Submit Your Real Wedding

Would you like to see your wedding featured in Portland Bride & Groom? If you live in Oregon/SW Washington, or were married here, we look forward to hearing from you. Whether you had the most elaborate of weddings or one that was spectacularly simple, we’d love to consider your special day for publication in an upcoming issue! The deadline to submit Real Weddings for our Winter/Spring 2017 issue is September 9, 2016.

How to submit your wedding for consideration

ATTENTION COUPLES & VENDORS: There are now two ways to submit your entries: by mail and by e-mail! Please read the instructions for both thoroughly before submitting. Because we want to run recent events, please submit your wedding no later than ONE YEAR after your wedding day.

 

Mail: Submission Instructions

Submit a selection of 30-60 photos on DVD or CD-ROM. We want the images that best capture the couple and all the unique and special details of their wedding, as well as pictures that illustrate the work of all the great local vendors. Good choices include: the food and drink, favors, cake and/or dessert table, paper materials (signs, menus, programs, table numbers, place cards), flowers, tabletops, decorations, the wedding party, transportation, things that are uniquely Portland/Oregon/Northwest, and the couple in a meaningful moment, doing something fun, or photographed in a way that really shows off the setting or venue. Please note that we do not feature photos of the couple before their wedding day or getting dressed/ready, and we don’t include pictures shot with unusual angles, lenses, or colors (black-and-white, sepia, etc.). Only professional, high-quality digital images (300DPI or greater) can be used.

Download the Real Weddings Submission Form (PDF) and follow these steps:

1. Complete and sign the Model Release. Both the bride and groom must sign.
2. Complete the Real Weddings Q & A form (info about the bride and groom).
3. Complete the Vendor List (info about who performed what service for the wedding – note that we will only name professional vendors based in Oregon or the Northwest who can be hired by someone else, no friends or family).
4. Complete the Photography Release. This form must be completed by your wedding photographer.
5. Please make a copy of all materials that you submit as we cannot return them and are not responsible for lost submissions. Send your complete package to:

Portland Bride & Groom
Attn: Real Weddings
921 SW Washington St., Ste. 750
Portland, OR 97205

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE CONSIDERED. MATERIALS ARE NOT RETURNED

 

E-Mail: Submission Instructions

Submit a selection of 30-60 photos as a folder or a link (ideally Dropbox or a post on your blog) to realweddings@portlandbrideandgroom.com – do not send images individually as attachments. See the instructions above for the type of pictures we want, although they don’t have to be hi-res – we can request the hi-res images if your wedding is selected.

Brides, Grooms, and Vendors other than Photographers: If you are the one submitting, your entry MUST include the following:

1. The couple’s wedding date, location, and where they are currently living.
2. The signed Photography Release that can be found in the Real Weddings Submission Form (PDF)we will not look at your entry unless the form is included, as it means the photographer is aware of your submission and will approve the use of the selected photos in the magazine. You may include the other paperwork (Model Release, Real Weddings Q & A, Vendor List – see instructions above) if you choose. You may also wait to fill it out if we inform you that your wedding has been selected; however, you will only have five days from the time we inform you, so plan ahead.

Photographers: If you are the one submitting, you may e-mail folders or links for as many weddings as you like, either separately or in a single email. Your entry MUST include the following:

1. The couple’s wedding date, location, and where they are currently living.
2. The signed Photography Release that can be found in the Real Weddings Submission Form (PDF)we will not look at your entry unless the form is included, as it means you approve our terms. You may include the other paperwork (Model Release, Real Weddings Q & A, Vendor List – see instructions above) if you choose. You may also wait to have the couple fill it out if we inform you that their wedding has been selected; however, you will only have five days from the time we inform you, so make sure the couple is aware of your submission and the timing.

Due to the large volume of submittals that we receive, we are not able to individually respond to each submission. Selections are announced by their appearance in the magazine. Please note that we DO NOT select weddings prior to our deadline; if you’ve been accepted by another Oregon-based publication, congratulations! Simply let us know and we will withdraw your submission from consideration. Thank you for your interest—we can’t wait to see your unique day!