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getting glossy. how to submit a real wedding to the wedding blog

December 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Karen McGowran Photography

I was signing off some official documents the other day (more on that soon) and I had to check myself when it came to dating the signature box.  I don’t know about you, but we work so far ahead here at Brides Up North HQ planning our editorial schedule and events that it already feels like its halfway through 2015. I think a Christmas break is much needed…

Before we get there though, Rachel and I are busy working on our features calendar for the New Year – and you can look forward to some special new series dropping soon, as well as the official introduction of our much anticipated Experts Panel – so I thought it might be timely to remind you lovely lot how you can share your own wedding here on our pretty pages once the big day is done and dusted.  We’re working ahead, and we’d love to process and prepare some more pretty before the New Year’s ball drops, starting 2015 off gorgeously.

Kat Timmins

Of all the submissions that we receive here at Brides Up North (and it’s a lot) it’s about a 50/50 split as to whether they come direct from the bride and groom or from a member of their wedding team (usually the photographer) who thought that the wedding had that extra sparkle that needed to be shared.  Whilst I love to hear from my gorgeous industry friends, there’s nothing quite like hearing from a reader first hand about why his or her wedding was special.  The excitement just jumps off out of my inbox and I love to hear about each and every single celebration.  It’s my favourite part of the job – no question – and I’d love to hear from you soon.

We accept submissions from brides and grooms, photographers, planners and other wedding vendors, and as well as weddings, I also love to see engagement session photographs, couples shoots, trash the dress, cherish the dress and styled session photographs. we accept wedding submissions of all themes, sizes, religions and gay weddings.

From intimate do-it-yourself-dos with a difference to big budget blow outs, we believe that every wedding is special. We want to share in your day and help to inspire tens of thousands of other brides to be across the North of the UK and the wider web. Click here to see some of the most recent beauties on the blog.

Karen McGowran Photography

All you have to do is email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk to make your submission, and it takes about five minutes.  Please stick to the guidelines, it’s easier for everyone!

your initial email should include:

- Your name and email address

- Your Real Wedding venue and date

- A brief description of your Real Wedding including general theme, colour scheme and any other special details

- 4 to 5 varied images from your Real Wedding

- Confirmation that your Real Wedding has not been submitted to any other blogs/ websites/ magazines (with the exception of the photographer’s own blog)

When submitting engagement photographs, trash the dress, cherish the dress and other styled sessions, please follow the submissions format as above substituting the relevant details as appropriate.

As standard, copyright remains with the original author of the images unless otherwise agreed between the parties. Please seek your photographer’s permission. Whilst we do accept submissions from photographers and other vendors if you are not the bride or groom you will need to seek their permission before making your Real Wedding submission.

should Brides Up North wish to review your submission further we will require:

- 40 to 50 high quality varied photographs, mostly in colour and without watermarks telling the story of the day from start to finish and to include stylish details of your Real Wedding (your photographer will be able to assist with this)

- We accept submissions as a ZIP file or via Dropbox

- Completion of the Real Bride Questionnaire which will be provided

- Details of your photographer and any other key suppliers

Whilst Brides Up North will carefully review each and every Real Wedding submission that reaches the second stage, it is with regret that we are unable to feature every Real Wedding that we receive. Whilst every celebration is beautiful, we recognise that our readers require a variety of quality editorial content.

We always try to respond to all Real Weddings submissions promptly – and reply we shall – but if you do not hear from us within 5 working days of making your submission, please feel free to submit your Real Wedding elsewhere.

We can’t wait to hear from you! We genuinely love receiving your submissions, so keep them coming!

Images by Karen McGowran, Kat Timmins 

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It’s All About 2014, Y’hear?

December 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

.Brides Up North by Karen McGowran

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Forget Christmas (that’s so 2013!) here at Brides Up North HQ it’s already all about 2014!  We are busy working on our – mahoosive – programme of Spring 2014 Luxury Wedding Exhibitions just for you (click here to find out more), making a few changes to the workings of the site – it’s all about the experience, dahling! – and producing a brand new editorial schedule packed full of fabulous new features and overflowing with wedding inspiration.  And we want you to be a part of it. 

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I post this every quarter or so to remind you lovely lot all about the submissions process, but the one email I get time and time again from newlyweds is the one asking “How do I submit my Real Wedding to feature on Brides Up North?”  There is a little page of the blog dedicated to this in the menu bar above “submit a real wedding”, but I thought that it would be worth outlining the process for any of you who have missed it and for the newbies around here (hello there and welcome!) as we look to the season ahead. Time to shout about your gorgeous real weddings people!

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I pour over your submissions like a woman possessed (with wedding fever) and would love to hear from more of you.  Get involved – this is your blog!  Here’s a little recap on how to do it…

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I accept submissions from brides and grooms, photographers, planners and other wedding vendors, and as well as weddings, I also love to see engagement session photographs, couples shoots, trash the dress, cherish the dress and styled session photographs.  I accept wedding submissions of all themes, sizes, religions and sexual orientations. 

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From Intimate do-it-yourself-dos with a difference to big budget blow outs, I believe that every wedding is special.  I want to share in your day and help to inspire tens of thousands of other brides to be across the North of the UK and the wider web.  Click here to see some of the most recent beauties on the blog.

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And it’s so simple too!  All you have to do is email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk to submit a Real Wedding.

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Your initial contact email should include:

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- Your name and email address

- Your Real Wedding venue and date

- A brief description of your Real Wedding including general theme, colour scheme and any other special details

- 4 to 5 varied images from your Real Wedding

- Confirmation that your Real Wedding has not been submitted to any other blogs/ websites/ magazines (with the exception of the photographer’s own blog)

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That’s all folks! When submitting engagement photographs, trash the dress, cherish the dress and other styled sessions, please follow the submissions format as above substituting the relevant details as appropriate.

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Whilst I do accept submissions from photographers and other vendors if you are not the bride or groom you will need to seek their permission before making your Real Wedding submission.

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Brides Up North by Katie Byram Photography

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Should Brides Up North wish to review your submission further I will require:

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- 50 high quality varied photographs, mostly in colour and without watermarks, at 600 pixels across or larger, 72dpi, to include stylish details of your Real Wedding (your photographer will be able to assist)

- I accept submissions as a ZIP file or via Dropbox (don’t worry, it’s easy peasy!)

- Completion of the Real Wedding Questionnaire which will be provided

- Details of your photographer and any other key suppliers

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Brides Up North by Katie Byram Photography

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Whilst Brides Up North will carefully review each and every Real Wedding submission that reaches the second stage, it is with regret that I am unable to feature every Real Wedding that I receive. Whilst every Real Wedding is beautiful, I recognise that my readers require a variety of quality editorial content.

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I will endeavour to respond to all Real Weddings submissions promptly, but if you do not hear from me within 7 working days of making your submission, please feel free to submit your Real Wedding elsewhere.

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Brides Up North by Katie Byram Photography

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I can’t wait to hear from you! I genuinely love receiving your Real Wedding submissions, so keep them coming!  Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk today.

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Brides Up North by Karen McGowran

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  – Images © 2012 Karen McGowran and Katie Byram Photography 

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