Published: Saturday, Feb. 19th, 2022
Why might you, a wedding officiant, want to submit a real wedding you officiated for publication?
There’s the rush of seeing yourself (and the ceremony you worked so hard to create!) in print or online. And it’s a joy to showcase a favorite couple’s wedding day, for others to enjoy and be inspired by.
It’s also great marketing for you and your business – putting photos and descriptions of your work out into the world helps potential clients and fellow wedding vendors find you, see what you’re all about, and why they should hire you.
Have a unique wedding ceremony or elopement on the books? Plan ahead to get it published.
Photo: Josue Michel
Always plan ahead for publication, especially when you have a cool wedding on the books.
Gorgeous couple? Creative venue? Something seasonal, quirky, unusual, or original? Make a plan for what you’ll need to submit your wedding or elopement before the day of the ceremony:
Wedding photographers and officiants make a great team!
Photo (cropped): Getúlio Moraes
Photos are one of the most important ingredients in a real wedding submission. But let’s face it, not everyone has a good eye for composition or knows what will make for an interesting photo. That’s why professional wedding and event photographers are one of the best resources for great wedding photos – so get networking!
Plus, most pro photographers publish photos from the weddings they work on their personal blogs, websites, and social media accounts. They’re more likely to credit you in the ceremonies they share if they know who you are, and how to find and tag you.
You’ll meet professional photographers at bridal shows and wedding conferences; weddings you perform or attend as a guest; and through introductions by other wedding vendors, venues, planners, officiants, and friends.
For more on developing good working relationships with photographers:
Ask to be credited in vendor lists when weddings you officiate are published.
Photo (cropped): Daniel Thomas
How many times have we seen a wedding published with zero credit given to the officiant?
It happens all the time, which is a huge bummer. Wedding officiants are actual rockstars and deserve just as much credit as other wedding vendors do. They make the wedding ceremony possible, and they deserve to be shouted out in publications.
Officiants get overlooked for several reasons, but the biggest one is probably because most wedding submissions are sent in by couples and wedding photographers, who may not think to mention the wedding officiant in their submission details.
And although most publications require the photographer’s name to be included as part of the submission process (in order to properly credit their work), many publications don’t ask for other vendors’ details directly. This means it’s far too easy for officiants to get left off the list.
If a wedding you officiate is published online but you aren’t credited – ask to be included. And it certainly doesn't hurt to mention that you are, "ordained by American Marriage Ministries."
Keep your request to be credited professional, kind, friendly, and to the point.
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