Real Wedding, Engagement and Inspiration Shoot Submissions

Polka Dot Wedding loves to receive real wedding submissions, engagement sessions, inspiration shoots and more to showcase on the blog. You can see the previous real weddings we have published here.

How do I submit a wedding or shoot to Polka Dot Wedding?

Simply register to submit weddings by registering and clicking “new submissions”.

Once you are registered you can submit weddings and shoots to Polka Dot Wedding using the easy submission process. Simply register at the submissions page and follow the steps.

What are the images we want to see?

We tell stories at Polka Dot Wedding, so we love to see images of:

  • The couple getting ready (the gown, the bridesmaids, the nerves, the laughter)
  • The ceremony (the overview of the venue, close-ups, special performers, the processional, the first kiss!)
  • The portrait session (beautiful shots of the newlyweds, a group shot of the bridal party together, the sentimental bits, the fun!)
  • The reception (the speeches, the first dance, the cake, the table settings, the venue).

Be sure to tell us anything particularly special about the submission in your initial form!

If you are submitting a wedding film, please email it to submit@polkadotwedding.com. Please note we only run wedding films in Friday Roundup or as part of a wedding feature.

We also accept submissions via submission platform Matchology.

What about styled shoots?

We love to share creative collaborations between vendors and love sharing styled shoots! Because we limit how many styled shoots we share, we look for styled shoots & editorials that are packed with lots of detail to inspire our readers. Think tablescapes, flowers, cakes and stationery.

Please note, as of 2019,  we’ve made the decision not to publish shoots of couples pretending to be LGBTQ. We want to make sure the LGBTQ community is represented well and authentically across Polka Dot Wedding.

Will you respond to let me know if my submission is rejected or accepted?

We respond to every single submission we receive. Please await our response before submitting to other publications. We generally respond within a short time (approximately one to two weeks) but during busy periods this can take longer. Please email us (or use the “Nudge Polka Dot Wedding” feature) if you haven’t received a response.

What happens next?

If we are interested in featuring your real wedding, engagement or inspiration shoot on Polka Dot Wedding we will forward you through the submission process. This will require further photos to be uploaded and includes a questionnaire that we ask you to forward to the couple to fill out.

What if my couple doesn’t want to answer questions?

Polka Dot Wedding focuses heavily on the stories, the memories and the moments of the wedding day and therefore if the couple isn’t willing to fill out the information about the day, we aren’t able to feature the wedding or engagement shoot.

What if I didn’t cover the reception?

We like to tell the entire day as a story, so if you haven’t covered the moments throughout the reception, the wedding may not be for us. However we’re always happy to see your work and we also feature weddings that may not have received coverage in our newsletter, The Polka Dot Circle.

Will you let me know when the submission will be featured?

We let every real wedding and engagement shoot know the date that we have scheduled the submission to be published and will let you know this as soon as we have received your completed submission with images and text.

How do I send you large files?

We have a facility within the submission tool for you to upload the photos we require for the feature to proceed. We have restrictions on the size and amount of photos we accept and a tutorial video is provided above the file upload area.

Can I send composite images? What about watermarks? What about processing?

As we have our own way of telling the wedding stories, we ask that you only provide us with single images.

To maintain the quality and look of Polka Dot Wedding we are unable to accept watermarks on photography submissions. If in doubt please contact us.

We like images to be processed in a clean, editorial style. To be upfront, we prefer not to publish weddings without a consistent style and we’re not fans of selective colouring or sepia-toned images unless it’s done in an amazing way.

Can I submit if the wedding/engagement/style shoot has been published or is about to be published elsewhere?

No. This, however, doesn’t include your own blog! We like to provide our readers with fresh content but we also like to honour our fellow publications and the work that they do in publishing and finding weddings so we prefer not to feature weddings and shoots that have been featured elsewhere.

Can it be published elsewhere after Polka Dot Wedding?

It certainly can!

The wedding/engagement/shoot isn’t Australian, can I submit anyway?

We believe in inspiring our readers with inspiration from all over the world, so while the focus of our content is Australian we love to feature shoots and weddings produced internationally.

What is your stand on diversity?

Polka Dot Wedding proudly celebrates all kinds of love and welcomes submissions from anyone – regardless of cultural background, shape, religion, colour or sexual orientation. In particular, we are always interested in weddings and features that showcase

  • Couples of colour
  • Couples of diverse shapes and sizes
  • Couples with different abilities
  • LGBTQ couples
  • Multicultural weddings

But what is it you are looking for?

Polka Dot Wedding is an Australian wedding blog not just about details, not just about bouquets and table settings – but about joy and feeling good. We want to showcase the story of the wedding – from the moment the couple start getting ready, to the most important part of the day (the ceremony!) to that silent moment where the newlyweds get lost in each other’s arms on the dance floor. We love weddings that are full to the brim with joy, with warmth, with love. No matter the budget, size or location. We love celebrations that are authentic, that allow the couple to shine – to us, every wedding is perfect.

We are a blog that celebrates the wedding as a whole. A coming together of a couple, surrounded by their nearest and dearest. Showing their support as they start an important bond. An incredible step and journey together.

We feature weddings we feel a connection with, that move us, that make us stop, that makes us happy, that inspire us to keep blogging, keep writing, keep sharing.

We focus on the groom as much as the bride.

The story is the most important part.

We include details – because they are part of the many layers of the day.

We also include the candids, the tender moments, the unexpected looks, the warm hugs, silent tears, twirling skirts and belly-aching laughter. The photos that make you forget you’re looking at a photo, instead you’re there in the moment, wanting to dance, wanting to cry, wanting to drink a margarita and toast to the newlyweds.

We always tell the story of the day in chronological order – it makes sense to us to represent the day in the way it unfolded

We place great importance on honouring the couple’s story.

We want to showcase the joy – from the moments of getting ready, to the last hurrah of the reception.

My login details don’t work?

Please make sure you are logging in to our submissions portal at http://www.submissions.polkadotWedding.com. Simply select “Make A Submission” from the drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner or any page of the site.