How to Submit Weddings to The Knot

Find out how to become a Real Wedding on TheKnot.com and in our magazines.
by The Knot

Submitting a wedding to The Knot for consideration in one of The Knot’s print magazines or on TheKnot.com works the same way—and it’s super simple. We use a platform called Two Bright Lights to receive and review all wedding submissions. It’s free to submit, and you can visit TwoBrightLights.com/TheKnot to get started.

Typically photographers take the lead on submitting a wedding to us for consideration, but other pros (planners, florists, etc.) can take charge as well (there’s a step built into the Two Bright Lights platform that allows the submitter to tag the photographer who can then grant image permission).

One catch: Newlyweds can’t submit their wedding independent of a wedding pro. They have to team up with one of their vendors to submit.   

The Knot reviews weddings on an ongoing basis and aims to either select or release every wedding submission within two months of receipt. You will be notified through the Two Bright Lights interface, not via email. 

Every wedding we receive is considered for a regional issue of The Knot, TheKnot.com or The Knot national issue. Below are the dates you should target to submit weddings for the 2019-2020 season, depending on the wedding location, to ensure you don’t miss out on an opportunity for print!

October 2019:

Colorado & Michigan: October 25th

November 2019:

Missouri/Kansas: November 1st
Texas: November 8th

December 2019:

Pennsylvania & Delaware: December 4th
California: December 6th
New England (Boston, Cape Cod, Central & Western Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Northern Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island): December 20th

January 2020:

North & South Carolina: January 3rd
Georgia: January 10th
Florida: January 17th
Ohio: January 24th
DC/Maryland/Virginia: January 31st

February 2020:

New Jersey: February 14th
New York (NYC, Long Island, Rockland, Hudson Valley, Southern Connecticut): February 21st
Minnesota: February 28th

March 2020:

Chicago: March 6th

ANSWERS TO FAQs:

How recent does a wedding have to be in order to be considered for a feature?

Don’t submit a wedding older than one year from the day you’re submitting. For example, if you were to submit a wedding on September 8, 2019, then you shouldn’t submit a wedding that occurred any earlier than September 8, 2018. 

Does The Knot prioritize certain seasons depending on the issue in which the wedding will be published?

No. We run weddings from all four seasons in every issue and online. Yes, that means we run spring and summer weddings in our winter issue and vice versa. It’s important to have inspiration for all our readers, regardless of the month they choose to wed. 

What does The Knot look for in weddings?

While we have a soft spot for romantic weddings, what we’re looking for are celebrations where couples made unexpected statements to have “their wedding, their way.” Perhaps they honored their religions, blended their cultures, or just let go of the old wedding "rules" and wrote their own playbook.We seek weddings full of personalized details, twists on tradition, nods to various cultural backgrounds and great photography. Surprise us! We’re most inspired by details we haven’t seen before. 

Does The Knot require exclusivity?

Yes. We don’t accept weddings that have - or will be - published in another magazine or on a blog, but it’s okay for the wedding pros who produced the event to blog about it and post it on their own social media. 

Do I have to be a paid partner of The Knot in order to submit a wedding or be featured?

No, we welcome submissions from everyone, even if you’re not a paid partner. 

Do you accept styled shoots or engagement sessions?

No, we only feature real weddings with real couples. While styled shoots and engagement sessions can surely be inspirational, they don’t align with our goal of keeping it real for our readers. 

How many weddings can I submit at one time?

Fire away! Don’t feel limited to submit just one wedding. We like to see variety! 

Can you list every regional issue of The Knot? 

We publish 16 regional magazines, and they publish twice per year—once in spring/summer and once in fall/winter. Here’s a list:

The Knot Colorado 
The Knot Michigan
The Knot Missouri/Kansas 
The Knot Texas
The Knot Pennsylvania & Delaware
The Knot California
The Knot New England (Boston, Cape Cod, Central & Western Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Northern Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island)
The Knot North & South Carolina
The Knot Georgia
The Knot Florida 
The Knot Ohio 
The Knot DC/Maryland/Virginia
The Knot New York (NYC, Long Island, Rockland, Hudson Valley, Southern Connecticut)
The Knot New Jersey 
The Knot Minnesota 
The Knot Chicago 

How many times does The Knot national issue drop each year?

The Knot national issue publishes four times annually: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

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