So here’s the thing, APW: while I’ve been married for almost ten years, I didn’t actually have a Wedding. My husband and I eloped at the courthouse one Friday morning in February, and among other things, totally bypassed the months of planning that make you alternately shake in a corner while weeping and bounding off the furniture because OMG everything is working just the way you wanted it to.
In other words, I’ve never planned a wedding.
A few weeks ago I pitched an idea to Meg: what if I helped someone who reads APW plan their wedding? Because when it comes down to it, what I’m learning from APW is that what a lot of people really need is essentially a doula for their wedding. You know, the person who will be your advocate, who will hold your hand, who will tell you when your ideas are good and realistic (or bad and unrealistic), and who will not let anyone (anyone!) bully you into an experience you don’t want to have. And today? Today we decided to do this thing.
Here’s what we’re looking for in a Wedding BFF:
you’re in the bay area: I live in Oakland, I work in Oakland, my kid goes to class in Oakland, and so on. So you need to also be in the Bay, preferably in or very near Oakland.
your budget isn’t too high: Ideally, we’d love to find a couple who has a budget of $25,000 or less. That’s a tall order in the Bay, but it’s doable.
you will let me write about it: Obviously, a big part of the reason I’m doing this is to learn about what planning a wedding is actually like… and I’ll also be writing about the experience regularly on APW. We can hash out details in person.
you’re not looking for a wedding savior: I will attend some of your consultations and also meet up with you periodically, but I am by no means an actual wedding planner (see also: I have a job, husband, and child). Also, I can’t get you things for free.
Interested? You can send an email to stephanie (at) apracticalwedding (dot) come with the subject “Wedding BFF”. Include your names, wedding date, budget, when you can meet up to chat, and a few sentences about what kind of wedding you think you’re planning.
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