had just spilled their guts to a total stranger, simply on the grounds that she was offering free wedding advice. (Though, I suppose the gold sparkles made me look trustworthy.)

It was a good day. I gave away a lot of my books (as a thank you to all of you for the book doing so well). We answered a lot of questions. And we met a lot of awesome vendors.


The Bold Italic is thinking of doing it again in October, and you should totally come.

And who knows. We might just take this show on the road one of these days.

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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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  • Giggles

    Ha! Your booth cracks me up. Love it!

  • vegankitchendiaries

    I love those ‘fuck yeah’ wooden flag thingees! Any details??

  • ART

    oh, now i wish i’d gone. i don’t know if i’ll be able to stomach wedding stuff again by October (ours is in June), but maybe if any friends get engaged between now and then :)

  • alinapaz

    Amazing! Glad I met you both at last year’s Mad for Love event — awesome to see this community blow the f&*^% up (and HUGE THANKS CANNOT THANK ENOUGH OR SING ENOUGH PRAISES to Alyssa @ LHC who completely made our wedding an amazing party just the night before!!) xoxo AC in SF

    • Meg Keene

      She was so tired from your wedding, and just rocking it.

      • alinapaz

        I’m impressed so many of our collaborators made it to TBI the next day — Oakland Bakes and Viv I’m looking at you. I know B and I were wiped :) The best!

  • Erin

    Meg, you are so freaking fabulous! Thank you, and your exceptionally talented staff, for all that you do! I was on a different coast, but am super inspired by all the photos. Plus, the fact that you wore a gold glitter dress makes me wonder what the hell am I doing with my fashion choices. Keep on rockin’ it, APW!!! Yeah!

    • Meg Keene


      That dress was half shredded by the end of the day. That's what I get for a $25 Forever 21 dress. But WHO CARES. I took Christmas Card pictures in it, so it's memorialized.

  • Amy

    I just… love everything about this.

    Keep spreading the sane wedding gospel, Meg (and team)!!

  • ML

    I was there, and I met Meg and Maddie! That, and wearing a floral crown, were the highlights of the event :) Thanks for being there ladies!

  • Catherine

    well damn that looks like heaven. and yes the gold sparkles do make you look trustworthy!

  • Karen

    Now THIS looks like a great wedding show! Please take the show on the road!

  • Sarah Hoppes

    I remember meeting you in Brooklyn, shyly getting you to sign my book, totally flubbing the conversation I had with you, and then sending you an emotional email a week later because I needed someone to tell me that our (barely) unconventional path was okay, and actually kind of common.

    In retrospect, that was a little nuts, but OH MY how helpful that was! SO MANY PEOPLE NEED WEDDING HELP for sure!

    • Meg Keene

      I did not know that!! That Brooklyn line was long and awesome, and the party was weird/ cool, because it was like that socially awkward thing where you walk into a party and you’re like, “I feel like everyone here is looking at me,” EXCEPT IT’S REALLY TRUE. And I want to go on book tour again. Baby though.

  • Sarah Hoppes

    Also, who is that lovely lady with the KILLER arm tattoo in the booth with you?

    • Rebekah

      That’s Alyssa. She works for/with Elizabeth of Lowe House Events and she’s pretty awesome.

      • Sarah Hoppes

        I’m going in for the first session on a 1/4 sleeve tattoo on my left arm this weekend, so I am particularly enamored with ink pulled off that well!

  • Ella

    OMG I wish I could go back in time, be engaged again, and go to this expo. I don’t even know where it is, but I would go. As long as it’s not international. Still waiting to get my passport back with my married name in it.


  • Suz

    Please Please Please tell me what store/booth had the white suit? I would have gone to the expo just to see that suit (alas I had to work).

  • JDrives

    I was so sad I didn’t end up going. My sister, who generally dislikes talking about wedding stuff (~how are we even related~) even agreed to go with me! But I couldn’t make it at the last minute for all the reasons :( I hope they do it again in October, and I hope y’all will be there again, because I will definitely make it happen.

  • Rachel W. Miller

    I LOVE that booth! Also…I want an excuse to wear a floral crown. I should have had a wedding shower.

    • Sarah Hoppes

      I feel like “because it’s Thursday!” is a great excuse for a floral crown.

      • KC

        Or, like, even “because it’s Wednesday!”. :-)

    • Giggles

      I have a fake flower floral crown with ribbon streamers that I call my “pretty pretty princess hat” and wear as the mood strikes.

  • Maddy

    Wah, please come to Australia. I just want to tell you about my gold glitter wedding and have a cry about my nearly in-laws to you lovely people and get my book signed.

    • Expect Cowgirls

      Tell me about your gold glitter wedding instead! I want my wedding to be sparkle central and all my girlfriends are like “that sounds weird, don’t do it”. They were even less impressed when I floated (boom-boom) the idea of using balloons instead of flowers. Plus I live in Australia too so BUDDIES! (Full disclosure: I’m not actually engaged. I just like planning things.)

      • Maddy

        Pretty much started with my dress, fell in love with a (rather spensive) Sarah Seven that had gold thread through the lace and nearly died. Had always wanted yellow/ivory/grey sort of business but then decided I MUST HAVE GOLD GLITTER TOO! So, I bought gold glittery heels (and flats for later), and decided that we would be putting glitter on feathers and having thousands of flowers and putting sparkles on them and having gold sparkly macaroons and a gold cake to have in our dessert reception. The problem with gold glitter is there is a fine line between fabulous and trash, but I intend completely to walk it hard.

  • Valerie

    Heyyyyy, it’s my face! :)

    It was so lovely meeting you all, Meg, Maddie, and Alyssa. Thank you for being so kind and patient about my dress/mama drama and talking me out of my catering sulk (especially at the end of what I’m sure was a long day!). I think you gave me the push I needed to get back in the trenches of planning, even though it’s a bit of a slog and not happy sparkle magic all the time.

    • Meg Keene


      • Valerie

        Not yet! But I’m planning on doing it in my next credit card billing cycle. :)

        • Meg Keene


  • Erin

    Seriously, please get them to come do this exact thing in NYC sometime before Nov. 15! APW and modcloth in the same expo- with cake and bubbly??? My heaven!

  • elle

    The Doctor is IN! I love that so much. :)

  • C_Gold

    Please take that show on the road! Madison, yes???

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