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Cover my Wedding
Do you send photographers out to cover weddings?
We’d love to but we simply don’t have the budget to do so. Typically we 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 as a story in Charleston Weddings’ print magazine or on CharlestonWeddingsMag.com?
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
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 selection of 20 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. 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.
• Email your submission to Charleston Weddings Editor Melissa Bigner (with a zipped or archived batch of low-res photos), or mail a submission letter and CD of low-res images to Charleston Weddings, 782 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite C, Mt. Pleasant, SC, 29464.
How do you choose weddings?
Up to now, we’ve been contacting more than 250 Lowcountry wedding vendors twice a year asking for their best photos of Lowcountry Weddings. (We’re always adding vendors to that list, so pass on any new people we need to include!) We get scores and scores of weddings this way, and narrow down the Charleston Weddings magazine real-life weddings 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 in enough images. There’s a lot of competition, too, as we get hundreds of submissions for a mere handful of slots in the magazine. We also have to balance locations, colors, and more.
Once the weddings have been sorted, we gather a review board from Charleston Weddings and Charleston magazine’s editorial and art staffs to pick the weddings we’ll feature in our bi-annual print edition. The board has no idea who the couples are, who the planners are, or other details; they make selections based on imagery alone.
To try and include a broader range of weddings, and more weddings, we’re now running smaller real-life wedding galleries online; more short, real-life wedding stories in the magazine; and looking to include inspiration boards on our blog. If you want your planner or photographer to submit your wedding, tell them! Otherwise feel free to share it with us on your own.
Questions? Email Charleston Weddings Editor Melissa Bigner