APW Happy Hour by Meg Keene HI APW! Four-day weeks, right? They’re only four days, but somehow they feel like the punishment for the three-day weekend as we try to cram five days of work in to a few short days. The APW staff is, by and large, pretty exhausted, and I think we need the weekend to pull ourselves together. Ha. We’re still all recovering from the hurricane that was last week (behind the scenes shot of our three-day shoot above, more coming at you very, very soon), not to mention the joy of the first long summer weekend. My family is getting (just) outside of town for the weekend, where I plan to lie in the sun and sleep it off. What are you guys up to? And! A reminder! If you’re getting married and you want to show off a picture or two with the APW crowd, tag it as #APWwedding on Instagram, so we can see it to repost it on APW’s Instagram feed. Joy parade! It’s your open thread, hop on! But first, your link roundup. We have a special section this week for the best articles about #yesallwomen and the horror at UCSB last weekend. XO, MEG Highlights of APW This Week Simple tips for writing your wedding vows. (Tip number one: get started now, not the week before the wedding.) The coolest and simplest braid trick you’ve ever seen. Veil roundup! For when you decide veils don’t have to be a patriarchal conspiracy. Should we honeymoon now instead of later? YES. (And yes, turning off your phones and your computer and staycationing totally counts.) Rachel’s wedding! Worth reading, again and again. If you only knew how miraculous we are. #yesallwomen Help us help you solve your wedding problems! Should we honeymoon, or save money? Link Roundup Let’s, like, demolish laundry. The best (and most fun to read) article I’ve seen on the current tech bubble. And… laundry apps. Not joking. Are we surprised it’s all men trying to solve laundry like it’s a puzzle? The faith journey of a square peg in a round hole. “If you don’t like what people are saying about you, then change the conversation.” Angelina Jolie’s perfect PR game. (If, like me, you’re a media addict, this is a fascinating must read.) I’ll be making time this weekend to read “The Case for Reparations.” Fun fact: my favorite course in college was about societal recovery after atrocity, and I have huge books about reparations on my shelf. We’ve all pre-ordered Amy Poehler’s book, yes? Bring back Reading Rainbow! Okay, yes, it’s already funded, but you know you want them to have an awesome budget to bring back this amazing show. (Note: I didn’t have a TV growing up, but the rest of the staff collectively wrote the last sentence.) And I’m glad I didn’t join the internet snarking on Kimye’s upcoming wedding, because y’all? Those few photos we’ve seen are GORG. And sweet. <3 girlfriend. #YesAllWomen “Fifteen Must-Read #YesAllWomen Tweets.” “It’s not all men. But it’s men.” Let the record reflect, this is not okay. “How many times do they have to tell us before we believe them?” “We have work to do: #yesallwomen and the Web.” “The constant barrage of sexism women face.” “Your Princess Is In Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds.” And, somewhat related. A French short film tries to illustrate to men what it feels like to be a woman. APW’s 2014 Happy Hours are sponsored by Monogamy Wine and Promisqous wine. Thank you Monogamy and PromisQous for helping make the APW mission possible! if you want to learn more about monogamy (and possibly win birthday treats), head over here and sign up for their newsletter. Meg Keene Founder & Editor-In-Chief 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 MegKeene.com.