About

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Hey there, thanks for stopping by! I’m  and I live in Reading, UK with my husband Gareth and our two children Maine Coon cats Henry and Rachel. I spend far too much time on my computer, am attracted to anything pink and/or sparkly and regularly lie to my husband about just how much I spend on ASOS.

I started Rock n Roll Bride in secret as Gareth and I were planning our wedding in 2007. After we were married in April 2008, I realised that I rather loved blogging, and writing about weddings in particular, and so I had no plans to slow down! After much soul searching and an accidentally deleted website (whoops!) I morphed it from my own wedding planning blog to a place to collate and share the kind of weddings I loved but didn’t see properly represented in the mainstream wedding media. I love any wedding that is as unique as the couple that planned it.

I quit my job as a producer on a shopping channel in January 2011 and a year later started writing about the journey of running my own business. I share the mistakes (oh so many mistakes), the lessons learnt, and the things I wish I’d know when starting out. The Green Room is now a secondary area of the site and the go-to destination for small business owners wanting honest, no bullshit advice on how to run their business their way.

In 2012, I co-founded The Blogcademy with two of my best friends. We travel the world encouraging bloggers and small business owners to use their own unique voice and personality to carve out their own slice of internet success. In our first year alone we taught over 300 women… and you ain’t seen nothing yet!

In 2014 we launched The Blogcademy Home School. These are bite sized ‘blog booster’ videos, perfect for anyone wanting to learn the blogging ropes at their own pace, and from the comfort of their own home.

My 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. I am driven by helping others and encouraging people to find their own path, and I do it all whilst rocking some rather large accessories!

If this is your first time around these parts, I’d encourage you to check out my Idiot’s Guide to Rock n Roll Bride.

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OFFICIAL BIO

Topping ‘influential blogger’ lists throughout the UK and beyond, Rock n Roll Bride is the brainchild of writer Kat Williams. Launched in 2007 while Kat was planning her own wedding, it has quickly grown from ‘just another bride blog’ to one of the biggest in the world. After becoming jaded by the limited offerings of the UK wedding industry, Kat saw a niche for alternative wedding inspiration and ran with it! Kat now works on the site, and the ever growing Rock n Roll Bride brand, full-time alongside her long-suffering husband Gareth.

As the first ever UK based wedding blog, Rock n Roll Bride has been featured in more magazines and newspapers than can be considered healthy. Wedding publications that have featured Rock n Roll Bride include every major wedding magazine in the UK (Wedding Magazine, Cosmopolitan BrideYou & Your Wedding, Perfect WeddingWedding IdeasUnique Bride, Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Special) as well as many smaller, regional and international wedding magazines (inc Southern 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, Mollie Makes, Easy LivingSewCompanyTattoo RevolutionThings & InkThe GuardianSnippetsProfessional PhotographerF2Glamour (online) The Daily MailThe Sunday Times Style Magazine, the BBC News website (twice!) and The Daily Express.

Kat has also been interviewed live on BBC Radio Berkshire, profiled on ABC News Australia and featured on the US breakfast show, The Morning Blend. Kat has written regular columns for Cosmopolitan, Photo Professional, Vintage Life, Wedding, Unique Bride and Perfect Wedding.

Kat is a competent and enthusiastic public speaker, and is one of the headmistresses at The Blogcademy, a two-day blogging workshop co-founded alongside prolific US bloggers Gala Darling and Shauna Haider of Nubby Twiglet.

Other speaking engagements have included the Unveiled Photography Conference hosted by The British Journal of Photography (sponsored by Hasselblad), The Photography Farm and Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Superbloggers Masterclass. She also organised the first ever UK workshop of world-renowned wedding photographer Jasmine Star.

Rock n Roll Bride has won a multitude of industry awards, the highlight of them being the award for ‘Best Wedding Blog’ by Cosmopolitan Magazine in October 2011.

With her signature fuchsia tresses and eye-gougingly bright wardrobe, Kat is never one to turn down a party – although she is happiest curled up on the sofa with her husband and kitties, laughing until she cries.

Mission Statement

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. There is no ideal Rock n Roll Bride. What makes the weddings featured here so amazing is YOU!

Rock n Roll Bride shares a diverse variety of wedding inspiration, the only prerequisite is that each day is a perfect representation of the couple and their individuality. Think tattooed punk brides next to eco hippy chic weddings and DIY extravaganzas placed side by side with elaborate Alice in Wonderland themed weddings and you’re half way there.

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 way. To be featured on this site, you don’t have to be wacky, offbeat or intentionally quirky, you just have to be you.

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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!

However to get you started I’d suggest checking out the Green Room – which is an area of my blog where I write all about running your own business. I regularly write about bloggling related topics.

If you’re really serious about making it happen, I host a blogging and business workshop called The Blogcademy all over the world with two of my blogging BFFs Gala Darling and Shauna Haider. We cover topics like how to write great content, growing readership, making money, branding, photography, social media and so much more! If you’d like more info on this or want to check if we’re coming to a city near you then head over to our dedicated website.

If an in-person workshop doesn’t suit your circumstances or budget, we also now offer Home School ‘blog booster’ videos which cost just $20 a pop! They are perfect for anyone wanting to learn the blogging ropes at their own pace, and from the comfort of their own home.

Can you give my some help or advice with my business?

Again, the Green Room is for you! I’m always on the look out for topics to write about though so please feel free to email me your question and I may well turn it into a blog post in future.

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, but be sure to keep your eye on my blog and social media, because if I ever do I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops.

Who designed your website?

My graphic designer is the one and only Shauna Haider of Branch. She’s the bees knees. My husband Gareth is a coding and IT wizz and he makes it all work!

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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 yourself and your company.

How can I get featured in your print magazine?

I don’t take submissions just for the print magazine. However if you have a wedding or story that you’d like to share I’d love to hear from you. If it’s not right for the magazine it may still work for the blog.

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!

How can I buy back issues of your magazine?

The print magazine is produced in limited runs and so once they’re gone, they’re gone! Unfortunately we do not offer back issues. Issue three is currently available for purchase.

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Who does your hair and what dye do you use?

The awesome Elbie Van Eeden does my hair (and make up for most shoots). She’s based in London but travels all over the country for weddings. I use Stargazer Baby Pink on my tresses for the most part but sometimes I like to mix it up with a couple of other shades of fuchsia. Crazy Colour also have some awesome (and vibrant!) colours.

To get your colour really bright and to make it last, leave the dye on for longer than the packet recommends. I usually leave mine on for a couple of hours which makes it super neon to start off with but then it lasts a lot longer. Another great tip is to occasionally mix some dye in with your conditioner when you wash your hair to give the colour a bit of a boost between dye jobs.

Who did your tattoos?

I’ve been a bit of a floozy when it come to my tattoos and I’ve had work done by a bunch of different artists. My sleeve was originally done by Mike Harris and while I loved it but there were always a few parts I wasn’t not completely happy with. I decided it needed a female touch so I booked in with Leah Moule to get some reworks done. Her work is amazing and I am now SO THRILLED with how it looks – finally!

My smaller tattoos were mostly done by Ian at No Limits in Reading although I think he now works at Reading Ink… The stars on my left shoulder were done at a studio in Canterbury (I forget the name or artist). My best friend and I got matching ones to commemorate finishing university – awww. The angel on my back was done by some dude at a random studio in Camden. Although the less said about that the better…

Comment Etiquette

I will edit any comments by deleting links that are solely placed to benefit the commenter’s own website and not the discussion of the blog post.

Swearing is not encouraged and comments may be edited to remove profanity.

I reserve the right to delete or edit any rude, hurtful or defamatory comments. I will not tolerate bullying or bitchiness on my blog. Comments that I feel are vicious or are a direct attack at someone featured here are not permitted. No question.

This is my house. You are all more than welcome to come in and join in the party, just play by the rules.

Photos on this page by Made U Look and Shell De Mar

243 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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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