At Preservation Hall, New Orleans LA

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

Me: That 80 year old jazz pianist is wearing your shirt. I told you that was a shirt for an 80 year old man.
David: Oh. Yeah… well it’s not exactly my shirt. The stitching is a little different.
Me: So you’re saying he just has great style?
David: No, I’m saying he’s not 80.
Me: 70?
David: Yeah.

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

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  • Isa

    Hi Meg, just wondering if you're thinking of changing the blog name to A Practical Marrige??

    I love that the emphasis has shifted more toward marriage – I feel like I am sharing your newly-wed journey, just as I shared the nearly-wed one!

    Thanks so much for the thoughtfulness of your blog! :-D

  • Meg

    Nope. I own a marriage URL, that I will probably use in addition to this one at some point. But I'll still be blogging weddings here. But it's not practical. I wanted a practical wedding because the cultural pressure is to have a INsane wedding. I have zero interest in having a practical marriage, when all of our cultural pressure is to do just that. I'd like to have a brave marriage, maybe, or an honest one.

  • Sigh, love it. You guys are totally like us. We should all be having some po boys together.

    Well once we're back on the same continent.

  • I have zero interest in having a practical marriage, when all of our cultural pressure is to do just that.

    make that some of our cultural pressure. there are, happily, plenty of holdouts.

  • Katherine

    Longtime lurker here.

    I like the idea of both a brave and an honest marriage, but I usually feel very little pressure to have a "practical" marriage and much, much, more pressure to have a "perfect" marriage… But as my wise husband would say: "I don't want a 'perfect' marriage. I want a happy marriage."

  • This is my boyfriend and me. I could have written this dialogue.

  • This post makes me laugh because my partner wears these loafers that her coworkers call her old man shoes.

  • sam

    Ah-ha! I love little exchanges like this :)
    I like the concept of A Brave Marriage. I think to have a truly honest, life-long marriage in our society takes a lot of courage… and the occasional Grand Adventure.

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