» Common Mistakes in Real Wedding Submissions

Kim Forrest is one of WeddingWire’s editors. She manages content creation on both WeddingWire and EventWire. Kim has been writing about weddings for nearly a decade, and has been quoted as a weddings expert in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and more.

The editorial team and I peruse dozens of real wedding submissions each and every day and often encounter issues that make photos – even those of clearly beautiful weddings – difficult or impossible for us to publish. Here are some of the most common “mistakes” that we wanted to share to hopefully help make your submissions stronger and rack up those publication credits.

Just a note before we get started – these are just some common themes and I speak only from my experience at publications I have worked for. All publications are different, so be sure to read their specific instructions before sending along a submission (here are our guidelines for WeddingWire and Project Wedding, in case you’re interested).

Common Mistakes in Real Wedding SubmissionsMistake #1: Too Many Black & White Images
Yes, black & white photography is classic, artistic, and frequently stunning. However, a blog wants to show a wedding’s color scheme to help inspire its readers. So while a few carefully chosen black & white images can be a lovely addition to a submission, keep the majority of your images in color.

Mistake #2: Not Enough Details
Again, a real wedding is all about inspiring readers – and readers want to see details, and lots of them! Send photos of the cake, the floral arrangements, the escort cards, the favors, and on and on. Blogs can only show a few couple portraits, so put the focus of your submission on the details – and make sure they are photographed clearly, individually, and straight-on.

Mistake #3: No Solo Shots
All too frequently, we receive real weddings that only feature photos of the couple together with no images of a bride and/or groom solo. Readers want to be inspired by a bride’s hair or makeup, or a groom’s style – so be sure to include solo shots (as well as close-ups of hairstyles for the brides) in your submission.

Mistake #4: Too Many Horizontal Photos
Publications need to receive a mix of horizontal and vertical photos to create a visually-appealing layout. Vertical images also look and perform better on Pinterest, which is a major source of traffic for most sites.

Mistake #5: Night Photos
If you’re photographing details, try to get photos during the day rather than at night. It’s so important for details to be well-lit in order to capture the interest of readers. Continue reading

» Introducing…The New Project Wedding

Kim Forrest is one of WeddingWire’s editors. She manages content creation on both WeddingWire and EventWire. Kim has been writing about weddings for nearly a decade, and has been quoted as a weddings expert in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and more.

For many months, we have been hard at work redesigning and revamping WeddingWire’s sister site, Project Wedding – and we are so excited to present the new and improved Project Wedding to you!

Project Wedding is a one stop shop for discovering, collecting, and sharing wedding inspiration. From real wedding photos to DIY projects, wedding dresses to décor, and lots more, Project Wedding is all about helping couples create their wedding vision. Project Wedding members can browse through thousands of inspiring wedding photos and ideas, easily create inspiration boards, and then share those boards with family, friends, and wedding professionals (like you!) to gain feedback. Members can also follow users that inspire them, including fellow Project Wedding users, our editors, and experts.

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Project Wedding is a great tool for wedding professionals – and a site you should share with your couples. Your clients can easily create inspiration boards of photos that inspire them, and then share those boards with you. You’ll be able to clearly get a sense of your clients’ sense of style, color scheme, and favorite details – and provide your comments and ideas seamlessly.

Want to be published on Project Wedding? We’re always looking for amazing real weddings, as well as photos of wedding details – cakes, flowers, favors, stationery, and more! Find our real wedding submission guidelines here, or feel free to email us at realweddings@projectwedding.com for more details.

» WeddingWire Acquires ProjectWedding.com

WeddingWire is pleased to announce that we have acquired Project Wedding one of the top 5 online wedding sites in the industry!

We initially partnered with Project Wedding in March 2010 to power their local vendor directory and newlywed reviews. The goal of our partnership was to drive more business to our local wedding pros. Project Wedding has grown rapidly over the past year and we have been extremely pleased with the success they have delivered to our local wedding pros.

We are thrilled to now say they are officially part of the WeddingWire family.

WeddingWire is committed to delivering success to our local wedding pros, which is why we have acquired another leading site in the wedding industry. We are excited to further solidify our position as the leading technology company in the wedding industry.

For more information, check out our press release. Please join us in welcoming Project Wedding to the WeddingWire family of brands!