Any Other Wedding was built with our readers in mind. Well, clearly, I’m speaking for Clare here because this whole blog was her idea, her bandwagon, that Aisling jumped on sometime last September and I hitched a ride on in May and…er…never got back off.
I think I can speak for us all when I say that we’ll often get an idea, a great idea for a post. We can see it in our heads, we share it with each other, we see how great it’s going to be, that it’s exactly what AOW stands for, that it will resonate, that it’s unchartered blog territory. And then we sit down, and we start to type, and nothing comes out. Or what does come out is stilted, awkward, first-date conversation.
And time and time again the only thing that saves us is knowing, really clearly, who we are writing for. We are lucky to have an extraordinarily diverse group of women reading this blog, who all have one thing in common; they are not afraid to be challenged, but neither will they judge. And writing for that kind of person is the greatest, most gratifying sort of writing you can ever do.
We love what we do. But we are also acutely aware that our readers deserve more than to just hear us cackling on day after day. We’re happy to do it, but that is not the ethos of this blog. Clare, Aisling and I are all very different but we do not represent the sheer diversity of our readership and that is why we need YOU. We need your stories, and your thoughts, and your experiences. They are what make this blog a better place to be.
We know some of you are worried about not writing “well enough”. It’s okay, we can help you out there (but chances are, your writing is incredible). What we want are your stories,so that we and our readers can learn from what you’ve been through. How you express those stories is completely up to you.
Any Other Photo
This is a good one to start with, if the thought of writing a post brings you out in a sweat. You submit your favourite wedding photo,and you tell us why this is The One. Why it captures something about your wedding day that you loved. Something that surprised you, or something you learned, or didn’t expect, or that you didn’t want but that ended up being right. It could be a blurred picture, it doesn’t even have to be of you…it doesn’t even have to be professional. We just need a short paragraph or two about why this is The One. The brief from there is wide open.
Wedding planning is hard. It really, really, is, and I don’t think there are many marrieds who could say, hand on heart, that they emerged unscathed. We were lucky enough to get Clare’s take on all things planning as she was going through the process, but why stop there? Tell us about what you’re going through – anything from family politics to standing up for the dress to beauty disasters to vow rage. We might be able to help. We’ll certainly be able to listen.
Becoming a Wife
And of course, there are those who have got married, and who have a wealth of advice to share. Tell us about it, about what you learned, about what you wish you’d known and about what was important. Tell us about your day, and what you hope for for the ever after.
You might not know you’re wise. But you are, and we want to hear from you. Whatever you have to say about marriage, life, engagement, relationships, being single, and the challenges surrounding it, we can all learn from you and from what you have to say. So say it. Please.
If you’re having strife with wedding planning, in-law woes, beauty disasters or vow rage, we are here for you. Just drop us a line, we’ll get our agony aunt horn-rimmed specs on, and do our best to give you an answer. And if we can’t give you an answer? Then we’ll ask our savvy, perceptive readers who will answer much better than we can.
Now, for your genius.
What do you want to see on these peachy pages? Are we going in the right direction for you? Is there something we’ve missed that you are yearning to read about, debate or discuss? We’ve recently had cracking suggestions from the inspirational Kirsty and Rachel and are working hard to make them happen, AOW-style. But we need more. We write for you, and we want to get it right. Tell us what you’d like to see and we will commence cooking it up.
Note: we love email, submissions and ideas. As Aisling let slip previously, we actually have a submissions dance. It’s not pretty, but it’s full of passion, good intentions, and verve. It’s also safe to do when pregnant. Please help keep the submission dance alive.