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How to get your wedding published, Get wedding published, Tips from a published photographer

Get your wedding published

…Your wedding day is the by far one of the best days of your life! Weddings are such a gift from God and that is just the beginning of the amazing life you have to share together in marriage.

While it’s not the important thing to focus on, it’s still exciting to have your wedding published because you get to share your day and vision with other brides to be. As a photographer who has been published in countless publications including The Knot, Brides magazine, New Jersey Bride magazine, WellWed magazine, Manhattan Bride magazine, 201 Bride magazine, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Southern Bride, Ruffled Blog and more, I’ve noticed some patterns in what Editors seem to like to showcase in their magazines. And I’m excited to share with you some tips below:)

How to get your wedding *PUBLISHED*



The below wedding from Merion Tribute House, will be published on Style Me Pretty in March:)The couple, Jenna and Eric, had an amazing floral and event designer Reverie Events. Reverie created very unique bouquets which looked amazing and had a very editorial look that was outside of the box. A professional event designer will also have unique editorial ideas as they know what Editors look for in photos. 



I first noticed this when I submitted a fall wedding and when I followed up with the Editor, they said they were going through other weddings with a similar color scheme to choose the best out of that specific color. I realized that a magazine can’t publish five weddings that all have the same colors. Below is a wedding I photographed in Hoboken, NJ that was published in The Knot. Notice her color combination is very unique. Besides that fact that this wedding was amazing, I think the magazine may have been drawn to these unique colors.


Wedding color combinations

Click here for an article I wrote on wedding color combinations.


Emotions and excitement in photos… The best way to show emotion in photos, is to really trust your photographer. Look for hiring a photographer whose work you really love and who you would be comfortable around. As a photographer, I include a complimentary engagement photo shoot with the majority of my packages because I love to work with couples prior to their wedding. It makes the wedding day really go smoother because we have worked together and you’re going to be more comfortable to show emotion around someone you know and trust:)The bellow wedding at Mallard Island Yacht Club, was published in Manhattan Bride magazine.

Mallard island wedding


The wedding below, published in 201 bride magazine, incorporated the cutest details in every aspect of their wedding. From the unique multi colored ombre cake, to the fun and personalized cake topper, to the bright colors. A great place, as many people know, to find unique details is Etsy. Try searching unique words such as “Rustic wedding”, “Ombre wedding”, “Birch Wedding”, “Unique wedding” etc…


Here are some Unique wedding details I found while quickly searching on Etsy:)


Best day ever cake topper, White and gold frames, Balloon cake topper, Floral wreath for hair, dried flower boutonnieres,  Key name cards, Chalk escort cards, Edible butterflies for cake, hanging orb decor, Mr. and Mrs. dice, Thanks Ya’ll sign, Rose gold sparkle wedding gown, gold wedding frame, marquee lights.


Lighting is important! This Laurita Winery wedding below which was published on Style Me Pretty, was absolutely gorgeous! On top of the amazing details, their wedding also had a ceremony before sunset, and afterwards, we got to take some backlit images for a really soft and romantic touch. This is called “Golden hour” lighting and is usually a photographers favorite light to photograph. It gives the photos a romantic and ethereal quality.

Laurita Winery Wedding.


Tips from The Knot Editor… I reached out to the amazing Knot Editor Rebecca C. for more tips on getting published and what they look for in a wedding.

FROM THE EDITOR…. “Make sure your colors coordinate between your stationery, linens, florals, and other accents. A bouquet of peonies is gorgeous and classic, but we’ve seen it a million times! We love a unique blend of blooms, gorgeous cakes, aspirational venues, and other ways you came up with an idea that’s never been seen before (or a new twist on an old classic).
We also love photos that feel like a real moment and not overly contrived. Every photographer is unique, but each magazine will also have their own style that they want to be consistent. For The Knot, we want to see sophisticated and elegant weddings that feel modern and current. We ask ourselves, “Could this wedding have been from five years ago?” If the answer is yes, then the answer to print is no.”

Here is an amazing article The Knot Editor wrote, which has 20 shots not to miss


Helpful links on how to submit your wedding

Click here for the direct link to submit your wedding to The Knot

Click here for the direct link to submit your wedding to Style Me Pretty

Have your photographer use Two Bright Lights, which has helped 40,000 photo shoots including weddings, to be published.

Other unique ideas

Contact the editors from Buzzfeed via twitter, and ask them to check out your wedding:)

E-mail photo editors from your favorite magazines (hint: they are listed in the front section of the magazine)









Carla Groves - These are great tips! I have just launched a self-publishing wedding website where brides, grooms and suppliers can publish or showcase their wedding or business for free. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to do-it-themselves or hasn’t been accepted via publication. Take a look at the new wedding platform – Wedding Vault: You can publish your wedding here: Enjoy!