The Best of Rock n Roll Bride: 2017 in Review

December 22, 2017

Photo: Heart Full of Tea

One of my favourite things about this time of year is that day when I finally decide to switch off (literally switch off my computer for a week!) and allow myself to take a few days away to watch festive movies, eat too much cheese and basically chill the hell out. This is our first Christmas in our new house too so it’s definitely going to be a double celebration.

This time last year we’d been trying to get an offer accepted on the place for over a month and it already felt like we’d never actually get there…. Ahh if only 2016 Kat and Gareth knew what was coming! That journey sure was long and tumultuous. The fact that all the renovations are going quite slowwwwly at the moment pales in comparison to the stress of that time!

And no, the photos of me in this post were not taken in our house – I wish! Our place is still very much a building site, believe me. We are, however, hosting our first festive event (EVER) here on Christmas Eve. At the grand old age of 33 I’m finally brave enough to play hostess. There will be seven of us over for dinner (I’m cooking!) and our decor inspiration is Ross and Emily’s wedding from Friends (ha).

Usually at this time of year I will post multiple round up articles between Christmas and New Year linking back to all my favourite weddings… shoots… advice posts… personal milestones etc. But I’m going to be totally real with you right now: I DON’T THINK I HAVE THE ENERGY! This last few months have been insane and I feel like I’ve been running on empty for most of it. So this year, I’m going share all my highlights in one monster post and allow myself a few extra days off.

Before we begin, I really couldn’t round the year off without giving a huge heartfelt thanks to every single one of you that reads the blog, buys the magazine and follows me on social media. It’s sometimes all too easy to focus on how busy/ stressed/ tired/ anxious I am and not take the time to stop and appreciate all the good things. For example, this comment that Jenny wrote on Instagram the other day almost made me well up.

“Thanks also to @rocknrollbride for the courage to be myself and go for a short dress, colourful petticoats and shoes that initially made my nearest and dearest cringe. Kat, you are a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry, and your mag/ blog was like a big hug every time I started to second guess myself and feel insecure about my choices.”

Photo: Heart Full of Tea

Comments like that make it all worthwhile. Not just because its such a bloody nice thing to say, but because at times this year has felt like an uphill struggle in many aspects. Reading something like that  REALLY does cement in my mind why I’m still so passionate about the work that I do and the message that I spread. It’s not really about weddings at all, it’s about self love, self expression and self acceptance and that’s something I hope you will all bring into your everyday lives long before and after your wedding day.

As well as publishing (and continuing to grow!) the print magazine, launching a wedding planner book and another veil collection with Crown and Glory (the 2018 collection drops on January 8th!) a real professional highlight of 2017 has had to have been permanently bringing people into the Rock n Roll Bride team. Not only do I now always work with the same team on all the magazine photo shoots (Erica, Alex, Lisa, Jo and Lou – I freakin’ love you all!) but we also have not one, but two members of editorial staff (hi Rachel, hi Erin!) I haven’t made a big song and dance about it, but you may have seen their names cropping up as the authors of most of our real wedding featured on the blog these days. Having these two megababes helping me out with website content has meant I’ve had more time for focusing on the magazine, and larger brand collaborations and advertising partnerships.

For YEARS I’ve resisted bringing anyone else on, but finally (FINALLY) I’ve realised just what a big difference having some extra pairs of hands can make to my workload (and sanity!) These women are all insanely talented and just as passionate about the brand ethos as I am and I couldn’t have got through 2017 without them.

I’ve learnt a lot in the past year about friendship, business, marriage, house buying (!)… everything really. Although its not been without its struggles, I think overall 2017 has been a pretty darn good year. All-in-all I’m happier than I’ve ever been but here’s to making 2018 even more amazing!

So now, without further ado, here is some of my favourite features from the past twelve months. ENJOY!

Advice

What getting divorced taught me about marriage

Your size has nothing to do with how happy you’ll be on your wedding day

Who’s wedding is it anyway? Managing meddling family members

Wonky bride seeks winning wedding: A disabled bride’s wedding journey

How to find a plus size wedding dress for under £150

The ultimate guide to dying your hair fantasy colours

Alternative wedding songs for loved up weirdos

10 questions to ask your wedding photographer

Planning your wedding with hidden disabilities in mind

Real Weddings

Faerie and woodland nymph fantasy wedding

Vampire royalty wedding

A romantic London wedding with a bride with a shaved head

Retro pin up wedding on a farm

Secret meadow wedding with the bride in pink

Bonnie and Clyde inspired Joshua Tree elopement

Norse pagan and viking wedding

Autumnal wedding with a woodland fairy bride

Sabina Kelley’s glamorous island wedding

An Alice in Wonderland woodland wedding

Rock n Roll Bride magazine editorials

Flowerbomb

Over the Rainbow

Art Bride

Festival Bride
(thank you to our friends at Bridal Musings for blogging this one!)

Paint it Black

Come as You Are
(this final editorial is in the current issue of the magazine, I’ll be blogging it in full once that comes off sale, in the New Year!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little romp down memory lane. I’m now going to log off and enjoy my most favourite time of year. I’ll be back with some new content for you on Tuesday 26th December when the next issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine goes on pre-sale. YAY!

Happy Christmas everyone!

28 comments

  1. Katttttttttttttt! It’s finally my wedding year! Wooooohoooooooooooooo!

    Happy new year to you and Gareth and the kitties! I can’t wait to show you my wedding after 26 October 2013!!!!!!

  2. Post author

    Yey Donna cant wait to see! And you never know… I might be around your end of the world about that time 😛 watch this space

  3. Post author

    awww Veronica! I often think that… not sure where we’d find the time to plan it though but yeah ALWAYS want to have another massive party! Would you do it differently? ours would be SO different!

  4. Veronica

    Umm yeah I think it would be completely different. I still love our wedding but there’s just so many new ideas it would prob be the opposite now.

  5. Eek! All of a sudden, our wedding year is here and there’s so much to do!!!! So exciting. Great post, by the way. Going to share it with all my brides-to-be too, if you don’t mind! x

  6. Charlotte Hawkins

    Been trawling your blog for ideas since my fiancé proposed last April. Getting married 25th May this year in Lyme Regis and I am looking forward to sharing it with you! X

  7. Reading this makes me think I kinda want to get married again too (to the same guy of course)! I think it’d be sooo different! At least on my end… Jose’d probably want everything to be the same, haha. That illustration is so awesome! It reminds me of the comic I wanted to draw/write about our whole wedding planning process… I still want to do it but it’s been so long I don’t think I’d be able to remember everything now!

  8. I just found your blog and LOVE it!
    So much inspiration.
    I just got engaged over Christmas and am so overwhelmed with all the planning but so excited at the same time!
    I’m sure I’ll be a regular
    xxx

  9. Happy new year! 😀
    I really love your blog! It’s always full of incredible ideas for a perfect and non conventional wedding!

  10. Kirsty

    I read an article about you Kat in Marie Claire a while ago and tore it out to keep for later… I wasn’t sure when later was going to be, but it is NOW! Tbh I am dreading juggling what I want + money but your blog has already made me feel much less defeatist x

  11. Corian

    Hi Kat! I found you through Gala and love what I’ve seen so far! Thanks for setting up a resource for rockstar brides like I hope to be! ^_^

  12. Jacqui

    I LOVE your blog! I got engaged 12/21/12, and have since been surfing the web looking for ideas for exactly this… a rock-n-roll wedding! I dream of having a wedding just the opposite of a traditional, run-of-the-mill wedding, and since I came across your blog, my plans are all starting to come together! Thank you for making this exist! I definitely plan on sharing my photos with you next year 🙂

  13. Found this on pin interest, not getting married myself but my friend is. Love it! 🙂

    Also, browsing around your blog. My dream wedding is something non traditional, a rock-n-roll wedding theme would be perfect.

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