Er, of course you do! You may have read last week that I announced my stupidly exciting new venture, and today I wanted to tell you how you can get involved as a wedding supplier!
It’s all very well and good having the most amazing business idea ever, but if no-one knows about it, it might as well not exist. So if you make something awesome, or offer a killer service that you want brides and grooms to know about, then Rock n Roll Bride Magazine is the place for you!
This is your opportunity to place your product or service in front of the eyeballs of thousands of alternative wedding loving brides and grooms. Brides and grooms that are desperately and very actively searching for wedding suppliers just like you. Reading my magazine are the customers that you’ve always dreamed about having. So what are you waiting for?!
OK so maybe you always assumed that magazine advertising was super expensive? You know what, it really can be. I’ve seen first hand how much other publications have to charge to cover their costs, but not so with Rock n Roll Bride! As I said in my post last week, Gareth and I are going back to doing everything ourselves. Yes, it’s a lot of work (hard work has never scared me, ha!) but it means we’ve been able to slash our overheads significantly so that we can make our magazine ads INSANELY affordable.
Some people have told me I’m completely mental for making the prices so low… but I don’t care! I know how hard it can be for independent designers, Etsy sellers and indie businesses to get traction in this industry and I want to do something to change that.
For the next issue, adverts in the magazine will start from a teeny tiny £50!
Who fancies and injection of colour? Well I’ve certainly got that for you today! This shoot was set up by photographer Anna Reynal and Pop the Cork Events in Washington DC.
“We were inspired by all the colours!”, Anna told me. “I love weddings that are all about celebration and colour so we wanted to play with the idea of what a wedding would look like with ALL of them! We wanted it to look personal and modern.”
“There were several inspirations for the shoot including the colour wheel, CMYK, and hex-colours. The latter is used digitally and gave us inspiration for including geometric elements.”
“We had an amazing dress from Wai-Ching. We love when brides infuse a lot of their personality into their weddings and think outside-the-box. The inspiration and theme really began to take shape once we found the amazing dress, we couldn’t NOT use it!”
Ballet might not seem very Rock n Roll… and for all intents and purposes it is anything but ‘edgy’, but when I saw this pretty, colourful and quirky set of wedding images, I knew I had to share them with you!
Photographer, Kimberly Mitiska, told me all about their inspiration. “This shoot took place at the beautiful Colorado Ballet. Once we picked out the pink wedding dress for one of our brides we knew that the Colorado Ballet would be a perfect match for the vision of the shoot. To top it off this lovely bride used to do ballet so she had some old pointe shoes that I incorporated into the photographs.”
Heather and Kev’s wedding was full of quirky little DIY touches. They didn’t want it to feel too orchestrated though; they just wanted it to feel natural and homemade. “After spending weeks and weeks reading through the brilliant Rock n Roll Bride blog, I decided on a bright theme with a 1950s twist”, said Heather. “We wanted to keep things DIY too, with no massive styling required. We wanted it to feel like we’d done everything ourselves and that it was authentically ‘us’.”
“Our friends helped us with lots of things. My maid of honour spent hours punching heart shaped holes into tissue paper for the table confetti, and endless time making the table plans! She was my saviour during the whole wedding process. The pom poms were made by my mum and the flowers were arranged by my godmother. We made the glitter letters and stationery ourselves too.”
Amy and James’ aim was to spend as little as possible on getting married. They had a small ceremony at Boho Cornwall, a venue specifically designed for elopements, on May 13th.
“The inspiration for our wedding was just to be an intimate, family occasion, just us and our baby girl”, explained Amy. “We had no guests, no speeches, no cake, seating plans or first dances. We wanted it to be as environmentally friendly as possible too so my bouquet was from locally grown flowers, my dress was homemade and our rings were recycled. Plus, rather than asking friends and family for gifts or money, we set up a JustGiving page to help our local animal sanctuary.”
The bride’s gorgeous green dress was made by the groom’s mother. “I was adamant from day one that I wanted an emerald green dress”, she explained. “People tried to talk me out of it but I know my own mind and I stuck with it – and it was splendiferous.”
“We had both been to weddings before where all the ‘extras’ seemed, in our opinion, to detract from the core meaning of the wedding”, said James. “The union of two people was the most important thing to us. It all too often got lost after the ceremony in the endless photo line ups, welcomes, dances… not to mention it being a massive expense and headache to plan. We wanted it to also be nice and relaxed, intimate and simple.”
When we got married (yes that is me in this photo, I can’t hardly recognise myself either!) I wanted my girls in black. They all wore a dress of their choosing but I thought monochrome would look classy and elegant, plus it suits everyone. I distinctly remember my mother being concerned that it would make the wedding “look like a funeral” but on the day she changed her mind, they all looked so beautiful!
So I was really interested to hear while researching the most popular colours women would choose as their wedding colour schemes, fashion retailer Coast discovered that after purple, black and grey are now the most popular choice! I was clearly way ahead of my time!
They say, “Black, grey and silver were popular choices (19%), most likely due to the fact that their neutral palette easily complements a huge variety of skin tones and are easy to blend into the mixed colour scheme trend. The elegance of grey hues will flatter a range of body types, especially when bordering on metallic silver tones in flowing fabrics which have been seen everywhere from the London Fashion Week catwalks for SS15 to red carpet dresses. Shimmering pewter, as spotted on Sophie Turner in a plunging Burberry gown at the Met Gala is bound to be a winner among brides this season. Mollie King also set the world of fashionable weddings alight wearing a multiway grey gown as a bridesmaid dress.”
So I thought, what could be a better opportunity than to do some fantasy shopping for black bridesmaid dresses? Here are some of my current favourites that Coast have to offer. As a side note, have you looked at Coast recently? They’ve REALLY stepped it up this season, I am so obsessed with this outfit in particular!
The slinky maxi dress can be worn 15 different ways, so will suit every shape. Simply twist and wrap to create endless stunning styles.
This short gown would be perfect for any extra special occasion. It features a sheer bodice lined with a soft slip for comfort and style.