APW Happy Hour Short and sweet edition by Meg Keene HEY, APW! It was a good week, after the last sort of terrible one. I got back to writing, we had a photoshoot. But I think mostly what I want to say today is, read these links. There is some really good stuff there. Sometimes? It’s that simple. Get reading, and if you want to talk, hop on your open thread. XO MEG Highlights of APW This Week When your mom has Pinterest boards for YOUR wedding. Even better the second time you read it (or the third, fourth, or fifth time): Lisa’s San Francisco City Hall wedding. Intern Zen returns to get down to brass tacks about traditional parents. Rachel and Eric’s civil wedding ceremony! It’s so good, y’all. The first step in wanting to be a parent: resolving that your ducks aren’t going to line up, ever. We talked about what holds you back from getting the things you want. Tiny Steps to Adulthood! Part one: deal with your money! We expect your homework to be turned in promptly. Link Roundup Have we told you lately that we love you that we still have swag? Feminist totebags, treat yo’ self! Related: We prefer “embrace bossy” to “ban bossy,” but still. (Beyonce: “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.” Bless.) I Went To The Oscars With My Friend, And Nobody Cared. (Favorite fun read of the week.) “But you shouldn’t feel bad for not knowing or for thinking such silly things. You’re just a monkey, kid, so cut yourself some slack.” (Favorite serious read of the week.) Twenty seven portraits challenging what it means to be LGBT. H&M is making “the first” $99 wedding dress. It’s funny that they think it’s the first, but it’s nice movement for the industry. Lena Dunham’s Adam and Eve skit. CRY WARNING: Reaching out to my autistic son through Disney. Study: free birth control does not increase risky sex. A handy guide to body shapes. Research (finally) says cohabitation before marriage does not lead to divorce. Watching strangers make out, uncomfortable or hot? Maddie doesn’t even care that these are all actors, and is content to live in her little romantic bubble. Celebrity photobombs: the only photobombs you hope for. To do over the weekend: pick out my fictional feminist boyfriend. You know, to go with my real-life feminist husband. APW’s 2014 Happy Hours are sponsored by Monogamy Wine. Thank you Monogamy 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.