Wedding Graduate: East Side Bride by Meg Keene I’m not sure I have enough kind words to say about the fabulous East Side Bride. She’s infinitely hipper than I will ever be, and you could read her blog just for it’s style tips. But what keeps me coming back is how funny, wry, and honest she is (her f* this series will make your day). She makes me feel more relaxed about wedding planning. So without further ado, the girl herself: I got married on August 9, but I still haven’t managed to post many details (or photos) on my own blog. Part of me doesn’t want to share my wedding with the world. I think I’m afraid if I shake it too hard the glitter will fall off. How then to write a “wedding graduate” post for A Practical Wedding? What can I share that might help the rest of you? My thoughts came out in the form of a list. (It’s possible this is a side effect of compulsive wedding planning.) 1. Don’t go overboard with the wedding blogs. I know, right? They will give you a complex. 2. Delegate. Early. Our wedding was essentially made by our friends and family: the baker/shirtmaker, the stylist/photographer, the chef, the musicians, the sculptor, the potter, the painter, the gardener, the director, the expert shopper, the mad organizers. Honestly, I’m a better delegator than a DIY’er. I have good ideas, and then I look around to see who can help me make them happen. And a very happy byproduct of wedding planning was that we found ourselves talking to far-away friends more often. By the time the wedding rolled around it felt like a big party we were all throwing together. 3. Know when to let go. Two days before the wedding, your to-do list will seem insurmountable. It is. Take a fat sharpie, cross out three big projects, and get some sleep. Seriously. 4. The vows are more important than any of the crafty sh*t. We wrote our vows together, and we labored to make them simple and personal. In fact, I drove my almost-husband bonkers obsessing over them. But the vows are what people talked about. And because we memorized them and practiced saying them to aloud each other, they are imbedded in my brain. I love that. 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.