Best Of APW 2013 And a happy new year! by Meg Keene Dear APW, We normally take two weeks off at the end of the year, because, well, everyone needs a proper vacation once a year. (And what’s running a company about if it’s not creating a little bit of the dream work-life balance?) But this year, we’re taking a few extra days off from publishing, though we’ll still be toiling away over here behind the scenes till Friday. This year has been a professional whirlwind. The staff is exhausted, but mostly, we’re tired of running fire drills and never being far enough ahead. So we’re taking time off to get things properly ready for 2014. Because if 2013 was good around these parts, 2014 is going to be a zillion times better. We’re starting the year with our shiny new site, our (even) awesome(er) team, and all the skills we gained this year. In the meantime though, we’ll be sharing links and other good stuff on Facebook. Follow along over with us there (in between egg nog and naps). If you’re brand new here, may I suggest our pre-engaged, engaged, and married pages (depending). And our pages on City Hall Weddings, At Home Weddings, and Elopements will help you think outside of the wedding industry box. And really? Really, really? The APW book is the very best place to start (plus you can write in the margins and pass it to your mom). In January, we’ll be back to delight with you over your engagements. For the rest of you, here is where we leave you. Except… we never really leave you, since the APW archives go on for near eternity. For those you wanting a walk down the memory lane of 2013, those of you looking for good stuff to read and reread over the holidays, and for those of you who just got engaged (Squeeee! Congrats!) and want to get started, here is the best of APW in the last year. We think so at least. Feel free to leave your favorites in the comments. Till January 6th, cheers! Wishing you naps, long quiet walks, cozy time with the ones you love, and some mulled wine and cookies. We can’t wait for the New Year. Till then, our love. xo, Meg & The APW Team Wedding Planning Getting Started Wedding Planning. To, you know, think about getting started. (I’m just mad I can’t see your new ring/engagement puppy!) APW’s Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dress Shopping. Or: Trust Yourself. How To Have A Fun Wedding. Enough said. Except it’s really not said enough. I DON’T CARE IF YOU LIKE IT. (This one must be typed in all caps.) Emergency Wedding Playlist. Just in case your Maid Of Honor looses the iPod, we’ve got you covered. Tomboy Flower Girls. The post that made the internet go “squee!” Mollusks Don’t Have Nervous Systems, Let Alone Body Image (otherwise known as Elisabeth’s first post) In Defense of David’s Bridal (For Example). The Case Against Inspiration Boards. Blogs ≠ Reality. (Reality is usually much better.) Your Wedding Is Not Timeless. A Private Wedding. When you don’t want your guests to share your wedding on social media. REAL WEDDINGS This hip San Francisco City Hall Wedding. Throwing your garter on the steps of City Hall? Check. A teeny tiny Bodega Bay wedding. Chris & Eric. Kilts and joy. Corey & Shawn have a pizza party on a roof in Brooklyn, and then break down how they did it. A budget wedding shot totally on Instagram. (It’s beautiful.) HOW TO Turning a (terrible) grocery store sheet cake into a hip wedding cake. (Or, the one that angered The Bakers Of The Internet Texas.) For those with more classic tastes: how to turn (lovely) grocery store cakes into a trio of wedding cakes. Vellum Candle Centerpiece. God, it’s pretty. God, it’s easy. Retro cat eye and false eyelashes. The tutorial I use at least once a month. BRAS BRAS BRAS. Finding one that fits (changed my life). Finding one for your wedding dress (may change your wedding). Awesome poems for your wedding. Marriage & More What If It’s Not Forever? Recognizing the impossibility of predicting forever, and hoping for it anyway. DOMA’s gift. Recommitting after things get tough. One black feminist’s thoughts on weddings and marriage. Chore Monsters, Feminism, and Zombies. Or, how to figure out if you should pick up your husband/ boyfriend/ masculine-of-center person’s dirty dishes. When We Got Married. (Tissue alert.) Why get gay married. (Or not.) Prudence’s frank discussion of divorce: Deciding You’re Done and A Dog And A Sweater. And a personal favorite: Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover (And Start All Over Again). Kids/ No Kids How To Make A Baby. (Hint: not with sex.) Learning A New Kind Of Love. Dizzying. Terrifying. Wonderful. Marriage and Early Motherhood: Part I and Part II. Maddie interviews me about fears about motherhood. In Praise of Daycare. One of the things my kid loves the most (which allows me to do some of the work I love the most). Post-Postpartum. The same, but rearranged. Trading Fear for Gratitude. The stay-at-home dad. The mom who loves her career. The Visitors. We’re the home team; they’re the visitors. Right now the home team is wining. Shit We’re Just Proud Of My Life Is Good* On the culture of hate reading on the internet. Don’t Pin It—Do It, and the follow up, Unplugging and Work-Life Balance Our campaign with Pantene Beautiful Lengths. From Liz shaving her head, to all of you donating your hair to make wigs for cancer patients, we’re so grateful for this community. Happy Holidays, y’all. We’ll miss you. 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.