Submissions call in, supplier savings, and Big News.
Hey lovely wedding supplier friends – I hope you’re all hanging in there. I’ve been email-chatting with a few of you, I know things are really really tough right now. For those of you with weddings in the last few weeks – I’m so happy you’re back out there, doing what you love. For those of you waiting for 2021, I hear you. I don’t mention it much, as I know lovely Annabel has it covered. (And I recommend her Facebook group for suppliers, if anyone’s not already in there.) Anyways – much is happening here at English Wedding HQ. I’d like to think that as the blogger with a small wedding business I understand a little of how this is affecting everyone, on a personal level. (I’m still desperately trying to work out how to pivot…)
It’s been a busy summer for the blog. I see you all sat at home having to do marketing, cameras in boxes and creative projects shelved while you wedmin your lives away. Thank you so much to everyone who’s submitted a wedding or styled shoot. I’m happy to say our pages are pretty full all the way through to December, with a few slots left for extra special features. So the ONLY submissions I’m looking for now are those which promote diversity.
I don’t want to slow the momentum we had in the summer. My inbox is off balance again, with far more submissions with white, straight couples, or skinny white models for photoshoots. I KNOW you have shoots you’d love to see published – with black brides or grooms, Asian couples, LGBTQ+ couples. I don’t CARE if they’ve already been on Rock My Wedding, Rock n Roll Bride or Love My Dress. Surely those amazing shoots deserve to be seen again? Surely all the suppliers involved would love another feature on another blog? Send them in, do!
You might have seen the Rescue Plan I put in place during lockdown, giving every English Wedding member a free feature and slashing prices on membership. It feels only right to have a more long term price reduction in place until we’re back to work (ie weddings are back to normal size and frequency). So I’ve cut membership prices right down again – the infographic below explains all you need to know.
… and reading between those bright pink lines, you’ll spot our Big News. In one way it feels like a Big Change, but in another we’re carrying on something we started last year. It’s Membership. And it’s the fact that most of what we feature here comes from suppliers who have signed up to be members of the English Wedding directory and blog.
The wedding blogosphere is changing. Style Me Pretty got bought last year (then came back, all rescued). Rock My Wedding got bought (although it’s more complicated than that). English Wedding is NOT FOR SALE. But I need to protect it. So I’m reaching out to every UK wedding supplier to join in and support us. For a small payment, you’ll be in our UK wedding directory and become a part of the blog. This means you get home page features – one if that’s all you can afford, or more if you have extra marketing pennies to spare.
And with YOU – all of you – supporting us, we can make sure English Wedding carries on as it began: showcasing the very best of the little independent wedding businesses in the UK. Helping to keep you going through these shitty times. Giving you a platform to shout about the business you love and the beautiful things you create. And keeping UK weddings independent and creative.
Your comments are welcome – I’m firstname.lastname@example.org
To join us, email me with a link to your business. I’ll reply personally – do give me a few days, my inbox is like a mouse ate a hippo. 😉
Header image credit: English wedding member Sigi Kirkpatrick Photography, from the inspiration shoot we featured earlier today. Full supplier list here