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

244 comments

  1. Well Kat I am still here reading your blog which I discovered a few months ago, I still find myself spending far too much time perusing the brilliant content and not getting on with my own world, the pots pile up the dust is getting thicker cant even see through the windows now, in many ways the thought of getting back to work once my back is finally fixed is a worrying one, how will I find the time then to read your pages, guess I will just have to give up sleep.
    Keep up the good work Kat, loving the video’s by the way.
    On the subject of the back I am now the proud owner of 6 titanium steel screws and 2 titanium steel rods as scaffolding for the ageing spine, and I hope to be fully fit by the end of the year.

    Lottsa love David x

  2. amy brandon

    Very very excited to have found this! It is so inspirtational. Makes me feel at home as anything goes! :0)

    Thank you for inspring me today and prob for many more days to come!

    p.s I used to work at M.A.C in Reading and i think i recognise you from shopping there?!

    love love love x

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    Ha Amy yes im sure that was me!! i live in Reading and i pretty must go into MAC in House of Fraser whenever i can!

  4. Carene

    Sad & flying solo, I stumble upon a “RocknRoll” article on an inflight magazine (local rsa flight) & my jaw drop to my tray table! All I can say is WOW & thanx for the inspiration! I just got engaged & couldn’t believe my eyes to YOUR world! So glad to be able to relate to the beautiful blogs & amazing photography! Now I’m really ready & rocking to go out & start planning MY day! Rock’n’Roll forever & always xxx

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    yey thats great carene! im so glad you liked the article!
    im hoping they will send me a copy soon

  6. sophie

    hi, i was recommended your blog by my photographer aaron collett who sent me your link as we both share the idea of a personal quirky wedding. not too much formal photography is his style which i am so happy with and he was right ure stuff is fab !! i am a florist too so i see so many dull weddings and mine will not be that !!!! i also was suprised to read you are from reading as i am from hungerford area which is just down the road, it can be a hard area for gathering cool wedding stuff but i am going down the colour route with most stuff so the brighter the better and maybe a few trips to london too!! awesome keep up the good blogging !!

  7. wow!!! I love u!! This is me before my life as an adult, parent, football mom and mortage holder took over!! (SHOOT ME!) you are amazing and I plan on taking what you have taught here and finding in my little neck of the backwoods…people who appreciate this! I want to shoot people like you! I want the rawness, the in your face…the down with the man…

    You Kat ROCK THE PARTY!!! Hells Ya… you are the party!!!

  8. Miss Sillanious

    I LOVE your blog! Even though I’m nowhere near getting married (don’t even have a boyfriend – ha ha), I just love the individuality of it all. It inspires me to just be me and embrace my uniqueness.

    I recently actually lost my job because I dyed my hair pink and refused to change it. Now I’m starting my own beauty salon. Booyah! I’m studying make up as well and am hoping I might get to do some rock ‘n roll weddings!

    So here’s to us pink haired babes! Taking over the world… ;-)

  9. Lyn Sirkett

    Hi Rock N Roll bride. I, too, have just stumbled across your site suggested by Essex wedding photographer Chris Shotton. Having arrived from Oz a few months ago and setting up a mobile wedding dress business in Essex – I go to visit Brides with beautiful, contemporary and, dare I say it, some out there wedding dresses – you, my dear, are a breath of fresh air. In what can only be described as a wedding world that does not, or cannot, accept the need for individuality, rather, prescribing what brides should or shouldn’t be wearing – with a distinct sameness to the dresses in a lot of bridal salons. So, yes, keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more – may even submit for a feature on my unique wedding dress business – The Wedding Dresser.

  10. I want to say a huge thank you – I’ve just discovered your blog today and it has definitely shaken off my miserable London rainy day mood. The photography is absolutely breathtaking!

    Having been married once before and done it the boring way everyone was expecting, I have been procrastinating like crazy and making my eternally patient fiance wait as I dithered annoyingly and muttered disparaging comments about the whole farce of having to get married (“of course I want to marry you babe, I just don’t want to GET MARRIED again – know what I mean?”).

    Your blog has inspired me to get creative and finally start planning (two and a half years later!) so that we can share a special day together, but one that really embodies the spirit of who we are.

    THANK YOU!!! xxx

  11. Dear Kat,

    I would like to thank you for your inspiring blog. Thank you from those of us who don’t want to conform to the usual run-of-the-mill wedding, and who grow queasy at the sight of anorexic brides in cookie-cutter ceremonies. It makes me want to barf. That’s not me, and you have inspired me to follow my dreams of crafting the fuck out of my wedding, and not getting hitched in a church.

    If you’re wondering in your stats who in Dublin is on your site for 3 hours a day, that’s me.

    Lots of love,
    Alex, aka Hydrangea Girl

  12. candipants

    I love this blog, cant get enough. It is a HUGE help (busy planning my wedding) and so much inspiration I could explode! Also found out some of my original ideas are not so original (sad face), but I guess rocking minds think a like :) Thanks for all the awesomeness xx

  13. CherryT

    Love this blog, a wonderful antidote for all the sugary sweet wedding pages out there! I’m having a 50’s wedding, and I’m being treated as a bit odd for going against the “norm”!

  14. Catdragon

    Thank goodness for rock and roll bride! I am not alone…I no longer care about being treated as odd for going against the ‘norm’ DIY, individuality and creativity rocks!I’m having a DIY vintage, pin up inspired affair with a subversive side this October x

  15. God I soooo wish this blog had been up and going before my own wedding in May 2007! I despaired at all the schmoozy crap that was out there, and going to wedding fairs just made me want to scream!

    We worked hard to do our wedding our way, and it worked out brilliantly – everyone still talks about it four years later. But my one regret was not getting a wedding photographer – none at the time seemed to fit what we wanted so we relied on friends photos. They were great, and even though we ended up with thousands of unique images we don’t have one single good one of just the two of us! I’m secretly planning a reshoot one day (better hurry before the wrinkles set in) and think I’ll find just the right photographer here.

    Thanks for making the world of weddings less blahhh :)

  16. Liza

    Hi Kat,

    Just a note to say that your website is awesome – loads of my customers (wedding rings) are looking for alternative inspiration and I will point them your way in future!

    Liza x

  17. In…spir…ational! I’ve read about your blog a few times, Kat, but having recently gone full time pro, I’ve made the effort to take a proper look, and it’s awesome! I’ll be sending a cheeky submission your way, but first I’ll be rethinking tomorrow’s wedding shoot (red dresses, flip-flops and six bridesmaids… the creative juices are running already…)

  18. rockmarkie

    hi, my name is markie and im addicted to rocknrollbride

    Its been 15 minutes since my last check of the website and facebook page.

    Awesome work Kat, keep it up! its the ONLY place to look for wedding inspiration that isnt commercial and pointless fluff!! much love

  19. Darija

    Aaargh! Kat…amazing website, congratulations!

    If I had only known about you when I got married last year here in Croatia. As it was, our wedding turned out to be fantastic except that our photographers were, I mean ARE morons, and aren’t even cut out to take photos of schoolchildren on picture day and I have the proof! I wish I can sound off somewhere to warn other brides getting married here in Croatia. Anyone have ideas? They had such a promising website and I would hate for another bride to get duped like I did. And my hair sucked, but that was a combo of the hairdresser and the hot weather…but mostly the hairdresser…it should have lasted, she should have known better…thanks for letting me vent.

  20. I simply can’t belive I found a website like this!!! It’s perfect and gives me all the inspiraton I need to plan my day!!!!

    Thanks a lot for creating this place!!!

    xoxo Renata (from Brazil!)

  21. Hi Kat Cannot believe I have been photographing weddings for all these years and not read a wedding blog, looking forward to having a read of this blog over the weekend – looks pretty cool from what I have seen so far! :)

  22. Sarah J

    Kat,

    Can you post some ideas for bridesmaid dresses please? I’m want to wear a 50s style wedding dress but struggling what to put my girls in that will compliment it but not be too samey?

    Thanks
    Sarah x

  23. Thanks for the ‘other side’ of weddings. As a tentmaker for over forty years, I was getting pretty bored with the ‘white tent’ corporate norm. Gaining inspiration from India’s raj tents, I decided to built my own line of tents.

    So my contribution to the world of design is Raj Polynesia tents. A tent with both Indian and Hawaiian influence. The Bamboo poles and carved pineapple finials bring the Polynesian flavor into the raj tent design. (www.rajpolynesia.com)

    And the tropical colors of tops, are just part of my rock and roll days…

  24. Hey Kat, just a quick note to say I’m addicted to your blog, its beautiful!!! Now just to wait for the proposal so I can get involved in being a rock n roll bride :) x

  25. Hi Kat. Just wanted to say I absolutely love your blog and love how much support and advice you offer to us newbies to blogging. Was just watching the video’s you did with Ali Lovegrove and got loads of great advice from them. You’re posts are super inspiring, always look forward to seeing the next one! You rock :-) (from a fellow Kat)

  26. Oh thank heavens I found you! With the prospect of my own wedding looming, I was already developing an allergy to pastels.

  27. 6 Weeks to go, everything organised and i STILL havent found a dress, they all look the same! The shops, the sound of cream rustling fabric, the over pushy shop assistants all send me into panic. I feel like the only real woman left in somekind of Stepford Wife Wedding Zone.
    My chum in San Francisco told me about this blog…feeling a sigh of relief reading the first few lines….Ahhhh home :-) xx

  28. Really love your site!!! I’m going to be following this everyday!

    Keep up the amazing and inspiring work.

  29. Love Rock ‘n Roll Bride…… brilliant site! Thought I might just find an address to post the promised jewellery catalogue to!!……. not to worry, but do check out the Miglio website! Rosie

  30. Loving the blog, it is really, really difficult to find things “out of the norm” that don’t cost a fortune. I was lucky enough to win my forthcoming wedding in the Bahamas on a secluded beach on a tiny island of just 400 inhabitants. Didn’t have much say in my dress, it had to be Tia and it had to be Benjamin Roberts so I decided it had to be white lol. The headpiece was an interesting obstacle, being one with rather cropped hair (often mohican in the summer), I knew straight away that any sort of tiara would look bloody ridiculous, slides and combs just would not stay put and side tiaras are generally just blah. So I spoke to my good friend Anna at Indigo Thunder (who made my fabulous yarn dread hair falls) and she recommended the lovely Jo Blair at Skitty Kat Designs, Jo makes little hats and fascinators as a general rule so I asked nicely if she would create something special for me. After a really good hunt on the internet I found some 1920s inspired headpieces I adored so with some sketchy and often contradictory instructions Jo went to work. She has just sent me pictures of the almost finished article and it’s heavenly, I put a picture up on the closed FB group of the lucky 16 brides off to the Bahamas (yes there are 16 of us) and so far no-one has commented, i’m taking their stunned silence as one of jealousy lol, although I suspect it’s more a case of “OH, err, that’s nice”, I don’t care, I’m getting married barefoot on a beach in the Bahamas, I’m wearing white patent leather Dr martens for our booze up beach party when we get home and we’re playing rock music whilst drinking cocktails and playing with inflatable flamingos lol. As far as I’m concerned the ceremony is perfect, 4 of us with very little fuss, there will be no table plans, no wedding breakfast, no falling out among families because none of them are coming. Heavenly :)

  31. Your blog must be the most unique wedding blog on the internet! And believe me, I have read a lot of them. The Rock and Roll theme is cool and shows couples they don’t need to abandon their own personal style when it comes to their wedding day! I feel this quote fits well here:

    “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”
    Margaret Mead

    Keep up the good work Kat!

  32. Jennifer

    For the longest time I’ve never really thought about getting married like most women and girls do. I didn’t really care and figured the wedding was a show for everyone else, not for me, and was something to get through. After seeing your blog I think that any wedding I might have could be really freaking awesome and worth the effort!

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