Davis Row x A Practical Wedding: How To Have An Engagement Party

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I'll never not be thrilled that Meg Keene invited me to join A Practical Wedding as a contributing writer last year. My pieces range from personal opinion essays to logistical advice articles. I'll share them all here! - Allison

Did you and your person decide to get married recently? Congratulations! Did your parents or friends mention an engagement party yet? If they have, and you’re not sure what to do, read on.

Engagement parties may seem old fashioned, but they are a fun way to get your people together for what could very well be the first time. This party was traditionally hosted by the bride’s parents, and at one point, it was how everyone found out that you were engaged in the first place. These days, it’s not at all unlikely for your friends to throw you an engagement party, or you could even throw one for yourselves. They can be big formal affairs, but more often than not they’re just small get-togethers to celebrate what may well be a very long engagement (most folks don’t go from ring to aisle in six months these days). It’s also not unreasonable for you to have more than one engagement party hosted in your honor. Maybe your families are far apart, or your work friends really want to do something special for you. Let it happen! Continue reading at APW.

Davis Row x A Practical Wedding: A Millennial Guide To The Wedding Party

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I'll never not be thrilled that Meg Keene invited me to join A Practical Wedding as a contributing writer last year. My pieces range from personal opinion essays to logistical advice articles. I'll share them all here! - Allison

The wedding party. It’s one of those parts of wedding planning that can feel hard to sort out. Maybe you want people you love around you, but those traditional lines of all matching friends lined up by gender doesn’t feel like it has much to do with your real life. Or maybe you’re just not sure what bridal party members are supposed to do, really, and who you should ask to be in yours. If you’re trying to make sense of the wedding party in the millennial world, you are in good company. Continue reading at APW.

Davis Row x A Practical Wedding: What Wedding Details Are Worth Your Time (And Money)

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I'll never not be thrilled that Meg Keene invited me to join A Practical Wedding as a contributing writer this year. My pieces range from personal opinion essays to logistical advice articles. I'll share them all here! - Allison

You know what’s making wedding planning so difficult these days? I mean, of course you do, because you’re planning a wedding right now. But in short, it’s Pinterest. It’s the portal to the never ending internet rabbit hole of all things wedding. Pinterest is just the beginning: from there you can easily fall down all kinds of black holes on Etsy, Facebook, Reddit, wedding blogs… and then you start Googling for wedding planning tips and ideas, and it’s rinse and repeat.

A lot of these photos and articles are about stuff. Specifically, all the stuff you can have at your wedding: things you can buy or make and maybe personalize that contribute to your guests’ overall experience. And when you’re deep down the wedding planning rabbit hole, all of this stuff can start to feel super important. It’s in all the photos! It looks so cute and meaningful! It’s clearly going to be key to how people experience your wedding. And let’s be real, it’s super easy to burn through a ton of your budget on details. All that cute stuff that looked so good on Pinterest. Continue reading at APW.

Davis Row x A Practical Wedding: Setting Up and Breaking Down Your Wedding

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I'll never not be thrilled that Meg Keene invited me to join A Practical Wedding as a contributing writer this year. My pieces range from personal opinion essays to logistical advice articles. I'll share them all here! - Allison

Here are the two fundamental rules of weddings: one, they involve money (often more money than you’d like to spend, TBH) and two, they involve a whole lot of stuff. Wedding programs, tea lights, bridesmaid shoes, your wedding vows, a copy of the ceremony script, the amplifier, place cards, the list goes on and on. (And often, it’s a list you don’t even think about till that panicked month before the wedding.) Not only are there a ton of individual items in the space, but each one of those items has to be handled by a human during setup and breakdown. Continue reading at APW.

Davis Row x A Practical Wedding: How To Make A Wedding Seating Chart With Minimal Tears

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I'll never not be thrilled that Meg Keene invited me to join A Practical Wedding as a contributing writer this year. My pieces range from personal opinion essays to logistical advice articles. I'll share them all here! - Allison

The wedding seating chart is one of those last-minute parts of planning that can surprise you with how hard (and time consuming) it is. So I’m here to give you all of the information you need to make creating your seating chart as easy (and tear-free) as possible.

The problem with the seating chart (other than juggling other people’s needs and emotions) is it comes just at the end of wedding planning, when you’re already handling a million things. Anyone who’s planned a wedding knows how those final weeks feel: it’s when you start to consider negative reactions you may receive as a result of the decisions you’ve made, while also trying to handle big-deal tasks that you couldn’t possibly have executed sooner. The seating chart is at the top of the list. I tell my clients, when they get desperate, although I could make your seating chart for you, you really don’t want me to. Context makes a great seating chart, and with my minimal context, I could just as well seat everyone in alphabetical order. And I for sure won’t know that your Aunt Sue has been mad at your Cousin Rob for years… only you know those details. Continue reading at APW.