One of the first things us newly-engaged brides do after gazing at that sparkling ring is hit the magazine racks to stock up on print inspiration. We flip through the pages at a breakneck speed with the intent of getting inspired for our own special day. Now imagine if the thrill you had gazing at all of those dreamy fantasy wedding photos could be just a little closer to home? Say, with your very own venue, gown, flowers, and cake in print? It would be a dream come true!
Whether you’re a bride who wants your wedding to live on in the pages of your favorite wedding magazine, or a wedding industry professional hoping to make your big break, we invited Martha Stewart Weddings Real Weddings Editor, Shira Savada, to spill her tips on how to get published once your “I do’s” have been said and the cake has been cut.
Be sure to check out how you can submit your wedding to Martha Stewart Weddings. Or, if you’re still in brainstorming mode, take advantage of the real-life weddings featured on the site and by following along on social media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. There are 2 print issues on shelves now: the Spring Issue which is all about color and the Real Weddings Special full of fabulous fêtes!
Photo by Laura Murray
How did you get into the magazine industry and land a position at Martha Stewart Weddings?
In middle school I had subscriptions to all of the teen magazines, and was hooked from the start. Fast forward to working on the yearbook through high school as an editor, photographer, designer and writer—which made me feel a bit like a historian—and then getting a degree in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. I found that I loved exploring the different aspects of publishing and couldn’t wait to break into the industry.
After my first post-college job (working as a photo assistant at a fashion magazine), I landed a position as an art assistant at Blueprint magazine, which was a Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia title. When that magazine folded a year later, I was fortunate to move over to the style department at Martha Stewart Weddings. Now I’m the Real Weddings Editor, and it’s my job to find all of the weddings we feature online and in our pages.
Photo by Rachel Thurston