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30 Apr | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

What Happens When You Make Way More (Or Less) Than Your Parents Did

When I think of my childhood, I picture all the shenanigans my siblings and I got into, our epic family road trips, and spending holidays with our extended family. What’s not in the picture is an abundance of money. As a kid and later as a teen, I definitely knew that we weren’t rich, but …

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30 Apr | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

50 Short Wedding Dresses For Every Style And Budget

I wore a short wedding dress to my wedding. A decade ago, short wedding dresses were just starting to make a comeback, and picking one felt like a bit of a wild choice (in fact, you can see my early overthinking of the subject right here). Back in the day, finding a short wedding dress …

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30 Apr | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

Squarespace Is So Good We Used It For The Compact

This weekend, I was driving around town catching up on my politics podcasts, when the crew at Pod Save America started chuckling as they read a Squarespace ad. The tagline is, “A dream is just an idea that doesn’t have a website yet.” It made them giggle, but I was like, “SO TRUE IT HURTS, …

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27 Apr | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

APW Happy Hour

Hey APW! It’s been a pretty chill week here, mostly dedicated to catching up on our to-do lists. But on Tuesday night we got to attend a bonkers over-the-top dinner at The Claremont Hotel. For those of you not in the know, The Claremont is a beautiful sprawling Victorian hotel in the Berkeley Hills that …

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27 Apr | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

This $15K Ecuadorian And Puerto Rican Wedding Is The Most Joyful Thing You’ll See Today

stefania, community coordinator & anthony, high school college counselor Sum-up of the wedding vibe: We ate, drank, and danced the night away with help from our family and closest friends. Planned budget: $10,000 Actual budget: $15,000 Number of guests: 85 LOCATION: Riverdale, New Jersey Where we allocated the most funds: The venue fee, rentals, food, and drinks made …

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26 Apr | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

Our Groomsman and Our Bridesmaid Are Getting a Divorce, What Now?

Q: My fiancé and I have been engaged for three years and we finally get to wed this upcoming November. It will be my second marriage and my partner’s first. His older brother has been married to his elementary school sweetheart for nearly two decades. This morning, his brother told the two of us that …

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26 Apr | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

This Is The Wedding Videographer I Wish I Had Hired

Does anyone else remember that part in Old School where Will Ferrell delivers a super eloquent counterpoint in debate and then is like, “What happened, I blacked out?” Yeah, that was basically me after my wedding ceremony. People were coming up to me all night afterwards, saying, “That ceremony was so beautiful.” And even though …

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25 Apr | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

Tell Us Your Best And Worst Best Man Toast Stories

Disclosure: I love a good best man speech. I tend to play it cool, but let’s be honest: I’ve made a living working in weddings, which means I love how on that one day, everyone shares how much they love you (even guys, who normally don’t wear their hearts on their sleeves). And that means that …

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25 Apr | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

Waitlist Slots Open For Camp!

Some of you tried to get tickets to The Compact Summer Camp last week, and then you guys sold that shit out… fast. But if you signed up for the waitlist hoping we’d open up more tickets, today is your lucky day, because we did just that. We opened up twenty more tickets to the first …

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25 Apr | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

These Fake Flowers Look Almost As Good As The Real Thing

When I got married, I had no idea that fake flowers could look real, so I didn’t spend a second thinking about the (now obvious in retrospect) idea that I could use silk flowers for my wedding and have them look good. Obviously, it was real or bust. And that’s fine, if you have  a …

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