Alyssa received a BA in Theatre and a minor in Gender Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. (Note from Alyssa: once you learn to spell it without having to think about it too hard, you're halfway to your degree.) After school, she dabbled in booze, dance and law, and is currently attempting to get her masters. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her adorably red-neck husband and Maggie the Wonder Dog. She's been reading APW since about March of 2009 - too late in her wedding planning to save her from freaking out about guest lists and being DIY-crazyface. Now, between work and school, she doles out advice to brides-to-be like it's her job, because it kind of is. When you're not reading her Ask Team Practical columns, she can also be found at Kind of a Mess.