A Practical Wedding is a womxn’s media company that focuses on weddings and relationships.  It’s made by, and for, smart feminist womxn. Bold and unapologetic, APW has spent the last decade as a pioneer in the wedding space, constantly pushing for inclusive, authentic, accessible stories of love and relationships.

Started by the newly-engaged Meg Keene in 2008, APW was founded with a mission to make the wedding industry a more feminist and diverse place. A decade later, that change has taken root in much of the industry, and APW has grown to be the largest independently owned wedding site online, with one of the most engaged communities on the internet. We host a million readers a month, and are one of the top 500 most commented on sites on the internet. APW is currently run by our founder Meg Keene, along with a diverse staff of (mostly) womxn, out of our studio in East Oakland.

Our content is a mix of real wedding stories, how-to’s, and personal essays, but our approach is anything but industry standard.  Our comment section is full of active (and respectful) discussion, our most viral real weddings were a Navajo couple, a same sex black pop-up wedding, and a seven year old girl who was her mom’s ring bearer. We highlight the plus size wedding experience and work to publish Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and other non-Christian weddings. We publish reader’s actual wedding budgets and we shy away from overly gendered language. Our essays encourage conversations around egalitarian households, and we talk a lot about sex and relationships. At APW, we aren’t attempting to be the coolest, the most radical, the quirkiest, or the most perfectly manicured. Our motto is “you do you”… and we’ll help you make it happen.

As for what we don’t do, that list has stayed the same for the last decade. On APW you won’t see the word Bridezilla, any reference to the wedding as the perfect day/best day of your life, or pronouns assuming the gender of your partner.

But you will find a whole lot of love and connection. Life is messy, relationships are messy, and APW is dedicated to celebrating the messy reality of wedding planning, and well, life.

But wait, there’s more…

On top of all the complimentary wedding resources we publish, our EIC also penned two must-have best-selling wedding planning books: A Practical Wedding, and A Practical Wedding Planner. Plus, our team runs The Compact, a badass community of womxn that’s starting with an inaugural feminist summer camp in summer 2018.

Our Team

  • Meg Keene

    Founder & Editor-In-Chief

    Meg Keene is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of A Practical Wedding, which started as a blogspot account on her kitchen table, and is now the largest independently held wedding publication in the world. Meg has published two (creatively named) books: A Practical Wedding, and A Practical Wedding Planner, both top sellers on the wedding bookshelf. Meg's work has been referenced in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR. It's also showed up on sites like Jezebel, Feministing, Refinery 29, and The Hairpin. She's proud of her roots in California's Inland Empire, though she's also done her time in Brooklyn. Though you're never supposed to say you converted to Judaism (you're just Jewish), she always says it anyway. Meg works and lives in East Oakland with her husband and two tiny kids. For more: For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

  • Maddie Eisenhart

    Chief Revenue Officer

    Maddie is the Chief Revenue Officer at A Practical Wedding: the country's largest independent online wedding publisher, and one of the only places where you'll find weddings and feminism intersect. Before joining the team at A Practical Wedding, Maddie was a sought after wedding photographer and an entertainment industry dropout with stints at the Academy Award-winning independent film house Focus Features, The Montel Williams Show, and Rosie O'Donnell's documentary production company. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about internet trends and the future of feminist television. A Maine native, she lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband and their toddler.

  • Chelsea Hanepen

    Director Of Operations

    Chelsea has been working in events for 4 years doing corporate event and party planning and wedding floral design. She has worked for A Practical Wedding for two years, becoming an expert on not-so-corporate events, styled shoots, social media management and wedding planning. And while she remains one of the only unmarried staff members at APW she loves weddings and can’t wait to roll her eyes at the madness when it comes time to plan her own wedding. She is a proud SF Bay Area native and loves all the creative opportunities the area has to offer. When Chelsea isn’t at APW you can find her on the hunt for the next best restaurant or creating over the top floral arrangements.

  • Keriann Kohler

    Director of Brand Partnerships

    As Director of Partnerships, Keriann has been connecting rad wedding vendors with what she has been told are "the coolest, kindest, and most creative clients” around for the past five years, though she’s been an avid APW readers since her own wedding back in 2011. She has more than a decade of experience managing and marketing small businesses in a variety of industries from dance, to film and TV, non-profits, and interior design in both NY and LA, and loves to pass on what she's learned in the trenches to the wedding vendors and brands she works with at APW. The rest of the time Keriann can be found fixing up her 1950's ranch in the NYC suburbs, working on the multi-disciplinary arts magazine ESOPUS and dabbling in all things mystical as the creator of The Woo Workbook.

  • Kate Bolen

    Managing Editor

    Kate’s English BA from the University of San Francisco solidified her love of words, grammar, punctuation, and all things lit nerd. She resides Sonoma, California, with her cuddly husband Kevin, her supportive cat Nori, and one very adorable toddler. Privileged to be APW’s first reader, Kate had long dreamed of copy editing Meg’s work before it became a reality, and she is constantly in awe of and grateful for the amazing community that is APW. This crafty world-traveling native-Texan foodie anglophile Netflix-addict has more interests than she has time, so when not editing or creating, she contents herself to defend The Earth with her amazing powers of recycling and composting. She thinks bow ties are cool.

  • Mark Tioxon

    Associate Editor

    One half of LeahAndMark.com, Mark is a cooking instructor based in Atlanta, Georgia. Specializing in AIP cuisine, Mark is currently working on a cookbook for those healing from autoimmune diseases and conditions. Until recently he was a prolific wedding photographer photographing weddings all over the country. With more than 10 years of experience and having photographed over 400 weddings, he is very happy to be a part of the APW team.

  • Liz Moorhead

    Staff Writer

    Armed with fervent opinions, a background in English, and a Virgo's joy for telling people what to do, Liz has been doling out relationship advice for nearly a decade. Her work has been featured on Jezebel, Refinery29 and in the Washington Post. Liz writes, illustrates, and runs a small stationery business in between ER trips with her four sons.

  • Jareesa Tucker McClure

    Staff Writer

    Jareesa Tucker McClure is a thirty-something in the Twin Cities, with the world's cutest baby daughter. She’s a chemist turned supply chain project manager (and part-time writer) who spends her time knitting and running a Twin Cities Black professionals organization. Follow her rants on Twitter at @Jubilance1922 or on her blog, Black Girl Unlost.

  • Amy March

    Staff Writer

    Amy has loved weddings at least since the second grade when she made an epic diorama of Charles and Diana's wedding for "important historical event" day. She has purchased every issue of Martha Stewart Weddings ever published and will happily talk to you for an hour about the relative merits of blush and bashful. Her happy place is poolside with a glass of rosé and a good book. Amy March is not the name on her passport.

  • Allison Davis

    Contributor

    Allison Davis is the founder of Davis Row, a creative wedding and event planning company. Allison approaches everything with a friendly-yet-calm demeanor, quick sense of humor, and sometimes-overwhelming empathy. She lives in New York City, where she has produced weddings and events for the past five years.

  • Kelly Redmond

    Contributor

    Kelly is a recent college grad passionate about all things pretty: pretty pictures, pretty places, pretty words, and especially pretty weddings. She has been writing since grade school and as Carrie Bradshaw wannabe and a Say Yes to the Dress fanatic, it was only a matter of time before she found her way to APW. Kelly is a proud Dallasite and when she’s not writing she spends her time exploring her city, listening to podcasts, and putting makeup on all her friends. To follow along with her shenanigans, check her out on Instagram!

  • Natalie Schack

    Staff Writer

    Natalie Schack is an Oahu-based brunch enthusiast, full-time glutton, and freelance writer on the side, who's constantly pumping out pages on topics ranging from all the pretty things, to some of the not-so-pretty ones. If she's not in bed daydreaming about birthday party themes or biking through Honolulu with her untamable, impossibly lovable, rascal of a husband, you'll find her locked in a heated debate about this or that science fiction film, hiking *all* the mountains, or drooling over a new, sexy slice of design that found its way over to her cozy corner of the Internet."

  • Manya Dotson

    Contributor

    Since leaving NYC’s glossy magazine editorial world in 1999, Manya has been living in Sub-Saharan Africa trying to be useful raising money for, designing, and managing public health projects. Manya (who is an American) currently lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya with her beloved husband, Brian, and two daughters, aged 14 and 9.

  • Eve Sturges

    Contributor

    Eve Sturges lives in Los Angeles and spends her time as a writer, and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (no.103942).
    Her writing can be found at places like Cosmopolitan.com, Rookie, Huffington Post, Refinery29, Trop Magazine, and more. She's working on her first book, and would love representation.
    Follow her on Instagram @magpielife, or if tweeting is your thing, @magpielfeLA

  • Sarah Tiffin

    Junior Sales Assistant

    Sarah is a twenty-something with a loud enthusiasm for weddings and all pretty things that go with them. An Oakland, California–native Sarah, is currently a senior studying Psychology at Bennington College. She started at APW as a Social Media Assistant and is now working as a Junior Sales Associate. Sarah is also a veteran circus performer. She has spent eight years on stage doing a variety of aerial arts, acrobatics, and clowning. Since age twelve she has tried defying the gender norms on stage, and working for APW is a perfect way to combine her love for weddings and feminism.

  • Amanda Torres-Lantz

    Writing Fellow

    Amanda Torres-Lantz is a Seattle area–based queer writer, lover, and mama to one. She is an intuitive ambivert who has spent most of her life with her nose in a book but also really lights up when going out dancing. Whether working on her marriage, playing hostess, or helping friends solve style dilemmas, she is a research enthusiast who crafts narratives to make sense of modern life and relationships.

  • Emily Zheng

    Writing Fellow

    Emily is a 2019 APW Writing Fellow, and uses she/her/hers pronouns. During the day, she works in library publishing, where she loves to chat about Open Access and learn about copyright law. Although she is new to the wedding industry, Emily is thrilled to have the opportunity to write for this community. Emily and her fiancx are planning a wedding in Spring, 2020. They live in Edmonton, Canada, with their dog Noodle.