In 2007 I started a wedding blog, called it Rock n Roll Bride and began sharing alternative weddings and inspiration -¬†wedding¬†inspiration for girls like me. Girls that were planning their weddings but felt disillusioned and¬†disheartened¬†by the frou frou, fluffy, cookie cutter industry and limited choices they were offered for ‚Äėtheir‚Äô big day.
Skip forward a few years, to January 2012, and this little wedding blog of mine has grown to be amongst the most popular in the world (OK it feels utterly¬†ludicrous¬†typing that but I guess it is true…) Needless to say, the girl with the silly neon hair and big dreams did good. This wedding blog is now not only my full time job, but my husband Gareth’s. We have an¬†incredibly¬†chaotic¬†and happy home and we couldn’t be more¬†grateful¬†for where Rock n Roll Bride, and the people who’ve supported it, has brought us.
I love alternative weddings. I love the girls (and the few¬†boys!) who read my blog, who comment, who email and who keep me sane – but similarly I love the connections I’ve made within the industry. The¬†genuine¬†friendships that have formed with¬†like-minded¬†wedding industry folk, who want to do things their own way and show the big boys who’s rocking the wedding world right now. Starting out as a nobody in this outwardly daunting industry, you quickly work out who the good guys are, and who the bigwigs who‚Äôll turn away when you walk towards them are!
I guess what I’m trying to say in my usual roundabout way, is that looking back (and trying not to be blush) I have actually come pretty darn far in the last 4+ years and I now really want to use my blog to share more of the lessons I’ve learnt and experiences I’ve had along the way. I guess I want to give something back.
So welcome to Rock n Roll Bride 2.0, and a brand new area and¬†extension¬†of the blog and brand. Although I am still (and always will be) all about the weddings, recently I’ve really enjoyed writing about and sharing (on the blog, in my Photo Professional Magazine articles¬†and in workshops) the business stuff and getting into discussions about how and what I do in mine. In the same way that I enjoy helping people to be inspired and to plan a wedding that reflects them, I have found doing the same thing for people wanting to rock their own wedding businesses extremely rewarding.
My philosophy with these posts and talks have been the same as with the weddings¬†‚Äď I didn‚Äôt go to business school, I’ve never written a business plan in my life and I’ve never had investors or any backing other than that of my long-suffering husband! I don‚Äôt know how to¬†calculate¬†my own tax and the HMRC website brings me out in a cold sweat. I don’t know the ‘right’ way to do these things, I just know my way¬†(and FYI I have Gareth for the scary tax stuff thank goodness). My blog is the alternative wedding of the business¬†world, a perfect reflection of me. It’s certainly not run in the¬†traditional¬†way but would I change anything I’ve done over the past few years? No-flippin’-way.
I strongly¬†believe¬†that the most important thing in any¬†business¬†is being your own person, standing out, having a different outlook or opinion and giving your clients a reason to invest in you. Being my own person is something I’ve always been very good at (just ask my Mother!) and this is what I want to do with this new area of the blog – to give y