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How to Submit Weddings to The Knot

Find out how to become a Real Wedding on and in our magazine.
 Hannah Nowack
by Hannah Nowack
Updated Oct 30, 2019

Submitting a wedding to The Knot for consideration in our print magazine or on 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 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 both and The Knot Magazine. Below are the dates you should target to submit weddings for the 2020-2021 season to ensure you don't miss out on an opportunity for print!

Answers to Your 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, 2020, then you shouldn't submit a wedding that occurred any earlier than September 8, 2019. 

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. In order to ensure we're giving our couples the most unique and innovative content, we don't accept weddings that have—or will be—published in another magazine or on a blog. However, it's okay for the wedding pros who produced the event to blog about it and post it on their own social media. Three months after a feature goes live on and six months after a print feature hits newsstands, you're welcome to submit your wedding to other outlets for consideration. 

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, within the context of our real weddings coverage, we only feature real weddings with real couples. While styled shoots and engagement sessions can surely be inspirational, and we occasionally include them in other pieces of editorial content, they don't align with our goal of keeping our real weddings section real for our readers. If you have an engagement session, we encourage you to submit it to our partner site, How They Asked, by The Knot

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! 

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

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

2021 Key Submission Dates

The Knot Spring Issue

Submit no later than September 25th (the issue hits stands in late January). See our The Knot Spring 2020 Issue here.

The Knot Summer Issue

Submit no later than December 16th (the issue hits stands in late April). See our The Knot Summer 2020 Issue here.

The Knot Fall Issue

Submit no later than March 16th (the issue hits stands in late July). See our The Knot Fall 2020 Issue here.

The Knot Winter Issue

Submit no later than July 15th (the issue hits stands in early November). 

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