This week marks me being back from maternity leave for exactly one month and our second APW newsletter. (They each contain a secret bonus post! Sign up for yours here.) It also was another traumatic week for my family (WHYWHYWHY), and David and I celebrated eleven years together yesterday… which is just crazy!
BUT! In the midst of all this insanity, the book that I slaved over for nine months during a wildly difficult pregnancy is finally getting close to coming out! It seems impossible, but soon I’ll get to hold it in my hands. And even better, soon you guys will get to hold it in your hands. We’ll talk more about it in coming weeks and give you more glimpses at what’s in it, but for now I just wanted to let you know that you can now pre-order your copy on Amazon, and books will start arriving on your doorsteps on December 15th or so. If you’re planning a wedding (or love someone planning a wedding) I worked my hardest to put every possible piece of information that I desperately wanted to get my hands on six years ago, in one clearly organized volume. It explains everything from the hidden costs of taco truck weddings, to how not to kill your DIY flowers (um, the fridge, whoopsy), to how far apart you want your tables to be so people can walk between them. It’ll help you get clear on what you and your partner want, set up a budget, and talk to your mama. Plus, it has a really pretty cover… amiright? (I have very little control over my covers, but thanks to my amazing editor, I profoundly love this one.)
But mostly, I just wanted to take a moment to say how grateful I am to all of you guys. Books with detailed, helpful, non-salesy, non-gendered, not gross wedding planning information didn’t, by and large, exist when I was getting married. Why? Because publishers were absolutely convinced that women didn’t want them. They thought we wanted pink puffy planners where we could swoon over figuring out the maximum amount of cash we could spend prettying our lady selves up for our big, big day. And it’s not me that convinced them otherwise; it’s you guys. If I hadn’t been able to point to the readers of APW and say, “LOOK AT THESE WONDERFUL WOMEN WHO ARE READING MY TINY LITTLE BLOGSPOT WEDDING SITE BECAUSE THEY DESPERATELY WANT SOMETHING LESS AWFUL,” none of this ever would have happened. I owe this book to y’all, and I’m so grateful. I hope I can pay it forward by making your wedding planning a little less sucky than mine was.
And now, on to the bubbly and the open thread. Here is to each of you, who have made a difference in my life, and soon the wedding bookshelf (again).
HIGHLIGHTS OF APW THIS WEEK
If there’s one kind of weight you should try to lose for your wedding, it’s this one.
The four relationship conversations you can’t afford to ignore.
Atlanta AND Seattle wedding photographer Bri McDaniel wants you to be seen as exactly who you are.
Riding off into the night with DIY wedding jackets was the perfect ending to this $6,000 vintage-inspired Austin wedding.
What do you do when you’re embarrassed by your sister’s personal hygiene… and she’s in your wedding party?
We’re stoked to introduce a brand-new photographer with a classic eye. NOLA, NYC, and California, he’s all yours for no extra fee.