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New Look, New Adventures

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Oh the excitement! There has been a lot going on behind the scenes at Rock n Roll Bride HQ over the past few months. Not only have we taken the magazine back completely in-house, but we’ve secretly been squirreling away to re-brand too! Its been a non-stop party of design, logistics and approximately sixty squillion emails coming and going each day.

If you have your own business, nothing feels better than a re-brand. We’d been rocking the old look for more than five years, so it felt like the perfect time have a little facelift. The business has changed so much since the old design was rolled out so it felt only right to reflect our new developments with a more grown up appearance.

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I worked with my babe Shauna of We Are Branch (the best designer and friend I could ever ask for – FACT) and to say I’m thrilled would be the understatement of the year. The new design is much more editorial, feminine and modern. I LOVE IT SO MUCH, especially the new blog header. Isn’t it sooo pretty!?

The layout of the website was still working well for us so the functionality is still mostly the same. Apart from the logo, the only other major change is that we’ve relocated the main navigation to the very top of the page. On mobile devices we now have a five simple icons pinned to the top of the screen which you can use to move between the main sections of the site.

You can still find the content where it always was, the most popular articles at the bottom of the page and the ‘rockstar vendors’* (aka wedding suppliers that I think are rad) listed down the right hand side. From the front page you can also still click through to see the full gallery of images for each featured wedding. Easy!


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


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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Want Your Wedding Business Seen By The Most Awesome Brides & Grooms EVER!?


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!


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Big Magazine News!

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Take the leap and the net will appear” is a phrase that’s been going around and around my head over the past few weeks. If I’m being honest, it’s been quite the roller coaster but I am so stupendously excited to finally be able to share what’s been occupying my mind 24/7!

We’re having a baby… haha only kidding, sorry! But we are having a ROCK N ROLL BRIDE BABY because we are becoming our own magazine publishing company!! The response to the first three issues of Rock n Roll Bride magazine has been phenomenal. We’ve been sold-out, and out-sold much more established bridal titles – I was blown away when we were told our little magazine was the fastest selling new publication the distributors have ever worked with. Rare copies of issue 1 have already been selling for over three times the cover price on places like eBay – and there’s even a dedicated hashtag in our Facebook group to help brides track down the remaining copies in the wild! Like I say, it’s phenomenal.

Those first three issues were produced under the invaluable guidance of the guys and girls at Giraffe Media. While working with them we learnt what it takes to consistently produce a top quality magazine and get it to market. We’re grateful for their stewardship, but from issue 4 we will be bringing all the production back under the Rock n Roll Bride umbrella. In other words, we’re doing the whole thing ourselves!


My babe Shauna of Branch is back on board doing all the design (yesssss!!) and Gareth is behind the scenes, dealing with print, distribution, legal and other fun ‘business stuff’. I’m obviously still doing all the editorial, and for now at least, dealing with the ad sales too.

So what does this mean for you? Well, the slightly bad news is that all this means there will be a delay on the next issue while we’re re-signing contracts and getting things organised at Rock n Roll Bride HQ. Issue 4 is now confirmed to hit the UK newsstands on Thursday September 3rd. I wish we could have made this transition more seamless for you guys, but I’m a firm believer that anything worth doing is worth doing properly.

However, you can pre-order the next issue RIGHT NOW! It costs just £4.99 and shipping to the UK is now FREE, holla!!

If you have an outstanding subscription via Giraffe Media, don’t worry – we’ll be in touch with you really soon. But feel free to send an email to magazine@rocknrollbride.com with your subscription details and we’ll make sure you’re on our list!

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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine Issue Three On Sale Today!


YAY! Issue 3 of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine has finally hit the shelves. Goodness, doesn’t the wait between each one seem like a million years?! I really, really hope you love this magazine as much as I do. I’m really proud of how it’s all come together and this is totally the best one yet!

Can we just talk about that cover for one second too? Last month we had puppies and this time we have rainbows! Real life couple Maggie and Steven are looking freakin’ amazing and their full wedding, photographed by Matt Miller, is featured inside.

Here’s a little sneak of some of my favourite spreads…


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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine Issue Two On Sale Today!

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It seems like it’s been the longest two months ever waiting for the second issue of the magazine to hit the shelves. I know, because you’ve all told me, repeatedly! However I’m pleased as punch to let you know that your wait is finally over and issue 2 hits news stands up and down the country TODAY!

I loved issue 1 so much, but I have to say I think this one is even better. I mean just look at the cover! The pup on the left is cracking me up, he’s so damn happy! Now, I don’t know about you, but I would totally pick that off a shelf.

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