One of the most important parts of Southern Illinois Weddings is our blog section for Real Weddings and Weddings 101. Both of these sections are, and will always be, free platforms to promote your brand. The blog will feature weddings in our region & vendor's ideas & advice. If you have a real wedding you would like featured or an article idea that you would like considered - please let us know! Your name & contact information will be attached to any published blog articles!

Featured Weddings and Engagements

Generally photographers are in the best position to submit featured weddings as they typically hold the copyright on the images. We absolutely love to show off weddings you've worked, especially when they feature local brides, grooms, and vendors. We typically like to see weddings coming in on the front edge of the season (ex. Fall Weddings featured in Late Summer) - so feel free to dig back through your photo archives and submit last year's weddings! We accept submissions from weddings within the last 18 months. Photos can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with a write up about the day. Photo uploads can be submitted to http://silwed.com/uploads/ - where you can create a free account to temporarily store files for publications.

Here are the submission guidelines:

  • 30-100 non-watermarked photos
  • Wedding date within the last 18 months
  • Detail shots and bride and groom portraits
  • List all vendors associated with the wedding
  • The couples story: How did they meet? Are there any unique or touching stories from the day? What sets them apart?
  • Weddings should be shot in the Southern Illinois area

What you'll get:

  • Links back to your (and each of your vendors) websites. This will help drive traffic to your webpage!
  • A great selling point to your clients - they love to get published! Publishing drives conversations on social media, which is beneficial to everyone involved!
  • A featured badge - 

Wedding 101 Articles

This is an exciting section! This is an opportunity to vendors to publish articles that would be helpful to a couple for their wedding or engagement. One of the most common questions I get about articles is "How much will it cost?" Absolutely nothing! Frankly, this is a situation where both parties will benefit from getting content out there. Major search engines are moving away from the technical aspects of Search Engine Optimization and on to focusing on good content. Please email your article ideas and submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit only articles related to your vendor category
  • 3-10 non-watermarked photos with photographer credit
  • Focus on our primary audience and current trends
  • Avoid technical terminology
  • This should not be advertisement for your business, but an informational article for brides
  • There is no word count - it should be short enough to hold attention, but long enough to get the point across clearly
  • Keep it to one point - if you have more than one point, I'd love to publish multiple articles from you!
  • Please include a headshot and short biography as well as a link to your business website, email, and phone number.

What you'll get:

  • A link back to your website. This will help drive traffic to your webpage!
  • A great selling point to your potential clients! Publishing drives conversations on social media, which is beneficial to everyone involved! 
  • Credibility for being an expert in your field