Post # 1
I spent a lot of time developing my submission to SMP. I’ve loved the blog for years and I am an avid reader. I was very sad to get my rejection today. I know they get a ton of wedding submissions and can only publish a small amount, but my rejection was very quick, so I think they barely even looked at it and determined it wasn’t good enough for them. Have others gone through this disappointment? Trying not to take it personally – I just put so much work into the details and would love to see it published. Any recommendations for other blogs I could submit it to? It was a formal ballroom wedding.
Post # 3
Was your wedding photographer amazing? You can have all the details in the world, but if they’re not photographed a certain way, wedding blogs won’t want them. That being said, there’s a lot of reasons behind them not accepting.. maybe it was a little too cookie cutter, or it’s been done repeatedly, or maybe they didn’t think it reflected their website, or maybe they’re just too backed up with other weddings… could be a million different reasons. None of that means your wedding wasn’t beautiful.
Try Green Wedding Shoes.. I like them a lot.
Post # 4
I hope this doesn’t cause any offense, because certainly none is intended. However, I feel like StyleMePretty doesn’t do a whole lot of formal ballroom type weddings. That just doesn’t seem to be their style. I am not an avid reader or visitor of StyleMePretty but just based on memory and the posts I get from them on pinterest, they tend to stick with the more vintage/eclectic/shabbychic/garden vibe. I am sure they do look for a certain kind of vibe, and your wedding might have been in a different direction than what they usually do.
I wasn’t at your wedding (haha obviously), but I would not take offense to not being accepted by their website. I am sure your wedding was beautiful! And all those details were for you and your FI and your friends and family, not for some wedding blog!
Post # 5
The last I looked at their submission form it said that they were desperately looking for indoor, ballroom-like weddings. I guess because all they’ve been doing has been rustic barn/plantation weddings for the past couple of years. I don’t know what style your wedding was, but maybe it was wasn’t the genre they are trying to capture right now?
Post # 6
@happilyengaged4: SMP is HARD to get featured on. I have submitted every kind of wedding under the sun and have been on at least 20 other blogs but not that one. I don’t think they even know what they’re looking for. To me, they go through fads, like for a year it was nothing but mason jars, chalk boards and clothes lines with pictures or other memorabilia, i still feel like I see alot of the same crap. This is why I strongly believe all brides should plan their wedding for themselves and no one else. Step away from Pinterest and wedding blogs for a moment and think for yourselves. The most truly original ideas will come that way and those are the ideas that at least the less snobby blogs will want to feature. But again, featured or not, you’re planning your wedding for you, not an over-rated wedding blog, so as long as you think it’s beautiful that’s all that matters.
Post # 7
Please don’t think they didn’t look at your photos or looked at just one and outright rejected them. I obviously don’t know what your photos look like, but it looks like they’re testing some beta rejection/approval form so maybe that’s why they’re getting back to everyone real quick. What about submitting to a site like wedluxe? they feature stunning ballroom weddings, I used to check them out a ton when I was planning.
Post # 8
@adoc86: Yes, this is why I thought I had a better chance or at least would be considered more. I figured since they were looking to add more ballroom weddings that perhaps I had a good chance. My wedding had elements of vintage and I would describe as very romantic.
@passionatephotolady: Thank you! I laughed reading your post. I agree that what’s most important is that I was happy with my wedding. I also agree that they seem to only choose weddings that fit into a certain style with a certain type of flowers, very heavily styled, etc. I had a lot of attention to detail but I just don’t think my wedding fit into the outdoor, chalk board, mason jar genre you described.
@atlbride2013: Thanks for the rec about wedluxe. I will check that out.
Post # 9
@happilyengaged4: Don’t take it personally, from what I read on their submission requirements, they are pretty picky. If your wedding doesn’t have a uniqueness to it then you’re probably going to be rejected. I feel like unless you spend a crap ton and have everything professionally put together, SMP won’t feature it.
Post # 10
@bapbap: “I feel like unless you spend a crap ton and have everything professionally put together, SMP won’t feature it.”
This. Totally. I loved Style Me Pretty and Green Wedding Shoes and other wedding blogs like that, but I had to stop looking at them when I realized that most of these people spend gazillions more dollars than I would ever be comfortable spending on a wedding. Reading those blogs too much made me feel like I HAD to have certain things, done in a very specific style/way for the wedding to be “good enough”. I think that kind of thinking is complete BS, so I stopped reading them. OP, I’m sure you wedding was beautiful, and Style Me Pretty is not the ultimate authority on what makes a great wedding. Put your pics on here, if you haven’t already! I’d love to see a vintagey ballroom wedding!
Post # 11
@happilyengaged4: Post your recap here and let us fawn all over it, that’s better than an SMP spread anyway 😀
Post # 12
Screw SMP and all of the BS they represent. So tired of them giving brides complexes over every single unimportant detail of their wedding day and skimming right over all the elements of a wedding that make them TRULY magical and unique. SMP is there to sell products and fads so the stuff-filled, fad-ful weddings are the ones that make the cut.
Post # 13
@bapbap: Ive had brides spend a crap ton and still get rejected. Like I said, I standby they have no clue what they’re looking for 😛
@mariematt: +1 I think they give photographers complexes too. At least brides only have to get rejected once. We have to get rejected over and over and over again! Lol. It’s like what do you waaaaanttt people?!
Post # 14
I really thought you were going to post some of your pix here. I LOVE the recaps here. Did you post one yet? I’m going to go stalk your old posts now. lol
Post # 15
I wont even submit to them even though my work fits with their ‘look’. Truthfully most of my couples never even heard of SMP…
Dont worry OP Im sure your wedding was amazing!! Dont even sweat them! 🙂
Post # 16
@mariematt: now now, no reason to be mean.