We asked our Senior Content Manager, Emily Feig, to share with us five tips on best practices when it comes to submitting your work for The Aisle Guide through Aisle Planner.
Get Permission from your Clients (and Photographer too!)
You want to make sure that the couple will be excited about seeing their faces on the internet rather than having to ask that the feature be taken down. To make it easier for you, consider adding a photo release in any contracts you enter into with clients. Here is an example statement (but please have your contract and photo releases reviewed by your legal counsel):
“Upon signing this contract, all images shared by the photographer, videographer and others of the wedding or event, may be used by Company for marketing purposes.”
Tell a Story
We want to hear the story behind your submission! Tell us (and don’t forget – tell the audience) about the design inspiration, your process, any unique details, or just how much freakin’ fun you had working with the couple and/or your creative partners! This doesn’t have to be a novel but should be at least a short paragraph. Need some inspiration? You can check out any feature in our Inspiration Gallery.
Share All the Juicy Details
We love nothing more than seeing (and sharing) every little beautiful detail of an event or styled shoot, and our audience loves it even more when our inspiring stories tell a complete story in images from start to finish.
Don't be shy! Send us as many images as you can (even if it's photos of the same thing from different angles) and let our editorial team pick and choose the best of the best. It's not uncommon for us to share multiple images of the same thing, and more images mean more opportunities to catch the attention of a future potential client. 🤞🏼
Not sure what to submit? Here's a quick shot list to serve as a cheat sheet to make sure you've got every little detail covered in your submission:
Details & Getting Ready
Wedding rings, Jewelry, Shoes, Accessories
Invitations, Programs, Escort cards
Bouquets, Corsages, Boutonnieres
Getting Ready Shots (Hair, Makeup, Beauty shots, etc.)
Couple's First Look
Bride, Bridesmaids and Flower Girls
Flower girl basket
Groom, Groomsmen and Ring Bearers
Ring bearer pillow
Ceremony Set Up, The Aisle, Ceremony Decor & Floral Details
Wide Angle Ceremony Photos
Bridal Party Entrance/Walking Down the Aisle
Mother/Father Giving Bride Away
Vows, Ring Exchange, First Kiss
Couple with the bridesmaids/groomsmen
Couple with entire wedding party
Bride with bridesmaids/maid of honor
Groom with groomsmen/best man
Couple with any children
Couple with both sets of parents/family
Details, Room Decor Shots
Cocktail & Lounge Area set up and decor
Couples Mingling with Guests
Tabletop and Centerpieces
Favors or Any Unique Details
Room or Tent Wide Angle Shots
Signature Cocktails / Fun Food Displays
Bar & Bar Menu
Venue / Sense of Place Photos
Toasts & Speeches
Musicians, Singers, DJ
Grand Exit / Getaway Car
If you have other photos that aren't included in this list that are "magazine" worthy? Don't hesitate to include them in your submission.
Spread the Word
Have you ever scrolled through your Instagram feed and said to yourself, “Hey! I worked on that wedding!” There are lots of people who work on a wedding or a styled shoot that can end up submitting the event for publication – which is great – except when you find out 3 weeks after the feature went live.
That’s why we included an email field in the credits section of each submission. We encourage you to take the time to enter email contact information into the “email address” field so that everyone who was involved in the event is automatically notified when the feature has been published! No more need to spend the time notifying all of your creative partners about a feature – we’ll take care of that for you!
Wondering what else we do with those email contacts? Nothing. Nada. And zip. Any contact information you enter into your Submissions is solely for the purpose of notifying the vendor about the feature and nothing else…ever.
Have you been featured on The Aisle Guide? Don't forget to grab a badge and of course, spread the word!!
Credit ALL of the Vendors - Including Yourself
Speaking of the creative team, don’t forget to include ALL of the creative partners–big and small–who made the wedding, event or styled shoot happen. They will thank you for it.
Just as important, don't forget to credit yourself! The whole point of submitting your work is to get your name and work out there, right?
Never Stop Submitting
Even if you've already been featured on The Aisle Guide (or maybe your prior submissions weren't published), we encourage you to keep submitting! More submissions equal more opportunities to get featured, showcase your work and build your brand on the Aisle Planner platform.
Learn more about all the ways you can be featured on Aisle Planner and The Aisle Guide.
Find out how to submit your real weddings and styled shoots through our Submissions Tool.