Are you the kind of bride that stalks Wedding Blogs, Pinterest, and Instagram? I know I was when I was planning my wedding. There's so much gorgeous inspiration out there. If you're interested in your wedding being one of those featured, we need to talk! I love working with brides who are interested in having their wedding published!!!
There are so many wedding blogs out there that I'm sure there's one right for your dream wedding. But, as you're planning your dream day, there's some things you can do to add to the likeliness of getting published or featured.
1. Be Unique.
This is probably the most important point in this post. Publishers are looking for a unique viewpoint, style, or trend. It doesn't mean you need to reinvent the wheel, but having those special touches that publishers don't see everyday helps them remember your wedding. They get so many submissions a day that they want your wedding to stand out. A couple years ago it was all mason jars and burlap. This year there's tons of greenery. That's fine if that's your style, but put your own twist on it. Don't ask your designers to copy a design off Pinterest that's already been shared 1000s of times. Tell them what you like about it and work with them to make that trend special to you.
2. Choose a strong photographer
Having a talented photographer is so important for your wedding day memories anyway. But, if you want your wedding to be published, it's one of the best things you can do. Look at the blogs that you'd love to be featured in and consider finding a photographer that shares that style. For example, Style Me Pretty tends to be light, bright and airy. Green Wedding Shoes tends to be a little more edgy and dark. Choose your photographer style based on your taste, because regardless of the blog trend, those pictures will be yours forever. Blogs aren't going to publish photos that aren't up to their standards in posing or detail shots or composition.
Talk to your photographer when you hire them about submitting to blogs. Have they been featured before? Would they submit the wedding for you? Always get permission before submitting your wedding yourself. Very rarely is the bride the actual person that will submit the work. Your photographer or planner will have a lot of knowledge and will be so helpful if they know you're hoping to be featured during the planning process. Also, let them know that you want to be published so they can make sure to shoot lots of detail shots, which blogs tend to look for.
3. It's in the Details
Similar to being unique, plan a lot of details for your wedding. And, have meaning behind them. Choose things that are important to you as a couple and make sure that information is passed on to whoever submits the wedding. Keep your wedding cohesive. Keep the colors cohesive. Keep your designs cohesive from Save the Dates to Invitations to Menus. If you're having a formal ballroom wedding, don't have your bridesmaids in cowboy boots (unless you have a really unique story). Make a list with your photographer of all the details they need to capture.
4. Submit right and to the right places
Submit your wedding based on it's style. Don't go crazy and submit (or ask your photographer or planner to submit) to every single blog or magazine. Plan out your top 3 before your wedding. Read those blogs and ask your planner and photographer read those blogs. You'll know exactly what they're looking for. Submitting to a blog just to submit something tends to rub the blog owner the wrong way. They spend so much time curating their blog that they're not going to want to work with you if you're not familiar with the work they feature.
Find out if a blog is exclusive. If so, you can't be published in multiple blogs. Submit to your top choice first if they're exclusive before sending it out to other publishers. Make sure you're following all the rules for submissions. Most of the time asking your photographer or planner to submit is the easiest way to go about the process.
5. Be Patient and Try Again
It can seem like forever after you submit. Don't email your photographer wanting to know if they've heard back. They'll let you know as soon as they hear. If you submitted the wedding, don't email the blog again, at least for a couple of weeks. They're getting so many submissions that someone following up can be annoying.
And try again. If you're turned down for publications, try again. There are so many options out there.
Not every wedding is right to be published. Remember, it's your day and you married the love of your life, so even if it doesn't fit on blog, you still get to live happily ever after. But if it's something you're interested in, follow these steps. Talk to your planner and photographer early. They've most likely been published before and know some tips and tricks to help you add to your wedding.
Are you a bride located in Omaha, Nebraska dreaming of being published or featured? Let's talk! I'd love to help you plan your big day!