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

241 comments

  1. Hi, Kat! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your website! I’m a rockstar at heart…and if I could do my wedding all over again – it’d totally be rockstar themed! :-)
    Also ~ these magnets I made remind me of u!! I’d love to send you a set for free ~ just for being you! There’s two sets in my shop now…so pick your fave and let me know! :-) (Need your address). :-) Just shoot me an email…oliverrue@gmail.com. :-) Have a PRETTY day! :-) <3 naz

  2. Hi, great site!!! I am getting married on NYE this year (yep, 6 weeks to go eek) and I am writing my own diary /blog at the mo it is called:

    http://www.corsetsandcanapes.com

    I am slowly but surely getting my head around this blogging lark and loving it, being non-techy it’s hard but I do want to continue … I am following you on Twitter but would love to be mentioned on your site somewhere or maybe we could do something together? Our bogs are really different … let me know what you think! xxx

  3. Kennon

    Big fan. Love what you’re all about.

    Thank you for making me feel comfortable with my wedding planning and for providing such creative ideas to draw from. It’s good to know that even if certain family members don’t understand my “off-beat” ideas (is a kora player during the ceremony really that crazy?) that there’s a solid community of people out there — like you and your fans — that support us non-traditional/modern brides. I vow this day to never buy a wedding magazine ever again.

  4. Post author

    thanks kennon! great to hear im inspiring you..although i wouldnt say NEVER buy a mag…sometimes it’s still fun to read them!

  5. Yay, at last a site that reflects my outlook!
    We got married in March in my hometown of Belfast and we had the wedding we wanted – every detail was our choice – no compromise or giving in to others as it was our day to do what we really wanted. It was definitely a day that had our name written all over it…how it should be.
    I specialize in cupcakes for weddings and parties (based in Leamington) and want more clients to step away from the safe, and the norm! Am working on it!!

  6. Christi

    well i love the wedding is so pretty my fiance and i wanted to do a pinup 50′s hotrod themed wedding as well and well i am having such a hard time finding a dress that fits my style and let alone my height (4’11) i am 30 yr’s old and the height of a 7th grader. does anyone have any websites that may have the retro pinup 50′s look i will even buy an old original if it fits what i am looking for.

  7. hi Kat
    I just love your Blog…it is fab read. i have just started to blog would love to put a link for you on mine when I have go the hang of it !!
    Alison
    x

  8. Harry

    Fantastic site. Will certainly be directing my bride-to-be here for inspiration and links for our full on freakfest of a wedding. Excellent photographs by the way

  9. OMG I don’t know how I missed this site! I’m getting married in July, just a few months away and I think I found this site in the nick of time.

  10. Brooke

    I LOVE Jonas Peterson and his coverage of weddings. I live in Brisbane in Queensland, Australia and I am heartbroken he is booked the day of my wedding… I am even contemplating changing my date so he can photograph us! Your site is amazing and I thought if anyone could help me it would be you. How do I find someone as amazing as him? His style and knack seems to be unsurpassable and I am literally at wits end trying to find someone decent. Can you help me Kat? Or can anyone suggest anyone? I get married in August this year and it seems people forgot to tell me that everything has to be booked 6 years out… what is with that?

  11. Love your website! As a wedding photographer in Sydney, Australia I find it so inspiring and we need something like you here! Keep up the great work

  12. Hollie

    Where are you based, I would love to work with you sometime. I am a fully qualified Make up Artist working mainly in alternative and Burlesque fashion. x

  13. Dude! My name’s Kat too! Dude! Awesome blog! I am a bride-to-be and a wedding photographer with my fiance, and your idea and concept is wicked. I know we’d like to contribute to your blog in some way, whether it’s with our own wedding, or our couples and their wedding photos :)

    Glad we found you (through Amber Hughes blog post of her feature!)

    Cheers,
    -Kat

  14. Zo

    what a relief to find your site at last….your words summed up everything I’ve been feeling perfectly….I reached for my first bridal magazine the other week and promptly regretted it (yes, there was a queasy sensation) and have since been finding it hard to find anything online to inspire me. I am now feeling very inspired….oh and slightly obsessed.
    Thanks for a great blog x

  15. Cat Stormont

    Hey Kat!
    Great site, you must be very proud! I will definitely take heed of your advice and build individuality into my plans. I just love the examples you have of different styles of wedding photography – a long way from the contrived sugary posed portraits often taken on the big day. (The shots of you taken by Emma are amazing!)
    Hope to catch up with you sometime – it’s been too long!
    Cat x

  16. I LOVE the feature you did on Sarah Lyles Photography!!! She is a really talented photographer! i adore all of her work!!!
    I adore your site too!!! :)
    I just have to as, where was that picture taken in the store with all the corsets??? i feel a need to go there and spend lots of money!!!! lol

    XoXoTammy

  17. loza

    wow your blog is AMAZING!! i am fashion student and very into rock n roll i always said since i was little i never wanted a white wedding always wanted a cream lace or black wedding dress and black ring ha people thought i was crazy but finding your blog has just made my day the shoots are just awesome i am just in love with this whole blog its full of inspiration too love love love itxx

  18. pammy

    Sooo.. love your site and we’re looking forward to be one of your feature bride soon..More power to you.. Cheers =p

  19. Carla

    Hiya Kat,

    I just want to say I love your site, all the fab pics and your blog. It’s really great. I’ve been reading it for a couple of weeks now, I found it by chance….AND now, I get married tomorrow. :))

    It was fantastic to read that others agree with my view of weddings; why pretend, just be yourself, no amateur dramatics, or theatrics…. unless that is you REALLY want, not because it’s expected of you for the pleasure of others. All I wanted for my wedding day was for me and my partner to be US!! When people ask me, how my bridesmaids are you having? and I say none, they look surprised. They say “aahhh” when I tell them the marriage will be at a Registry office,… like they feel sorry for me. “Have you had your fitting for your dress?”… no I reply, It dosen’t need a fitting like a “proper” wedding dress…and this response is greeted with raised eyebrows. It amazes me really…who actually makes these rules and creates these expectations? Well, I knew from the very beginning that me and my partner did not want all this, just simplicity, love, close family and friends and above all enjoyment.

    Wish me good luck for tomorrow for then I’ll be a married woman!!! :))) hehe
    Keep up the good work and thank you
    xx

  20. Shroomy

    Kat

    I’ve never felt the need to comment on a blog before but I love love LOVE Rock and Roll bride so much I can’t help myself

    I only found it yesterday and I am totally addicted already!

    Your ethos is spot on and totally what we want our wedding to be about… yeah, we might go for a few traditional touches, but we’ll go for some kook to and we’ll have them all because we want them and because they reflect “us”!

    Keep up the fantastic work!

    :)

  21. yea yea yea! we just got engaged yesterday on halloween! i am SO extremely happy i found your site and cannot wait to peruse it further! people think i am crazy for wanting a leopard print wedding dress but it’s gonna be amazing and so totally me and my manz! xoxo <3

  22. What a fab site! I work as an independent celebrant and ceremony designer and really support giving people choice so that they can have ceremonies that suit their style, personality and beliefs. So refreshing to see people being creative and individual. Good luck to everyone planning an amazing, personal wedding!

  23. Kodi

    Kat,
    I just recently found your blog but I am soo glad that I did!! I have been looking around the web for ideas for my wedding and everything is so not me! Im covered in ink and always have ridiculous hair colors, but I felt silly wanting to have a me kind of wedding. Then I found all the gorgeous girls on your blog, with their amazing weddings, and I felt like wow we really can have the day we want to have. Tattoos, pink hair, and all!!
    Thank you so much for your inspiration!!

  24. Jianjia

    Hi Kat!
    Stumbled on your website after googling rock chick wedding dresses as I cant bear the thought of wearing a poofy classical white dress (a poofy tutu white dress with back net however… a different story!) LOVE the website and will be visiting back regularly to get ideas for my big day next year! Loving the photography and keep up the good work!
    xoxo

  25. Hi Kat,
    I’ved dicoverd your blog today looking at Jenny’s facebook from I Love Muffins! My name is Tatiana from Barcelona, and I have a flower lab. I’ve started with my proyect in September 2010 and would love introduce me in the weddings world.

    I think about your blog a very inspiring way of talking about weddings and the photography is amasing. I share with you the way of seeing a wedding. Tired of meeting always the same thing! So congratulations for your work. I’m your newest fan!

    Last thing I marry in 2011 and it will be a Rock n Roll wedding!

  26. Alice

    Inspirational! Thats the only word I can use to describe your wonderful blog. I stumbled across it quite by accident but now im completely hooked.

  27. Jane

    AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! This is great! I get cranky each time I look at a bridal magazine and walk out of bridal shops in tears because they are all so generic and pathetically boring. So thank you for this inspiration, I appreciate it.

  28. Vanessa

    I’m very excited to find this site! I feel exactly that way about dress shopping, magazines, etc! If all goes well I look forward to submitting my my wedding to be featured! Thank you for this blog!

  29. Great blog Kat. I’m sure there are many who feel queasy when leafing through wedding magazines. Good on you for promoting a bit of diversity!
    All the best,
    David

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