As one of the nation's leading multiplatform wedding resources, The Knot offers a seamless, all-in-one planning experience—from finding local vendors to creating and managing your wedding registry or website to serving up the freshest wedding ideas and inspiration.
The Knot's Editorial Team is the crew behind that last part: The ideas and inspiration. We're a small team of editors, writers and content strategists all working in tandem to deliver couples the most reliable and helpful information to guide them through their planning journey. From that oh-so-special proposal moment to your "I dos" to crafting your newlywed life together, consider us your guide (or BFF, or expert MOH/BM — whatever you prefer).
There are a number of important editorial policies that are critical to how we craft content (and we dive into all that a little further down the page) but there's one guiding principle that stands above: We support all couples. Whoever you are, whatever you believe in, whomever you love, you are welcome here and we're here to serve and support you.
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- Lauren manages, writes and contributes to the strategy of The Knot’s print editorial content.
- Lauren oversees The Bump’s editorial strategy and execution.
- Lauren has a degree in magazine journalism and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
- MaryKate oversees The Knot’s affiliate and e-commerce content strategy
- Before joining The Knot Worldwide, MaryKate worked as a copywriter for a boutique ad agency
- MaryKate has a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Communications from Fairfield University
- Esther is the Deputy Editor of The Knot. She currently leads all content on The Knot Wellness, focusing on financial, relationship, and mental wellbeing.
- She oversees The Knot's travel vertical (honeymoons, destination weddings, bach parties), as well as overarching features and trends.
- She proudly serves on the Advisory Council of VOW For Girls, focusing on ending the injustice of child marriage around the world.
- Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in fashion, beauty, jewelry and accessories
- Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot magazine, as well as styles the magazine’s fashion and cover shoots
- Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Shelley was a freelance Digital Editor at Conde Nast’s Lucky Magazine and freelanced for FLAUNT Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Backstage.com and Paste.com
- Kim writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in etiquette and planning advice
- Kim manages freelance writers for The Knot Worldwide
- Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Kim was Associate Bridal Editor at Washingtonian magazine and Associate Fashion Editor at Conde Nast’s Brides Local magazines
- Emily is a strategist and editor who specializes in shopping content
- Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Emily wrote for Martha Stewart Weddings
- Emily has a bachelor's degree from Vassar College
- Hannah writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on real wedding coverage.
- Hannah has a passion for DE&I and plays an integral role in ensuring The Knot content highlights all voices and all love stories.
- Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Hannah was the Social Media Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings.
- Samantha writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in wedding decor, trends, and fashion
- Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Samantha was a features and weddings contributor for The Baltimore Sun
- She is based in Washington, D.C. and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism
- Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
- Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
- Lauren studied public relations and advertising at the University of Central Florida.
- Cathryn is a commerce editor at The Knot, where she focuses on all things gifting and stationery
- Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Cathryn spent years as a food editor
- Cathryn holds a bachelor's degree from Trinity College and a certificate in publishing from Columbia University
- Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on features, pop culture and wedding trends.
- Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
- Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
- Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
- Before working on editorial content, Naoimh wrote storefront descriptions for some of The Knot Worldwide's many wedding vendors
- Naoimh studied creative writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway
- Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion commerce content
- Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Monica was an assistant style and market editor at House Beautiful
- Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
- Chapelle writes articles for The Knot Worldwide. She covers all things wedding-related and has a personal interest in covering celebrity engagements and fashion.
- Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Chapelle was an editorial intern for Subvrt Magazine.
- Chapelle has a degree in English writing from Loyola University New Orleans.
- Emily helps maintain and update e-commerce content for The Knot
- Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Emily worked as a website editor and manager for The Paleo Diet®
- Emily holds two bachelor's degrees in Journalism and International Affairs with a Chinese minor
The Knot and our parent company The Knot Worldwide hold a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This extends to all of our couples regardless of gender, religion, race or sexual orientation.
Especially in regards to race and specifically Black lives, we know that every article we publish is an opportunity to change unconscious bias, which is a result of years of systematic racism and oppression. We have the opportunity to influence and change perceptions and stereotypes through what people see and read. We want to change how the majority see the minority by elevating and celebrating Black and minority voices and stories in our content and our product. We are committed to long term sustainable change, so if you think we could be doing better, please share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing us at email@example.com.
Our team is proud of the work that we do for our couples every day. With each article we write, we adhere to journalistic ethics and standards. Whether we're digging into the latest safety guidelines for weddings amid COVID, or determining which old school etiquette rules you can finally throw out the window (like, ahem, one partner shouldering all the wedding costs), we're conducting the research, the expert interviews and doing our due diligence to serve you accurate, reliable and, most importantly, helpful information and inspiration that you can trust.
In the Press
The Knot editors have been featured in a number of media outlets, tapped for their wedding industry expertise and knowledge. Here are some more recent examples.
Forbes | The U.S. Expects A Wedding Boom In 2022
Forbes turned to Hannah Nowack to share findings from The Knot's 2021 Real Weddings Report in an article discussing predictions on the 2022 Wedding Boom.
The New York Times | How a Pandemic Is Inspiring the Use of Fine China Everyday
The New York Times reported an uptick in the popularity of fine china and sought wedding registry insight from The Knot's Executive Editor Lauren Kay.
Fox Business | Megan Fox's 'unique' engagement ring's cost estimated around $300,000: expert
The Knot Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor Shelley Brown provided Fox Business with a deep-dive analysis into Megan Fox's intricate Toi et Moi engagement ring, which was custom designed by fiance Machine Gun Kelly.
Fortune | This Australian bridal gown designer developed the first sustainable wedding gown, made from recycled fabrics
In a video interview with Fortune embedded into the above article, Lauren Kay, Executive Editor at The Knot, shared data and insights on the wedding industry's movement towards sustainability along with some conscious ways vendors are becoming more green.
Refinery29 | 7 Engagement Ring Trends That Will Be Big In 2022, According to Experts
Refinery29 tapped The Knot Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor, Shelley Brown, for insight on 2022 ring trends from The Knot's Jewelry and Engagement Study.
Insider | 20 tips for introverted couples to feel more comfortable on their wedding day, according to experts
"If you plan a couple of events over the course of a few days, there's less pressure on any one event for everyone to fit everything in," said Hannah Nowack, The Knot Real Weddings Editor. "Instead, the whole event can take on more of a laid-back reunion feel."
CNN | Man-made diamonds are the new engagement ring trend
"Another factor fueling the preference for synthetic diamonds: They're less expensive than mined diamonds. They can cost as much as 30% less, said Shelley Brown, The Knot's senior fashion and beauty editor. Lab-made diamonds and other gemstones have pushed into the mainstream in the last four to five years, she noted."
Insider | 6 wedding trends that will start to disappear by 2022, and 8 you'll see everywhere
"Younger generations are giving their attention to sustainability and doing their best to eliminate waste — even when it comes to their big day, according to Esther Lee, senior editor at The Knot. "Sustainability will gain even more popularity in 2022 with more to-be-weds pursuing deeper conversations about their environmental footprint with their planning team," Lee told Insider."
Today.com | Weddings are back in a big way. Save money with these expert tips
In a segment that covers all financial aspects of preparing for a wedding, Today.com included advice from The Knot's Senior Editor Esther Lee in this 'On the Monday' segment with Stephanie Ruhle. Catch Esther starting at 4:20.
The New York Times | You Are Invited to Our Wedding. Kindly Tell Us Your Vaccination Status.
The New York Times called on The Knot Executive Editor Lauren Kay to share best practices and data regarding how to navigate the vaccination status conversation with wedding guests.
Today.com | Newlyweds create $240 bill for no-show guests at their destination wedding
Today.com called on wedding experts, including The Knot's Senior Editor Esther Lee, to break down wedding guest etiquette after a newlywed couple went viral for invoicing no-show guests.
Betches Brides Podcast | Delta Variant Wedding Update Ft. Lauren Kay From The Knot
The Knot Executive Editor Lauren Kay joined Betches Brides podcast to discuss the impact of the Delta variant on upcoming weddings, including how to communicate about health and safety protocol with guests and weddings pros.
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