Photo by Caitlin Abrams
We just made our Real Wedding selects for the next issue of Weddings, so local couples and their big days are on my mind. This batch was particularly tricky to make our decision because we had so many phenomenal weddings submitted to us for consideration! One of my favorite parts of this job is perusing through all the submissions to find the perfect mix of weddings for our next issue, but that is easier said than done. We have to take into consideration a variety of different aspects, such as the venues, photographers, color palettes, decor, and so much more. Before you submit your wedding to our magazine—which you absolutely should do right here—here's my advice on how to create the perfect submission.
1. Details, details, details.
If you look at the features in our magazine, the majority of the pictures are of details. We want to share your ideas with our readers, and though the pictures of you with your wedding party and family members are certainly wonderful framers, that's not what we're looking to publish. So, when you put together your submission (we ask for a link to 50 images), make sure the majority of the photos are of the amazing details that you put so much energy into making perfect.
2. Different is good.
Current trends in the wedding industry are reflected in the submissions we get, naturally. Pale pink bridesmaid dresses were very popular last year, but keep in mind that we'll likely only print one wedding that has that look and feel. Now, I'm not telling you to cater your wedding to be magazine-worthy; rather, think about what really defines your style and make sure your wedding reflects that. We want to share your story with our readers and give our audience unique ways to do that with their own weddings.
3. Pick a publication.
We require exclusivity locally, so if you want to be considered for our magazine, we ask that you not submit to other local publications. Be sure to have this conversation with your photographer, too, since they sometimes submit on your behalf.
4. Make sure the link doesn't expire.
Because we accept submissions on an ongoing basis and make our selections twice a year—typically in March and September—it sometimes takes awhile for us to review. If you're asking your photographer to send us a link to images or you put together a dropbox link, make sure it doesn't expire after 30 days. We'll get to it, I promise.
5. Actually submit your wedding!
Following the chaos of the wedding and then honeymoon bliss and thank you note madness, couples lose track of their submission. Don't forget! We're always looking for fun weddings to feature, whether it be on our site or in our magazine, so be sure to send it our way!