Practical Weddings In The News by Meg Keene Suddenly tons of news articles are popping up about budget weddings (hello tanking economy!), and I’m enjoying the feeling that Practical Weddings are sweeping the nation. Hello wholesale flower district, and goodbye “It’s all about the details.” I like the fact that an ever growing group of us is moving away from the huge fancy over the top wedding, and back to the sweet simple emotional core of the ceremony. The LA Times has this to say about a savvy budget bride: Her bridal gown is actually an ivory-colored prom dress that she picked up for $160. The flowers will be purchased wholesale from the flower district in downtown Los Angeles the day before the wedding. And she’s getting married to her fiancĂŠ, Scott Smith, on a Sunday, when location fees are usually cheaper. The Washington Post talks about how even celebrity weddings are scaled down this year, highlighting Ellen and Portia’s 19 person backyard fete (editors note: gay weddings these days in California are often between long time couples who have considered themselves married for years, the courts be d*mned. In these cases, you usually don’t have the need for quite as huge a party. Your lives together are the celebration.) And this amazing Washington Post article chronicles the planning of an Anti-Wedding, and you must read it immediately. It starts with blithe confidence that an anti-wedding will be easy to plan (been there!) and then runs into the fear that it will be impossible to plan (I fear this every day): Suddenly, it seems possible that we can’t do this, that there is no way to pull off the sane, stuff-free wedding of our couple’s dreams. We are stymied by the twin conformist monsters of The Knot and The Man. But, ah, it has a happy ending: The couple stands together under an umbrella, flanked by no attendants, facing their guests. They kiss, once in the beginning, once in the middle and once at the end. They elbow each other, like kids with a secret. They announce that they tried to figure out something to say in the way of vows and decided not to. And they are married. I love it! Suddenly practical/offbeat/indie weddings are getting real live mainstream press ink. Isn’t it nice to be on the cutting edge? How fantastic is it when the zeitgeist finally catches up with the rest of us? *clinks glasses* Cheers, all! Picture via the LA Times, yay wholesale flower marts! 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.