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Lauren Kay

Executive Editor, The Knot + The Bump
  • 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.

Lauren is the Executive Editor of The Knot and The Bump at The Knot Worldwide. She has 20 years of journalism experience and a true passion for creating inspiring content. 

Lauren accepted her first wedding role at age six. After a winning performance as a flower girl, she went on to star in many more weddings (including her own in 2013). At The Knot, Lauren manages and aids in the content strategy of the quarterly print publication. In addition to editing the magazine, she regularly contributes stories about wedding style, planning and registry. She also oversees the publication’s travel content. Lauren loves all things weddings but fresh blooms, fine china and dazzling crystal have her heart. 

In addition to her work on The Knot brand, Lauren also oversees the editorial strategy and execution for The Bump. As a mom of two (hi, George and Eleanor), she knows firsthand the indescribable joy—and the challenges—of the millennial parenting journey. Lauren regularly contributes stories, including personal essays and appears in unboxing videos on The Bump’s social channels. She loves keeping it real with fellow parents and offering up solutions and support—it takes a village. Baby gear reviews and gift guides (of all kinds) are her jam. 

Lauren maintains proper letters and fancy stationery are a must. She has a strong affinity for good etiquette and playground hangs. She firmly believes a little bit of red lipstick can transform any day. Lauren lives in New York City with her husband Adam, her son George and her daughter Eleanor. 

Experience

Lauren has worked in the wedding industry for nearly 10 years and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of journalism. 

Shortly after graduating from Syracuse University, she started her career as an editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure Golf. As she perfected her swing and her knowledge of the sport, she was promoted to Associate Editor, covering franchise columns on travel, food and wine, compiling the annual gift guide and ghostwriting featurettes from golf professionals. When the magazine folded, Lauren went back to school to pursue a design certificate while simultaneously selling wedding stationery. She then went on to manage a bridal boutique on Madison Avenue before finding her way back to magazines. After three years in the wedding space, The Knot was the perfect combination of her love of the written word and well, love! 

In her nearly eight years at The Knot, Lauren has been promoted from Style Editor to Deputy Editor and now Executive Editor. She’s written stories, overseen photo shoots and edited three books for the brand. Along the way, she’s developed a few party tricks too, like floral design and cake decorating. 

Education

Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in Magazine Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. She double majored in Art History, graduating cum laude in 2005.  

In the spring of 2012, Lauren obtained a Certificate of Graphic and Digital Design from the Parsons School of Design in New York City.  

Awards & Appearances

  • Lauren has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, CNN Headline News and local television news segments nationwide. 
  • In the summer of 2019, Lauren served as the host of a pilot tv show on FYI Network, I Do To The Venue
  • Lauren has appeared as a guest on a number of podcasts including, Wedding-ish, Nayri Unveiled, Your I Do Crew: A Wedding Planning Podcast and more.  
  • Lauren regularly represents The Knot as a wedding expert in print and online publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
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