** Update: The podcast of the show is live, if you missed it, and want to check it out! **
At the end of 2011, one of the goals I wrote down for myself for this year was to be on NPR. You know…once. I grew up without a TV, but with NPR as our constant companion. So as far as I was concerned, being on NPR was the end all be all. As fancy as it gets. Now it’s starting to feel like the (super awesome, but still hilarious) joke is on me. Funny what the universe sometimes has in store for you.
After Talk of The Nation in January, and KQED’s Forum in June, I’m going to be on Washington DC’s NPR affiliate WAMU tomorrow from 1-2 EST on The Kojo Show, talking about, well, weddings. I’m super excited about this particular show, since we’ll be discussing the history of the wedding industry, guerrilla weddings, how the wedding industry is inclusive (or not) of LGBTQ weddings, marriage, and much more. You can listen live here.
DC-ers, I loved meeting you guys on book tour, so let’s consider this a virtual happy hour together.
This Sunday, 4pm, San Francisco
What are you doing this Sunday, San Franciscans? No plans yet you say? Brilliant. Perhaps you would like to come hear me speak at Fizz & Frills, a stylish wedding event hosted by Utterly Engaged. This Sunday at 4pm I’ll be speaking on, “How to be a Bride and a Wife on your own terms” (or, the foundational question of APW), with Weddingbee‘s Editor-in-Chief. Also, APW Editor Kate and I will be hanging out and chit-chatting afterwards. I think you should meet us there. Tickets are $15, and you can come early and shop. Let’s pack this Q&A with super-smart ladies asking super-smart questions, making it a killer off-line discussion.
Seattle, Sunday October 9th
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been asked to moderate the Offbeat Empire panel at Geek Girl Con in Seattle on Sunday October 9th. I’ll be talking to the ladies of Offbeat Bride, Offbeat Mama, and Offbeat Home (including Ariel herself, and OBT moderator and APW Sponsor Ang) about building a business in a geeky industry. The panel is titled, “Rocking the geek niche: Nerdiness is your superpower” and I think you should come see it. Tickets are $30, and earn you admission to Friday’s Offbeat Empire Party at Urban Light Studios. I find this speaking event particularly amusing, since I come from a geeky family (mathematicians, scientists, Star Trek lovers, we’ve got them all), and am the only non-geeky person in the crew. Though I am a professional blogger, hum.
So come, hear me talk in San Francisco or Seattle, and say hi afterwards, yes? I’m a very entertaining speaker, and I’m speaking with the very smartest of women.
It’s a busy and exciting day over here! APW is in the Wall Street Journal today. I’m quoted on the WJS blogs, talking about what wedding registries really mean, and David and I are quoted in the Wall Street Journal proper on how we built our wedding registry. Go check it out!
The fun continues this morning. I’m on The Kitchn right now, talking about Team Practical’s very best advice for self catering your wedding. So go, enjoy.
I’m on Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn today, discussing food (something I discuss a lot in real life), how simple can be great, and how I need to unplug on a regular basis. Yay Kitchn! Also, remember when one of the Kitchn editors Faith was a wedding graduate? She’s still one of my all time favorite grads, with her honest talk about religion and hospitality and, well, food. So enjoy!
You know Intern Lauren, and Alyssa of Ask Team Practical Fridays? They are APW staff members now. Thanks to reader generosity during our subscription drive in November, they are now paid for their work at APW.
So let me introduce you to Assistant Editor Lauren Dupuis and Columns Editor Alyssa Mooney. In a few weeks they’ll have bio’s and pictures in the About section of the site, so I’ll keep you posted on that.
And while we’re on the subject of staff, Alyssa was quoted in a Times Union story about affordable weddings this weekend. I was also quoted at length, and the article is hands down the best one that’s been written to date about the philosophy of APW. So go read it. Plus, there are out-takes of our interview on the Times Union blog, just in case you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to gab with Alyssa and me on the phone about wedding planning. It includes Meg-quotes like this one:
You’re not marrying the dress. And you’re not marrying the location. It’s probably important that you find a relatively perfect spouse, but if you’ve accomplished that, you’re probably not going to live with a lifetime of regret.
But mostly, cheers to Lauren and Alyssa, who work so hard behind the scenes for you. We love these ladies, and they love their new jobs.
Thanks Team Practical, you made all this happen, every single one of you. And we’re very grateful, all of us.