So you’re planning your wedding and swooning daily over beautiful venues, attire, flowers, and all of the other things that make up a magazine worthy wedding. And now you’re wondering, “how do I get my wedding published?” While there is no fool proof formula to getting your soiree published by your favorite blog or wedding magazine, there are some things you can do to greatly increase your chances.
Get Your Photographer on Board
Making sure that your photographer is on board with your plan for publication is key! They will need to be prepared with plenty of extra time to style and photograph your big day. If possible, involve them in the time line process and make sure that they are comfortable being published as well. This is important since most publications will need permission from the photographer to use images from your wedding, and most likely it will be your photographer that is submitting those images along with a list of your vendors. If being featured is important to you, bring this up in your consultation before booking a photographer. You’ll need to work as a team on this. Make sure you ask your photographer what they need to be successful and don’t forget to supply them with a full list of vendors, designers, suppliers, and professionals that participate in your wedding.
Ready your Details
One of the things that you may have noticed about those gorgeous wedding features on your favorite planning blogs and magazines is they are detail heavy. Paying special attention to even the smallest details will help you stand out among other submissions. Editors LOVE lavish details. Make sure you have a invitation suite that has all of the coordinating components and it won’t hurt to have a beautiful liner, stamps, and a lettered outer envelope as well. Lavish details don’t necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune either. You can have a gorgeous magazine worthy affair and still have dough for the honeymoon if your follow rule# 1
Pick a Concept, Make It Yours, and Stick To It
Its important to choose a concept for your wedding early on, but equally important is making that concept personal to you. Editors of these blogs and magazines are on the hunt for new content for their readers, not the same ole same ole. Think about what things you love. Is it a specific color pallet? A design element? Or maybe its a holiday? Your inspiration can come from anywhere, the important thing is that you find a way to make it uniquely yours and that the concept is clear in every aspect of your wedding. From the venue, to the attire, to the food, to the invite.
Include a WOW factor
Publishers love to see a wow factor. Something that totally sets your wedding apart. In my opinion this should be a fun element that makes people want your wedding. If its interactive even better. I’m partial to Lil Photo Bus, but there are tons of fun elements that bring down the formality of your wedding, are interactive for guests, and can reflect your fun side. Food trucks at the reception, silhouette or caricature artists making favors for guests, or maybe a cameo by your alma mater’s mascot. There are tons of ways to add some wow and really, the sky is the limit here.
Prepare Your Patience
This, my friends, might be the hardest part. You’ve just pulled off an epic wedding and you know that it was an affair that would make even Martha Stewart green with envy. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but this is where the hurry up and wait game begins. If you’ve followed all of these rules, there is no doubt that your photographer will be excited to edit and find a publication home for your images. But that process can take a while. Your photographer, undoubtedly has other weddings and sessions in their cue, and the task of preparing a submission is a task in itself. Once your photographer has found a home for your special day, be prepared to wait up to six months to actually see that publication. Editors fill their calendars months in advance, so your September wedding may not be published till March. This can be frustrating, because during the wait, you may be limited to how you share your images on the web. But stay the course, it will be worth it.