Wedding Budgets & The APW Book by Meg Keene Hello All! So now that I’ve FINALLY gotten to tell you that I’m writing the book, I can ask you guys to weigh in on it. Actually, I sort of cheated and did already back here (because I really wanted your input and I couldn’t tell you why), but now we can talk about it for real. Obviously, Team Practical is all over the pages, in spirit and in quotes, giving advice to future brides, but I want more specific input from you guys in some areas. Like budgets, because budgets are a total b*tch. Most wedding books give you a break down on what you should spend on budgets (5% on favors? Really?) which are total nonsense, because obviously there are as many ways to do budgets as there are people. That said, I don’t want to stick future brides with a SWAG budget,* so I need to give them some details. So that’s where you come in. I’m hoping to give four examples of real life budgets in the book, that break roughly along the following lines: Under $5,000 Around $15,000 in Manhattan Around $15,000 in Manhattan, Kansas (by which I obviously mean big city and not big city) Around $25,000 If you’d be willing to share your budget with me, email budget at apracticalwedding dot com, with the rough amount of your budget and the location of the wedding in the email title. If I pick your budget to go in the book, I’ll get back to you with forms to sign, and if I don’t pick your budget (it really is not you, it’s me) then I’ll make out with you on the book tour anyway. Deal? Deal! And now that we’ve brought it up, let’s dish. What was the best thing you learned about money while planning your wedding? And, rather specifically, what did you learn about who pays? If your parents helped pay, how did that work? If you paid for all of it, how did that work? What advice would you pass on? Because for serious, I’m going to use whatever you say to help me figure out exactly what needs to go in this chapter, which pretty much means you’re all in the Library of Congress. But we knew that when I got the book deal, right? Ok, and now I’m all excited about the book! And you about guys! Wiggle! Meg *To quote the excellent Sarah: “SWAG = seriously wild a** guess. I think that what it’s called when you Google ‘how much does a DJ cost?’ ‘how much does a live band cost?'” 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.