It’s the question we get asked everyday, and in honor of our new submissions tool, I wanted to go through the anatomy of a perfect submission. Above all else, a wedding has to have a whole lot of heart to win us over, but here are a few tips to make your gorgeous submission stand out.
Like an invite to a wedding, the first thing we see is your submission title. To catch our eye, LBB members try to format it: LBB + State + Your Name + Noteable Vendors, so for example: “LBB Texas Wedding from Suzi Q Photography & Bird Dog Weddings”
Ideally, we would love to have the complete description from the bride. Please note the bride & groom’s name for our reference. The readers want to know all of the details they can get their hands on. Here are some ideas for guiding brides to give a great description:
What was your “perfect wedding” vision?
What are three unique details that you infused into your decor?
What was your most memorable moment?
What song did you do your first dance to?
What was on your menu?
What – if anything – did you DIY?
If you can’t get a description from your bride, the wedding planner, floral designer, event designer are the next best bet as they had a hand in the vision and construction of the wedding. If that doesn’t work, just do your best to outline what you remember most about the day. Make sure this is original text, not copied from a blog.
The best submissions have the following where images are concerned (give or take as we realize not every wedding fits this mold):
-2/3 Vertical Images
-80% – 90% color, 10 – 20% black and white
-at least 900 pixels across, dpi of at least 72
Our submissions server will automatically resize large images for our blog. However images larger than 5MB will not upload easily.
A Handful of Tips
TIP #1 – Tell a Story
Each submission should tell a story. Above and beyond just the day itself – getting ready, first looks, ceremony, cocktail, reception, details, departure – it should also be cohesive in photography style, in color, and in tone. Just like a magazine would feature images that naturally work together so that the pages flip fluidly, we do as well. We generally pull out images that are too jarring or interrupt the flow of the majority.
TIP #2 – Discover Details
SMP is primarily an idea blog for brides. They come to get ideas on style, on fashion, on decor, flowers, cakes, invitations, photography, cinema and so much more. Which is of course why we love to share all of the details with our brides. That said, details are not necessarily just the crafted “stuff,” for lack of a better word. It’s the view out the window, a beautiful image of the bridal jewelry, a sweet picture of the family pet. It’s the signs gracing the property, a great vignette within the hotel, a simple understated shot of her veil or his bow tie. Please consider everything around you a detail and include those in the submission.
TIP #3 – Give Credit Where Credit is Due
The more vendor credits with URLs you can provide, the more we love you. Because it’s surprisingly hard to discern the correct website for vendors not within our book in this industry. The more you can share the love and get really specific with us, the better your chances of having peers that love you. We will of course correct any that are published wrong, but the more information we have from you, the better. Vendor with Correct Spelling + Complete URL is the perfect combination of information for each credit.
TIP #4 – Help us Understand YOU.
We want to feature your work in the light that makes you proud. If you have a strong opinion about certain images that you want to be shown or certain experiences that you want our readers to have as it relates to your work, please share that in the description box of your submission. While we can’t guarantee that your ideas on layout or image selection will match completely with ours, we promise that we will listen to you and do our very very best to make sure your feature reflects who you are as an artist.
Finally, A Few Insights
Erin is the primary Editor who sifts through our submissions. Be nice to her because she’s a softy and she loves to feature LBB members.
We get around 400+ submissions a week. Of those, we publish 15 weddings on our front page, 50 weddings on our 10 local blogs and 10 weddings a week on our Little Black Book Blog.
To find out if your wedding is being published, please note that we run about four weeks behind. Every now and then it slips to six weeks. We’re pushing hard to improve our process so that it’s a two week turn around time. We think we’ll get there very soon but in the meantime, always feel free to reach out to our support queue about the progress of a submission if it’s been four weeks.
Once a wedding has been selected, it should be up within 2-4 weeks time.