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Issue 18 on Sale Today!

YAY! The first issue of 2018 is on general sale TODAY. So run down to your nearest WhSmiths, Smith’s Travel, Sainsbury’s or local newsagent to grab yours right now! Did you know that if your local newsie doesn’t stock the magazine (boo!) you can ask them to order it in for you (woo!)? Or you can cut the middle man out entirely and order one online, or subscribe so you never miss an issue! UK shipping is free and we ship worldwide.

Want a little preview of what you’ll find instead? Head over to last week’s pre-sale post to read all about it.

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Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses Your Girls Will Actually Love

Finding that one perfect wedding dress can be a stressful task. There are so many shapes, styles and colours to consider. So is it any wonder that finding a single bridesmaid dress that four, five (or more!) of your best girls will all love equally can be an almost impossible task. Not only do you have their different tastes, styles and body shapes to consider, but the costs can really add up too. Stress City, population: YOU.

Luckily for you 2018 brides, the mis-matched bridesmaid dress look is more popular than ever, meaning that if you want to boycott the traditional matching bridesmaid dress idea, it’s easier than ever to do.

One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to source mis-matched bridesmaid dresses is online. You’ll be presented with hundreds of options all without ever having to leave your sofa. While places like ASOS can be awesome, they often don’t have the massive colour and style variations that bridesmaid-specific online stores have.

The key to really nailing the mis-matched look is to have something that ties all the dresses together, such as the colour, shape or fabric. This way they avoid just looking like a collection of guests rather than bridesmaids. So if you want all your girls in different shaped dresses, have them all in the same colour, or if you want them all in the same colour, let them choose a style they are most comfortable with.

So where should you start to look? I’ve recently discovered Mix Bridal, an online boutique that offers a highly curated selection of designer dresses at the most reasonable prices, and I think they’re definitely worth checking out. With headquarters based in UK, they’ve also recently opened offices in Australia, the United States and Canada.

Mix Bridal pursues excellence in design and irreproachable craftsmanship before choosing to sell any dresses. And as well as an extensive collection of bridesmaids dresses, they also carry wedding gowns, flowergirl dresses and ties/pocket squares for groomsmen. Everything comes in tons of colour options too meaning it’s super easy to shop for the entire bridal party in your chosen palette.

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How to Start Planning Your Wedding

Before I say anything else lets get the formalities out of the way: CONGRATULATIONS! Getting engaged changed my life. Not only did a gain a husband and a new surname, but a brand new career as well! I’m Kat by the way, and I started Rock n Roll Bride in 2007 (yes, I’m a dinosaur) just after we got engaged. I was 24.

Over a decade later and this blog has not only become a full time passion for myself and my husband, Gareth, but it sporned a print magazine, which we launched in 2015. If you haven’t already, the first thing you should do is go ahead and subscribe to that baby. It’ll be your bible, I promise.

But enough about me, this time is all about YOU! Everyone you speak to over the next few months will probably have a lot of unsolicited advice about how you should spend your engagement and exactly what you should, and should not, do for your wedding. You’ll also likely start feeling that inevitable wave of panic too. It’s perfectly normal to be a little bit scared and overwhelmed at this stage. I mean, how the hell do you even start to plan a wedding!? This is where Rock n Roll Bride comes in! We’re here to help you, every step of the way.

Remember that it’s just one day

The most important thing to remember is that this is just one day and, in essence, you’re really just planning a party. The best, most exciting, important party of your life – but a party none-the-less. If you boil things down and take the drama out of it, the whole thing will feel a lot less stressful.

Your wedding will also not define the rest of your life. It will be a lovely celebration and a jumping off point for your marriage, it will not impact anything about your life afterwards. But I know how it feels, and once the happy glow of getting engaged starts to wear off, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of hyperventilating over seating arrangements and finding that one perfect dress (the pressure!)

So relax. Try not to think about everything you have to do right away, instead break your tasks up into manageable chunks and tackle them one at a time. The wedding industry is notorious for scaring you about time frames and budgets etc. But often they’re more worried about their own bottom line than actually helping brides and grooms navigate the muddy waters of planning ‘the biggest day of their lives’ (cynical but true).

On this blog we’ve featured weddings that were planned in a matter of weeks and weddings that cost under £500. So whatever your time frame and budget, it can be done.

Get organised

However what you do have to do, is get yourself organised. I’d highly recommend grabbing yourself a Rock n Roll Bride Wedding Planner too – it’s like a modern day FiloFax for alternative brides! Not only will it be the perfect place for you to keep all your ideas, notes and inspiration but it’s packed full of useful advice and tips (written by yours truly) as well as a year’s worth of week-to-view calendar pages, a budget calculator, time frames to follow and oodles of different sections to keep you on top of things. There’s even fun distractions like stickers and postcards to play with.

I’m a huge fan of lists and breaking things down so they’re less intimidating. My only advice other than that would be to make sure you have your priorities in mind and try to book the big things first. These are the things that either take the longest, get booked up the soonest or set the tone for the rest of the wedding. They are usually the venue, your photographer and your outfit. Get those three sorted first and everything else will fall into place around them.

However, before you can start any of that you need to make some decisions. Set some time aside, just the two of you, to sit down and have ‘the talk’. You need to decide what kind of day you want, when and where you’re going to hold it and how you’re going to make it all happen.

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Pastel Goth Unicorn Wedding for $1500!

I was trying to figure out how to best start 2018 with a BANG, wondering what would be the perfect post that would start as we mean to go on for the year ahead… And then I laid eyes on Suzi and Ivan’s fantasy, fairytale and UNICORN THEMED WEDDING and the decision was basically made for me. This has to be one of the coolest weddings I’ve seen in a long time! They got tattoos, the bride wore a floral purple dress and they even a real life unicorn for goodness sake. Oh and very the best part? The whole wedding only cost $1500 (AUD). Truly incredible.

They were married in Glen Innes, New South Wales in August. They met when the bride moved to the area. “I had moved to Glen Innes from the city and was hating country life”, she explained. “I figured since I don’t like cowboys, I’d never find someone in this tiny town. After a year living here, I was asked by the elders to be the new church door greeter since I ‘look cool’. So that first Sunday night I was merrily shaking hands and welcoming people to the service when I spotted a golden Adonis across the car park heading my way! I mumbled a hello through my drool and then turned to who was next to me and said ‘Dibbs! That one’s mine!’ Six months later he finally came around and decided to ask me out haha!”

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Come As You Are: An Editorial with Iz&Co. for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Happy New Year’s Eve! As the January/February issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine is now available for pre-order (grab yours here! It goes on general sale on January 4th) I thought today would be the perfect time to share some of my favourite (unpublished) shots from the Come As You Are editorial in our November/ December issue.

This shoot was put together by me and my fashion team in collaboration with the incredible New York based jewellery company, Iz&Co. It’s always such an amazing opportunity for us when a brand puts their trust in us to create something for them. Iz not only gave us 100% creative freedom on this shoot but being able to play with her amazing skull and diamond pieces was a dream come true. I was very sad we had to send it all back believe me!

Jewellery is a very personal yet powerful adornment, an outward expression of who we are. Iz & Co’s mission is to create pieces that are edgy, bad ass and make the wearer feel sexy and confident. Each piece is designed and crafted with high attention to detail, quality and craftsmanship made to last for generations.

With over 19 years of experience and an obsession with skulls, Iz & Co. are the perfect choice for a Rock n Roll bride or groom who wants something different, and a piece of jewellery that truly feels like them.

We decided, in order to really make a statement on this editorial and to showcase the alternative jewels to their full potential, that we needed a really edgy, heavily tattooed model. Turns out finding babes like this who are represented by model agencies is a hard task so I took to Instagram instead. After stalking Martha‘s profile for just a few minutes I knew she was the only babe I wanted to ask. She’s not a professional model but did the most amazing job and didn’t bat an eyelid when I told her the concept was underwear and nakedness, what a trooper!

All the jewellery featured in this shoot is by Iz&Co.

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Budget-Friendly Gothic Pirate Wedding

Pixie and Jak didn’t want to spent a huge amount to get married, so planned a wedding to reflect their love of pirates (the groom) and gothic elements (the bride) with a budget of £7500. “In the early stages of preparing for our big day, we decided to do it all ourselves”, said Pixie, “which meant that we could get the style that is personal to ourselves. It also helped us to keep within the budget.”

They were married in August at Moorland Garden Hotel on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. They kept the costs down by having the bride’s aunt make the cake, opting for artificial flowers over real ones and making their own stationery.

“The wedding theme was very personal to us, having a gothic twist with a shade of pirate”, she continued. “My husband and his best men ere all in their pirate swagger and I wore a gothic wedding dress and had bright purple hair.”

The bride found her dream dress for a steal on Facebook! “I was on the hunt for that perfect dress, trying dress after dress until I found that perfect one. One night I decided to see if I could find myself a bargain online and with a bit of searching and some good fortune, I found a post listed locally on Facebook. My perfect dress, never worn, in my size at a bargain price! The dress alterations were designed by myself and was brought to life by the  Bridal Emporium in Exeter. I had black tulle added to the bottom over the top of the ivory. A black silk belt was sewn into the waist. My auntie gave me a wedding gift on the day which was attached to my dress, a gothic brooch with a fairy on it.”

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