“I’m going to come out and say it: You don’t actually have to enjoy your wedding. It’s fine if for one reason or another—family or financial pressures—you view it as something you just have to get over with. There will be other parties to throw. And you’re going to achieve your ultimate goal—to be married to your partner—whether or not you managed to get enough artichokes to hold your place-cards, and whether or not you get a feeling of transcendence when you pronounce your vows.
I’m not saying both things are equally irrelevant—obviously transcendence is nice if you can get it—but let’s be realistic here. Artichokes you can buy; transcendence you’ve just got to wait for. If you’ve got to worry about something, choose the artichokes every time.”
When we published that, it was like the staff could hear the collective sigh of relief from around the APW globe. Sure, a bunch of you realized that they’d been let off the hook for their wedding, but even more of you pointed out that this was potentially the best LIFE advice ever. I suggested that we all get it as a tattoo (even though I’m not a tattoo person), but then someone else pointed out that coordinated T-shirts might be easier. But while the rest of us were staring dumbfounded in front of our computers because we’d just been punched in the face with some enlightened sh*t, the lovely Lucy, who you know in the comment section as YouLoveLucy (and trust me, you’re about to find out that you really do love her, the APW team already met her and loved her in Atlanta) was busy making the new APW uniform.
YEAHHHHHH. I will be buying it, and tearing out the neck and wearing it to the gym, for certain sure. So y’all, married or not, engaged or not, a woman or not, should scurry off and buy one right now (and then wear it regularly until someone asks you what the heck it means and you BLOW THEIR MINDS with the answer). Whatever money is made is all Lucy’s, and girlfriend DESERVES that.
But, in the meantime, we have also have a favor to ask from everyone else!
The APW staff decided we really would, in an ideal world, like to produce some DIY hair & makeup tutorials. I mean, I did my own hair and makeup for the wedding, and I know some of the rest of you will to. So, we want to bring on an APW approved hair & makeup guru to teach us easy day-of beauty secrets. If any of you have recommendations for sane hair & makeup professionals in the Bay Area (WHY don’t we have someone in the directory?) we’d love it if you could send them our way! We’ll work with them in DIY projects, and then tell those of you who just want to hire someone already all about them (because, uh, the wedding beauty industry can be terrifying). They can e-mail Maddie at maddie@apracticalwedding for more info. And also! New Yorkers who are looking to hire someone sane to do your makeup? Remember NYC Faces. If only they were in the Bay Area, we’d be set.
T-Shirt Design by: Lucy Guest, Makeup Photo by: Kandise Brown of Hibou Photo