Winners of the “Why I’m a Practical Bride” Contest

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

I took me a little longer to pick the winners to the contest then I’d expected because, well, there were 114 entries! You guys blew me away. So, drumroll please, the awards go to:

, who’s marriage to her partner won’t be legally recognized in DC:
I’m a practical bride because I bought a power of attorney before I bought my shoes.

Cara, of Peonies and Polaroids:
I’m a practical bride because I really and truly hope that our wedding won’t be the happiest day of our lives.

Broke-ass Bride:
I’m a practical bride because I believe the day is only ‘perfect’ if we end up married. To each other.

If the three of you could shoot me a email with your mailing address, your books will go in the mail post-haste.

I had a really hard time picking the winner, so I decided I had to list some runner ups. I don’t have a prize for these entries, except a round of applause:

I’m a practical bride because… I remember no amount of color coordinated ribbon will ever make me as happy as seeing my husband to be at the end of the aisle.

I’m a practical bride because the theme of my wedding is marriage.

I am a practical bride because I have no other choice. Our money’s limited, but our love is not.

I am a practical bride because I try to stay level-headed, which means not getting competitive, not getting caught up in everything I see on wedding blogs, and not feeling bad about myself for going with more traditional things (cake vs. homemade cupcakes, a church & catering hall vs. outdoors).

Congratulations to all, and a special shout out to the two grooms that entered.

(PS – editors note: looking at this post two years later, it looks like I picked super popular bloggers to win… but the funny thing is none of us where super popular at the time. Just funny writers, I suppose.)

Meg Keene

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

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  • I am so pleased with your choices! I wanted Desaray to win *and* the only reason I didn’t enter was because Peony said exactly what I was going to say!

    Great idea, this competition… I loved following the comments :)

  • Anonymous

    this is why I love this blog. well done, practical brides! I tip my hat to you all.

  • bo

    these are awesome. i was very moved reading these. thank you.

  • I love Courtney’s! Amen to that!

  • These were so fun to read. I can’t imagine having to pick just one winner. I love Practical Brides:)

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