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, their wedding vendors (planners, photographers, brides), etc. To learn what we’re looking for, please read on.
How can I submit my wedding, or a wedding I worked on, for consideration for Charleston Weddings or The Wedding Row?
Whether you are a newlywed or a wedding professional, we’d love to consider any Lowcountry wedding for inclusion in the magazine and/or our website!
WEDDING STORY 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 contact information; a short description of the event--the theme, the look and feel, and favorite design elements and personal touches.
• 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 Editorial Director Melissa Bigner.
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 for a post.
Questions? Email Charleston Weddings Editor Melissa Bigner
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 We’d love to review any UNPUBLISHED Lowcountry wedding or wedding event for inclusion in the magazine, our website, our social media channels, and/or our blog, The Wedding Row.
WEDDING STORY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONALS
We are always looking for unique, visually cohesive, and idea-rich wedding ceremonies and receptions—and wedding rehearsal dinners or showers or brunches, too.
PLEASE NOTE: We kindly request that you don't submit stories elsewhere simultaneously as that creates a real muddle for all parties. Further, we ask that you don't publish imagery we've accepted for print, for our blog, The Wedding Row, or for our social media feeds elsewhere—including on other media outlet's social media feeds—during that six months. We pull imagery from all accepted stories to promote on all our platforms to expose your great work and each couple's wonderful story to as wide an audience as possible and oversaturating the market with the same content defeats that mission.
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);
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), or on our social media feeds. Please note as much in the submission.
STEP TWO: Check Out the Deadlines
Spring 2019 (weddings between February 2018-June 2018, or those with a spring-like feel since then)
DUE December 7, 2018, 5 p.m.
Summer 2019 (weddings between June 2018 and September 2018, or those with a summery feel since then)
DUE MARCH 1, 2019, 5 p.m.
Fall-Winter 2019 (weddings between September 2018-February 2019, or those with a fallish or wintry feel since then)
DUE July 2019, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) by 5 p.m. of 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 to get hard copy contact sheets for the images you linked to. Once the panel makes its decisions about 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.
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 as only locals can through these outlets and our related social media channels. 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 Editorial Director Melissa Bigner (email@example.com).
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 Editorial Director Melissa Bigner (firstname.lastname@example.org).