New Feature: Wordless Weddings

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

When I finished the APW book (It’s done! I’m still excited about that!), I knew that I wanted to jump back into APW with some personal passion projects. I wanted to play around, get a little messy, try out some new things. I also knew that while I was writing the book, I had this crazy need to look at blogs with good pictures and good design, but I couldn’t handle words (I know). I was writing 6,000 words a week, and consuming more words was beyond what I could take.

So, I decided to launch a new APW feature: Wordless Weddings. Because here’s the thing: not everyone has a Wedding Graduate post to write for their wedding, and some pictures are just so beautiful and interesting that they are inspiring on their own. Wordless Weddings is going to be my little piece of Zen on the blog.

This is how it’s going to work.

  • Weddings will all be reader weddings, and fit within the APW ethos, obviously.
  • They won’t actually be wordless, but they’ll be close. Just a sentence or two about how the wedding felt, with links explaining where the wedding was held, who shot it, and the dress. (That’s coming soon to all weddings. We all want to know about the location and the dress, am I right?) It will be similar to what I used to do with Real Weddings, back in the day.
  • If you want to submit your wedding photos for possible use on the blog, either as a Wordless Wedding, or as a stock photo (here is an example of a post with a stock reader photo), upload them to the APW Flickr stream. By uploading the photos, you’re giving us permission to use them on the site, so please make sure you have permission if you don’t own the copyright, and give us a photo credit if one is needed.

And let’s have fun. Because who the hell says you can’t have The Practical and The Pretty at the same d*mn time?

Photo: By One Love Photo, our amazing photographers. Also this is a little hint about someone who I think should be a Wordless Wedding or a Wedding Graduate. (cough!)

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit #NASTY

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  • Yea! I love it! Sometimes words can be burdensome, and I love that some people will contribute and share because they don’t have to write so much!

  • ::stamp of approval::

  • Emily

    Yes! Love this. And thank you, thank you for the dress info — APW wedding graduates have great taste, and I need to know more of their secrets.

  • Love this! Good thinking, Meg.

  • FawMo

    (Victory dance)

    Awesome idea Meg! And yes to wedding deets!

  • yes!!! Meg – you da bomb woman, as always :)

  • emily rose

    LOVE the photo choice for this. That picture doesn’t need words.

  • Sarah R

    I absolutely love that idea. More pretty pictures always get a YAY vote!

  • Color me excited! Thinking I may submit since I can’t seem to think of anything wise enough for a grad post :-)

  • As a transcriptionist, I deal with words all day and I know how you feel about that one! What a great idea!

  • This is PERFECT. I’ve been wanting to submit, but feel like my grad post would be an amalagamtion of things others have already said in theirs.

    Also, can we ask for information on bridesmaids’ dresses? So often I see ones that I admire in other pictures, and it’d be nice to know how to track them down.

    • meg

      Ohh! Ok! I’ll work that into the new grad post submission forms, which are in progress.

    • As a former wedding grad here, I’ll say that I would’ve been totally flattered if someone had asked in comments about the dresses or where to get some other aspect of our decor. So don’t be afraid to pipe up in comments if you really want to know!

  • Caroline

    Really excited about seeing location info in post!

  • LOVE this idea. Yes, yes, yes.

  • kc

    Hint taken. :)

  • Class of 1980

    What a great idea.

  • Ashley B

    Very excited to get inspiration from other practical brides as I begin to plan my wedding! Maybe it will make me a little less nervous about dress shopping.

  • Love this idea!! Heck yes to pretty AND practical!

  • Christine

    I LOVE this idea! How many photos per wedding are you looking for to be uploaded?

  • Sara

    Brilliant! I’m currently studying for the bar (as in, I’m checking APW right now as my break from reviewing notes), and I couldn’t agree more…usually I don’t stop studying for the day because I’m done, I stop because the words stop sticking in my brain. So…yay for pretty pictures!

  • That’s so exciting! I can’t wait to soak them up! And quite possibly contribute in a few weeks!! WOOHOO!! :)

  • I love this idea. I admit, part of why you still haven’t received a grad post from me is that I got very shy and regretful over a lot of things. Maybe this way I could submit something – if it isn’t too late that is.

    • meg

      Email me a link to your GALLERY. Since I’ve given up you writing something ;)

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