Enter Our Summer Giveaway with Radiant Magazine + Anthropologie!

June brings with it bare feet, travel, reading that stirs the soul, and, hopefully, a marriage celebration or two on your calendar. We want to help you set the stage.

With wedding season in full swing, we’ve collaborated with Radiant Magazine, a quarterly print periodical for Catholic young women, to gift one lucky follower a copy of Radiant's Summer 2018 Love Issue, featuring Spoken Bride, and a $50 gift card to Anthropologie (also good for Anthro's wedding line, BLDHN!). To enter:

  1. Follow @spokenbride and @radiantmag on Instagram.
  2. On the corresponding giveaway post in Instagram, tag a Catholic bride-to-be or newlywed in a comment. Each separate comment is a chance to win.

The giveaway begins today and ends Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 11:59pm EST/ 8:59pm PST. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via Instagram on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Click here to read the official giveaway rules.

An Anniversary + Our First Reader Survey!

Today we invite you to join in our mission by way of our first Reader Survey!

Two years ago this week, on the Feast of the Visitation, we launched this corner of the wedding world: a place rooted in sisterhood, unafraid of the raw and imperfect, in love with love and with beauty, knowing they provide only a glimpse of an even more loving, more beautiful Creator.

It’s entirely due to the work of the Holy Spirit and to each of you, our brides, that the Spoken Bride community has grown since that first day. We read and truly appreciate every submission, comment, and email and continually hold you in prayer. Your willingness to entrust your intentions to our team and community, to offer advice and support to like-minded women, and to give reverence and attention not just for the outer, but the inner, is a gift. It embodies our mission to make manifest the truth, beauty, and goodness of Catholic marriage--in all its joy and purification. Thank you.

We look forward to sharing more distinctively Catholic wedding-related content and joining you in prayer and witness over this coming year! We have big dreams for this ministry and a simple desire to serve you with resources best suited to your practical and spiritual needs.

To help us accomplish that, share your thoughts in the Reader Survey below. It’s our priority to create content and tools ideally suited to your heart and your particular needs as a Catholic bride,. We’re looking forward to hearing your voice!

Saint Joseph, Mary Most Holy, Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, pray for us.

Longtime Married Readers, We Want to Hear from You! Introducing The Sophia Series.

Sophia is the Greek word for “wisdom.” With marriage comes an unveiling: emotional, physical, spiritual. The raw of who we are. And in that vulnerability, we are given the grace of a holy wisdom, born of experience and time. We invite you to share yours.

Sisterhood, community, and honest dialogue have become cornerstones of the Spoken Bride community, with all thanks to the Father and to your authenticity and sincerity. In that spirit of honesty, we know that behind every picture-perfect wedding photo is an imperfect bride and groom, striving always to live out free, faithful, fruitful, and total love. The Sophia Series will feature testimonies from longtime married women (five years or more) who have endured the fire of purification in their married life and emerged transcendent.

Maybe your purification has involved conversion to the Catholic faith, infertility, loss, addiction, or illness. Maybe your relationship has been tested by your own weaknesses or by others’ involvement. Here is a place for giving voice to the redemption of these trials. Our goal is that this series feels like sitting down with a friend, sharing in truthful, humble conversation and ultimately affirming the reality and goodness of Catholic marriage.

There is no Resurrection without the Crucifixion. The path to heaven comes only by way of Calvary. Yet there is never a doubt that suffering has meaning and purpose; that the Father never leaves our side and that through every cross, grace abounds. We hope you’ll trust us with your experiences and we pray your witness bears fruit for other brides--women who, like you, are on a lifetime pilgrimage in this vocation of marriage.

Feeling called to share your story of triumph from hardship? Submit your Sophia Series submission below.

Submissions are continually accepted and considered.

Name *
Name
Headshot, Wedding Day, and Current Photo of you with your spouse and/or family. Must be at least 950px. Please give credit for any professional photography.
Must be married for AT LEAST 5 years.
We're eager to hear your story of a cross that has ultimately strengthened and affirmed your married life. Please include how you met your husband, details about your courtship and discernment of marriage, the issue that brought difficulty to your relationship, its resolution or outcome, your takeaway from the experience, and any other relevant info you feel called to share.
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We Want to Share Your Story

 

Our mission at Spoken Bride is to be a witness of the beauty of the Catholic understanding of the sacrament of marriage, and we are truly grateful for the ways that our vendors, contributors, and newly engaged and married couples help us do just that. If you haven't considered submitting your story to Spoken Bride, we hope you will. In addition to wedding features, we are particularly interested in the following: 

Proposal stories - This spring we launched our "How He Asked" series. We are always looking for newly engaged couples and their proposal stories. Professional photography is encouraged, but not required for this submission. 

Betrothal Ceremonies - If you and your fiancé decide to take advantage of the Church's traditional betrothal ceremony, consider sharing it with us! Again, professional photography is encouraged, but not required. 

Weddings featuring mixed cultures and ethnicities - Our Church is beautifully diverse! We would love to showcase and share its many countries and cultural traditions

Weddings featuring various Catholic Rites - Spoken Bride isn't just for Novus Ordo Catholics: we love to hear from couples whose wedding liturgies were celebrated in other rites (Byzantine, Tridentine, Maronite, Armenian, etc.). The Church is many parts and is universal! Let's celebrate it and share it with others. 

International Weddings - Know of a Catholic couple who got married outside the US? We'd love to feature their wedding! 

Convalidations - Catholics originally married outside of the Church, who wish to have their marriage recognized as a permanent and sacramental covenant, do what is called a convalidation ceremony. It's our honor to share the stories of real couples who've felt called to make that covenant.

Styled Shoots - Are you a vendor who has recently collaborated with others to create a beautiful styled shoot? We'd love to share the inspiration and images from the shoot. Please note: If you attended a workshop with a styled shoot incorporated for the attendees and you would like to submit it, you will need to get permission from the head of the workshop before doing so. 

Original articles on anything related to engagement, marriage, wedding planning, etc- Your reflections, advice, and musings on the beauty of the sacrament of marriage are invaluable to us and our community here at Spoken Bride. If you have an idea for a post that fits with our mission, please send it our way. Please note that we cannot use pieces that have been published previously on other websites or publications. Editorial policies can be found here in full.

If you have questions or want more information on requirements for different types of submissions, check out our submissions page or email us at hello@spokenbride.com. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing what the Lord has done in your life with our Spoken Bride community! 

Introducing Our New Associate Editor!

Starting this week, we are thrilled to welcome Christina Dehan Jaloway to the Spoken Bride team! A lifelong student of beauty and the Catholic faith, in and out of the classroom (she has a Masters in Theology from Notre Dame and taught high school Religion for nine years), Christina is the honest, observant voice behind the blog The Evangelista and writes as a missionary of the true, good and beautiful. 

Christina married her sweetheart, Kristian, this past Christmas season after a setup, courtship, and engagement that transpired in a whirlwind of certainty and peace. We're grateful for her perspective as she enters into newlywed life and eager to share her insights on the blog in the upcoming months!

From Christina: I remember seeing the first posts from Spoken Bride shortly before getting engaged, and I was so excited about the prospect of not only learning from the wisdom of others, but also sharing my own experiences during engagement and newly married life. I'm thrilled to begin my work as Associate Editor, using my love of writing, beauty, and all things Catholic wedding-related to bless our readers. 

A little about me: I'm an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by the grace of God, a double Domer (meaning I have two degrees from the University of Notre Dame--both in theology), and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's biggest fan. I spent my first 9 years post-graduate school as a high school theology teacher and loved (almost) every minute of it. Besides Austin and Houston, I've lived in Falls Church, VA, Washington, DC, Phoenix, AZ, and South Bend, IN. These days, I divide my time between freelance writing, blogging, speaking, reading, wine tasting, hiking, loving my new husband, playing with my nieces whenever I get the chance, and re-watching episodes of Parks & Rec

Enter Spoken Bride's Valentine's Giveaway

LOVE is in the air during engagement season! In celebration and in sincere thanks for the love, support, and sisterhood you've helped us create in the Spoken Bride community, we're thrilled to be giving away a practical and pretty package from some of our own.

One lucky winner will receive a copy of INVITED: The Ultimate Catholic Wedding Planner, written and signed by our Editor in Chief Stephanie Calis, and FIVE gorgeous prints donated by our vendors When Beauty Met Truth, Just Love Prints, Sarah Ann Design, Telos Art, and Sea & Sun Calligraphy. 

Click on images to view individual websites.

Here's how to enter (up to 2 entries per person):

  1. Follow @spokenbride, @whenbeautymettruth, @justloveprints, @sarahann_design, @telosart, and @sea.and.sun.calligraphy on Instagram.
  2. Share and repost the original giveaway image on your Instagram feed and use #spokenbrideloves so we can find you.
  3. Tag a bride-to-be or newlywed in the comments who would love Spoken Bride's community with other brides seeking true holiness and true beauty.

The giveaway is open now until Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11:59pm EST/ 8:59pm PST. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via Instagram on Monday, February 6, 2017.

Click here to read the official giveaway rules. 

We wish you luck and love this opportunity to return your support with these sweet Valentine's gifts! 

Spoken Bride is Seeking an Associate Editor!

If words are your gift--spiritual reflection, sharing the fruits and vulnerabilities of your engagement or marriage, list-making, or otherwise--we want to hear from you! Spoken Bride is seeking an Associate Editor to join our team beginning in February 2017 and is accepting applications through February 1.

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing and/or editing three or more original pieces per month for the Spoken Bride blog
  • Constructing blog posts from start to finish, including drafting, editing, graphics, and preparation for social media
  • Editing several contributors' pieces per month and networking with past and future contributors
  • Assisting with editorial calendar
  • General communication and input with the team

Feeling called to apply? Here's how:

Fill out the form below with your qualifications and an original sample blog post. Sample posts should not have been previously published on other sites. Suggested topics can be found here. Some submissions will be featured on the Spoken Bride blog in upcoming months; see here for our editorial terms and policies.

Notes + Guidelines

  • At this time, Spoken Bride positions are not monetized. The Associate Editor position is unpaid, but does offer exposure of your work and unique viewpoint to our community of hundreds of Catholic brides each month.
  • Experience in writing, editing, theology, and/or weddings is ideal, but not required. Applications will be evaluated holistically, not on merit of qualifications alone.
  • Writing samples should be between 500-1,200 words.
  • The new Associate Editor will be notified by mid February.
Name *
Name
Tell us about yourself! Are you recently engaged or married? Have you been married for several years? What drew you to apply for this position?
Do you have concrete experience in writing, editing, blogging, theology, wedding planning, ministry, or otherwise? Any relevant degrees?
Please check the following:

We look forward to hearing your voice! Know of our prayers for you as we entrust this new position in our ministry to the intercession of Our Lady and of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists and writers.