The Wedding Industry’s Girlish But Icy-Firm Clutches by Meg Keene It’s funny how the seductive whispers of conformity can sneak up on you when you least expect it. We were walking into a banquet hall for a Bar Mitzvah this weekend, and walked past a gaggle of bridesmaids wearing the dresses I would be least inclined to dress anyone in (but the ones I dreamed about as a four year old) long, satin, frothy, pink concoctions. And suddenly there I was, staring and sighing. Me: Don’t you ever feel a little bit sad, and think maybe we should have dressed everyone in matching outfits for the wedding? Look at those girls…. David: Um. No. They look like they are going to prom. Me: But weddings are like prom for grownups. David: Grrrrreeeeeeaaaaaaatttttt. Some days, you just can’t win. Even with yourself. 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.