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rocknrollbride manifesto

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, selected independent newsagents and online via rocknrollbride.com/shop and is currently the best selling bridal title in WHSmiths.

If this is your first time around these parts, you should check out the Idiot’s Guide to Rock n Roll Bride.

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Press

Wedding publications that have featured Rock n Roll Bride include every major wedding magazine in the UK: Wedding Magazine, Cosmopolitan BrideYou & Your Wedding, Perfect Wedding and Wedding Ideas.

Smaller, regional and international magazine features include Unique BrideMollie MakesSouthern Weddings Magazine (US), Hello May (Australia), Hitched (Australia), Irish Brides (Ireland), Marry Mag (Germany) Confetti (Ireland), Eco Beautiful WeddingsPink WeddingsWed (Devon & Cornwall) Mariée (France), Your Wedding DayAttire BridalWedding 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 LivingSewCompanyTattoo RevolutionThings & InkThe GuardianSnippetsProfessional PhotographerF2Glamour (online) The Daily MailThe Sunday Times Style Magazine, the BBC News website (twice!) and The Daily Express.

TV and radio appearances included BBC Radio Berkshire Ireland AMABC News Australia and The Morning Blend. Kat has written regular columns for Cosmopolitan, Photo Professional, Vintage Life, Wedding, Unique Bride and Perfect Wedding.

Awards

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

Notable Clients

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 kat@rocknrollbride.com.

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Hi! My name is Kat. It’s lovely to meet you!

I believe in brides and grooms being unashamedly themselves on their wedding day. I believe in standing out. I believe that it’s better to be called “weird” and “different” than “usual” and “the same as everyone else”. I believe in extra large accessories. I believe in rainbow hair and I definitely believe in unicorns.

I hope you enjoy my blog. Below are some of the questions I get asked the most often.

FAQ

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.

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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?

Again, its easy! Check out the info on my advertising page and drop me an email with your company name, URL and let me know a little about your company.

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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 Steve Cowell Photo and Shell De Mar Photography

253 comments

  1. angela

    i just adore your blog…. its is so inspiring and really, a breath of fresh air! Just freshly engaged and currently planning my own wedding, which i hope will be featured on your blog too :) but seriously, I am a fan! I luv the photographers you feature, I just wish they were in Toronto so I can use them.

  2. Post author

    Thanks hun, That’s so sweet! I would love to feature your wedding when you’re wed..just send it my way!

  3. I came across your blog via my webamte Rosie Parsons; wow what a great blog!! Love it!

    Gotta ask, where did you get your hattopper fascinator?! We are having a 10th anniversary “do” this august and I am needing something “different” to go along with my purple dress!

  4. Thanks so much for posting ‘I want to lick your face’. Ha! I really appreciate. Let me know if you ever need any other images!!!

  5. Troy Kingman

    Hello! I have to say first of all, my fiance and I love your blog and your amazing style! In fact, you posted our engagement photos taken by Jonathan Canlas ( http://www.rocknrollbride.com/?p=4336 ).

    We are are in the process of getting ready for our wedding during late July. My fiance has found a beautiful dress ( from what I hear ) from Pricilla of Boston and now she is looking for a veil… and may I saw, what a challenge!!! She is looking for a Birdcage or French veil, many of which I have seen posted on your blog, but we are having a difficult actually purchasing one. Of all the websites that we visit, none are actually capable of selling their veils. Can you recommend anyone? If you know of any site or store that carries Birdcage or French veils, would you please let us know.

    Thanks so much for your time.

    Best Regards, Troy

  6. Post author

    Hi Troy, I will fo a bit of research for you and get abck to you….you looking for a short net veil like this yeah?

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    I have had a quick look and I’ve found these places…any good?
    here
    here
    here

    also etsy is a fab resource for homemade custom stuff, veils included…i have done a quick search and ll these sellers came up…here!

  8. Troy Kingman

    THANKS so much Kat!!! These links are a HUGE help. Keep up the great work and I can’t wait to send you our wedding photos ( which will be shot by Canlas… so you know they will be good. HAHA). Our theme is Dia de los Muertos…Should be lots of fun.

    Thanks again!

    -Troy

  9. Hi Kat! I am SO FLATTERED that you found and posted the photos from Sharine & Carolyn’s wedding here, thanks muchly for the shout-out :) I’m happy you liked them!

  10. Just found your blog and I love it! I appreciate people that stick to posting stuff like this. Every post has been fantastic.

  11. Megan*

    Kat:

    Check out this incredible Russian photog who works out of New York, Gulnara, at http://www.gulnarablog.com...

    She is shooting my Indian wedding this summer (July 25) in New Jersey. I am Irish and my fiance is Indian, and tattooed, so I can bet you’re going to want our pictures!!!

  12. eva

    I love your blog. you have given me so many great ideas for my upcoming wedding.

  13. Post author

    wow, I bet I am too! You better send them to me and good luck with all your planning!

  14. Post author

    had a look on her site & her photos look fab! Really want to feature some more of her work!

  15. Just love your blog – am going to take the time to read it all one day. Loved getting married too – so much so, I started my own website – its contagious isn’t it?

  16. Camie

    Ooh, found you just in time! I’m a SoCal girl marrying my Essex sweetie, and this blog is the BEST!! We’re a couple of horror/80s nerds, so we want our wedding to be fun and original. I’m inspired by the ideas featured here, and btw, your sense of style is to die for.

  17. Post author

    why thank you lady. your wedding sounds fab. cant wait to see the results! hope i can inspire you!

  18. Heather

    This is going to sound cliche with the plethora of other comments saying the same thing…but, I gotta put in my TWO CENTS or three or four as I LOVE THIS SITE!! it’s so completely up my alley! one, as a photographer that is hungrily searching to find what I want to shoot…and this is it! I want to seek out the unusual, the funky, the fun, the people just being themselves and having a damn good time doing it. Secondly, I am also planning my own wedding and want it to express who I am. So, I am having my favorite punk band play at my wedding…during Halloween, with a haunted house nearby in an old Victorian mansion with a candy bar and apple bobbing and general Halloween and Samhein festivities goodness! So, I sincerely hope to share my story on your blog in the near future as well. not to mention returning here time and time again to seek out ideas and savor everyone else’s happiness and uniqueness. Wow..again, this site is superb!

  19. I love your blog – I love people who make their wedding’s about them! My mum just couldn’t understand why I didn’t just want to go to the Hilton and have their standard roll it out wedding do – but it was OUR day and we wanted OUR way of doing things! If only your blog had been around back in 2004 – it might have helped her get over what an “awkward madam” I was being! Now I just hope that one day I get some wedding clients cool enough to feature on your blog instead!
    Fab, xx

  20. cameron

    I love your blog! I only wish I had found it sooner, as we are only 5 weeks out. I am always happy to see people promoting individuality and diversity of thought that extends beyond the mores of the wedding industry.
    I only have one thing to say:
    Rock on!

  21. Hi there, Just found your wonderful blog via Wedding Chicks. It’s such a refreshing take on weddings and I wish I’d found it sooner! I’ll have to get you some pics of my 1940’s styled wedding from October 2009. I love the unique, individual and especially vintage flair that you clearly have a knack of bringing out in the weddings and products that you feature on your site. Can’t wait to have more time to go back through old posts and check them out!

  22. Cait

    Awesome blog! Came across it a few hours ago and haven’t been able to llok away. I’m getting married in 4 months and this is perfect!

  23. I just wanted to say that I really truly love your enthusiasm. We’ve never met, but from our few emails back and forth, I can tell you write like you talk and I just love you already! Keep up this zest for life, love, and weddings! It’s something unique that you have that many other wedding inspirations blogs don’t seem to possess. Have a wonderful night!!

  24. what a great website…. totally random how i found your site, and with a name like yours for your blog, how i could resist… im constantly looking for sources of inspiration for my photography and different ideas that arent just the dull norm.. keep up the fab work. i will be visiting you again for sure!
    aneta

  25. loulou

    I want to thank you 1000 times over for the time and dedication you put into this blog. When I first stumbled upon it I was amazed and still am. I recently started contacting photographers for my wedding and I put rockandrollbrides.com directly in my inquiry emails. It perfectly embodies what I’m going for. One of my prospective photographers called back and said he adored your website the the images. He may be a keeper. lol

  26. Post author

    yey! so glad you are loving the site and all the wonderful photography! i would love to know which photographer you’ve gone for…

  27. Troy Kingman

    Hello Kat!

    So the pictures from our wedding, shot by Jonathan Canlas, are now up on his blog…

    http://canlasphotography.blogspot.com/2009/08/clare-troy-7262009-san-diego-ca.html

    You might recall that we were having issues finding the correct Birdcage Vail and you were kind enough to help, thanks. Well my wife actually found hers at David’s Bridal ( of all places) and she took her clippers to it and made it her own style. I hope you enjoy the pictures!!!

    Best Wishes, Troy & Clare Kingman

  28. Kat,

    I would LOVE to blog about your site. Can you contact me and send me an e-mail so I can give you a little info? Thanks a million.

    p.s. Love the pink wig.

  29. i just wanted to say thank you for posting some of my wedding work back earlier this year. i just saw today that you had and really it made my whole flippin day. so thank you. i could kiss you. xoxox steph

  30. teng

    hi! i love your blog, you feature really great and unique weddings.
    i’d just want to ask a few questions because I’m writing an article about Blogging Weddings, and I would like to hear a few of your insights regarding the matter.
    please email me as soon as possible at writerforhizons@gmail.com

    thanks! XOXOX

  31. Hi Kat,

    I’m the photographer that tou linked on your blog about the wedding dress. That really was a great dress! And the place of the wedding was awesome too, in a Museum.
    Well, nice to know from you and your blog. Is has great tips. I imagine it really helps the brides.
    XOXOXO
    Marina Favato

  32. I love your blog!
    I am a Philadelphia-based wedding photographer who is interested in advertising on your blog. I was wondering if you could send me your rates?

    Thank you,
    Lorraine Daley

  33. Stevie

    This site is utterly amazing! I recently started a blogging site for brides and industry professionals of the bohemian/hippy kind, like me, and I am also planning my wedding for this coming May 2010, so I love to view the awesomeness your site has to offer for people like me who love something different than the usual foo-foo pink wedding.

  34. Meg

    Hi

    We are casting for a second series of the hit TV show for LIVING, called “Four Weddings”. We are looking for more UK brides-to-be to attend and score each others big days, scoring the venue, the dress, the food and the overall presentation. The scores are not disclosed amongst the other brides until after all the weddings when it will be revealed whose wedding has been judged the best! The winning bride will win a LUXURY Honeymoon.

    We would love a real variety of weddings in the series so if you know of anyone getting married in the UK between Now (October 2009) and March 2010, please could they contact me on meg.barnard@itv.com

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Many thanks
    Meg

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