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 *
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?
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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.

Spoken Bride 1K Giveaway | Win a Handmade Lace Cathedral Veil!

In four short months we've reached 1000 followers on Instagram! All praise and glory be to God, and much love and thanksgiving to you for your support through prayer, social media engagement, and the sharing of your hearts and love stories with our community. Our prayer is this: that the work of Spoken Bride belong not to us but to providence, that we may be worthy vessels of our mission, perfected only by grace, and that the Holy Spirit inflame the couples who encounter that mission.

To celebrate, we're partnering with Olive and Cypress Photography to give away the gorgeous veil featured below. Handmade by Kristen of Gilded Shadows, an Austin-based shop that sources local and vintage materials and donates a portion of profits to charity, this light ivory, cathedral-length mantilla veil is entirely handmade and is edged in the prettiest, most delicate eyelash lace. One look tells us you won't be the last woman to wear it; it's truly a beautiful, heirloom-worthy piece.

Image:  Olive & Cypress  

Here's how to enter (one entry per person):

  1. Follow @spokenbride on Instagram
  2. Comment with your favorite part of planning your wedding
  3. Tag a bride (in your comment) who could use a little Spoken Bride in her life!

The giveaway is open now until Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 at 11:59pm EST/ 8:59pm PST. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via Instagram on Monday, October 10, 2016.

That's it! Head on over to Instagram for your chance to walk down the aisle adorned in this beautiful piece.

"The Church veils holy things—the tabernacle is veiled, behind the veil is the Body of Christ, and I am a vessel of life. A living tabernacle."

Click here to read the official giveaway rules. 

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Welcome to Spoken Bride!

We're thrilled to have you alongside us in sisterhood and community as we launch this ministry. Combining practical and spiritual content that speaks to the heart of femininity and authentic love alongside gorgeous real wedding inspiration and resources for working with Catholic wedding vendors, we dream of being the most singular, knowledgeable, and beautiful online authority for Catholic brides. You're invited to help us become that. Read more about our mission here, and...

Image credit:  Elissa Anne Photography

...If you're a newlywed: We would love to feature your wedding day, in photos and stories, as a witness to the love of Christ and the beauty of the Creator. Submit your wedding here.

...If you're a Catholic wedding vendor: The Spoken Bride Vendor Guide is the first resource designed to connect Catholic couples with Catholic photographers, planners, and other creatives in the wedding industry. Membership applications are open and we can't wait to see your work! Inquire about vendor membership here. P.S. Photographers, we also encourage you to submit weddings!

...If you're newly wed or newly engaged: Your joy is too good to keep to yourself, you aren't the only one experiencing certain crosses, and your victories and missteps in wedding planning can only help other brides on the same journey as you. We're eager to hear your stories, reflections, and advice and are currently accepting written submissions. See a full list of suggested topics and guidelines here.

Today is the Feast of the Visitation, that exultant day when Our Lady, incandescent with the love of her spouse, the Holy Spirit, sang praise that her soul magnified the Lord. Know of our prayers for you on this holy day and as we go forth.

Your joy, Mary, was palpable in Elizabeth and John's presence. We pray our relationship glorifies God in the same way: may our spousal love be a witness. May others rejoice through us, not because of our own human glory, but because Christ within us is impossible to ignore. From Full of Grace: Rosary Meditations for Engaged and Married Couples