Hey there, thanks for stopping by! I’m Kat 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.
After needing something to hand out at a wedding fair in the same year, I decided to self-publish a magazine of some of my favourite blog content. It was so popular with the attendees that produced two further issues which were sold exclusively through the site. In September 2014 it was picked up by Giraffe Media who I now work with on the bi-monthly, nationally available magazine of the same name. Issue One is due for release in January 2015.
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.
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.
In 2014, her passion project, a yearly produced print magazine, was picked up by publishing giants Giraffe Media and transformed into a bi-monthly, nationally available magazine. Issue One is due for release in the new year.
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.
With her signature rainbow 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.
Press and Awards
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 Bride, You & Your Wedding, Perfect Wedding, Wedding Ideas, Unique 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 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, Mollie Makes, 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.
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.
Rock n Roll Bride has won a multitude of industry awards. Notable 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 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.
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?
I love sharing what I know and offering advice through the content of my blog, however 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.
Please feel free to email me your question though 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.
Can I interview you for my school project/ dissertation?
While I WISH I could say yes to all the requests of this nature that I get it’s simply impossible. 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 Branch. She’s the bees knees. My husband Gareth is a 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 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 accepted I’ll let you know if I feel it would be better suited on the blog or in the magazine.
Can I write a freelance piece for the magazine?
While I’m not actively looking for new freelancers I am always willing to be dazzled! If you’d like to be considered as a contributor to the mag, please drop me a line including some examples of your writing and an outline of your article idea.
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.
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.
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. When I was a pinky I favoured Stargazer Baby Pink but I always like to mix it up. I love Crazy Colour, Special Effects and Directions. My blue hair is a mix of Special Effects Blue Mayhem, Manic Panic Mystic Heather and Manic Panic Amplified Ultra Violet.
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.
You can read all about how I rescued my beach ravaged hair here and how to dye your hair unnatural colours (and make it last!) here.
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…
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