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How to Submit a Wedding Announcement to The New York Times
Have you dreamed of seeing your name in The New York Times? Are you getting married? Then here's your chance. (Be sure to plan ahead though.)
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Per The New York Times website (01-2014), here are their current requirements for submitting your wedding announcement:
"To submit news of your wedding to The New York Times, please follow these instructions closely. Click here for the form to submit your announcement.
Marriages and commitment ceremonies are reported in the Weddings/Celebrations pages in the Sunday Styles section and on the Web at nytimes.com/weddings. We report on ceremonies taking place during the previous six days. Events on a Sunday are reported on the day of the ceremony.
The timing of publication is governed by the date on which the civil marriage certificate is officially solemnized. (Or, in the case of same-sex unions, in locations where this legal option is unavailable, the date of the commitment ceremony or official partnership registration.)
Submissions are rewritten, fact-checked and edited to Times standards.
Please deliver requests for marriage or commitment announcements at least six weeks before the event. Although we sometimes consider submissions received after that deadline, we give preference to those received first.
We strongly recommend that your information and write-up be uploaded to The Times's submissions Web site. (See the link to the Web form above.)
The Times does not charge for publishing these reports, but space is limited and we cannot guarantee publication. If it is published, the report will become a permanent part of the Times archives, on and off the Web.
You must include the full names of the couple, the date of their event and the approximate time of day. We need their addresses, schooling and occupations. Also mention any noteworthy awards the couple have received, as well as charitable activities and special achievements. And tell us how the couple met.
We also require information on the residences and occupations of the couple's parents. Please include this even if the parents are deceased. You may demonstrate your preferences by following the form of other announcements that have appeared in the Weddings/Celebrations pages.
In the case of a marriage, a civil union or a partnership registration, we must have the name, title and affiliation of the person who will legally sign the official certificate.
For an interfaith event, include the names and affiliations of any other officiants who will participate. Also state the exact location of the event.
All announcements must include daytime, evening and cellphone numbers for the couple and their parents. We also need the office phone numbers for those performing the ceremony. Identify each number. Submissions without telephone numbers cannot be considered.
The Weddings/Celebrations pages typically publish formal portraits of couples and individual brides. Couples posing for pictures should arrange themselves with their eyebrows on the same level and with their heads fairly close together. Couple pictures should be in color and printed in a horizontal format. Include the photographer's name if professional credit is required.
We will sometimes include full-length images of brides in wedding dresses, as well as informal photographs of individuals or couples at home, outdoors or in other attractive settings. Those posing for pictures should be neatly dressed, and the images should be of professional quality. They should be uploaded to The Times's Web site. (Technical guidelines appear below.)
If you are unsuccessful in delivering your image file to the Web, you may e-mail your photo (to Society@nytimes.com) as a high-resolution JPEG file attachment.
If submitted as a physical print, please be sure to write the couple's names and the date of the event on the back of the photograph, and include the photographer's name if professional credit is required. The address is: Society News, Fourth floor, The New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018. (To verify receipt, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard with your mailing.)
Photographs altered digitally or in any other fashion are not accepted. And pictures cannot be returned.
Sending Images by E-Mail
Image requirements: JPEG file format.
Width and height of at least 800 pixels.
Maximum file size of 12MB.
Other suggestions: Please try to avoid images with red-eye. Images should be sharp, in focus. Avoid busy or confusing backgrounds. Select an image where couple's heads and eyes are on the same level.
To have us consider your event for the Sunday Vows column, please tell us how the couple met, how their relationship progressed and how they arrived at the decision to formalize their union.
Enter that information into the space marked "sample announcement" on the Times Web form or, if necessary, prepare a duplicate submission, with a covering letter giving details about the planned ceremony and reception, and direct that request by e-mail to the Vows column at Society@nytimes.com.
If your announcement is selected, you will be called a few weeks before the event.
If questions remain, you may call the Society News desk at (212)556-7321 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Because of the volume of requests, we may not be able to reply immediately.
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Do you now have or are you interested in creating a short – 1 to 3 minute – video story about how you met that you would like to submit? If so, please indicate this on your online wedding submission form, near the top of the "user narrative" box."
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