Wedding goals, y'all! While some brides simply aspire to have the big day of their dreams, other brides hope that that dream wedding of theirs gets featured in their favorite bridal magazine (BRIDES, duh!). So what exactly makes for a magazine-worthy wedding? We consulted a few of our favorite planners, who've had their fair share of weddings published, to find out.
All magazine-worthy weddings have them, according to Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner. "They're not necessarily the most glamorous weddings or the ones that have the highest budget or those that belong to society brides and grooms, but they do all show individuality and personality," she notes. The simple elements just scream "that couple", and it's these little touches that make a featured wedding so special and personal, adds wedding planner and founder of Pretty Pear Bride, Shafonne Myers.
"As a magazine editor I always look for a wedding with amazing style," says Myers. This includes the couple as well as the wedding. "The couple should be dressed to the nines with a style and flow that goes perfectly with their wedding." And it goes without saying that the dress and tux should really impress too!
3. Attention to detail
And most importantly, unique details that pop right off the page, points out Sasha Vasilyuk, Founder & CEO of I DO PR. "Whether it's a fresh color combination, unusual favors that reflect the couple's personalities or flowers that seem to have a life of their own, every magazine-worthy wedding is one that stands out from the sea of sameness." We couldn't agree more!
4. An epic love story
Weddings that get featured undoubtedly have one thing in common: they all have a signature statement and a voice, and a million words can be said with a single picture, describes Ani Keshishian, Creative Director of Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering and L.A. Banquets. "Magazines want to make sure that they can tell your story so it's important to have a clear voice and a theme that stands out (more on that below)."
5. Something new and inspiring
It's got to be different or it won't do! As event planner Kristine Cholakian Cooke, owner of Simply Charming Socials, puts it, magazine features are meant to inspire brides and designers to create something new and one-of-a-kind. "So those cascading floral walls, unbelievable hanging installations, or super rad lounges will each act as a jumping off point for an even better, more individualized final product at the event." You can't just copy another wedding off Pinterest and expect it to get published.
6. A killer photographer
You can't have a magazine-worthy wedding unless you have a top-notch photographer, duh! A seasoned photographer knows his angles and light and works with the couple and their surroundings creatively, explains Florida Keys wedding planner Lynn D'Ascanio of D'Asigner Events. "Professional photographers will also understand what a publication is looking for and will make sure to include it in their shots." Hiring an amateur can completely ruin your shot at getting published (pun intended!).