Simple Yet Elegant Brixton Wedding with just 25 Guests

Love. Family. Keeping things Simple. These were the three key things Vanessa and Clotilde wanted to focus on for their July wedding. They said their vows in front of only their nearest and dearest at the quirky venue, Downstairs at the Department Store in Brixton. Afterwards they hosted a joy-filled reception at Upstairs at t the Department Store, a brand new restaurant and bar. They didn’t want to spend a lot either, with their budget maxed out at £5000.

They skipped many of the usual wedding formalities such as bridesmaids and groomsmen, stationery, entertainment and extra decor. “We wanted an intimate, simple, elegant and edgy ceremony borrowing just enough from a traditional wedding”, explained the bride. “We didn’t do any invitations or anything like that. Basically, we decided to skip all the ‘ceremonious’ stuff to focus on having a simple wedding and great reception.”

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Colourful Drag Sensation Wedding… with Stripping Nuns!

Carrie and Neil were introduced on Twitter by a mutual friend, and quickly bonded over their love of gin and drag. When it came to planning their wedding, the couple wanted the day to be laid back and relaxed, but also outlandish and fun – just like them!

They splashed their cash on the things that mattered most to them, like the entertainment, food and booze, and abandoned or adapted traditions that didn’t suit them. Their flowers were all silk – mainly from Ikea, with the bride’s bouquet from TK Maxx. They had Colin and Connie Caterpillar wedding cakes from M&S and instead of hiring a fancy wedding car, the wedding party hopped on the bus to the venue! This not only saved them hundreds of pounds, but also allowing them to stop for a cheeky pint on the way.

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Issue 24 On Sale Today!

Happy New year lovers! I hope you had the most joy-filled, relaxing festive period. Ours was super chilled. We did Christmas day with my family, New Year’s with our besties at their house and that was pretty much it! It was actually really nice to lay around, watch all the movies and have no responsibilities or major plans for two weeks! It’s certainly rested us (which we both needed) and has us sooo ready to attack 2019 with gusto!

First order of the year is that issue 24 is now on sale! Of course many of you have already pre-ordered and had your magazine delivered straight to your door (in fact so many of you do this now that Royal Mail have to send a van especially to us to pick them all up!) but if you haven’t, we’re also stocked in WhSmiths, Sainsburys and independent newsagents up and down the UK. If you’d like a bonus sneaky peek inside the issue you can catch some previews over here.

This issue is also our first ever BUMPER ISSUE meaning there’s more pages, more real weddings, more advice and more inspiration than ever before! And it’s still just £4,99! What a bloody bargain.

If you’d like to order this single issue you can do so here, or you can subscribe below. We ship worldwide and UK postage is free!

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Welcome to 2019: An Introduction for New Readers & Wedding Planning Tips from our Awesome Community!

Welcome to 2019!! At the start of a new year it’s customary around these parts for me to take a moment to introduce myself and the Rock n Roll Bride brand to our newly minted brides-to-be. If that’s you then WELCOME!

Hi, I’m Kat. I’m the editor of this here blog and our utterly lovely print magazine. I live in Reading (UK) with my husband, Gareth, and our two enormous Maine Coons, Henry and Rachel. I started this blog when we were engaged as a way to document our wedding plans. Fast forward nearly 12 years and we now both work full time on the business.

Before we get to anything else I’d like to congratulate you on your excellent blog finding skills (ha!) Rock n Roll Bride is the ONLY wedding blog and magazine in the world that is wholly dedicated to alternative weddings. If you’d like to find out more about me, this website and our magazine (which FYI you totes need to subscribe to – you can also pick it up in WhSmiths, Sainsburys or selected local newsagents) then check out the below posts:

About Rock n Roll Bride
A welcome to new readers
How to start planning your wedding 

Oh I also wrote a book which comes out NEXT WEEK. Holy shit, I might explode before then.

Photo by Lisa Jane Photography

As a newly engaged babe you’re probably feeling a lot of FEELINGS right now: Excitement, anticipation, overwhelm (is that a word?) panic… !? But fret not, Rock n Roll Bride will see you through.

First up you absolutely MUST join our private Facebook group. There are nearly 14,000 of us in there and, I swear to God, its THE friendliest most non-judgemental wedding space on the internet. I’m not even exaggerating. No-one will shame you, no-one will call your ideas weird or stupid and everyone goes above and beyond to help and advise each other. We’re all in this together! I can’t wait to chat with you in there.

Talking of the Facebook group, and to PROVE their awesomeness, I recently asked our members what would be their one piece of advice for someone who’s just got engaged. This advice is golden! But it’s also just for starters, you can see the entire thread here.

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Southern Lodge Wedding with Modern Bohemian Styling & The Guests All in White

Destiny and Joshua’s Southern lodge wedding with modern bohoemian elements looks like it could be a styled photo shoot, it’s that perfect! As hairdressers, they’d seen their fair share of stressful weddings and, wanting to avoid that, they opted for a stress-free backyard wedding instead.

“We originally wanted to elope but promised family we wouldn’t,” Destiny explained. “Instead, it was a backyard wedding in a huge house that slept every family member and a cabin up the hill with our friends that all pitched in and helped. We had 40 of our closest people spend and entire weekend together, instead of having a huge wedding where you don’t get to see or talk to anyone in different hotels – it was a true family weekend full of love.”

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Celebrate & Sparkle!: A Festive Bridal Editorial for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Happy New Year’s Eve! How are you celebrating tonight? Is it a night on the town, a house party with your besties or a night in with a bottle of Prosecco and turning your bathtub into a makeshift ball pit? If the latter sounds like a damn good time then you’re going to love this shoot (ha!)

If you’re a reader of Rock n Roll Bride magazine you will have already seen a few of these shots, as this editorial was featured inside issue 23, however I thought today, the national day of parties, would be the perfect time to share some of the previously unpublished shots with you.

My vision for this shoot was to do something fun and festive but not super obviously Christmasssy. There was to be no tinsel or mistletoe, instead to take the party vibes of the season and put it into a bridal editorial. My idea was that our model, the beautiful Monique, was going through the stages of a night out – from getting ready to having a pre-party tipple, dancing the night away and then collapsing back into bed at the end of it all (if only we all could look so glam after a big night out hey!?)

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