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Stampede Imminent: Rock n Roll Bride Magazine Issue 6 is on Sale Today!

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Over 750 of you have already pre-ordered the latest issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine, but that doesn’t stop me shouting from the rooftops that the Jan/ Feb edition is in shops today!

Fancy flicking through 165 beautifully designed pages packed with inspiration and ideas for your alternative wedding? Look no further!

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As always, this issue features 11 fantastic real weddings, all of varying styles and budgets. We have a gorgeous retro beachy wedding, a punky Brisbane bash, a colourful Las Vegas elopement and one that took place in an abandoned furnace… And that’s just for starters! The weddings in this issue are definitely some of my favourites so far and you won’t have seen them anywhere online before. In fact, if you don’t find at least one amazing idea from this bunch I will eat my very large hat!

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Issue 6 Pre-Sale and Magazine Subscriptions Available!

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Put down that mince pie for one second because issue 6 (officially on sale January 7th) is available for pre-order TODAY! Alternatively, you can subscribe and get every new issue effortlessly delivered to your door. All payments are processed securely through PayPal on a rolling basis which means there’s no big upfront fee, just £4.99 (plus shipping if you are outside the UK) every other month*.

Isn’t the new cover beaaaaautiful!? I love that we have a couple, not just a bride, on the front this time. The photo was shot by the incredible Ed Godden and Sophie and Kyle’s full wedding in all its retro glory is published inside. I have to say though, every single one of the 11 exclusive real weddings that are featured are bursting with the most awesome steal-able ideas. I’ve been saving the most amazing weddings and it’s been torture having to keep them offline! I just know you are going to love them all.

Just because I love you so damn much, here’s another teeny sneak of some of my favourite spreads…

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Happy Christmas (& Issue 6 Sneak Peek!)

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I have an early Christmas gift for you… a teeny sneak peek of issue 6!! Isn’t she a beauty?! I seriously can’t wait for you to see the full thing, and there’s not long to wait because its on sale on January 7th.

For those of you that are extra impatient, we’ll be taking pre-orders from first thing Saturday morning. So if turkey, tinsel and family politics get all too much, make your excuses and pop by our shop page on Boxing Day and order yourself a treat for the new year. We will also be able to accept new subscribers then too, what a great way to spend any Christmas money (lucky you!)

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Run, Don’t Walk, and Nab Rock n Roll Bride Magazine Issue 5 Today!

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The time has come; the brand new issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine is now on sale! If you were smart enough to pre-order or subscribe, a shiny pink envelope may have already dropped on your doormat (and if not it’ll be with you really soon, pinky swear!) However if you fancied doing things the old fashioned way, now is the time to run to your nearest WHSmith, Sainbury’s or local newsagents!

So what will you find inside the brand new issue?

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Well, it just wouldn’t be Rock n Roll Bride without real weddings galore, and the Nov/Dec edition has 11 of them spread over 100 glorious pages. Plus, from this issue onwards all the weddings featured inside are going to be completely exclusive to the mag. This means you won’t have seen them on the blog before. Yay! Even more real wedding goodness to sink your teeth into!

Issue five has a wedding with a drag queen officiant, one with a rain-soaked ceremony and another with a puppy ring bearer. Just you try and tell me you’re not desperate to see more after hearing that!! Here’s the sneakiest of peeks of some of the spreads…

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Happy Eighth Birthday Rock n Roll Bride!

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Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that this is actually my life. While it isn’t rainbows, unicorns and kittens all of the time, and I’ve never worked longer or harder, I am undeniably grateful that I get to do something I love every single day.

Eight years ago today I posted my very first article on this blog. I was working at a shopping channel and although I enjoyed it most of the time, there was always a undercurrent of sadness in my life. The “Is this really it?” mentality. This was something that had been following me ever since I was 14 years old. I’m sure some of you already know that I had a tough time growing up. I had depression, I self harmed, I had an eating disorder, I even tried to kill myself on more than one occasion. I remember around that time my mother would always say to me, “God had a plan” and “You can’t give up, you are destined for the most wonderful things”. Now, I’m not sure about the whole God thing, but even in my darkest moments I did quietly hope that she was right, and that one day I’d wake up and have it all figured out.

Of course there never was just ‘one day’. There was no single moment when everything changed. These things never work like that and it was a very long process to getting from that place I was as a teenager, to a position where I actually felt I had something to offer by starting a blog. The changes I made in my life between then and 2007, when I registered my free blogspot.com domain, were MASSIVE, and most of them were down to the wonderful man that wanted to marry me. I can’t even tell you how much Gareth has done for me. He quite literally saved my life. He was also the inspiration to start this website. I mean, without him I wouldn’t have been getting married and so I wouldn’t have started a blog to share my wedding planning journey!

So we’re now at 30th October 2007 and I start this site with no agenda other than I want to talk about my wedding (without bothering my friends and family – ha!) It’s the ultimate cliché, but I had no idea what it could become and how it might evolve. We got married in April 2008 and after the wedding was over, I still kept the blog going by sharing cool weddings that I’d found elsewhere online. I used to trawl wedding photography groups on Flickr (oh remember Flickr!?), I would ask other brides in the forums I frequented if I could share their stories, I sometimes re-blogged weddings I saw on other wedding blogs.

However it wasn’t until January 2009 that everything changed. I guess I should backtrack the story slightly and admit that I am the least technical person I know. I touch a Mac and it explodes, I’m always the one dropping or otherwise breaking something on my phone, I know how to use the back-end of my website to upload images and text, but anything more technical than that and I’m a disaster. Thank God a married the ultimate computer geek!

Anyway, its January 2009 and I decide that I want to put Google Analytics onto my site to see how many visitors it was getting. It looked easy enough but me being me, I messed it up and SOMEHOW managed to delete the whole thing! To this day Gareth has no idea how I did it, “But surely there were pop ups saying ‘if you do this the blog will be deleted are you SURE you want to proceed? Really? Are you definitely sure?!'” I have no idea what happened, but all I do know is I did something wrong and the blog was gone forever, KAPUT, DONE, FINITO! Buried in the depths of the Google graveyard.

Yes, there were tears! But Gareth, my geek in shining armour, came to my rescue yet again and set me up with a brand new blog. We bought the .com, switched to WordPress (a much more superior blogging platform to the free one I was using) and I started the whole thing over.

At the time I was SO gutted that my blog was gone, but it was actually the best thing to ever happen. Not only did it mean most of my very early, very embarrassing posts about my own wedding were gone forever (you can see what the old blog looked like here, totally legit right?!) but it also forced me to start again and re-evaluate what I really wanted to do with this space.

It was at this point that I made a conscious effort to only share alternative wedding inspiration. I decided that I wanted to create a place for brides who wanted beautiful yet fun and unique weddings. I wanted to inspire couples to have weddings that reflected them, not one that the wedding industry told them was ‘on trend’. I wanted to share the kind of wedding inspiration I was desperate for as a bride but couldn’t find anywhere. I wanted to create the blog that I wish I’d found when I was planning our wedding.

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Issue 5 Pre-Sale and Magazine Subscriptions Now Available!

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Do you yearn for a wedding magazine that features brides just like you? Realistic budgets, creative ideas, weddings that you wish you’d been invited to? Is practical, actionable wedding planning advice something you crave? Are you sick of trawling through page after page of advertisements from companies you aren’t interested in and products you can’t afford?

ME TOO, which is why I started Rock n Roll Bride in the first place!

Today I can finally reveal the cover of the brand new issue – Isn’t she a beaut!? Again, we have a gorgeous real bride on the cover, Julia, who’s Queensland wedding is featured inside. From ceremonies in rainstorms to puppy bridesmaids and drag queen officiants, issue 5 features some hella inspiring real weddings.

But we’re not all about the pretty, inside you’ll also find some awesome articles written by some fantastic contributors including my own mum (yes, really!) There’s some killer photography advice for those of you who are having winter weddings, affordable décor ideas and DIY projects a-plenty. I don’t want to give too much away, but believe me when I say this will be the best £4.99 you’ll spend all month!

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Issue 5 will be in stores on November 10th, but the good news doesn’t end there. As well as WH Smiths and independents, the magazine will now be sold in Sainbury’s supermarkets up and down the UK!!

While we would love to be stocked in every single shop in the country (we’re getting there – sloooowly!) if you can’t find one near you, you can always order online, and today we’re opening up pre-orders in our redesigned shop page (thanks Gareth!). Pre-ordered copies will be shipped out first, meaning by reserving yours now you may even receive your copy before it hits the stores.

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