Editor’s Note: Now Accepting Submissions


Aisle Planner is now accepting submissions!

We know how hard everyone in the Aisle Planner community works on each of their weddings. You stay up late to finish up those DIY signs, make extra boutonnières on the fly and occasionally find yourself hemming the groom’s suit pants while he sits in the kitchen in his boxers. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into creating a picture-perfect wedding day. You are dedicated to making each of your couples shine on their wedding day and that’s why the team here at Aisle Planner is dedicated to making each of you shine both behind the scenes and in front of the camera!

It’s our mission to help support you and we know that showcasing your work is one of the best ways to attract potential clients. So, we are very excited to announce that we are now accepting submissions for real weddings, styled photoshoots, and design articles!

As we begin this new and exciting chapter here at Aisle Planner, we wanted to share some insight to help you put together a successful submission. Yes, rules are always a drag but these guidelines are meant to help you save time when creating your submission (as well as help you put together a kick-ass one). That being said, please be sure to reference our Submissions Guidelines for all of the specific details but here is an overview of what we are looking for.

Real Weddings & Styled Photoshoots

Cover your bases
The foundation of a great submission is including all of those necessary shots. Don’t know exactly what to include? Here is a basic shot list of what images the photographer should capture on the big day:

1. Details, details, details! Everything thing you can think of: the rings, the shoes, the dress, the bouquet, the boutonniere, the invitations, the tablescape, the cake, the favors…literally, all of those little details that you and the bride sweated over!
2. Shots of the bride and groom getting ready
3. Portraits of the bride and groom
4. Photos of the bridal party
5. The ceremony and reception site (sans guests)
6. Ceremony shots
7. A few candid shots to help set the mood

Make sure it’s styled
The look and feel of the images should be cohesive and consistent. This goes for both while the photographer is shooting as well as in post-production. Make sure that your theme is visual and doesn’t have any confusing elements. Also, be sure to submit images that do not have watermarks and are not overly edited.

Tell us a story
This is a biggie but is easy if you’ve done steps 1 and 2! Make sure to organize your images in a way that walks us through the wedding day.

Feature Articles

We know that there is so much more to the planning process than the final product and that’s why we want to feature the real, behind the scenes work that goes into weddings! So if you have inspiration boards, design sketches or before and after photos you would like to contribute to our image archive, please send them our way. We are looking for inspiration boards that speak to the upcoming seasons and trends, design sketches that highlight your design process, and before and after images that show off how you and your team can transform a space.

While we can’t always explain why one submission is stronger than another, please know that we truly appreciate you taking the time and effort to submit your work to us! Even if your submission is declined, don’t let that discourage you from making future submissions. Submissions have personalities and just need to find the right spot to land; sometimes it might not be us (trust us, we’ve experienced plenty of rejection in our life!). So if you haven’t heard a response from us in two weeks, please feel free to follow up us for feedback or to let us know you are submitting your work somewhere else.

We are so excited to be on this journey with each of you! Happy submitting!

2 thoughts on “Editor’s Note: Now Accepting Submissions”

  1. Lisa Kenward says:

    Hello Editor of Aisle Planner,
    My focus is wedding planning. My passion is creating perfect events that reflect the personality and style of my clients. And, the event is a team effort. I rely on local professionals to bring their perspective and talents to ensure the event is orchestrated as planned.
    One of my business challenges is how to approach a prior client to ask if they would like to share their intimate wedding day with a few million readers.
    As I mentioned in the first paragraph, each event is a group performance. I have a hard time justifying the work that I do when some of the ideas come from my client. I consider myself the leader but my client has the final say in each decision right down to who she/he contracts with to perform a service.
    How does Aisle Planner present a sophisticated, creative and memorable wedding to its readers when the wedding planner didn’t take the photos, create the flowers, make the Thank-You gifts nor hang the cafe lights setting the mood for the evening?

    Lisa Kenward, PBC

    1. Hi Lisa!

      Thanks your sharing your thoughts about the challenges you face approaching your clients and asking permission to share their special and intimate big day! I’m sure many planners are in the same boat! I’ve found that in my own planning business that the majority of couples were thrilled and honored to share their wedding day with the world, so don’t be afraid to ask! I make this “ask” a part of my usual workflow, and include this subject matter in my service contract, allowing them the option to approve or decline a photo release so I know from the start if this is something that they’re into (or not!) Once the wedding is done, and the photographers is on board, as a courtesy, I always check back in with my couples to let them know my plans. Some are particular about the photos I share, while others are not, but all of them are happy that I at least asked! 🙂

      We also agree that planning a wedding is truly an art, and couples rely on the knowledge, preparedness, and creativity of their “team,” and the final photos are truly a reflection of the amazing team of vendors and suppliers who worked hard to make every bit, piece and moment happen, whether they had their hand in actually putting together things like the floral centerpieces OR whether they helped the bride create the perfect moodboard that empowered the floral designer to understand the vision for the big day.

      As a company that fully exists to support the process of planning, our real wedding features are a celebration of that planning process, and the people who work so hard to make those special moments happen, which is why we of course, include vendor credits for everyone involved.

      And while every planner plans differently and are involved in each wedding in a different way, many of these moments were made possible by a planner, or made easier to achieve with the support of a planner, and there’s certainly beauty in that process – whatever that process may be – for which we celebrate with our real wedding and editorial features!

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