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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 We’d love to review any UNPUBLISHED Lowcountry wedding or wedding event for inclusion in the magazine, our website, or our blog, TheWeddingRow.
WEDDING STORY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
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3) Make sure the event is previously unpublished in print or online (other than on the photographer's or planner's sites; please see the exclusivity note below);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 CharlestonWeddingsMag.com 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 2015 (weddings between May 2014 and September 2014, or those with a summery feel since then)
DUE MARCH 18, 2014, 5 p.m.
Fall-Winter 2015 (weddings between September 2014-February 2015, or those with a fallish or wintry feel since then)
DUE June 12, 2015, 5 p.m.
Spring 2015 (weddings between February 2015-May 2015, or those with a spring-like feel since then)
DUE OCTOBER 9, 2015, 5 p.m.
STEP THREE: Make a Link*
Please create an online gallery (or link to an online gallery folder for Charleston Weddings) of 70 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--send a separate e-mail for each wedding submitted-- with a subject header inlcuding YOUR COMPANY NAME, SUBMISSION, COUPLE'S LAST NAMES to Charleston Weddings Editor Melissa Bigner (email@example.com) 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 70-some Low-Res images (72 dpi) and CONTACT SHEETS of those images, along with a printed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW WEDDINGS & WEDDING-RELATED EVENTS ARE CHOSEN FOR CHARLESTON WEDDINGS MAGAZINE & CHARLESTONWEDDINGSMAG.COM
We at Charleston Weddings contact more than 250 Lowcountry wedding vendors 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 theCharleston 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 has no idea who the couples are, who the planners are, or other details; they make selections based on imagery alone.
To try and include a broader range of weddings, and more weddings, we’re now running smaller real-life wedding galleries online; more short, real-life wedding stories in the magazine; and we're looking to include inspiration boards 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 (email@example.com).
HOW WEDDINGS ARE CHOSEN FOR THE WEDDING ROW
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 Andraya Northrup (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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. Questions? Please contact Charleston Weddings Editorial Director Melissa Bigner (email@example.com) or Director of Development, Weddings Division, Della MacNicholas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
STYLED SHOOTS AND OTHER SUBMISSIONS
We are interested in seeing any styled inspiration shoots (real couples or "faux" couples 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 (email@example.com).