Call for Submissions


Call for Submissions | A Practical Wedding

It’s that time again! As you may have noticed, the APW staff has been working hard lately to bring you content each week that not only embodies the ethos of APW, but that also fits around a relevant theme that we don’t think gets enough play in the wedding world. The reason we do this is that we believe it makes your contributions that much stronger when they are surrounded by posts that are equally thought-provoking in either complimentary or contradictory ways (like our back-to-back posts on moving in easily and moving in with difficulty).

BUT! We need your help. In order to bring you this awesome themed content, we need posts that speak to the specific ideas we’ve cooked up. So, if you have something to say about any of the following topics (or about a topic that isn’t listed here and hasn’t been covered before), please click here and submit your post. It’s that easy, and we will love you forever.

  • Marriage & Careers
  • Embracing Imperfection
  • Curveballs
  • Opposites
  • The Ways We Show We Love Each Other
  • Adventures

Oh, and we need posts of all types, so if you’ve been dragging your feet about sending in a Wedding Graduate post (I’m looking at you EVERYONE), now is the time! Remember, all you have to do is submit, and we promise unconditional love in exchange. So, really, you’re totally getting the better end of the deal here.

Last, but not least, we’re coming up on the second annual APW Pride Week, which is an entire week dedicated to LGBTQ weddings, marriages, and lives. And while we’re always in need of posts from our LGBTQ readers, if you’ve been sitting on a post for a while, maybe it’s time to finish it up and send it our way! And as always, we run almost 100% (Actually 100%? Seriously every single thing we can get.) of the LGBTQ and minority weddings that we receive, but we can’t publish what we don’t have. If you feel like your voice hasn’t been represented on the site yet, the only way to fix it is to submit your wedding! We’re trying to change the face of the wedding industry one post at a time, but we need your help. You really do not want made-up posts about Maddie and Meg getting married, and that’s the best we can do without you.

So what are you waiting for? Go! Submit! I’ll be right here, waiting patiently to give you your hug when you’re done.

Editor’s note: I know some of you are reading this and thinking to yourselves, “But I submitted my grad post already! Who do these guys think they are, asking me for more?!” And the truth is, we get so many awesome submissions every day and we honestly (truly!) read every single one that comes in. But our staff is tiny and they work super hard, and unfortunately there just isn’t enough manpower on the team to contact everyone who submits. We really wish there was, but you know, money, and paying people, and such! So if you’ve already submitted, then first we’d like to say thank you. And second, rest easy, because often the turnaround time for publishing a post can be several months. (But we’ll let you know before it runs! In case, you know, it’s been a year since you submitted it and and you forgot we exist.) Even if we’re not able to run your post, please know that we’re no less appreciative of the time you took to sit down and carefully put your thoughts into words. We really hope that anything you write, you write first for you, and second (or third or fourth) for us. Because while we’re nice (we think) the real point of writing is to figure stuff out about your life, no?

Photo by: Mat Smith Photography (submitted by Nat to the APW Flickr Pool)

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  • Moz

    Would love to see more Wedding Grad Returns posts please. They’re always incredible and such a pay off for those of us who are long term readers.

  • http://elissarphotography.com Elissa

    Maybe I will think of something to submit :)
    But my real reason for posting a comment is… Nat? Where did the dress come from? I’m totally in love with it.

    • Nat

      Aw, thank you! :) I am in the UK, South London, and my dress was made by an amazing dressmaker called Pascale, of Stag and Bow in Forest Hill. I had a specific idea for my dress, as I wanted to use it for concerts afterwards (I am a singer), and we worked together to make exactly what I wanted. I can’t wait to wear it again!

  • Rowany

    Is there like, a deadline for the themed posts? Even a fake one to light a fire under my butt to start writing?

    • meg

      Oh! Many of these themes will go up in the next few weeks, so if you want in, WRITE NOW. (If you don’t write now, by all means still submit, but it might be awhile till we find a place to slot your post in.)

  • http://www.koruwedding.blogspot.com Koru Kate ⎨Koru Wedding⎬

    I’ve been meaning to submit forever! I finally did submit photos to be considered for Wordless Wedding. I definitely have some post ideas, I just never find the time to write them!

    p.s. I LOVE this photo!

    • Nat

      Thank you for the sweet comment about the photo. Mat usually doesn’t do “trendy” shots like this, but we wanted a different kind of image for our thank you cards, so we messed about with an iPhone and this happened…! It turned out really well on cards :)

  • merryf

    OK, Meg (and Maddie and team)! After 1 year and 11 months of married life, I’m ready to write you a post. It’s been marinating in my head since, well, a very long time, and I’ve discovered some truths about how strong I really am. Oh, and Meg? It’s one of those posts where there’s no resolving of the issue yet. Just because the Path is never neat and tidy nor turns out to be what we think we want.

    • meg

      Good! As long as you’re at peace with yourself and ready to write it, now is the right time!

  • http://hitchdied.wordpress.com Robin HitchDied

    On the brink of a move to South Africa with my husband, so while I suspect I will not be able to write about that in time for the marriage or careers/adventures theme weeks, I am looking forward to reading about similar struggles. And someday I promise I will write the “sometimes when you are married you move to the other side of the globe to stay together” post.

    • Rose in SA

      Yay Robin! South Africa is an amazing place, I hope you will love it here.

  • http://proofitgood.tumblr.com Rizubunny

    I do have a post that I wrote up about our gay-lady choices around kids…I just need my wife to read and approve it and then I’ll submit. And still planning on a wedding graduate post, but it’s been a crazy year and I’m not sure yet what I have to say about it :/

    • Laurel

      Please please please will you submit this? I want to read it.

      • http://proofitgood.tumblr.com Rizubunny

        I totally will! I’ll try to get her to read it tonight so I can send it in. Thanks for the encouragement :)

  • Carolyn

    Finally did it. This was the push I needed to finally just do it and quit trying to perfect it!! Thank you!

  • http://thecelebrationgirl.com Marcela

    I am now working on my own working graduate post, but I could also write about what happens when the adventure stops. My husband and I met and lived the first two years of our marriage in adventurous settings (peacekeeping, lots of travelling, hopping on a plane every two months to discover new places, international moves, etc), and when life made us settle down (perhaps temporarily), we struggled, and then found ways of putting adventure in our less exotic lifestyle. Would that be something you could be interested to read about?

    • MrsM

      Yes! So few people talk about the issues of returning home after great adventures. I and so many of my friends have been through this as so many of us leave the country to work/travel/explore. On return you have changed, but your friends and family haven’t. Fnding your place again can be so difficult.

    • meg

      Yes!!

  • kayakgirl73

    Are you still looking for vintage weddings?

    • meg

      Always!

  • Sheryl

    Timing, as always, is so very perfect. Life just turned into the biggest curveball I’ve ever seen.

  • melissa

    I have a suggestion for a theme: KIDS. When? At all? I’m obsessed. I see them on facebook and my ovaries ache, but I can’t pull the trigger yet and give up the things I think it would require giving up. I’m about to turn 31 and I think I could have two equally compelling lives, but the clock is ticking and I don’t know how to choose.

    • http://midwestlantern.blogspot.com/ Midwest Melissa

      From one Melissa to another, YES!

  • Emily

    I don’t see a bucket for themed posts. They aren’t wedding graduate posts right? Do you just submit them under “Other”? Sorry if I’m missing something obvious.

  • http://www.invitationshouse.co.uk/ Mary Henry(Invitations House)

    Even a fake one to light a fire under my butt to start writing?