Brides, grooms, and wedding professionals, we welcome your Lowcountry wedding submissions for consideration for Charleston Weddings. Please read on for information and FAQs, as the process is slightly different for couples versus wedding professionals. We are currently accepting submissions for our Summer 2023 edition. The deadline to submit is March 1, 2023.
WEDDING SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR COUPLES
We look for unique, visually cohesive, and idea-rich wedding ceremonies and receptions--and wedding rehearsal dinners or showers or brunches, too.
• Please send a brief write-up of the wedding, including the location and date; names of the bride and groom; their contact information; key vendor names and their websites; a short description of the event--the theme, the look and feel, and favorite design elements and personal touches. We'd also like to know about any elements you think might serve to inspire other future brides and grooms.
• Please send a link to a gallery of photographs from the wedding, too, for our editors to review. 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. Ideally, links include a folder of select images, not the thousands of shots given to the couple by a photographer.
• Email your submission to Charleston Weddings Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you choose weddings?
We narrow down submissions based on quality of photography, unique design ideas, and balance of look, locations, and feel. The tough thing is that a lot of submitted weddings have wonderful ideas, but oftentimes the images don’t capture those in print-quality imagery, or via enough images.
Do you send photographers out to cover weddings?
We’d love to, but we simply don’t have the staff to do so. Instead, we typically get wedding photography after the Big Day from couples, their families, and their wedding vendors (planners, photographers, venues).
Questions? Email Charleston Weddings Editor at email@example.com.
WEDDING SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONALS
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 We’d love to review any UNPUBLISHED Lowcountry wedding or wedding event for inclusion in the magazine, our website, our social media channels, and/or our blog, The Wedding Row. We are always looking for unique, visually cohesive, and idea-rich wedding ceremonies and receptions—and wedding rehearsal dinners or showers or brunches, too.
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).
4) Ensure the wedding took place in the greater Lowcountry area (anywhere from Hilton Head to Myrtle Beach).
STEP TWO: Check Out the Deadlines
Summer 2023 (weddings between June and September 2022).
DUE March 1, 2023
STEP THREE: Make a Link
Please create an online gallery (or link to an online gallery folder for Charleston Weddings). For consideration, we're looking for roughly 50 to 100 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.
Please note: 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. Consider those savvy details that will serve to inspire other future brides. We're also 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. We're especially interested any inspiring 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org by the dates noted above.
STEP SIX: We Notify You
If we select your wedding to be reviewed by the pick panel, 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. We'll work with you to gather any additional details or access to high resolution imagery.
STEP SEVEN: You're Published
Once your wedding has been published (in print and/or online), you may request a PDF copy of the story and the cover.
STYLED SHOOTS AND OTHER SUBMISSIONS
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 Editor at email@example.com.
HOW WEDDINGS ARE CHOSEN FOR THE WEDDING ROW BLOG
Weddings with great ideas and standout photography that are submitted for print but cannot fit in the pages of Charleston Weddings magazine are shared with our blog, The Wedding Row. Further, The Wedding Row works with Two Bright Lights to review potential submissions. For more information, visit theweddingrow.com/submit or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We at Charleston Weddings and TheWeddingRow cover Charleston and the greater Lowcountry. To ensure that we are serving our readers well by bringing them fresh material, we prefer to publish weddings and wedding-related events and content that have 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 Editor at email@example.com.