About

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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 & 2015
Best real-life weddings, Wedding Magazine Blog Awards, 2014 & 2015
Best designed blog (highly commended), Wedding Magazine Blog Awards, 2014
Best wedding blog (highly commended), Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards, 2014
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, the National Wedding Show, 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 me 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, Sainsbury’s 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?

All the available back issues are listed in the shop.

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 Made U Look Photography

259 comments

  1. 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…

  2. 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

  3. 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)

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

  5. 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

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

    Keep up the amazing and inspiring work.

  7. 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

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Valerie Ronnie

    Hi

    Love this site Vintage rock and Roll is not only the 50’s but vintage clasic rock from the early seventies is my favourite bands like Iron Claw underground and real this wedding ides is brilliant good luck with the site……………………….Rock On

  12. rebecca

    AAAAAHHHHH! I am in bridesmaid dress hell right now and desperately need help. If I see one more satin boring dress I am going to scream.
    I am looking for some alternatives if anyone can help I would be grateful! Black and teal or black feathers would be good but to be honest at this point (4 months to go) anything that goes with my black cherry MMK Sophies rose dress!

  13. Paula

    I just want to say I love love love your blog!! I am so sick of looking at article after article of the same crap done in different colors at every wedding ever. As a bride looking to make a splash at her wedding and have it be anything but normal, I was SO grateful to find this site and some truly inspired wedding ideas. My kudos to all the brides on here for sharing their awesomeness! And to you Kat for finally bringing out what so many of us need for our wedding!

  14. RayM

    Just want to say, well, a very big thank you. Finally some inspiration in a sea of pastels, against a swell of wedding industry people who just can’t understand that some couples want to do things differently. Bravo. If our plans work out, we’ll be sending you some photos for sure…!

  15. Kat,
    Loving your non-traditional take! There is room for everyone in the world of love. So glad you are out there providing a resource and voice for the rock and roll bride! You have a great blog! Keep up the great work.

  16. Rickee Mahoney

    Finally, after returning to the “wedding photo” industry after being absent for 20 years I made the choice to join forces with a former student of mine and we agreed that we would do our very best to only photograph events that held true to the client’s real personality, hopefully, that which mirrored our own. We went searching for websites to advertise on or to link to our own blog/business. When we found your site we were over the moon, then saw that you were in the UK. After we cried a little, we thought, what the heck (see no swear word necessary), and said why not advertise anyway. We figured that your vision was universal if we came upon it here in the US. So, thank you for doing what you do and expect us to contact you later.

    Rickee Mahoney and Brooke Baumgartner

  17. Jill

    Thank you so much for this site. I’m in indecision land on the beginnings of our wedding. My fiance is more worried about finding a new job than how we’re doing this, so we’ve given ourselves 2 years to put it together. I have a dress that needs some modification love, a pile of books to turn into flowers, and this place to go to for inspiration. The only things we do know is that we are definitely getting married to each other, who the wedding party consists of, and that we’re getting hitched in an old german dance hall. I’ll be stopping in often to see what new things you’ve found.

  18. Laura

    Just seen the article in Cosmopolitan about you and the site, and I just had to come and have a look! All this stuff is so up my street; the unconventional bride! Can’t wait to have a full browse!

  19. Kat, the top picture of you is beyond stunning, super proud of everything that you have achieved – with a smile on your face and a gin in hand xx

  20. Erin

    I read your interview in Cosmo’s Febraury edition and I had to take a look at your site – I love it! I’m looking forward to having a good look around the site!

  21. Nancy

    I love this blog!!!!
    I’m from Argentina, and it’s very complicated to found cool ideas about weddings, specialy, rock n’ roll wedding theme.
    My wedding i’ts planificated for de next year, and I’m very inspired for your blog.
    Sorry if my english it’s poor… ha ha ha!
    Thank you so much for this site!!!

    kisses!!

  22. Kirstie

    Hello …. please help me! I am getting married in July (yep, this year) and only just started planning….mainly as I never thought I would get married (feminist ideals!) but have met my soul mate and he’s worth the commitment. I have NEVER imagined what this ‘thing’ is going to be like….but its slowly taking shape how we could be ‘us’ in it all …. I now have an idea for a dress but its more a 50’s evening dress….does anyone know a good and reasonable (I have a stooopid small budget- £300) dress maker based in surrey/hampshire/sussex area who could help? I have a pattern!
    Any advice appreciated…………..

  23. Beautiful Photography there, are these taken at on the same day? Just wondering about the hair colour, is it a wig? I love this kind of photography, I want to add this style to my wedding photography. I will have to show you guys my work at some point. I am loving this site 🙂 I’m a very happy photographer now!!!

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