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Launched in 2007, Rock n Roll Bride is one of the biggest wedding blogs in the world. Updated daily, the site and it’s accompanying print magazine attracts quirky, alternative and creative readers from all over the planet.

The brainchild of Kat Williams, the site came about while she was planning her own wedding in 2008. After becoming jaded by the limited offerings of the UK wedding industry, Kat saw a niche for alternative wedding inspiration and ran with it!

Rock n Roll Bride magazine, a bi-monthly, nationally available magazine was launched in 2015. Issue 1, released in January of that year, was reported by the distribution company as the fastest and best selling debut issue of a magazine ever. It also sold out for online orders within 72 hours, with over 1000 copies selling in the first day alone. The magazine is available to buy in WHSmiths, Sainsburys, Easons (Ireland), selected independent newsagents and online via rocknrollbride.com/shop.

If this is your first time around these parts, you should check out the Idiot’s Guide to Rock n Roll Bride.

Press

Wedding publications that have featured Rock n Roll Bride include every major wedding magazine in the UK: Wedding Magazine, Cosmopolitan BrideYou & Your Wedding, Perfect Wedding and Wedding Ideas.

Smaller, regional and international magazine features include Unique BrideMollie MakesSouthern Weddings Magazine (US), Hello May (Australia), Hitched (Australia), Irish Brides (Ireland), Marry Mag (Germany) Confetti (Ireland), Eco Beautiful WeddingsPink WeddingsWed (Devon & Cornwall) Mariée (France), Your Wedding DayAttire BridalWedding Day Venues and Bridal Buyer.

Non-wedding press includes major features in Marie Claire (UK, Australia & India), Cosmopolitan (twice!), Grazia (twice!),  The Daily Mail, the Metero, the British Journal of Photography, Easy LivingSewCompanyTattoo RevolutionThings & InkThe GuardianSnippetsProfessional PhotographerF2Glamour (online), The Sunday Times Style Magazine, the BBC News website (twice!) and The Daily Express.

TV and radio appearances included BBC Radio Berkshire Ireland AMABC News Australia and The Morning Blend. Kat has written regular columns for Cosmopolitan, Closer, Photo Professional, Vintage Life, Wedding, Unique Bride and Perfect Wedding.

Awards

Rock n Roll Bride has won a multitude of industry awards. The accolades include:

Best alternative blog, Wedding Magazine Blog Awards, 2014 & 2015
Best real-life weddings, Wedding Magazine Blog Awards, 2014 & 2015
Best designed blog (highly commended), Wedding Magazine Blog Awards, 2014
Best wedding blog (highly commended), Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards, 2014
Best wedding blog, Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards, 2011

Notable Clients

Rock n Roll Bride has partnered with some of the most amazing brands for various projects. These include Airbnb, the National Wedding Show, Next, Charlotte Balbier, BHLDN, Irregular Choice, Choccywoccydoodah, Links of London, Cancer Research, Claire’s Accessories, John Lewis, Confetti, Alfred Angelo, Thomas Cook, Paradox London, David’s Bridal, and Tourism & Events Queensland.

If you are interested in doing the same, please email kat@rocknrollbride.com.

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Hi! My name is Kat. It’s lovely to meet you!

I believe in brides and grooms being unashamedly themselves on their wedding day. I believe in standing out. I believe that it’s better to be called “weird” and “different” than “usual” and “the same as everyone else”. I believe in extra large accessories. I believe in rainbow hair and I definitely believe in unicorns.

I hope you enjoy my blog. Below are some of the questions I get asked the most often.

FAQ

I’m looking for a wedding supplier based in (blank) for my wedding. Can you send me some recommendations?

The quickest and easiest way to find some awesome wedding suppliers for your own wedding is to browse the real weddings and company profiles on the site. Each real wedding has a ‘Supporting Cast’ section at the bottom which lists everyone involved in the event. Remember, most suppliers these days will travel or work via phone/ Skype/ email so don’t feel like you can only look for people in your exact location.

I’m having a problem with (blank) while planning my wedding. Please help!

While I would love to reply to every distressed email I get from brides and grooms-to-be with wedding planning woes, I simply don’t have time. I’m only one little blogger after all! Please do email me though and even if I can’t reply I may well use your email as the basis of a blog post.

I want to start a blog. Can you give me some advice?

Blogging is amazing but it’s no easy ride. Also, as I’m sure you can imagine, its not really possible to give you any quick fix answers. The key to having a successful blog is having something different to say and a unique way to say it, consistency and dedication – none of which I’m able to give you I’m afraid!

If you’re really serious about making it happen, I’d recommend checking out a workshop I co-founded called The Blogcademy Online. In it we cover topics like how to write great content, growing readership, making money, branding, photography, social media and so much more!

Can you give me some help or advice with my business?

I am unable to give free advice via email. As much as I might like to spend all day meeting people for coffees and chats, I regrettably don’t usually have time for that either.

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I’d love to work with you on a project…

I love doing brand collaborations and I’d love to hear from you. Obviously I can’t accept everything but drop me an email and we can have a chat about it! I do not work pro bono or on commission.

Can I interview you for my school project/ dissertation? 

While I WISH I could say yes to all the requests like this that I get, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day! I’m so sorry but at the moment I simply haven’t got the time to dedicate to long interviews for school projects. If you have a couple of short (i.e. one word answer or multiple choice!) questions that you’d like me to complete, I’ll try my best to do it. Email me!

Who designed your website?

My graphic designer is the one and only Shauna Haider of We Are Branch. She’s the bees knees. My husband Gareth is a development, coding and IT wizz and he makes it all work!

Can you please promote my company or event via your blog or social media?

As you can probably imagine, I get a lot of these kinds of requests, and while I’m honoured to be invited to so many events and to have people wanting me to mention them on my site it’s just not physically possible for me to say yes to everybody. At the end of the day I don’t want to just become a walking billboard for the wedding industry so in order to keep it fair I choose to only promote my advertisers or events I am directly involved with.

How can I submit my wedding?

Follow the instructions on my submissions page – simple!

How can I become an advertiser?

Again, its easy! Check out the info on my advertising page and drop me an email with your company name, URL and let me know a little about your company.

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How much is your magazine and where can I buy it?!

The bi-monthly magazine costs £4.99 and is available for purchase at WHSmiths, Sainsbury’s and selected independent newsagents all over the UK. You can find your nearest stockists by entering you postcode into our interactive map.

For those of you who are not in the UK, or if would prefer to buy copies online, you can do so via my shop page. Shipping throughout the UK is free!

How can I get my wedding featured in your print magazine?

I make the final call on whether a successful submission is featured online or in print, however if you have a preference, please make it known when you email.

Can I write a freelance piece for the magazine?

I have written a whole blog post about this so check it out first and then get in touch!

How can I buy back issues of your magazine?

All the available back issues are listed in the shop.

Can I work for you?

I’m super flattered when someone reaches out wanting to work for me and I give everyone who does so much credit for having the intuition to do so. However right now I’m not on the look out for any outside help or to employ anybody.

Photos on this page by Steve Cowell Photo and Made U Look Photography

263 comments

  1. Hi Kat,

    I absolutely love your site. More than that, I LOVE YOUR ATTITUDE. I work in the wedding industry too and I often tell my clients that their wedding is not about pleasing family or friends or anyone else, it´s about the two of them as a couple pleasing themselves and doing that they want to do whether it´s craziest and quirky or simple and subtle – it´s all about them and their love for each other.

    x

  2. Hi, I found your blog on a facebook post -someone else had mentioned about checking this out!,…word of mouth travels well! ;)I am not a bride but I need brides like this! who want a funky, out the box kinda wedding and therefore flowers to match! Loving all the fifties inspired dresses/looks, burlesque etc, the infusion of colour – you gal’s are not afraid of it when others are more inclined to stick to the traditional! These are the kind of weddings I really want to be involved in so if you like funky, bespoke, original I would like to be considered as your freelance funky florist of choice! I’ll definitely be returning to see what funky stuff pops up next!! keep posting. Is there any chance of linking up services??..

  3. Hi,

    I recently found out you are a UK blogger. I have recently started up in the blogging world and am wondering if you know of any lifestyle blogger groups/meets in London and good ways to meet fellow bloggers. Woud love to hear the story of how you met and began collaborating with Nubby and Gala.
    Thank you

  4. Post author

    Alice you should come to The Blogcademy! We’re doing one in London in September. There’s an amazing community of bloggers in our private forum already and they regularly arrange meet ups. We’ve already done 2 classes of 30 students each so thats 60 of them, not including the ones that will come in September

  5. Kat, Absolutely! I’ve been looking forward to the London Blogcademy event for months now! Fingers crossed for the scholarship too 🙂
    September is a few months away though, was wondering if there is a way to get in touch with past Blogcademers or ones that hope to attend London in September in the meantime? Thanks again!

  6. Post author

    Alice sure! You’ll be invited to join the private forum as soon as you sign up!

  7. Love the Rock n Roll Bride website, full of wedding inspiration. I’ve really enjoyed reading the articles and would love a copy of the magazine.

  8. I just came across your site its awesome!! I love it, im a cake maker decorater and love making funky 50’s stuff also tattoos are a must!!! Just awnted to say its FAB!! Sara xx

  9. Kat! I just found your site on Pinterest because the pug on the loo caught my eye instantly! I am a rock musician owned by three pugs and I’m so glad I found you. I love your site. Looking forward to spending some time here looking around.

  10. designities

    Great website! Love ideas for the Rock N Roll BrideLove…and photos at Rock N Roll Bride and The Green Room.

    Congrats on being featured..well all over the place 🙂

  11. Love the site. Really do. As my style of photography seems to be changing direction of recent, I seem to be spending more time on your blog, like I need anymore distractions! RocknRollBride also seems to be cropping up in conversations much more with my clients too! Which can only be a good thing. Again, great blog and great content 🙂

  12. Hi Kat
    I absolutely loved reading your blog in the run up to my wedding however I fell out of the way of reading it for a while after (apologies!) However, I’m back I’m enjoying it as much as ever now my beautiful big sister has just got engaged! Can I ask a question? What happened to Roo? I loved her posts. I hope all is well with her
    Sarah xx

  13. Post author

    Hey Sarah. I loved Roo’s posts too! Unfortunately her wedding didn’t end up going ahead so writing for a wedding blog wasn’t really something she was able to keep doing! 🙁

  14. Samantha

    Hey.

    I came across your magazine and ever since I have enjoyed reading your articles/posts. You should distribute your magazine in Canada it would be a great hit. Love your writing style .

  15. “Being ‘Rock n Roll’ is not about being ‘cool’, being a rebel or even thinking of the most unique idea you can, it’s about planning a wedding that reflects you and your partner and declaring your love in your way. To be featured on this site, you don’t have to be cool, you don’t have to be ‘wacky’ or ‘offbeat’ or intentionally ‘quirky’, you just have to be you.”

    You get me! & I LOVE IT!

  16. I’m going to enjoy looking at all your posts to get inspiration for some of my more alternate weddings next year. Might submitt some of them to the blog also 🙂

  17. Jill Arthur

    Kat,
    I just found you on Facebook and I am SO psyched right now! You and I are a lot alike with the crazy colored hair, all the tattoos and the love of the color pink and crazy, cool shoes! I’m getting married in 2015 and we are doing a “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme. I was having such a hard time looking at all the bridal mags where everyone looked the same and the wedding decorations (especially the awful flowers) looked like funeral arrangements! I look forward to reading your blog and getting some ideas from you as well. I live in the states and was wondering if there was a way to subscribe to your magazine? Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  18. Hi Kat, It’s been ages since I read your blog (apologies!)and I’ve recently become a bit wedding-blind, what with looking at so many weddingy things everyday. Anyhooo, I had to remind myself of all the fab original and alternative goings on wedding world and this page has inspired me, (as I knew it would!) Keep up the excellent work. Hope all’s good with you x

  19. Olghette

    Hi Kat! Love your blog! Your pics make my happy and give me everyday a lot of inspiration.
    It’s a long time I’m looking for find your flower sun glasses! Are so cool! Can you suggest me where I can find it?
    x
    Have a sparkling weekend!

  20. Well! I just came across your blog and had a good read (loved) and then read your ‘About me’ section and realised you are from Reading too! Big new fan 🙂

  21. Jenni

    I love your wedding blog! It gave me so much inspiration for my own wedding. I’m sad I don’t get to get married again. You have also inspired me to follow my dreams and do what I love. Thanks 🙂 xXx

  22. Jessica

    Recently came across your blog and was floored. I’ve been so rocked by the lack of creative and new bridal content on the web and you’ve cured my blues! I’m an aspiring blogger and will be following you religiously!

    Thanks for thinking out of the box!

  23. Nathalie

    Hi! We are having a rockabilly / rock n roll wedding in August and i would LOVE to buy your new magazine :)))) pleeeease!!! I live in Sweden so uk is not an option 🙁 Have a great day!!

  24. Rocking Rosie

    I’m looking for a unique wedding dress did you might have some suggestions..TY Help in usa

  25. Just to let you know that I was unfortunate enough to only stumble across your website after my very own wedding. Would have liked to have used some of the inspiration from here.

    However I am actively involved in my friends wedding so your site is a great resource.

  26. Daphne

    Love the website – really hope I get ton use the tips on your site but I made a bit of a boob and turned down my boyf when he proposed. Hope he asks again…!

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