HOW TO SUBMIT A LISTING

Please click/tap on the step titles below to expand the relevant sections.

We would recommend that you keep this page open in a separate tab/window so that if you need guidance whilst submitting your listing, you’re only 1 click away!

Please note that we are currently offering a FREE service to Premium listing plan subscribers where we will take care of the listing submission process and image sizing/editing on their behalf. For more information, please email [email protected].

1. Click/Tap on the “List Business” or “Register” buttons in the primary navigation menu (highlighted with red borders).

The Wedding Inventory Home Register

1. Enter your desired username.

2. Enter your preferred email address.

3. Enter your desired password.

4. Complete the reCAPTCHA (I’m not a robot), only if you are not a robot!

5. Peruse our Privacy Policy and agree to it in order to proceed.

6. Peruse our Terms and Conditions and agree to it in order to proceed.

7. Click/Tap on the “Register” button.

ALTERNATIVE OPTION

1. You can create an account on The Wedding Inventory via Facebook login.

If you select this option, your account will be created with information (name and email address) obtained from your Facebook account.

The facebook login option can speed up the registration process and future logins as you will not need to confirm your email address or use a username and password for future logins.

The Wedding Inventory Account Registration

1. Visit the inbox of the email account that you registered your account with.

2. Click/Tap on the email confirmation link (bordered in red) in order to confirm your account.

The Wedding Inventory Confirming Email

1. Once back on the site (after clicking/tapping the email confirmation link from the last step); click/tap on the “Upgrade Account” button.

The Wedding Inventory Email Confirmation

2. Please agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service again.

We want to ensure that you are familiar with our terms.

Click/Tap on the “Submit” button.

The Wedding Inventory Vendor Registration

3. Click/Tap on the “Select Listing Plan” button to proceed.

The Wedding Inventory Vendor Registration Confirmation

2.  Select your chosen subscription plan

3. All subscriptions are recurring and are paid for on an annual basis.

The Wedding Inventory Plan Selection

Please note that the following fields are required in order to successfully submit a listing.

  • Business Name
  • Logo
  • Cover Image
  • Featured Image
  • Business Location
  • Business Information / Description
  • Category

These fields are also noted with a red asterisk (*) on the listing submission page.

All of the other fields are optional and can be completed at any time in the future by editing the listing.

Please also note that several of the fields referenced below will not be present on the Free listing submission page.

BUSINESS IDENTITY

1. Add your business/trading name.

If you plan to create listings for multiple businesses locations, we would recommend entering your business name followed by a hyphen and the suburb or street it is located in. Please see the examples below:

– Example Business – Bellville (if you only have one premises per suburb)
– Example Business – Main Road (if you have more than one premises per suburb)

Adding the suburb or street that the business allows our website users to find the relevant premises more easily and minimizes the risk that they submit information on the wrong premises’ listing.

If you have more than one premises in the same road or premises in a different cities/suburbs in a road that has the same name, you can also enter the business names as follows:

– Example Business – 10 Main Road
– Example Business – Bellville – 10 Main Road

2. If your business has a tagline or slogan, please add it here.

3. Upload you business logo.

The recommended resolution for logos is 1200px by 1200px. The lowest resolution image supported for business logos is 600px by 600px.

Please adhere to the square aspect ratio.

We would recommend ensuring that the logo is in the center of the image and that there is open space on all sides of the image as the logo will display in a circle on our website.

If you do not have a logo, you can upload an image that represents your business, its products or services to this field.

Please note that listings will not be approved if images do not adhere to the above specifications. For more information, please see the “Image Guidelines” section at the bottom of this page.

4. Upload a cover image.

The recommended resolution for logos is 1920px by 1080px (full HD). The lowest resolution supported for the cover image is 1200px by 675px.

Please adhere to the aspect ratio.

The cover image is displayed at the top of your business listing if no image gallery is available. We would recommend using photos of the business premises, its products or services for the cover image.

Please do not upload any images containing text to this field.

Please note that listings will not be approved if images do not adhere to the above specifications. For more information, please see the “Image Guidelines” section at the bottom of this page.

FEATURED IMAGE

1. Upload a featured image.

The recommended resolution for logos is 1920px by 1240px. The lowest resolution supported for the featured image is 1200px by 800px.

Please adhere to the aspect ratio.

The featured image is displayed on all search, location and category archive pages. An example of how this image will appear on our website can be viewed at https://www.weddinginventory.co.za.

We would recommend using photos of the business premises, its products or services for the featured image. 

Please do not upload any images containing text to this field.

Please note that listings will not be approved if images do not adhere to the above specifications. For more information, please see the “Image Guidelines” section at the bottom of this page.

CONTACT INFORMATION

1.  Add your business email address.

2. Add your business contact number.

3. Add your business website link.

4. Add links to your business social media profiles/accounts.

BUSINESS HOURS

1. Add your business’s operating hours.

BUSINESS LOCATION

1. Select the province that your business is based in.

2. Enter your business address and select the appropriate Google suggestion.

If you do not wish to disclose an exact location you can provide the suburb or road in which your business operates.

3. The latitude and longitude fields will automatically be filled when you select a Google suggestion.

If Google is unable to provide the correct address suggestion, you can drag the pin on the map to the correct location or enter the latitude and longitude manually.

You can easily find the latitude and longitude for your location at https://www.latlong.net.

BUSINESS INFORMATION / DESCRIPTION

1. Describe your business, its products and/or services in as much detail as possible.

Text formatting options such as bold, italics, underlining, numbered/bulleted lists, alignment and more are available for this field.

Please do not add any website, social or email links to this field.

FEATURES / AMENITIES

1. Start typing words for any features/amenities that you provide and select the appropriate suggestion.

If you cannot find any features/amenities relevant to your industry, please send an email containing the features/amenities that you would like for us to add to [email protected].

We will add the received features/amenities to your listing if they are relevant.

CATEGORY

1. Select the category that most closely matches your business industry.

If you are unable to find a relevant category, please email [email protected] with your category addition suggestion.

PRICE RANGE

1. Add a description. For example; “Our service prices range from:”.

2. Select a price range category.

3. Add a minimum and maximum price.

MENU / PRICE LIST

1. Add a menu/price list title.

2. Add a menu/price list description.

3. Select a menu/price list icon.

4. Add an menu/price list item.

4.1. Add an item title.

4.2. Add an item description.

4.3. Add an item image.

4.4. Add an item price.

4.5. Add an item link (if applicable).

4.6. Specify if the item link should be opened in a new tab. when clicked on.

If you select “No”, a user clicking on your link will be directed away from your listing page to the link address.

If you select “Yes”, your listing page will remain open and the link address will be loaded in a new browser window.

COUPON

1. Add a coupon title. For example; “Buy 1 Get 1 FREE” or “50% OFF Selected Orders”.

2. Add coupon highlight text. This text should be a short call to action, such as “GET PROMO”.

3. Add a coupon popup image. An image resolution of 210px by 100px is recommended.

4. Add a coupon description.

5. Add a coupon code. For example; “GET-1-FREE-2021”

6. Add a description for the coupon popup.

7. Add a website link where users can redeem the coupon from.

8. Select an expiry date for your coupon.

IMAGE GALLERY

1. Upload photos of your products, services, business premises or more.

We would recommend uploading landscape oriented images with a minimum width of 1200px and a maximum width of 1920px.

VIDEO GALLERY

1. Add links to videos of your products, services, business premises or more.

SAVING & PREVIEWING YOUR LISTING

1. Click/Tap on the “Save & Preview” button in order to preview your listing submission.

The Wedding Inventory Listing Submission

1. If you are satisfied with your submission, click/tap the “Pay & Publish” button.

2. If you would like to make changes to your submission, click/tap on the “Edit Listing” button in order to return to the previous page.

The Wedding Inventory Listing Review

1. If you have a coupon code, you can enter it beneath the subscription name near the top of the page.

2. Review your chosen subscription and click/tap on the “Proceed to checkout” button in order to continue.

The Wedding Inventory Plan Cart

1. Enter all pertinent business and contact information for your billing account with The Wedding Inventory.

2. Select your preferred payment method.

2. Read (if not done yet) and agree to The Wedding Inventory’s Terms and Conditions in order to proceed.

3. Click/Tap on the “Checkout” button to create your order.

If you selected “PayFast” as your payment method, you will be directed to the secure PayFast website to initiate your subscription and process your payment.

If you selected “Direct Bank Transfer / EFT” as your payment method, you will be directed to a page with payment instructions.

The Wedding Inventory Plan Checkout

DIRECT BANK TRANSFER / EFT

1. Process a payment to the bank account listed on the
“Order Received” page visited after checkout.

Use your order number or business name as a reference.

2. Please forward a proof of payment to [email protected] after payment. 

PAYFAST

1. Enter your card details on PayFast’s secure payment page.

2. Click/Tap on the payment button to process a payment for your order and to create a recurring subscription.

3. In the event that you would like to cancel a recurring subscription to The Wedding Inventory, you can do so via the following means:

– Log into your PayFast account and cancel the recurring billing agreement.

– Log into your dashboard on The Wedding Inventory’s website, navigate to the “Billing” page and cancel your subscription.

– Contact us via email at [email protected] and request a service cancellation.

 

1. After completing your submission and payment we will proceed to review your submission. Please note that this process can take up to 48 hours (Monday to Friday).

2. Once we have reviewed your submission we will either approve your subscription and listing or we will contact you in regard to further information that we may require in order to have your subscription approved.

We would like to thank you for making use of our services.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact us at [email protected]

Adhering to the below recommendations will not only improve the overall user experience of The Wedding Inventory website, but it will also improve your listing’s aesthetics, performance, user experience and SEO.

Please note that we do offer an affordable image editing service option in which your listing imagery will be edited, optimized (size and SEO), uploaded and published to your listing.

To learn more about this service, please click here (opens in new tab).

Please also note that for a limited time we are offering this service for FREE to vendors that sign up with our Premium listing subscription plan.

LOGO

We recommend the following specifications for listing logo images:

  • The image should be perfectly square.
  • The image should be at least 600px by 600px in resolution, with a maximum resolution of 1200px by 1200px (recommended).
  • The logo will be cropped to a circular shape for display on listing pages and taxonomy layouts; please ensure that there is enough space around your logo so that isn’t cut off.

To test if there is enough space around your logo, you can use a free online tool such as https://crop-circle.imageonline.co.

COVER IMAGE

We recommend the following specifications for listing cover images:

  • The image should be at least 1200px by 675px in resolution, with a maximum resolution of 1920px by 1080px (recommended).
  • The image can be between the minimum and maximum resolutions but it must be scaled to maintain the aspect ratio (16:9).
  • The image should not contain any text. Text captured in a photograph is acceptable.

The above recommendations are in place due to:

  • Our website is fully responsive (mobile friendly) and several elements scale and display differently on different device screen sizes.
  • We have found that the recommended resolutions scale and display well on most devices.
  • As each vendor’s cover image will likely be unique, we have no way of accounting for how text would display or be cut off on different screen sizes. As a result, we have decided to disallow text on these images.

If you do not have access to image editing software, a free online image editor such as Photopea (https://www.photopea.com) will be capable of cropping and scaling your imagery.

If you are not familiar with using an image editor, you can learn how to crop and scale images (short guide) with Photopea at https://www.photopea.com/learn/image-size.

FEATURED IMAGE

We recommend the following specifications for listing featured images:

  • The image should be at least 1200px by 800px in resolution, with a maximum resolution of 1920px by 1240px (recommended).
  • The image can be between the minimum and maximum resolutions but it must be scaled to maintain the aspect ratio (3:2 or 48:31).
  • The image should not contain any text. Text captured in a photograph is acceptable.

The above recommendations are in place for the same reasons as the cover image recommendations.

IMAGE GALLERY

We recommend the following specifications for listing gallery images:

  • Each image’s longest side should at least be 1200px.
  • Horizontal/Landscape images tend to display better in galleries than vertical/portrait images do. We would recommend using as many horizontal/landscape images as possible, though vertical/portrait images are allowed.

IMAGE SIZE (COMPRESSION)

Before uploading your listing images to The Wedding Inventory, we would recommend first running them through a free image compressor, such as https://tinypng.com and then uploading the optimized (compressed) images to your listing.

Optimizing images with lossy compression can drastically reduce the file size with almost no noticeable loss in quality.

Smaller image sizes results in your listing loading faster in device browsers and requiring less data to fully download/render. This this can greatly improve the user experience.

IMAGE NAMES

We recommend naming your images before uploading them to your listing.

When images have descriptive names, search engines (such as Google, Bing and Yahoo) are more likely to index them correctly and display them as results to users for relevant searches. This can improve the natural/organic search result traffic your listing receives.

We would recommend using the following formula for your listing image naming scheme:

  • Business Name – Image Description

For example: “The Wedding Inventory – Blue Bridesmaid’s Dress”.

You can also copy the image names to the “Alternative Text” and “Descriptions” fields for each image in your profile media gallery.

1. Business Logo

2. Business Name & Tagline / Slogan

3. Favorite, Message, Sharing & Report Buttons

4. Gallery Slider (PREMIUM) or Cover Image

5. Average Reviews

6. Coupon (PREMIUM)

7. Business Information Description

8. Menus / Price Lists (PREMIUM)

9. Image Gallery (PREMIUM)

10. Video Gallery (PREMIUM)

11. Reviews & Vendor Review Responses

12. Vendor Profile

13. Contact Information – Email Address (PREMIUM), Contact Number, Website Link (PREMIUM), Physical Address, Social Media Links (PREMIUM), Message Button 

14. Business Operating Hours (PREMIUM)

15. Price Range (PREMIUM)

16. Category

17. Listing Statistics

18. Google Map & Directions

19. Related Listings

The Wedding Inventory Listing Dissection