Is it true? Are the magazines that we know and love a thing of the past? We got the news yesterday that Elegant Bride and Modern Bride, two wedding mags that have been mainstays in this industry, have decided to close their doors. It’s a crazy turn of events in the publishing industry and one that has left a lot of wedding pros completely dumbfounded.
Here’s the deal…I love magazines. So much so that I have been known to lock myself in my bedroom, cup of coffee in hand, devouring a PILE of old magazines in one sitting, coming out of the room covered in the yellow sticky notes that I used to mark the oh-my-god, I-have-to-have-that’s tucked within the pages. It’s the experience of a magazine that you really can’t compare, that blogs and websites will NEVER take the place of.
And yet, as a blogger, it’s bittersweet. The closing of magazines just might mean that more and more brides will be turning to SMP and other websites to get their wedding eye candy. That hopefully, our site will become more of a household name among brides and that we will become even more relevant in the months and years to come.
So, I’d love to start a discussion here about magazines vs. blogs…can blogs possibly fill in where the magazines have left off?? What can WE do, if anything at all, to fill the void?