Was your big day so incredible, you want to share it with the world? We don’t blame you.
If you’re itching to have your wedding featured, either as a bride-to-be or a new Mrs., you’re in luck. Here are some insider tips that just might help you get your wedding featured in a magazine, blog, or website.
Images are everything when it comes to getting your wedding featured. In order to have the highest resolution and best-quality images, you’ll need to ensure you hire the right photographer. It’s best to mention your desire to have your wedding featured prior to hiring anyone, so be sure to ask the photographer if she has any past published experience or clippings in her portfolio. Does she have contacts and relationships with publications and editors? It’s also imperative to inquire about her policies and procedures to getting featured. The more prepared you are, the higher your chances.
It’s all in the details. Unique, creative, and stylish details are what makes a wedding stand out or pop, and it’s your time to set your wedding apart from everyone else’s. Just be careful not to go overboard, and stay true to your own style. Planning your decor and ideas through the lens of being detail-oriented often has a big payoff in images and the overall vibes of your wedding.
Keep in mind that every publication outlet and blog has its own unique style and vibe. Do your research to know what makes each place tick, as well as its preferences. Examine weddings that have been previously featured, and get a true understanding of what it may be looking for. You can save time this way by not submitting your modern wedding images to a vintage-minded blog, or images from a more intimate affair to a luxury magazine.
While researching, though, it’s important to not “copy and paste,” so to speak. Your wedding should be just that: your wedding—not an exact replica of something that has already been done.
Almost as important as the photos is the tale of your wedding day, beginning with your love story. Many times, publications will ask you to fill out questionnaires and write a narrative about anything from how you met to your vision for your big day, your engagement story, and more. Take your time in responding to these and respond with detail and emotion. The better you tell your story, the better your chances will be.
Depending on the publication and outlet you’re hoping to be featured in, there are legal issues and restraints. Depending on the agreement and/or package you have purchased through your photographer, both you, your spouse, and the photographer responsible for your images will most likely have to agree and sign releases for the images to be published. Be sure that you fully understand the submission protocols for each publication and outlet, and if you have any questions—ask!
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