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                              [THE KNOT LETTERHEAD]

Ms. Sandra Stiles
450 North End Avenue
New York, Now York 10282

Dear Sandy:

         On behalf of The Knot, Inc., I am pleased to offer you an agreement of
         employment for your services on the following terms:

1.       Knot agrees to employ you as Chief Operating Officer and Chief
         Financial Officer commencing on November 2, 1998. During you
         employment, you shall report to the Chief Executive Officer of The Knot
         and perform the duties described, and any additional duties as the
         Chief Executive Officer shall from time to time assign to you. Your
         direct responsibilities will encompass all areas of operations,
         registry, sales, distribution, acquisitions, general accounting,
         treasury, cash management and corporate budgeting. You agree to perform
         the duties of any position you hold in an efficient and competent
         manner and to devote your skills and efforts to the business and
         affairs of The Knot.

2.       Your salary during the period of your employment under this agreement
         shall be at a rate of $110,000 Per annum, or such other amount, not
         less than that figure, as the Chief Executive Officer shall from time
         to time determine. Your salary shall be reviewed not less frequently
         than every twelve (12) months. You will be eligible to participate in
         any officer or employee bonus plan created.

3.       If during the period of your employment hereunder you shall become
         temporarily disabled, through illness or otherwise, from performing
         your duties hereunder, you shall be entitled to a leave of absence from
         The Knot for the duration of any such disability, up to, but not
         exceeding an aggregate of six months. Your employment hereunder shall
         continue during any such leave of absence. If any disability shall at
         any time appear to the Chief Executive Officer of The Knot to be
         permanent or your leave for disability shall continue for more than six
         months in the aggregate, The Knot will thereupon have the right to
         terminate you employment, hereunder, subject to your rights under The
         Knot's Long Term Disability Plan.

4.       You are eligible for participation in The Knot's employee benefit
         plans. Your eligibility for The Knot's health plan will be determined
         by the terms of that plan, which may be changed at any time. Your
         eligibility for participation in The Knot's Stock Option Plan will
         begin on May 1, 1998. Your will be eligible to participate in any other
         plans which The Knot may from time to time make available to it's
         officers and employees.

5.       The Knot reserves the right to terminate your employment at any time.
         However if your employment Hereunder is terminated for other than
         cause, you shall be entitled to
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         continue on the Knot's payroll for six months, at the rate of pay then
         in effect. and receive all benefits associated with your employment.

6.       During your employment by The Knot, you will not serve any interests or
         do any act or thing that might conflict with the interests of The Knot,
         the determination by the Knot of its interests are final and
         conclusive. You will regard as confidential all information developed
         by you or communicated to you concerning the business of The Knot in
         the course of or in connection with your employment, and you will not,
         without The Knot's written approval, make any oral or written
         disclosure thereof during the term of your employment.

7.       This letter sets forth the entire agreement between us. The terms of
         this letter may not be changed. Except in writing signed by both

         If the foregoing is acceptable, please sign the extra copy of this
         letter and return it to me.

                                                  Sincerely yours,

                                                  /s/ David Liu
                                                  David Liu
                                                  Chief Executive Officer
Agreed:  /s/ Sandra Stiles