» Share Event Photos on EventWire and Celebrations.com with RealEventPics!

Share Event Photos on EventWire and Celebrations.com with RealEventPics!

We hope you’ve checked out RealWeds.com, where you can submit real wedding photos for publication on WeddingWire and Project Wedding. But what about photos from all of those non-wedding events, from Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to birthday parties to baby showers, corporate events, and more?

We’ve just launched RealEventPics.com, where you can share your non-wedding event photos for editorial publication on either EventWire or our partner site, Celebrations.com! You can learn more about the submission process, upload your photos directly through the form, and share all the details of the event with us.

If you are selected for a feature, your work will be credited and we will link to your EventWire Storefront, and the Storefronts of all vendors who participated in the event. Being featured in editorial is a great opportunity for publicity for your business. Any questions? Email realevents@eventwire.com for more information!

» The Top Three “Can’t Miss” Components of a Real Wedding Submission

 

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It’s a simple fact that we as Wedding Professionals often fall in love with the weddings as much the brides do.  We get giddy over the favors and the place settings, and even find ourselves catching our breath upon the debut of “the” dress.

And when you’ve come across one that’s particularly fetching, your first inclination may be to compile your favorite images and send them along to a selected Editor for consideration for an upcoming feature. What many wedding professionals forget, however, is that it often takes far more than simply a handful of images to wow a wedding blog or magazine.

Below you’ll find some of the top can’t miss components of your next real wedding submission that you’ll want to consider before you hit “send”:

  1. The Rules:  Every media outlet is going to have its own definitive set of submission guidelines- from preferred image size to required information from the bride.  Take the time to review the rules for the given media outlet and follow them to a T.
  1. The Story: While the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is certainly true, it doesn’t hurt to move things along by sharing the couples’ story. When submitting a wedding, add a bit about the day itself—from favorite details and personal touches to what planning advice they’d share with others. The couples will appreciate the opportunity to be included in the process, and you’ll also be adding a new level of depth to your selected images.
  1. The Team: A well executed wedding is almost always the result of an extensive wedding team so now is the time to make sure everyone receives their well deserved kudos. When prepping a submission, be sure to include every Wedding Professional who participated in the big day—from the planner and the photographer to the hair and makeup artists and the entertainment.  Not only is it a great gesture, it also opens the door to allow you to contact the vendors should the wedding get featured.  Your colleagues may be just as excited as you are to promote any press, which will only increase exposure for your company.

Photo credit: Rob Garland Photographers

A fabulous wedding wins you over in an instance and it’s easy to let the excitement get the best of you. By taking just a bit more time to keep in mind the above components, you’re far more likely to see your name in lights.

As always, at WeddingWire, we encourage Pros to send favorite wedding submissions to the WeddingWire blog and real events to EventWire!

» New Customization for your Storefront

Is your business listed on EventWire and GayWeddings.com? We have launched exciting new updates for these sites, allowing for further online exposure and customization for your business on the services you offer.

Check out the new EventWire updates for paying members:

Customize your main image for the EventWire network! Either upload a new image from your computer, or select your favorite image from your photo gallery to best represent your business.

Provide your business overview in the “About Us” section! Provide a description of your business and event services specifically for EventWire to highlight your expertise in the event space.

Set unique images for the EventWire microsites! Create unique, tailored images for each of EventWire’s microsites that you would like to be listed on—BirthdayWire, BabyShowerWire, MitzvahWire and PromWire. Simply create photo albums on the microsite of your choice, and the first photo from your album will be showcased at your main image on each specific site.

For step by step details on editing your main images, the About Us section and creating albums, click here.

Also, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to show off your best work but submitting photos of your real events to Eventwire, and you could be featured on BirthdayWire, BabyShowerWire, MitzvahWire and PromWire!

Customize Your Business on GayWeddings.com:

Take advantage of being found by thousands of same-sex couples through listing your business on WeddingWire’s network partner site, GayWeddings.com. Now, within your WeddingWire account you are able to update your profile image to create a same-sex inclusive main image specifically for the GayWeddings.com directory. So, if you have an image which features a same-sex couple or an image inclusive of all couples, you can now set it as your main profile image for your listing on GayWeddings.com within your account!

Interested in being listed on GayWeddings.com? Learn how to update your setting today.

For more information on how to tailor your message to be inclusive of same-sex couples, read the latest Pro Blog post by Kathryn Hamm, President of GayWeddings.com.

» WeddingWire Update from the CEO

We are excited to announce that WeddingWire recently welcomed new investors to our company, while also strengthening our relationship with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO). Catalyst Investors (www.catalystinvestors.com), a New York-based private equity firm, acquired a stake in WeddingWire by purchasing MSLO’s minority stake in WeddingWire. At the same time, WeddingWire further developed its partnership with MSLO to continue to drive success for local businesses.

As you may recall, Martha Stewart Weddings became the first WeddingWire Network partner in 2008, and since then Brides.com, ProjectWedding.com, and Weddingbee.com have been added to the network. This year, we extended our partnership with MSLO. WeddingWire currently powers the local resources on MarthaStewartWeddings.com and will do so for years to come.

Moreover, we are thrilled to announce that their flagship site, MarthaStewart.com, has joined our brand new EventWire Network, set to roll out in the beginning of next year. We invite you to preview our new EventWire site at http://www.eventwire.com.

The sale of MSLO shares in WeddingWire to Catalyst Investors is separate from the partnership. We continue to have a very close partnership with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and are happy to have helped them realize a sizeable return on their investment in WeddingWire. Furthermore, we are excited to be working with Catalyst Investors to continue to grow WeddingWire in 2012 and beyond. They not only bring a wealth of experience, but also provide a broad array of resources that we will have access to. Catalyst Investors beat out several other investors for the opportunity to invest in WeddingWire.

Now for the important stuff: What does this mean for you? The short answer: More exposure for you on MSLO sites. Click here for the official press release.

On behalf of everyone at WeddingWire, we want to thank you for your continued support. I still cannot believe that we have only been operating for 5 years in the wedding industry. It seems just like yesterday that folks were showing up in my living room with the common goal of building a more direct marketplace for the wedding industry. Today, our staff of over 100 employees remains relentlessly committed to building the most effective, efficient platform to help you grow your business online. In these 5 years, WeddingWire has become the largest wedding network and continues to be one of the fastest growing resources for engaged couples and local Wedding Pros in the market. We are delighted that MSLO will continue to grow with us as part of the WeddingWire Network, and that we have a strong partner like Catalyst to help us continue to serve local businesses in the future.

Happy Holidays,

Timothy Chi
CEO
WeddingWire, Inc.