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Wedding Submission Guidelines

Thanks for considering us for placing your event! We’d love to review any UNPUBLISHED Lowcountry wedding or wedding event  for inclusion in the magazine, our website, or our blog, TheWeddingRow.


We are always looking for unique, visually cohesive, and idea-rich wedding ceremonies and receptions—and wedding rehearsal dinners or showers or brunches, too.

NEW: We kindly request that you don't submit these stories elsewhere simultaneously and that you don't publish them elsewhere unless the issue in which they appear is off newsstands. Thanks! 

STEP ONE: Fulfill the Requirements
1) Get the couple's permission;
2) Meets the date requirements below;
3) Make sure the event is previously unpublished in print or online (other than on the photographer's or planner's sites; please see the exclusivity note below);
4) Ensure the wedding took place in the greater Lowcountry area (anywhere from Hilton Head to Myrtle Beach);
5) Find out whether the couple wants to be in Announcements or online at or on our blog, TheWeddingRow, if we are not able to fit them in the print magazine (and please share this in your submission).


STEP TWO: Check Out the Deadlines

Summer 2018 (weddings between May 2017 and September 2017, or those with a summery feel since then)
DUE MARCH 20, 2018, 5 p.m.


Fall-Winter 2018 (weddings between September 2017-February 2018, or those with a fallish or wintry feel since then)
DUE July 6, 2018, 5 p.m.


Spring 2019  (weddings between February 2018-May 2018, or those with a spring-like feel since then)
DUE September 21, 2017, 5 p.m.


STEP THREE: Make a Link*
Please create an online gallery (or link to an online gallery folder for Charleston Weddings) of 200 or so professional low-resolution (72 dpi) photographs that best illustrate the event, i.e. the location with guests present, the couple, their family, the food, cake, flowers, special details, etc.
DETAILS make a story, as we’re looking to give readers ideas. While we feature families, we must showcase reception and ceremony décor and details for readers. We're more interested in party shots than we are in portraits as a service to the readers, so please share images with that in mind.

STEP FOUR: Write a Few Words
Please compose a brief write-up of the wedding, including the location and date; full names of the bride and groom; their contact information; key vendor names (venue, photographer, planner, cake, florals, decor, fashion, hair and makeup, stationery) and contact information; a short description of the event--the theme, the look and feel, and favorite design elements and personal touches. INCLUDE A LINK with passwords to any larger online galleries.

STEP FIVE: E-mail us!
Please e-mail your link and write-up, sending a separate e-mail for each wedding submitted with subject headers inlcuding YOUR COMPANY NAME, SUBMISSION, COUPLE'S LAST NAMES to Charleston Weddings Editor Melissa Bigner ( as well as by 5 p.m. of the dates noted above. Hard copy submissions are due in the office by that date. 

STEP SIX: We Notify You
If we select your wedding to be reviewed by the pick panel, we'll contact you to get hard copy contact sheets for the images you linked to. Once the panel makes its decisions for what can work in the magazine, we'll contact you and the couple. At this stage, we'll let you know if we're opting for a print or online story.

STEP SEVEN: You're Published
Once your wedding has been published (in print and/or online), we will send you a PDF copy of the story and the cover, plus a link to the online version or post.


* Prefer to submit hard copy? Please include a write-up, CD of 100 or so Low-Res images (72 dpi) and CONTACT SHEETS of those images, along with a link to a full online gallery (with passwords) in your submission. Simply place those in a folder and have it to us by 5 p.m. by the dates above. Mail or drop off to Melissa Bigner, Charleston Wedding Submissions, 782 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. Questions? E-mail



We at Charleston Weddings solicit Lowcountry wedding vendors, our followers, and subscribers three times a year asking for their best photos of Lowcountry weddings and wedding-related events. (We’re always adding vendors to that list, so pass on any new people we need to include!) We get scores and scores of events this way, and narrow down the Charleston Weddings magazine real-life wedding events based on quality of photography, unique design ideas, and balance of look, locations, and feel. The tough thing is that a lot of submitted events have wonderful ideas, but oftentimes the images don’t capture those in print-quality imagery, or in enough images. There’s a lot of competition, too, as we get hundreds of submissions for a mere handful of slots in the magazine. We also have to balance locations, colors, and more.

Once the events have been sorted, we gather a review board from Charleston Weddings, Charleston magazine’s editorial and art staffs, as well as those from our blog, TheWeddingRow, to pick the events we’ll feature in our print. The board make selections based on imagery and coverage balance.

In addition to printed events, we run a wide range of weddings, inspiration shoots, and portrait sessions online and on our blog. Couples: If you want your planner or photographer to submit your wedding, tell them! Otherwise feel free to share it with us on your own.Questions? E-mail Charleston Weddings Editorial Director Melissa Bigner (



Weddings with similarly great ideas and standout photography that are submitted to the magazine but cannot fit in the pages of Charleston Weddings magazine, are shared with our blog, TheWeddingRow. Further, TheWeddingRow works with Two Bright Lights to review potential submissions. For more information, visit TheWeddingRow or e-mail Catherine Lowe (



While we at Charleston Weddings and TheWeddingRow cover Charleston and the greater Lowcountry as only locals can, there are other regional publications that often include this terrific area and events here on their pages and sites, too. To ensure that we are serving our readers well by bringing them fresh material, we prefer to publish weddings and wedding-related event and content that has not been published elsewhere. If an event has been published, but there are lots of shots that never were published, we'd be happy to take a look at the piece. Questions? Please contact Charleston Weddings Editorial Director Melissa Bigner (



We are interested in seeing any styled inspiration shoots (with real couples, models, or no couples!), bridal portraits, engagement sessions, bridal luncheons, showers, and more that occurred here in the Lowcountry (the Greater Charleston Area, from Myrtle Beach down to Hilton Head and as far inland as Goose Creek and Summerville)! Please see the above submission guidelines, and contact Charleston Weddings Editorial Director Melissa Bigner (