If you’ve never submitted a wedding or shoot to a blog before, it can be a little scary – I’ve heard countless times from photographers that they’ve been putting off their first submission… and there’s really no need to wait! I LOVE hearing from photographers who’ve never featured on the blog before, and even if you’ve never been published on a wedding blog before I absolutely welcome your submissions. So do send them in!
My submissions guidelines (which have been ever so slightly tweaked over the last month) are here: https://english-wedding.com/submissions/
To help you, this is my idea of the perfect wedding blog submission. You’re welcome!
I’m Sally, a wedding photographer in the Cotswolds(*2). I’ve been reading your blog(*3) over the summer and have a wedding to share with you which I think is a perfect fit! Jenny and Leo were married at Caswell House(*4) in May this year, (*5) and had a relaxed, foodie wedding with lots of lovely DIY details(*6) and special touches made by their friends and family. Jenny looked stunning in a Joanne Fleming(*7) gown and Leo’s tailored suit & sunglasses combo(*8) was fab – something I haven’t seen before at a wedding I’ve photographed! The flowers were the focal point of their day, by local florist Suzie B(*9) – I took so many bouquet photos!
Here’s a link to the dropbox(*10) file of 60 photos: https://dropbox.etc.etc!
My website and social media links(*11) are below:
Jenny and Leo are happy to be featured(*12) on the English Wedding Blog and I’ve sent them your interview link(*13) which they said they’d complete over the weekend
I’m excited to feature on the blog and will share on my social media(*14) like crazy if you can let me know if and when you’ll publish the wedding!(*15)
PS Do you have a badge I can put on my website please?(*16)
… and the explanations behind all of those asterisks are!…
*1 ~ It’s nice if you don’t call me Annabel It’s a lovely name, but I’m Claire.
*2 ~ If you’re new to the blog, say hi! And tell me where you’re located – I write blog features with an eye on SEO and it helps us both as well as our readers if I can pop a region in there
*3 ~ It’s nice to know you’re familiar with the kind of features I publish and reassuring to hear you’ve done a little research to see what styles work for the blog
*4 ~ Do tell me the venue in your submission. I have favourites but I also love discovering new ones! And again, SEO stuff
*5 ~ I try and feature seasonal weddings if I can – during the colder months I publish a lot of autumn, winter and spring weddings. In summer I’m all about the peonies and hydrangeas!
*6 ~ Details are, and always will be, key to featuring on wedding blogs. High street and mass market favours and signage aren’t what blog readers are looking to see – it’s all about those unique little touches
*7 ~ I LOVE to know the dress designer. For all sorts of reasons, it’s a massive boost to the blog feature
*8 ~ It might come as a surprise, but a great suit is the best indicator of a cool and creative and interesting wedding in that dropbox you’re about to show me. Promise me a good suit, and you’ve got my attention!
*9 ~ Name drop for me, especially with flowers. I follow so many amazing florists on Instagram and again, if you’re about to show me some of their amazing creations, you’ve won me over
*10 ~ I only use Dropbox. WeTransfer files nearly always expire before I’m ready to upload them; other galleries take time to download from etc. etc. And if you send images within your email it breaks my inbox or lands in my junk folder
*11 ~ Including your links in your submission email means I can paste them into the feature for you
*12 ~ Please check with your bride and groom that they’re happy to be featured BEFORE you submit their wedding
*13 ~ Interviews from your bride and groom are great for our readers, for social shares (because they include supplier info) and for SEO. The link to the interview is http://www.english-wedding-interview.com (it’s also on the blog’s submissions page)
*14 ~ We love social shares and are grateful for every single one. Thank you! (Feel free to share images before your publication date – that’s fine!)
*15 ~ With a submission that ticks all the boxes like this one, I’ll upload your images and schedule your feature straight away when I read your email. Please be patient: I work on the English Wedding Blog once a week so my reply won’t come immediately. But when I see your submission I will give you a publication date (usually 3 – 6 weeks from now) and stick to it – I promise!
*16 ~ Yes I do, thank you for asking! Badges are here
These are just a handful of images to show the style of weddings and photography I adore. Jasmine and Will’s day was secretly marked as one of my favourite weddings of 2017. They had beautiful lettering throughout their day (always a winner for me!), a loose, unstructured bouquet (and plenty of gorgeous images of their eclectic and fascinating floral arrangements), a pretty cake photographed against a light, plain background – and they were the sweetest couple ever.
Images of Jasmine and Will’s wedding are by A Thing Like That Photography. Please go check out the full feature here: Jasmine and Will’s gorgeous English wedding with images by A Thing Like That