It’s one of the great wedding mysteries – how to get a wedding announcement in the New York Times?! While there are likely many factors that only the paper can speak to, here are the steps we took to get our wedding announcement published in the New York Times.
I still clearly remember getting the call from the reporter looking to fact check our information before writing the announcement. It was the New York Times and they were calling to ask about our wedding. Had we made it in? We had just about, but we still had a few steps to take in order to ensure it would be published.
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But first, let’s rewind. Here are the specific steps we took in order to make it happen.
These are the steps we took (read or watch):
1. It all starts with the announcement submission. Fill out this form on their site and made sure to follow all of the specific instructions.
2. Submit a photo where your heads are aligned and your eyes are on the same level. That’s what the paper asks for and it’s important you follow this guideline.
3. Read announcements in the paper so you know how to word and phrase your submission. If it is published, they will write their own version but you do need to draft an announcement when submitting it.
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4. Know that everything will be fact-checked. Inform your parents or anyone else in the announcement that they may receive a call to verify the information.
5. Include interesting tidbits! Michael and I had a good meet-cute story, which probably helped.
6. My dad was also our officiant (and crushed it!). I have heard the officiant is of interest to the paper. So note your officiant in the submission.
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Those are the steps we took – and it worked! We closely followed directions and did our research. It was still a BIG surprise when they called! And now a very fond memory. Check it out here!