Getting Your Wedding Published – Tips For Being Featured

12/16/2020

Let’s talk about getting your wedding published. Imagine getting your wedding featured in a publication like Martha Stewart Weddings. Wouldn’t that be an absolute dream come true?! 

That dream became a reality for Maggie & Jeremy

We met Maggie and her family through a mutual friend. Maggie’s authentic energy and excitement were infectious, her vision clear and unique. The moment we met Maggie, we knew we were collectively going to create a one-of-a-kind-event. Getting your wedding published means going the extra mile as far as organization goes. However, it’s so worth it if you get featured.

A One-of-a-Kind Event

Maggie and Jeremy’s wedding took place in the Mango Grove at Flora Farms. The orange, navy, and white color palette featured an impressive ombre garland that stretched the length of the head table and cascaded down to the ground. 

The flowers by Pina were undoubtedly a highlight of the day, but it was also the thoughtful touches and details, provided by the bride and each vendor, that really brought everything together and made it a stand-out event. 

Custom wedding art by Riley Sheehey was incorporated in the signage and prints for the wedding day and used throughout the entire weekend. 

“My bridesmaids joked with me that there wasn’t anything that I didn’t put the print on. I made koozies, cocktail napkins, corn hole boards, golf towels, playing cards, wrapping paper…the list goes on.” 

Intricate details all help when getting your wedding published

Maggie purchased chic, blue Hermes ties for the groom and groomsmen which were wrapped in matching custom gift paper. Delightful details like these all help towards the ultimate goal of getting published!

Gifts & Groomsmen - highlights of getting your wedding published

Find Your Audience 

With all these unique details, we knew that this wedding was going to be inspirational for other brides-to-be. We set about exploring all the popular wedding blogs and magazines whose readers were in search of ideas for their very own dream wedding. 

Decide where you want to be featured and who you want to inspire. Then you’re well on your way to #step one of getting your wedding published!

The moment we received the photos, it was submission time!

Be Prepared To Have Your Wedding Published

Editors are constantly seeking fresh content, so we worked with Maggie on personalizing her story. We had Maggie’s completed questionnaire on-hand for fast submission. In order to really make their wedding stand out from the other submissions, Maggie detailed the story of how she and Jeremy first met. 

She also included her wedding planning journey, the details of their intimate wedding day filled with loving surprises (a beautiful bracelet from her parents and a private love note written from the groom, placed on the bottom of her Jimmy Choo shoes!). Maggie made sure to include funny memories like ‘The Socks Fiasco.’

“On Wednesday afternoon it was brought to my attention the half the boys had forgotten their socks. Jeremy frantically ran out and ended up at Walmart, FaceTiming me to make sure the socks could work. Still such a funny memory.” 

“The morning of our wedding, Jeremy wrote a message on the bottom of one shoe and told me not to look until I was putting them on later that day,” Maggie says. “I cried!”  

private love note - beautiful detail for getting your wedding published

“I did a first look with my dad, and it was so special. He and my mom gifted me a custom pearl and diamond bracelet from Devan Collection, and I was in complete shock.”

include every detail when getting your wedding published

Include Every Last Detail

At the bottom of Maggie’s questionnaire was a detailed list of all the vendors and suppliers, along with their respective websites and handles. Publications ensure everyone involved is properly recognized and credited. Include everyone involved in your wedding day.

We were elated to receive official word that Maggie & Jeremy’s wedding was going to be featured (we may have even jumped up and down a little 😉).

Sharing the exciting news with Maggie was a surreal moment. The collective planning and design efforts were ready to be shared with the world!  

How to Submit 

  1. Talk to your wedding planner and photographer to see what publication they recommend for you based on the wedding decor and photography style. Blogs and magazines are like people. Each publications has its own unique style and requirements. Finding the right fit for you is key.
  2. Keep a detailed list of all your vendors (dresses, suits, shoes, jewelry, invitations, rentals, entertainment, etc.).
  3. Write down the details of your wedding weekend while they are fresh in your mind.

Why did you pick these venues?

What did you most love about it/them?

Describe your vision for the wedding?

What was the planning process like?

4. Check submission details on the websites, blogs, and/or publications you are most interested in. If you have a wedding planner, they can assist you with the submission process. Your photographer may be willing to assist with this too. 

5. Prepare to wait post-submission. Be patient. And most importantly, hold back the urge to post every photo from your wedding on social media beforehand. Waiting is hard but so worth it when the first glimpse of your wedding is on the blog or the magazine of your dreams. 

6. Once your wedding is selected and the blog/magazine is live, SHARE SHARE SHARE! Post on all your social media outlets, tag & hashtag away! Let’s face it, you put your heart and soul into your big day, so be proud! You were once inspired by all the real weddings you found on blogs and in magazines. Now, it’s your time to pay it forward and enjoy the spotlight!  

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XOXO

Lauren Lemke

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