80+ Free Ways You Can Get Wedding Vendor Listings to Improve SEO & Increase Exposure
By Brian Lawrence and Katherine Meikle
As a wedding industry marketing expert, I’ve put together this collection of more than 80 ways to get free wedding vendor listings to help you effectively improve your business’ SEO and get increased exposure at the same time, whether you are:
- a wedding venue owner wanting to book more events at your location
- a caterer with a goal of bumping up your venue website in the rankings
- a wedding photographer trying to figure out how to get more wedding photography clients
- a floral designer hoping to establish your wedding florist website
- an entertainer in need of SEO for your wedding DJ marketing
- or any other vendor in the wedding industry aiming to gain clients
How It Works
Wondering how you can use free vendor listings to get your site’s Google listing up in rankings while being seen by more eyes?
Every website has a domain score. This score incorporates a number of factors like traffic and bounce rate to show how successful a website should be in search results. Sites with higher domain scores are considered more valued and trustworthy by search engines including Google. If you can share a link to your website on a site with a strong domain score, you can become favored by association. This is very beneficial for SEO for small businesses, but that’s not the only reason to want to get your site link listed on these platforms.
If this site you’re being listed on is relevant to your business and has a lot of traffic, that is a lot of potential customers as well. Establishing links to your wedding business website across the web on websites for brides and grooms gives you more opportunity to be seen by people you know are already interested in hosting a wedding or event.
And because all of the options below are free advertisement sites, you do not have to worry about them cutting into your marketing budget and wedding revenue as a result.
But remember, this is all only a small piece of the puzzle. So much goes into not only your SEO but making sure that wedding couples will actually resonate with your site once they do click that link to find you. If they like your listing on a wedding directory yet do not like what they see on your site, you will not get the follow-through and business. I can help you evaluate your website and SEO during a free 30-minute consultation.
Free Vendor Listings
Many wedding directories offer valuable free listings on their sites. There may be paid packages which perhaps offer greater exposure or additional profile customization, but a basic free listing is all you need to get the SEO value of your link on the site and be found by a greater pool of potential clients.
Utilize the wedding directory links below to register your business on each applicable list of wedding vendors. A day or two for approval may often be necessary.
Pearl – I am excited to share a brand new vendor directory site created by David’s Bridal. The Pearl platform will have traffic not only from general online searches but from the David’s Bridal website directly, which has a domain authority score of 66 (considered “Great” in trust rankings) and receives almost 17 million visitors per month. Creating a listing is free, and you can use the promotional codes below to get excellent discounts on the Essential and Premium listing tiers.
Essential promo: BRIAN19 = $19/month for 12 months ($49)
Premium promo: BRIAN49 = $49/month for 12 months ($119)
PA Wedding Guide – This new Pennsylvania vendor directory offers free listings to vendors in the Pennsylvania market and those businesses just outside its borders. They also accept real wedding submissions and list upcoming events. Submit your listing, real wedding or event here.
Tripadvisor – Being able to create a free listing on Tripadvisor is a special option available to wedding venue owners thanks to the “Wedding Chapel” category option on their listing creation page. We’ve created a helpful guide to ensure you get the most out of this fantastic listing opportunity due to the excellent domain authority of the site.
Bridal Tweet – With a forum, blog and directory, there’s much for couples to explore on this site, including your vendor listing, which can be added easily here.
Carats & Cake – While you can’t upload a portfolio, your profile’s cover image and representative shot can work with your detailed description to speak for you on Carats & Cake.
Chamber of Commerce – Add or claim your free Chamber of Commerce business directory listing and establish your business through this trusted site.
Destination Wedding Directory – Destination Wedding Directory does not typically offer free listings, however, if you create a guest post, their website states they will give you a complementary full listing for one year. In addition to having listings for destination vendors around the globe, they have a US guide as well.
DiscJockeys.com – Wedding DJs and Event DJs can join this directory, which offers information on local professions plus song ideas and tips for couples.
Eventective.com – Eventective serves users who are planning weddings and events by listing wedding, party and meeting venues plus vendors such as DJs, photographers and more. Click here to set up a listing.
Forever Bride – Join the David’s Bridal-owned Forever Bride guide/blog website by filling out the form available here.
Gig Salad – Although there is a fee on any bookings, this site offers free listings for services providers such as photographers, caterers, entertainers and other similar wedding and event vendors.
Little Wedding Guide – When setting up your listing on the site, you’ll scroll on this page to choose the free, standard listing, which still gives you a link and even allows you to submit several keywords.
Loverly – This wedding vendor directory and advice guide offers the opportunity to be added once you send in an email with “a brief summary of what you do, where you’re located and some samples of your work”.
My Virginia Wedding – This location-specific site can be utilized to get free listings for Virginia wedding vendors such as florists, planners, bands and venues. Sign up here.
OneWed – OneWed provides couples with an endless scrollable inspiration gallery, blog and local vendor directory as well. Get started on your page at this link.
Party Blast – This directory offers free listings to DJs so couples can search for wedding and event professionals by metro area or by state/province.
Punchbowl – While a basic profile is only shown with key information to customers within a small radius, there are still benefits to listing your site on Punchbowl’s vendor directory.
Reception Halls – Venues can create a detailed listing with elements such as the lowest starting price, capacity information, cuisine types and much more.
Rustic Wedding Chic – Submit a basic listing with key information such as your website, phone number, email address along with a photo by signing up here.
The Photo Both Directory – Whether you are a DJ with photo booth rental or a company dedicated to offering photo booth services, you can add a free listing here on this comprehensive photo booth guide.
The Vendry – The Vendry could be a great fit for service providers looking to get hired by event planners searching for vendors such as caterers, florists and entertainers.
Thumbtack – Service providers can get a profile for SEO on the site for free. In terms of exposure, know that you are required to pay if you want interested customers to be able to make contact directly.
Top 10 Wedding Vendors – From top wedding venues to top cake bakeries, there are many types of wedding-related vendor listings on this site. Simply select the $0-per-month pricing option and sign up from there.
Wedding Chicks – This blog, vendor directory and planning-tool provider offers inspiration for wedding dresses, engagement rings and beyond. Create a profile on this site and you can even view analytics for it.
Weddingly – Create your free listing complete with a large number of details and photographs that allow your services to shine to potential clients.
Wedding Mapper – Build a Wedding Mapper listing that goes live immediately with description, up to 12 photos, contact info and more, no package necessary.
Wedding Realm – Wedding Realm is a wedding business directory for both engaged couples and wedding professionals, aimed to help business owners connect and potential clients find their ideal vendors. You can register as a vendor here.
Wedding Vendors – With a more simple blog and directory, your listing on Wedding Vendors will go live without delay after registration.
WeddingVibe – WeddingVibe is a unique wedding industry platform different to any other. They use promotions and contests created by vendors to engage couples both locally and nationally. As a vendor, you can set up a profile with a contest offer and also a special deal for WeddingVibe couples. That profile is free to set up and gives you a backlink which is good for SEO. Anyone that enters the contest becomes your lead to follow up with your offerings. The first month of promotion/leads is totally free (this offer would be for a local area to try as a test).
If you are happy with it, you would typically pay $199 per month, but using this special coupon code BRIANVIBE, it is $149. Just go to www.WeddingVibe.com/Vendor to create the profile, and if you need assistance, Kristy ([email protected]) is ready to help.
Wedding Vault – This site offers vendors statistics, a beautiful layout and more for free. If you particularly want to showcase photos, Wedding Vault encourages a portfolio of 30+ images, so no small limits simply because the listing is free.
Zola – In addition to helping couples create free wedding websites, Zola offers vendors free listings as well with a system specifically designed to help couples “self-qualify” before they reach your inbox.
Free Guest Opportunities
Not every wedding site offers a free listing, but many offer guest blog posts, photo features and podcast interview spots, which still offer the valuable links and exposure your business can take advantage of.
100 Layer Cake – Submit a wedding, party, project or photo shoot that is “romantic, trend-setting, creative, handmade, unique, or any combination of the above” to 100 Layer Cake using Dropbox, Two Bright Lights, an online gallery link or by email if necessary.
A Practical Wedding – Wedding planning, how-to, advice and more are possible essay topics accepted for guest posts at A Practical Wedding, a site which particularly targets millennial brides.
Belle the Magazine – Whether you are a bridal house submitting dresses or a photographer with a real wedding to share, you can send in something to Belle the Magazine’s curated gallery and blog.
Bespoke Bride – Bespoke Bride is looking for shoots which are quirky and full of personality. If this sounds like a good fit, submit 40-60 photos with text.
Best for Bride – Evergreen, relevant and educational content which is 1,500+ words at a minimum and ideally 2,000 words may possibly be chosen to appear on the blog for brides. Posts on the site can get up to over 1,000 shares, so you may get a large amount of exposure in addition to link value. Email Olga at [email protected] to share your ideas.
Black Bride – Serving brides of color since 1998, Black Bride offers readers diverse wedding inspiration and accepts real and styled shoots from vendors with a mix of 30-75 horizontal and vertical photographs.
B.Loved – Download the submission guides for photo features on this trend-conscious affordable luxury inspiration blog and directory by clicking here.
Book More Brides – Book More Brides looks for articles of all kinds, from sales tips and PR strategies to wedding industry trends and social media advice. Wedding pros can submit pieces which are 400-800 words in length – just make sure to include an “I do” wedding pun in your submission email to show you’ve read the blogger guidelines.
Bridal Musings – Bridal Musings aims to feature photo submissions which could be described as beautiful, romantic, chic, stylish or creative. If your work fits, submit now.
Brooklyn Bride – Brooklyn Bride considers chic, modern weddings from the New York City metro area for publication on their location-centric bridal site.
Burgh Brides – Burgh Brides exclusively accepts unique wedding and photo shoot submissions which have taken place in Pittsburgh, PA.
Burnett’s Boards – In addition to accepting bridal inspiration shoot submissions, the site asks vendors with a unique product or idea for a feature to get in touch.
California Wedding Day – California Wedding Day’s real wedding submissions guidelines indicate a particular focus on the latest wedding trends for weddings that took place in California.To be considered, ensure you don’t submit out-of-season pictures.
Carats & Cake – Real weddings across the country can be shared with wedding photos, location info and more on the Carats & Cake display gallery.
Elizabeth Anne Designs – Real weddings, inspiration shoots and portrait shoots can be submitted to Elizabeth Anne Designs here.
Ellwed Talks – Although the magazine, blog and podcast are focused on destination weddings in Greece, podcast interviews are open to guests from all over the world. Wedding professionals can download more information at the bottom of this page.
Equally Wed – Featuring modern LGBTQ+ weddings and inclusive professionals for over 10 years, Equally Wed accepts submissions of real LGBTQ+ weddings, engagements, styled shoots and more.
Festival Bride – Festival Bride particularly favors wedding shoots with a festival feel. Only 8-10 images and a short story are necessary to be considered for a feature.
French Wedding Style – Open to showcasing unique weddings from all over the globe with a French flair, French Wedding Style will helpfully create an article about your wedding submission for you using the information you provide on their online form if they are interested.
Green Wedding Shoes – Real weddings, proposals, parties, food, cocktails and more are topics you can send in to Green Wedding Shoes. Make sure you have plenty of photos ready for your submission – 50-250 pictures are required for weddings or styled shoots while other celebrations must have 20-60 images.
Groomsmen Gift Source – Because this site is focused on the groom, blog posts for the site typically do as well, with topics such as bachelor parties, tips for the groom and other similar avenues. At least 600 words of helpful content is required – click here to learn more about getting started.
Hey Wedding Lady – When sending in a set of real wedding photos to Hey Wedding Lady, know that a mixture of people and detail shots are required and vertical photos are highly preferred.
Hue I Do Wedding Podcast – Created to represent and share more Black voices in the wedding podcast space, including Black wedding vendors, the Hue I Do Wedding Podcast is open to guest spot request submissions via their online form.
The Inspired Bride – Off-beat, budget-friendly weddings with a story behind them are particularly sought after for The Inspired Bride, which accepts real weddings, engagement shoots and more.
Italian Wedding Circle – Focused on weddings in Italy, this blog is not simply limited to showcasing Italian weddings as they also go over Italian desserts to add to a wedding buffet, romantic movies set in Italy and more. Pitch an idea here.
Junebug Weddings – You can send in real weddings, elopements and styled shoots which feature unique aspects, a clear storyline and a good amount of details using this link.
Love & Lavender – Love & Lavender accepts both guest blog contributions and photos to potentially be included on their site. Make sure you read their full guidelines before sending something in.
My Virginia Wedding – Submit a real Virginia wedding with 25 photos using this link to potentially get your vendor link on the site, which offers couples a blog, planning tools and more.
My Wedding Songs – With more than 15,000 page views per day, this site offers a great opportunity for event pros sharing blog posts with detailed music playlists for wedding songs, party songs and beyond.
Nearly Newlywed – In their guide to blog submissions, Nearly Newlywed had a clear focus on ensuring credit for all vendors involved in the photo shoots and wedding articles that become featured on the site.
One Fab Day – Send in an editorial submission, real wedding submission or styled shoot submission that is inspirational here.
Palm Blog – The Palm Blog considers guest bloggers with content that has a unique message, actionable advice and valuable insight. In terms of word count, 1,200-1,500 word range is preferred although pieces up to 3,000 words may be accepted.
Rock n Roll Bride – Rock n Roll Bride primarily features real weddings but does accept some editorial and engagement shoots as well. You can also send in an article idea using the same submission email address.
Ruffled Blog – The Ruffled Blog is primarily looking for real BIPOC wedding submissions, especially unique cultural weddings, COVID weddings, micro weddings, chic backyard weddings, destination weddings, seasonal weddings and weddings with a mood that is colorful, elegant, stylish, feminine, chic and cheerful. Make sure to read the guidelines for the list of typically included shots.
Rustic Wedding Chic – In addition to accepting DIY projects, Rustic Wedding Chic looks for creative and unique rustic/country style real weddings, inspiration shoots, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and engagement parties.
Strictly Weddings – Along with the required 30-50 images, list of vendors with contact information and at least 300 words, you can submit a wedding to be featured on the Strictly Weddings blog.
Style Me Pretty – When submitting to wedding blog/shop Style Me Pretty, you’ll need to put together 80-150 mostly-color photographs with social handles, a complete vendor list, detailed descriptions and ideally a short video as well.
Tahoe Unveiled – Lake Tahoe weddings are featured here in addition to vendor advice, proposals, engagements, styled shoots, wedding trends and more.
The Stars Inside – This podcast aims to bridge the gap between wedding vendors and couples through stories, advice, and conversations. To be a guest vendor, you’ll need a good internet connection, a quiet room, a microphone (including built-in to a laptop) and headphones if you have them.
The Wedding Community – To send in real weddings, photo shoots, a picture for “photo of the day” or an advice article, read The Wedding Community guidelines here to learn more about getting featured.
The Wedding Dish – To be a guest speaker on The Wedding Dish podcast, submit your information here and don’t be daunted by distance or equipment – guests are vendors from all over the country with a quiet space, high speed internet, a webcam, headphones and a microphone (external microphone ideal).
The Wedding Planner Blog – To share event features on this blog, you must submit exclusive photos: 50-200 specific shots for weddings and 25-50 general photographs for other celebrations such as engagements and parties.
The Wedding Vow – The Wedding Vow offers a number of options for exposure, including through submitting an event, article, promotion and more.
Want That Wedding – Want That Wedding is a UK blog which accepts real wedding submissions from all over the world that are typically vintage, classic, alternative, DIY, modern or rustic.
Weddicious – Weddicious provides inspiration, suggestions and solutions for brides and grooms. To add your work to the site, submit up to 100 photos for a real wedding submission and/or put together an original 1,000+ word guest blog post.
WeddingBlogs100 – WeddingBlogs100 provides a vast collection of popular and influential wedding blogs. As long as you blog once per year, you can easily nominate your own wedding business website’s wedding blog to be included on the site.
Wedding Chicks – Submit a wedding, styled shoot or event to Wedding Chicks here, or write up a blog post to be submitted on this page. Have a wedding dress collection to share? You can do that using this link.
WeddingDay – This Midwest-based bridal inspiration guide allows you to submit both wedding/style features and engagement shoots to be displayed.
WeddingMix – To begin with your wedding feature submission to Storymix Media’s WeddingMix blog, you can email them your topic idea with at least five high-quality photos and two links to other posts you’ve written. For more guidelines on writing your post and social media cross-promotion after publishing, click here.
WeddingPhotoUSA – As a site based around wedding photography, article submissions to the site should focus on that aspect of the industry with a tip or relevant post subject. You could also submit a wedding to potentially be featured on the site with notes on techniques used to get the included photographs.
Wedding Vault – Showcasing unique weddings from around the globe, Wedding Vault allows vendors to share real wedding shoots.
WeddingVenueMap.com – WeddingVenueMap.com allows you to submit both guest posts and real weddings/wedding-related events, the guiding thought being: “How can engaged couples benefit from this?” For submitting a real wedding or wedding-related event, know that it must have occurred within 18 months of the submission date. Link to 100-150 photos for a wedding or 20-60 images for an event.
Woman Getting Married – Multiple types of features are accepted for potential features on this site, including wedding pictures and proposals.
Top 10 Wedding Vendors – Top 10 Wedding Vendors guest submissions would be a good fit for slightly more experienced bloggers as writers are required to submit at least five examples of previous published articles in the request form.
Your Wedding Guide – Become a guest writer for this UK blog by putting together a 1,000-1,500 word unique post with relevant pictures or infographics – then don’t forget to reply to any comments once published as this is an expectation for bloggers.
Consistency is Key
Before you start adding new listings on these sites, remember – consistency is key. If Google sees duplicate listings or different information about your business across the web, they will put you down in search results because of it. Everything online must be the same, from each detail of the address (“street” vs “st”) to every digit of the phone number.
Duplicate listings affect your ranking as well. Even if you didn’t create a listing yourself, some directories may have listed your business for you. This sounds good but it may be bad if they have the wrong information.
You could put a lot of hard work into utilizing these backlink sites while not realizing you are being weighed down by duplicate or incorrect listings. Make sure you get the most SEO for your business possible out of your listings by checking them with a completely free analysis report here. When you add your business information a custom and thorough search will be initiated to discover what problems you may be having that you aren’t even aware of.
If you’d like a more in depth analysis of your site’s SEO, including valuable key details such as what keywords you should be targeting, whether or not your pages reflect a USP (unique selling proposition), which of your site pages are most popular and more, click this link to get further details.
Also, if you are a wedding directory or blog that offers free listings or submissions, please email [email protected] to be added.