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Meg Keene


A Diva is the female version of a hustler

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Meg Keene


A Diva is the female version of a hustler

About Meg

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Meg Keene is an entrepreneur and writer who has dedicated her career to creating communities of smart diverse women. She’s currently the Founder and Editor-in-chief of A Practical Wedding the largest independently held wedding publication in the English language. In 2018, she founded The Compact, a feminist summer camp for grown-ass women, that sold out in it’s inaugural run in under an hour. She’s a feminist thought leader, devoted to building women-centric spaces, both online and IRL. Her goal is to create opportunities for women to talk to each other honestly, and create change in their lives—both inside and out. She’s also one of the world’s oldest millennials—according to actual demographics—making her the perfect person to explain millennial trends (wedding and otherwise).

Her day job is working as the EIC of A Practical Wedding, which started a decade ago as a blogspot account on her kitchen table. In the decade since then, the site has grown organically, never taking a penny of funding. Since it's inception, APW has helped more than fifty million couples plan their weddings, and has an audience of one million readers each month. While she spends most of her time these days as a CEO, she’s also an author, essayist, art director, and public speaker. She manage a our team out of the APW offices in East Oakland. She has two books creatively named A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding PlannerBoth are consistent wedding bestsellers.

Her own writing (of the non-book variety) spans personal essays about motherhood, feminism, entrepreneurship, and how we need to get off Pinterest already. Her work has been referenced by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR. It's also showed up on sites like Jezebel, Feministing, Refinery 29, and The Cut.

As an ex-theatre professional, public speaking and teaching is in her blood. She teaches and speaks on topics such as: being a woman and an entrepreneur, exactly what's wrong with the wedding industry, or how to build a publishing business in an evolving media landscape. She’ll also occasionally get to work as a brand ambassador. If you'd like Meg to speak or work for your brand, please get in touch. During June, half of her work time is spent giving lots of interviews about how the wedding industry is (hopefully) changing, and She’d love to chat with you about it for your article, in June or any other month.

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Her current side hustle is building The Compact Summer Camp. It’s a fully unplugged summer camp (yup, with real bunk beds and everything) hosted in the Santa Cruz Mountains every August. It draws an amazing group of influencers, tastemakers, and general badasses. Over three days, the women and non-binary folks in attendance to everything from moonlight zip-lining, to dance class, to digging deep with life coaches, to yes, group howling at the moon.

Interests: Intersectional Feminism, art with her kids, whisky, haunting her dance studio, politics, good television with her husband, world travel, women only spaces, entrepreneurship.

She and her husband grew up in a part of California known as the Inland Empire, that will always be home. She did almost a decade of time in and around Brooklyn. She now lives and work in East Oakland, California with her husband and two small kids.

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EIC & Founder, APW


Wedding planning, minus the insanity, plus the marriage.

EIC & Founder, APW


Wedding planning, minus the insanity, plus the marriage.

Meg is the founder and Editor In Chief of A Practical Wedding, the largest independently held wedding publication in the English Language. It hosts one million unique users a month, along with having the best (smartest, kindest, and most feminist) comment section on the internet.

What People Are Saying About APW:

[A Practical Wedding] 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. Most of the site is devoted to real-world wedding stories, with budget advice and how-to’s included…. But the most striking posts delve into complicated and touchy issues like coping with toxic family relationships, planning second weddings, dealing with infertility—all things that are routinely airbrushed out of the glossier wedding media.
— Tablet Mag
The bible of all wedding reason.
— The Huffington Post
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).
— Jezebel, I Thee Dread
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Author


A Practical Wedding
Da Capo Lifelong Books; December 27, 2011
Weddings Bestseller

A Practical Wedding Planner
Da Capo Lifelong Books; January 5, 2016
Weddings Bestseller

Author


A Practical Wedding
Da Capo Lifelong Books; December 27, 2011
Weddings Bestseller

A Practical Wedding Planner
Da Capo Lifelong Books; January 5, 2016
Weddings Bestseller

Expect a big-hearted, broad-minded, super-smart low-down on the indispensable practicalities of getting married. Keene helps readers define expectations (your own and others’, as well as those of popular culture at large) and craft an individualized plan to achieve the authentic ones. Keene outlines options for how to prioritize, hack just about anything, shop smart and ask for help, and brings in pithy insights from experienced brides.
— Book Page (Top Pick, Lifestyles)
It’s like having a very cool older sister who went through all this already to help guide you on what is and what isn’t important. It doesn’t look down on weddings in general, and it doesn’t discount expensive weddings but also helps you create a rocking smaller affair. The book is written with humor, grace and perspective and never stops feeling like she is talking right to you. If you or someone you know is getting married soon I cannot tell you enough how much you need this book. And get one for the moms involved too. And the bridesmaids. Oh heck, let’s just say all of the wedding party and everybody attending should read it too.
— Not Martha
Keene offers couples of all faiths, ages, budgets and sexual orientation a wise and well-written hands-on guide for navigating the complexities of etiquette and cultural expectation. (Five Stars)
— Portland Book Review
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Founder, Feminist Summer Camp


Founder, Feminist Summer Camp


Meg is also the founder of The Compact Camp, a feminist summer camp for grown-ass women. After a decade of building one of the coolest communities of women on the internet, the APW team decided it was time to get out from behind their screens, step away from weddings, and create the same amazing community IRL.

The first camp was held in August of 2018, and sold out in under an hour. It hosted influencers, tastemakers, and bad ass feminist women from all over the world. Magic was made. Lives were changed.

Next up, summer camp, 2019.

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Speaker and Teacher


Speaker and Teacher


Meg is an accomplished speaker, who’s Keynoted at major industry conferences like Alt Summit and The Love Union, and spoken at conferences like Mom 2.0. She’s routinely interviewed on NPR, and has appeared multiple times on the wildly popular podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You, as well as many other podcasts.

While she’s often interviewed as one of the leading millennial wedding experts in the US, she’s also passionate about speaking on feminism and entrepreneurship, as well as teaching and speaking about publishing, new media, and creating intentional women-lead spaces.

If you’re interested in interviewing Meg, or having her speak or teach, please get in touch.

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Press


Press


 

Press Coverage Highlights

 

Meg is regularly quoted by major media outlets as one of the leading Millennial wedding experts in the United States. She’s also writes for a variety of media outlets, including a recent wedding article for Buzzfeed, that was read over one million times. For a full list of press, visit A Practical Wedding.

The New York Times
The Rebirth of the Wedding
June 13, 2014

The Atlantic
So Long, Partner
May 21, 2014

Fusion TV: Alicia Menendez Tonight
What’s The Wedding Etiquette On Sex Tape Profits?
May 20, 2014

The New York Times
Your Hand in Marriage
May 7, 2014

Jezebel
For Shit’s Sake: If You Don’t Want To Be A Bridesmaid, Just Say No
April 4, 2014

Jezebel
Tomboy Flower Are Maybe The Cutest Thing On The Internet
November 6, 2013

The New York Times
The ‘I Do’s,’ Unplugged
June 7, 2013

CNBC
Will Pinterest Ruin Your Wedding?
May 20, 2013

New York Times
You Eloped? Let the Parties Begin
August 3, 2012

Forum, KQED, San Francisco
Weddings: Ecstasy and Agony
June 15, 2012

Talk of The Nation, NPR
Planning Your Insanity Free, ‘Practical Wedding’
January 26, 2012

Tablet Mag
Brides’ Aid
March 5, 2012

 

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Contact


Contact


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