Your wedding is the biggest celebration of your unique love story – it’s a celebration of YOU! As you work through the planning process and see all the pieces start to come together, you will probably find yourself swooning over each and every detail. Your wheels may start turning with thoughts of having your wedding featured on your favorite bridal blog to showcase both your love and your big day.
It takes a lot of planning and a ton of creativity to develop a feature-worthy aesthetic. But luckily, it’s not an impossible task. By staying true to yourself and putting your own twist on the details and sentiments included in your day, your planning will naturally result in a wedding full of individuality and inspiration.
Above all else, wedding blogs look for weddings that are dripping with individuality and unique style. Often, brides believe that the secret to publication is a big budget and lots of glamour, but it’s not always about expensive, fancy affairs. Think instead of ways you can truly showcase your distinctive personal style and create a wedding that is full of character. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it has to be authentic.
While impersonation is the highest form of flattery, replicating ideas you have seen will affect your chances of your wedding being picked up for publication. You may have fallen in love with an archway or floral design or bridesmaids dress or any other detail previously featured on a blog. That’s great! Your goal is to tell your story, so use the inspiration you have seen and make it yours. When you’re aiming for authenticity, your spin can turn a beautiful idea into an unbelievably breathtaking one! Stand out – create details that are unique to you and your love story.
A great way to do this is to focus on the pieces of your day that can be tied to special traditions, special moments for you as a couple, or heirlooms from your family. If you own a gorgeous brooch from your grandmother, consider using it as your hairpiece, or create signature drinks based on the locations of key events in your relationship. Focus on telling your story with all of it’s funny, quirky, and outside-the-norm details. If you do, the originality will take care of itself!
When planning your wedding, working closely with your vendors and being open with them about your style can help keep your inspiration fresh and bring your vision to life. Collaboration is a great tool through the creative process, and bouncing ideas around with your vendors may help you find solutions you never would have thought of on your own. Trust their instincts and talents, and work together to interpret your direction, providing a bit of artistic freedom for the absolute best result. If your wedding is published, your vendor’s services will be featured. Be upfront about your intentions and be sure to credit their ideas when you submit. It’s a win-win for both of you!
When a planner knows you’re considering submitting your wedding to a blog, they will be able to provide a bit of extra guidance regarding the stand-out details you’re looking for. Your wedding planner can help you stay on track with your unique point of view, and will be able to pull inspiration from years of experience, knowledge of current trends, and awareness of the originality of your love story.
There are hundreds of blogs you can consider submitting your wedding to, and it’s important to carefully choose where you most want to be featured. Many sites require that you give them exclusive rights to the content you submit for a period of time as they pride themselves on featuring the true individuality you worked to hard to create. And don’t just hold yourself to the style giants! There are local and niche publications that may be looking for your exact aesthetic for their next feature. And since they receive fewer submissions, your wedding may be more likely to be selected. Ask your wedding planner if they have an idea of which blog best fits your wedding style, and choose to submit to the publication that reflects your unique style.
When you sit down to submit your wedding, you will find that the requirements may differ depending on which blog you choose to pursue. Take the time to read and understand those requirements, and take extra care to properly submit your content.
Your photographer will capture every single element of your day, and when you’re considering your submission, it’s important to showcase those details in your photos. Your goal in submitting is to choose the collection that tells the full story of your day (without exceeding the file submission limit). Your submission should be well-rounded and should include your preparation for the day, all of the little details, the overarching venue shot, the individual decor elements, the close-ups of the dress, your bridal portraits, and more.
Also, take care to write a detailed and well-worded description. While the site’s editors will likely rework what you submit, you need to ensure that the description you submit is enough to draw them in to look further at your event.
Lastly, it’s important to have the contact information and websites for as many of your vendors as possible. Wedding blogs like to credit information back to original sources, and, especially on the topic of photography, may have to credit the artist for copyright purposes.
Being recognized for having a stand-out wedding is something that most brides only dream about and to be featured for your individuality, style, and love on a reputable blog takes a lot of careful planning. Follow these steps and always make the choice that tells the most authentic version of your story.