Why I’m Quitting Rock n Roll Bride


When I started this blog I had no idea just how far it could take me. From quitting a well paid full time job to all expenses paid trips to Australia! I co-founded a workshop that taught over 1000 people all over the planet and launched a print magazine!! It really has been a wild ride and I wouldn’t change anything that’s happened for the world.

Over the past 8+ years I’ve woken up excited to turn on my computer and crack on with work (and that’s something I thought I’d never have in my life)… that is until it started to get too difficult. It stopped being fun. It started feeling like more of a chore than a labour or love. And if you don’t love something any more, why would you torture yourself? Life is just too short.

So I’ve come to a big decision. Its been really hard to make but I hope you’ll understand. I’m quitting Rock n Roll Bride. I’m not sure what I’m going to do next but I know it won’t be anything to do with weddings.

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Are you running an alternative wedding business?
Are you passionate about what you do but are struggling to find the right customers?
Does it feel like you’ve tried everything to get the word out but you keep coming up against brick walls?

If so, Rock n Roll Bride is here to help!

I think a lot of artists make the same mistake – they figure if they build it they will come. Now I love Field of Dreams as much as the next child of the 90s, but when it comes to running a business, that theory rarely pans out.

People aren’t just going to magically wake up one day and find you. Without marketing, your wedding business is nothing more than an expensive, all-consuming hobby. Without targeting your ideal clients your business simply will not survive.

But I get it. You’re just starting out and money is tight. Which is why I am committed to making the advertising packages in Rock n Roll Bride magazine stupendously affordable for people just like you. Our ads still start from just £50!

If you’re stuck with the design, we can help you with that as well. Not only do we have easy to use templates available, but if need be someone from our team can work with you to create your advert from the ground up.

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Here’s what some of your peers have to say about advertising in Rock n Roll Bride magazine:

“Advertising with Rock n Roll Bride has been fantastic! Not only have I got my stationery in front of a whole new market, these couples have been totally the right clients for my business… really appreciating something a bit different and more colourful than your standard wedding fare! Plus compared to a lot of other magazine advertising it is really great value. I love the glossy ‘coffee table book’ format too, its so beautiful that I think that brides are less likely to throw it away like a normal magazine and will have it sitting in front of them for several months.” Nikki Ward, Knots and Kisses

“I’ve advertised in the magazine a few times now, and am always pleased at the response I get. I always know that I will attract like-minded couples, who appreciate creative and fun wedding photography. I love the rest of the magazine too… I wouldn’t just advertise in any wedding publication! In fact, Rock n Roll Bride is the ONLY magazine I advertise in now. I feel that it is the only one on the news stands that totally reflects my business.

It’s not just couples getting married that have contacted me via my adverts, the ad has also caught the attention of some cool wedding wedding suppliers, and they’ve actually gone on to refer me to THEIR couples… WIN WIN as far as I’m concerned.

Dealing with Kat isn’t your typical magazine sales-rep pitch either. Instead, its a breeze. No hard-sale… and no desperate phone calls near deadline day. And in my opinion, a very good price for an advert giving my business great exposure in the best wedding magazine out there. Thanks Kat, I’ve been waiting for a cool, stylish wedding magazine to come out for years… and Rock n Roll Bride was definitely worth the wait!” – Ed Godden, Ed Godden Photography

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“We have been with Rock n Roll Bride magazine from the beginning. We love that it connects us with the right kind of awesome and alternative clients – couples who aren’t traditional and want to put their own stamp on their weddings. The layout of the magazine is gorgeous and such an inspiring read. I absolutely LOVE the eclectic and diverse mix of real weddings featured too. The advertising rates are really reasonable and a must for any small business wanting to reach a more alternative market” – Jo Bromley, The Couture Company

“We’re very proud to be long-term advertisers in Rock n Roll Bride magazine. Working with Kat is a joy, and the magazine itself offers a distinctive, independent voice that’s sorely needed in the wedding industry. The mag is gorgeously produced, has the best-quality printing of anything we’ve been involved with, and has an excellent ratio of ads to content.

We include a discount code on our ad so we can see when couples are coming from the magazine and there’s been a lot of variety! Through Rock n Roll Bride we’ve had couples sign up who are honeymooning in Bali, Argentina, Morocco and Tuscany — plus two gift lists for Disney World, huzzah!” – Andrew Green, Buy Our Honeymoon

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?!

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Honeymoon Travel Guide: Japan 101

It’s official: Japan is my favourite place on the planet. Gareth and I first visited Tokyo in 2008 for our honeymoon and we’ve always wanted to go back. We haven’t really had the time or money for a (non-working) holiday since then though, but at the beginning of this year we thought “Screw it, we’ve worked our arses off these past few years, let’s just do it!”

Today I wanted to tackle some of your frequently asked questions about our trip. I’ve received so many since I’ve been (over)sharing on Instagram! I’ll be sharing some recommendations of things to see and do in each of the cities we visited over the coming weeks too.

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Our itinerary

The first time we visited, we spent our entire 10 day-trip just in Tokyo. While you can certainly spend more time than that exploring and experiencing this magical city (we still haven’t made it to the Sanrio theme park – TRAVESTY!) Japan is so much more than just its capital.

As we’d been to Tokyo before, and done a lot of the main sites already, we decided to spend just two nights there this time. At first I was worried we wouldn’t get to see enough of it, but we really did manage to pack a lot in. They were long 10+ hour days, but I love being busy and soaking everything in when I travel. The idea of lying on a beach all day sounds so dull to me! Our itinerary went a little something like this:

Thursday 17th March – Arrived in Tokyo
Sunday 20th March – Shinkansen (bullet) train to Kyoto (approx. 2.5 hours)
Friday 26th March – Shinkansen train to Hiroshima (approx. 1.5 hours)
Monday 28th March – Shinkansen train back to Tokyo (approx. 4 hours)
Tuesday 29th March – Flew back to the UK

Osaka is also only a 15 minute journey from Kyoto, so although we hadn’t planned to visit, we did! A lot of my research beforehand told me that Osaka wasn’t that exciting, but I’m so glad we ignored that because we loved it! It was more like Tokyo than Kyoto (which is way more quiet and traditional) but less intense and busy.

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DIY and Handfasting Wedding in A Big Top!

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Lizzie and Louie’s incredibly detailed big top wedding, unbelievably, only cost them £6000. The bride even had two dresses!

“The theme was ‘anything goes!’. We didn’t have a colour scheme, we just wanted to have as much fun as possible!” the bride explained. “We wanted our wedding to truly represent us as a couple, and as so many friends and family helped us out, we wanted it also to represent them too. So if someone wanted to contribute in any way, we just let it happen. By doing this the wedding evolved into a beautiful eclectic mix of everyone’s talents and energy.”

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“The flowers were bought and arranged by my grandmother. We also had dried flowers, which I made by collecting and drying discounted flowers from supermarkets! The catering was all done by my mum and grandmother. They made Devon pasties and salad and a buffet of cured meat and cheese for the evening. All the decorations were made by us including the table plan which had a Game of Thrones theme. We also made the place names which were butterfly origami with a raffle ticket hidden inside for raffle after the meal. My mum made the bunting and chair covers. I made the sequin lampshades and collected all the teapots, plates, glassware and cutlery from charity shops! Our band was my brother’s band.”

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Colourful Mexican Fiesta Wedding in Tel Aviv

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Marina and Moshe’s October wedding was held at Socca Tel Aviv. The day had a colourful, Mexican theme in an urban setting. “The wedding was held in a loft in an industrial area of Tel Aviv”, said the bride. “We decorated with vintage furniture that reminded us of the flea market area where we live. The decorations were inspired by a Mexican fiesta where the whole street is covered in colours and the women put flowers in their hair.”

“We wanted to bring a lot of colour into our wedding. We had paper cut flags and colourful umbrellas and we added paper flowers to the table arrangements. We also used a lot of bright colours for the invitations.”

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“We also love to travel so this inspired our day as well”, she continued. “Last year we spent three months in Central America and three months in Mexico. We were really amazed by the authentic Mexican culture, the happy and fun ceremonies and holy days they have in the small villages. One day we took a trip to a festival in a small town off the tourist road. The whole street was covered in paper flags and all the women wore colourful dresses. They welcomed us and gave us free food and drinks and we danced and talked for hours. That day was always on our minds during the planning of the wedding. We also felt very connected to the language, the food and the music over there and we tried to bring incorporate those things in our wedding.”

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Rustic Bohemian Wedding in London

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Ben and Lori’s London wedding was held in a coffee shop. They had a laid back, bohemian theme that worked really well with their urban location.

“I suppose the most unique part of our wedding, that sets us apart from most weddings we have been to, is that we did not have the same sense of formality”, explained the bride. There were no bridesmaids, or groomsmen for example. We didn’t feel attached to those traditions. Also, we Skyped in some of my family members and closest friends from Canada, so it was a little funny seeing an iPad in the corner of our eye with six tiny squares of my favourite people from overseas, smiling and crying from a screen.”

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“I would say our theme was confused rustic bohemian. The best bit of the day, and the part that still gives me the most exciting rush of emotions, is our ceremony. Our venue had stairs that led from a loft down to the main area where we had set up our ceremony area. Before most people arrived, close friends all worked together to decorate; hanging the ribbon backdrop, laying out confetti bags, and clearing the area. It was a bit rushed, but so lovely for everyone to work together like that. Ben worked some magic on the music and used the instrumental from LCD Soundsystem’s Dance Yourself Clean for us to walk down the stairs together to and it was absolutely wonderful. I love that we walked together. For us, it was important to show the unity between us before we were married, as well as the further commitment we made on that day.”

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