DIY Bride is delighted to receive submissions in the following categories:

  • Craft tutorials
  • Beauty tutorials
  • Real DIY weddings
  • Real engagement sessions
  • Real bridal showers
  • Wedding videos
  • Gallery Submissions
  • Menu Library Selections

We DO NOT accept unsolicited/guest post or article submissions. DIY Bride’s guest post policy aligns with Google’s Quality Guidelines for web masters. Due to the majority of guest post submissions we receive falling into “link schemes” territory, we no longer accept unsolicited guest posts on our site. Guest post inquiries are simply deleted.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

For Craft Tutorials:

We are looking to showcase as many diverse and on-trend projects this year as we possibly can. Projects for all budgets, skill-sets, and styles will be considered if they fit the following criteria:

  • Submissions must contain clear, concise, and easy-to-understand step-by-step instructions.
  • Every item on the supplies list must be available to all consumers. No wholesale or to-the-trade-only supplies may be used.
  • Well-lit and well-composed photos of the finished project and, preferably, the steps must be submitted with the submission.
  • Our readers greatly appreciate crafting tips and technique information with the project.
  • Any variations to projects and price breakdowns are also beneficial to our readers.
  • Use of current popular color schemes and themes should be considered when finalizing projects.
  • Our readers tend to be intermediate- to advanced-level crafters and seek out projects that are beyond basic.
  • We’re looking for on-trend and stylish crafts.

Our Craft Tutorial categories include:

  • Attire & Accessories: Clothing for the entire bridal party, jewelry, veils, hair accessories, etc.
  • Ceremony Accessories: Altars, chair decor, personal umbrellas, alternative seating, etc.
  • Decor: General decor for the ceremony or reception.
  • Entertainment: DIY DJ/music, entertainment (shower games, reception activities).
  • Favors & Gifts: Wedding favors (edible and non-edible), gifts for the wedding party.
  • Flowers: Bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, decor.
  • Invitations & Stationery: Invitations, save-the-dates, RSVPs, table numbers, seating charts, thank you cards.
  • Reception Accessories: Centerpieces, card boxes, etc.

 

For Beauty Tutorials:

We are are excited to introduce beauty tutorials as part of our regularly featured content in 2014. DIY Bride welcomes tutorials for do-it-yourself hair and makeup features. We do not accept weight-loss, cosmeceuticals, or fitness as these are outside the focus of this site.

As with our craft tutorials, beauty tutorial submissions have guidelines our contributors must adhere to.

  • Submissions must contain clear, concise, and easy-to-understand step-by-step instructions.
  • Every item on the supplies list must be available to all consumers. No wholesale or to-the-trade-only supplies may be used.
  • Well-lit and well-composed photos of the finished beauty “project” and, preferably, the steps must be submitted with the submission.
  • Our readers greatly appreciate makeup and styling tips and technique information with the project.
  • Any variations to “projects” and price breakdowns are also beneficial to our readers.
  • Our readers are in their mid- to late-20s and early 30s.
  • We’re looking for on-trend, classical, retro, and stylish looks.

 

For Real Weddings, Engagements, Bridal Showers

Editorial Style

DIY Bride is all about do-it-yourself weddings and wedding-related events (showers, engagements, elopements). We’re interested in the crafts couples integrate into their wedding day and the stories behind them. 

Our editorial style is inclusive, fun, and friendly with a focus on showing what “real” weddings really look like from start to finish. Because of that, we tend to use a lot of images in our Real Wedding features, usually more than 75 images per submission. While we love the prettiest of pretty weddings, we want our readers to see that a beautiful, meaningful DIY wedding can be defined in infinite ways and styles. 

We love diversity and welcome any do-it-yourself wedding-related shoot for consideration.
For Couples

In the body of an email as plain text :

  • Your first names
  • Wedding date (including year)
  • Wedding location (include city, state, country, resort, etc.)
  • If you don’t mind, would you share what your budget was? It’s ok to give ranges (Under $5,000, $5,000-$10,000, $11,000-$15,000, $16,000-$25,000, $26,000-$35,000, $36,000-$45,000, over $45,000). We ask this because it’s helpful for other couples to get an idea of what weddings really cost.
  • Tell us about your wedding! What projects did you do? What were your favorite moments? Did something weird/cool/disastrous/utterly awesome happen? What elements did you love? Is there anything you’d do over?
  • A list of your vendors if available. We love giving credit whenever we can.

Please attach: at least 50 pictures of your wedding (75 – 125 is ideal), as attachments to the email. (A zipped file is ok as are individual photos; pdf, word, or other formats are not.)

 

For Photographers and Other Vendors:

We are a Two Bright Lights editorial partner. This is our preferred method of professional submissions because it’s so easy for all involved however, we also accept direct submissions.

  • 50-150 pictures of the wedding (A zipped file is ok.)
  • Your name and company name
  • The couple’s names
  • Wedding date (including year)
  • Wedding location (include city, state, country, resort, etc.)
  • A detailed description of the wedding. What made it special? What were the DIY projects? Any particular moments that stand out to you?
  • A list of vendors if available. We love giving credit whenever we can.

Everyone:

  • Please make sure you have the rights to send in the images of choice. In most cases, the photographer owns the rights to the images she/he took at the wedding – the couple does not. Do ask your photog for permission before you send pro shots, please.
  • Please use low-res images! My email server tends to freak out when I get large files and I end up not receiving those emails. Do NOT send links to your photos.
  • Do NOT send your submissions in any format other than text in the body of an email. NO PDF, MS Word or other file types will be accepted.
  • Please send images from your wedding(s) only. Do not submit shots from other peoples’ weddings or events (unless you are the photographer or otherwise have permission to do so).
  • I cannot guarantee that I’ll use every image or will feature every submission.
  • It will take time for me to sort through submissions. Please be patient!

Special Note: Beginning in January 2014, if you submit a Real Wedding, in addition to a RW feature, your images will be re-used (WITH credit, of course) in our galleries

 

Wedding Video Submissions:

One of our biggest joys at DIY Bride is being able to share real weddings with you. Until now we’ve done it mostly in beautiful photographs with the rare wedding video accompaniment. Today we our opening our virtual doors to accept professionally-filmed wedding videos as a regular feature on the DIY Bride site.

We’re very excited to not only share more amazing real weddings but to be able to showcase the work of innovative and talented wedding filmmakers. Video tells a story like no other medium can and we feel it’s inclusion adds to a more visceral experience on our site while entertaining, educating, and inspiring our readers.

If you’re a wedding cinematographer/videographer, we’d love to consider your work for consideration:

1. Our priority is, of course, real weddings with DIY (do-it-yourself) elements.

2. Videos should be under 5 minutes long.

3. Videos should be hosted on an embeddable video platform such as Vimeo or Youtube, etc.).

4. Please, no 3rd party advertisements in the video roll.

In an email to helo@diybride.com, please include:

  • Your Name
  • Company Name
  • Names of the Couple
  • Wedding Date
  • Wedding Location [City, State (and Country if outside the US)]
  • Tell us about the wedding. What made it special? What did you love about shooting it? What were the DIY details?
  • Link to the embeddable video.

 

Gallery Submissions:

Beginning in January 2014, DIY Bride is accepting single and multiple images to our new Galleries area. Galleries are curated (yeah, we’re tired of that word too) groups of editorial-style photos on a single topic. Attribution is given to the photographer of the photo. We’re currently seeking submissions in the following categories:

Aisles/Aisle Decor Bouquets Boutonnieres Bride
Bride and Groom Bridesmaids Cakes Centerpieces
Ceremony Decor Engagement Photos Fashion Accessories
Favors First Dance Flower Girls Flowers
Food and Drink Getting Ready Giving Away The Bride Groom
Groomsmen Guests Invitations Pets in the wedding
Precession Reception Seating Charts / Escort Card Stations Scenery
Shoes Venues Vows Wedding Signs

For vendors that would like a gallery to showcase their products or wares, we do have a limited number of sponsored gallery spots available. Please contact our sales team for  details and rates.

 

Menu Library Submissions:

One thing we’ve discovered from the last few readers surveys is that our audience is chock full of hardcore foodies. The Menu Inspiration Library is an area where we share sample reception menus to inspire the meal choices for our readers’ reception or other celebratory meals. We encourage you to use our menu suggestions to spark conversations with your caterers or to cook up something on your own.

We accept Menu Library Submissions on a continual basis from caterers, wedding professionals, couples … well, everyone, really. Attribution is given to the person who submits the menu with a complimentary link back to her/his site.

Menu Library Guidelines:

  • Use a descriptive subject line to help our members seek out options that they’ll love. “Low Country Southern Brunch Menu” works better than “Our Menu”, for example.
  • Anything you can do to convey the type of cuisine and type of meal (breakfast, brunch, sit-down dinner, buffet, stations, dessert bar, cocktail hour) is appreciated.
  • If the menu you share originated from a caterer or other professional, please do give them credit in the post. That’s just the polite thing to do, yo!

 

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