Founder & Editor-In-Chief
Meg Keene is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of A Practical Wedding, which started as a blogspot account on her kitchen table, and is now the largest independently held wedding publication in the world. Meg has published two (creatively named) books: A Practical Wedding, and A Practical Wedding Planner, both top sellers on the wedding bookshelf. Meg's work has been referenced in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR. It's also showed up on sites like Jezebel, Feministing, Refinery 29, and The Hairpin. She's proud of her roots in California's Inland Empire, though she's also done her time in Brooklyn. Though you're never supposed to say you converted to Judaism (you're just Jewish), she always says it anyway. Meg works and lives in East Oakland with her husband and two tiny kids. For more: For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.
VP of Operations & Managing Editor
Alyssa (she/her) is a queer woman who lives in Sacramento, CA with her wife, Trisha, the cutest nine-year-old, a fluffy pup, and two cats. Alyssa is the VP of Operations & Managing Editor at APW, which means she sort of runs APW these days. She also connects smart, innovative brands with APW’s audience. Before joining the team at A Practical Wedding, Alyssa worked as a wedding planner throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for nine years. She’s planned and executed weddings for many dozens of couples, been a bridesmaid at least eight times, and even holds a certification in wedding planning. In addition to her on-the-ground experience in the wedding industry, Alyssa also helped Meg research her second book and has contributed her expertise to numerous articles and events at APW. When she’s not planning epic events, you can probably find her eating ramen, buying plants, or in the mountains somewhere sipping coffee (or a glass of wine, let’s be honest).
Director of Partnerships
As Director of Partnerships, Keriann has been connecting rad wedding vendors with what she has been told are "the coolest, kindest, and most creative clients” around for the past five years, though she’s been an avid APW readers since her own wedding back in 2011. She has more than a decade of experience managing and marketing small businesses in a variety of industries from dance, to film and TV, non-profits, and interior design in both NY and LA, and loves to pass on what she's learned in the trenches to the wedding vendors and brands she works with at APW. The rest of the time Keriann can be found fixing up her 1950's ranch in the NYC suburbs, working on the multi-disciplinary arts magazine ESOPUS and dabbling in all things mystical as the creator of The Woo Workbook.
The bible of all wedding reason
For trans icon and author Janet Mock, getting married felt like an "an impossible dream come true." ... [She] notes how she initially had a tough time envisioning what she wanted her wedding to look like since, as she explains, "I had no blueprint for happily ever after." After consulting with friends, top-notch wedding sites like A Practical Wedding and hiring a planner, the destination event turned out to be everything Mock never even knew she wanted.
Keene’s site offers almost-engaged girlfriends, brides-to-be, and new wives something like what Sassy magazine, in its early-90s heyday, offered pre-teen girls terrified by Seventeen: a space where messy reality is normalized and confronted.
Fortunately, the person taking emails at A Practical Wedding
has the patience of a saint when it comes to the privileged and
entitled (a quality that I would also like to possess, but my doctor
continues to refuse refilling my Ativan).