Where Were You 10 Years Ago?
Ten years ago, waaaaay too much of my time went to planning a backyard wedding for 150 people PLUS a honeymoon on a budget of $5,000. The DIY got a little out of control, especially since there wasn't a ton of inspiration online yet: no Pinterest, not many wedding blogs (though RIP, IndieBride, what a lovely community you were). The groom and I even rescued a letterpress and typeset our invitations … with the most epic typo ever: "nuptials" came out as "nutpails". But we fixed our mistakes, powered on, came in on budget, and had a blast. I carry a deep and lifelong respect for all DIY, frugal, and wedding planning bloggers from the experience.
I was also the managing editor of a website (RIP, PlanetOut, what a lovely community you were) who spent some time that year talking to my boss about whether adding blogs were "tacky," and whether adding comments to the site would "devalue the experience."
Now, I'm in the center of a community of women who are as tacky (and as classy) as they want to be, who inspire me daily. And what a powerful, on point, outspoken, mad-talented, and indescribably lovely community you are.
—Julie Ross Godar, Executive Editor