Who wouldn't love to have their wedding featured on the pages of a magazine or blog? It is one of the coolest feelings to see that happen. Before you submit, read these tips to see what editors are looking for in the weddings they feature.
How would I know?! I worked for a local wedding magazine before I became a calligrapher, and I've reviewed hundreds of submissions of weddings. Every single one of them was beautiful, but only a small percentage of them went above and beyond that to be featured.
As a side note, these tips work perfectly for wedding vendors hoping to submit weddings or styled shoots.
Good luck with your submissions!
Details, Details, Details
Photo by Charmaine Mallari; Flowers by Academy Florist
If you only read one tip, this is it: get all your details in order. Tick almost every box and tick it well. Your flowers should be amazing - not necessarily expensive (though that often helps), but creative, on trend, and everywhere. Your dress should be show-stopping - again, not necessarily expensive, but unique enough to make the editor do a double take. You should have great photography, a stunning venue, a gorgeous seating chart, and awesome paper goods.
Not all photographers will make a point of taking photos of your stationery, since not every bride thinks of bringing her invitations to her wedding. Be sure to ask your stationer to provide an extra set, plus a gorgeous envelope with calligraphy, so that your photographer can capture that one extra detail. It may seem silly, but flip through a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine (my favourite!) - the stationery is always featured.
Find Your Story
Photo by Ashley Nicole Photography and Lori Gospodyn Photography; Flowers by Geranium Lake Botanicals; Rentals by CT Rentals; Planning and Styling by Like A Star Weddings and Events; Make Up by Swank Style; Hair by Taylor Blask; Linens by Simply Perfect Decor; Dress by Anna Lang Bridal
Editors are always looking past the pretty photos to see what they could actually write about. Were you high school sweethearts who knew they'd be married some day? Did you plan a gorgeous outdoor garden party only to get rained on last minute? Did you eat tacos on your first date and incorporate a taco food truck into your wedding menu?
Sometimes it's hard as a bride or groom to see the story behind your own wedding, but there's always a story. Really zero in on what makes your wedding unique, and an editor will fall in love with you as a couple.
Photo by Charmaine Mallari; Flowers by Academy Florist; Rentals by CT Rentals
Often magazines and blogs will have a requirement that you can't cross submit to multiple publications at once. Check their website for submission guidelines to be certain. With that in mind, you'll really want to nail down the aesthetic of the publication that you're submitting to and make sure that it matches the aesthetic of your website.
If you could describe your wedding as modern or organic, check out Junebug Weddings. If you had an amazing, unique setting for your nuptials, check out the international blog Magnolia Rouge. Don't forget about our amazing local publications like Weddingbells or Host Winnipeg, who love to feature the awesome vendors our city has to offer.
Another thing to note is that a publication might be more interested right off the bat if a photographer or wedding planner is making the submission, so check with yours to see if they're interested in submitting themselves.