Rock n Roll Bride promotes individuality and general awesomeness within a cookie cutter, pastel and often puke-worthy wedding world. Don’t let the wedding industry define your day, let you define your day.
The aim with Rock n Roll Bride is to provide a little haven of kick-ass weddingness. If you’ve ever picked up a bridal magazine and felt queasy, or trawled the internet and felt disheartened by what you didn’t find, well my friend you are in the right place!
Rock n Roll Bride is all about the charm and unique nature of ordinary people’s extraordinary weddings. Our passion is inspiring brides and grooms-to-be to plan the wedding that they really want, in a world dictated by tradition and big frou frou dresses. There is no ideal Rock n Roll Bride. What makes the weddings featured here so amazing is YOU!
Being ‘Rock n Roll’ is not about being cool, being a rebel or even thinking of the most unique idea you can. It’s about planning a wedding that reflects you and your partner and declaring your love in your own special way. To be featured, you don’t have to be wacky, offbeat or intentionally quirky. You just have to be you.
If this is your first time around these parts, you should check out the Idiot’s Guide to Rock n Roll Bride.
Launched in 2007, Rock n Roll Bride is one of the biggest wedding blogs in the world. Updated daily, the site and it’s accompanying print magazine attracts quirky, alternative and creative readers from all over the planet.
The brainchild of Kat Williams, the site came about while she was planning her own wedding in 2008. After becoming jaded by the limited offerings of the UK wedding industry, Kat saw a niche for alternative wedding inspiration and ran with it!
Rock n Roll Bride magazine, a bi-monthly, nationally available magazine was launched in 2015. Issue 1, released in January of that year, was reported by the distribution company as the fastest and best selling debut issue of a magazine ever. It also sold out for online orders within 72 hours, with over 1000 copies selling in the first day alone. The magazine is available to buy in WHSmiths and online via rocknrollbride.com/shop and is currently the best selling bridal title in WHSmiths.
Smaller, regional and international magazine features include Unique Bride. Mollie Makes, Southern Weddings Magazine (US), Hello May (Australia), Hitched (Australia), Irish Brides (Ireland), Marry Mag (Germany) Confetti (Ireland), Eco Beautiful Weddings, Pink Weddings, Wed (Devon & Cornwall) Mariée (France), Your Wedding Day, Attire Bridal, Wedding Day Venues and Bridal Buyer.
Non-wedding press includes major features in Marie Claire (UK, Australia & India), Cosmopolitan (twice!), Grazia (twice!), The British Journal of Photography, Easy Living, Sew, Company, Tattoo Revolution, Things & Ink, The Guardian, Snippets, Professional Photographer, F2, Glamour (online) The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times Style Magazine, the BBC News website (twice!) and The Daily Express.
TV and radio appearances included BBC Radio Berkshire, Ireland AM, ABC News Australia and The Morning Blend. Kat has written regular columns for Cosmopolitan, Photo Professional, Vintage Life, Wedding, Unique Bride and Perfect Wedding.
Rock n Roll Bride has won a multitude of industry awards. The accolades include:
Best alternative blog, Wedding Magazine Blog Awards, 2014
Best wedding blog (highly commended), Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards, 2014
Best real-life weddings, Wedding Magazine Blog Awards, 2013
Best alternative blog, Wedding Magazine Blog Awards, 2013
Best designed blog (highly commended), Wedding Magazine Blog Awards, 2013
Best wedding blog, Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards, 2011
Rock n Roll Bride has partnered with some of the most amazing brands for various projects. These include Airbnb, Next, Charlotte Balbier, BHLDN, Irregular Choice, Choccywoccydoodah, Links of London, Cancer Research, Claire’s Accessories, John Lewis, Confetti, Alfred Angelo, Thomas Cook, Paradox London, David’s Bridal, and Tourism & Events Queensland.
If you are interested in doing the same, please email email@example.com.
I’m looking for a wedding supplier based in (blank) for my wedding. Can you send me some recommendations?
The quickest and easiest way to find some awesome wedding suppliers for your own wedding is to browse the real weddings and company profiles on the site. Each real wedding has a ‘Supporting Cast’ section at the bottom which lists everyone involved in the event. Remember, most suppliers these days will travel or work via phone/ Skype/ email so don’t feel like you can only look for people in your exact location.
I’m having a problem with (blank) while planning my wedding. Please help!
While I would love to reply to every distressed email I get from brides and grooms-to-be with wedding planning woes, I simply don’t have time. I’m only one little blogger after all! Please do email me though and even if I can’t reply I may well use your email as the basis of a blog post.
I want to start a blog. Can you give me some advice?
Blogging is amazing but it’s no easy ride. Also, as I’m sure you can imagine, its not really possible to give you any quick fix answers. The key to having a successful blog is having something different to say and a unique way to say it, consistency and dedication – none of which I’m able to give you I’m afraid!
If you’re really serious about making it happen, I’d recommend checking out a workshop I co-founded called The Blogcademy Online. In it we cover topics like how to write great content, growing readership, making money, branding, photography, social media and so much more!
Can you give my some help or advice with my business?
I am unable to give free advice via email. As much as I might like to spend all day meeting people for coffees and chats, I regrettably don’t usually have time for that either.
I’d love to work with you on a project…
I love doing brand collaborations and I’d love to hear from you. Obviously I can’t accept everything but drop me an email and we can have a chat about it! I do not work pro bono or on commission.
Can I interview you for my school project/ dissertation?
While I WISH I could say yes to all the requests like this that I get, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day! I’m so sorry but at the moment I simply haven’t got the time to dedicate to long interviews for school projects. If you have a couple of short (i.e. one word answer or multiple choice!) questions that you’d like me to complete, I’ll try my best to do it. Email me!
Who designed your website?
My graphic designer is the one and only Shauna Haider of We Are Branch. She’s the bees knees. My husband Gareth is a development, coding and IT wizz and he makes it all work!
Can you please promote my company or event via your blog or social media?
As you can probably imagine, I get a lot of these kinds of requests, and while I’m honoured to be invited to so many events and to have people wanting me to mention them on my site it’s just not physically possible for me to say yes to everybody. At the end of the day I don’t want to just become a walking billboard for the wedding industry so in order to keep it fair I choose to only promote my advertisers or events I am directly involved with.
How can I submit my wedding?
Follow the instructions on my submissions page – simple!
How can I become an advertiser?
How much is your magazine and where can I buy it?!
The bi-monthly magazine costs £4.99 and is available for purchase at WHSmiths and selected independent newsagents all over the UK. You can find your nearest stockists by entering you postcode into our interactive map.
For those of you who are not in the UK, or if would prefer to buy copies online, you can do so via my shop page. Shipping throughout the UK is free!
How can I get my wedding featured in your print magazine?
I make the final call on whether a successful submission is featured online or in print, however if you have a preference, please make it known when you email.
Can I write a freelance piece for the magazine?
I have written a whole blog post about this so check it out first and then get in touch!
How can I buy back issues of your magazine?
If the shop page states that an issue is out of stock then there are no more available. They do sometimes crop up on eBay though!
Can I work for you?
I’m super flattered when someone reaches out wanting to work for me and I give everyone who does so much credit for having the intuition to do so. However right now I’m not on the look out for any outside help or to employ anybody.
Photos on this page by Shell De Mar Photography