Want to Write for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine? Here’s How!

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Rock n Roll Bride blog and magazine relies heavily on the awesome submissions I receive for real weddings, photo shoots, vendor profiles and freelance articles. Without them I wouldn’t have enough content to keep updating as often as I do!

I have written about how to submit your wedding or a photo shoot on numerous occasions (you can read them here, here and here!) so today I want to talk specifically about freelance article contributions for the magazine.

Have you ever dreamt of seeing something you’ve penned in print? Well this could be your chance! Obviously I’m writing from my own experiences as an editor here, but I think my tips could very easily be applied to any blog or magazine that you might want to pitch to.

Be memorable

Most of the freelance articles I publish are actually written by people I’m already friends with. That’s not to say you have to be my mate to write for me, but if I don’t know you, I’m probably never going to think of you when I need a freelancer!

When we first announced the magazine I was literally flooded with emails from people wanting to write or create DIY projects for us. It was lovely and very flattering, but do I remember anything specific about any of them? Nope…not a sausage.

Charm goes a long way. If you seem upbeat, friendly and enthusiastic then you’re more likely to get ahead of someone who’s email reads like a generic CV. Ask yourself, what can you specifically bring to the magazine? What makes you different? Why should I call on you over someone else? What is your speciality and what do you know that no-one else does!? You don’t have to be an expert on something to research and write about it, but it helps!

Check and double check your spelling and punctuation

Seriously! I’m no grammar Nazi and we’re all guilty of the odd spelling error slipping through now and again, but if you’re gunning for a writing gig, please make sure you demonstrate in your email that you know how to string a sentence together! Think of your initial email as your first audition. You need to make a solid first impression and no editor is going to want to hire someone whose writing is all over the place.

Be concise and friendly (but not over-familiar)

There’s a lot to be said for being a bit charismatic when you send that initial email, but don’t be creepy! It might just be me, but I cringe to high heaven when someone I don’t know calls me “babe” or “hun” or “love”. That fine line between professional and personal is the sweet spot when it comes to getting on an editor’s good side!

Also, don’t fan-girl. It’s lovely to be told something you do is awesome, but don’t make it uncomfortable. Demonstrate that you know and love the magazine, drop in some references to things I’ve spoken about online, but don’t expect to be going out to dinner, holding hands and braiding my hair by the end of the night. Always remain professional, you’re not trying to make a new best friend here!

Have an idea

Most of the time, coming up with a unique idea for a magazine article is the hardest part. Once I have that, in all honestly, I can pull something together relatively quickly myself. So instead of just vaguely offering yourself up as someone that can write (join the queue!) get ahead of the competition by actually having a killer idea to pitch. Better still, write it in advance and then submit it. Editors LOVE getting articles that are relevant and ready to go because it saves us a job!

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Cat Themed Wedding in Brighton

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Did you catch my post over the weekend on the 14 things all cat lovers need at their wedding? Well you loved that you’re going to totally adore this wedding because Charlotte-Mary and Adrian had a real life cat themed day!!

“Our wedding was simply inspired by things that make us happy”, said Charlotte-Mary, “so that meant cats, particularly our own two cat babies Cedric and Lolita! They couldn’t join us on the day but were still dressed up for the occasion. We used our favourite colours (orange for Ade and pink for me) and had lots of chocolate things as I am a chocolate geek. We also wanted to bring both of our cultures into the wedding, Filipino and Irish.”

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After the church ceremony, the reception was held at Fabrica in Brighton. “The reception venue had no outdoor space so we said ‘why not bring the outdoors indoors?’, and that was that! I guess our theme would be a colourful cat garden with lots of DIY and art!”

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Homemade Humanist Wedding in Scotland

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Sarah and Colin’s homemade wedding was full of personal touches and Scottish references. They were married at Comrie Croft in  Perthshire, Scotland.

“We had loads of help from friends and family with making things including individual crochet favours for each guest made by my mum, the cake by one of my bridesmaids, the table numbers by another and all the wooden props by my dad and brother”, Sarah said. “All the other cakes and desserts were made by guests – we had a cake competition! I also made the ribbon curtain we had at the ceremony and me and my bridesmaids made our own flower crowns.”

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“The best bit of the day was the woodland ceremony. Seeing Colin shed a tear and having all my favourite people around us made me feel really special! Our friend Matt runs a community choir so we got him to make the guests into a wedding choir – they sang The Proclaimer’s Let’s Get Married. They all sounded so beautiful and it was a truly special moment for us.”

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Low-Key Bohemian Beach Wedding

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Prepare to feel inspired to throw out everything that is giving you pre-wedding stress and get married just like Zoe and Nico! The wedding was the ultimate low-key wedding. They rented a beach front house, invited people over and did all the catering themselves. They spent just $2000 – $1200 on the rental and $200 on groceries.

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“We rented a beach house on Fire Island and had our ceremony in front of the lighthouse”, explained the bride. “That’s pretty much it! We didn’t feel like it was necessary to blow cash on this. We wanted it to be very low key, honest and to feel like a party with friends. It ended up feeling more like a wedding than we though it would because it was inevitably more emotional than expected.”

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Pin Up Punk Wedding

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Pin up and punk might not be two styles that you’d automatically think worked together, but Katie and Tony’s wedding certainly disputes that! They were married in Gyro Park in Alberta.

“I am a fan of all things retro and Tony is a metal-head”, the bride explained. “So we wanted to merge our two styles together so that the wedding expressed both of us. We put lots of personal touches into the day. I chose a red dress because white didn’t feel like ‘me’.”

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“Our receiving line song while entering the reception hall was Vermillion by Slipknot, one of Tony’s favourite bands. Our first dance song was Slipknot’s Vermillion II and our wedding party dance song was a song from my favourite female artist, Stevie Nicks, Cheaper than Free which is the same song I walked down the aisle to.”

The couple’s budget was $6000 and they made almost everything themselves. Most of the décor was made from items from dollar stores! “There wasn’t a whole lot of money spent on things like flowers and linens and rentals. The table cloths and things for the centrepieces were all from the dollar store and I think they turned out beautifully.”

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