I’m not gonna lie, one of the first things I thought about after getting my book deal last year was organising a kick ass party to celebrate its eventual release (#priorities). I really just wanted an excuse for a good old knee’s up and to get all of my favourite people in one room to drink and dance the night away. And oh boy, did we!
I decided on Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green as the location (if you’ve picked yourself up a copy of issue 24 of the magazine, you may recognise it from the fashion editorial inside) because not only is it a stunning space with so many gorgeous original features, but the staff there are some of the loveliest I’ve ever met. Nothing was too much trouble and they went above and beyond to make the party wonderful (even so far as dismantling the enormous balloon display at the end of the night when I know all they really wanted to do was get home!)
January 8th 2019 has been highlighted in my calendar for the past 10 months, circled in a hot pink Sharpie and covered in gold star stickers. Why? Because today’s the day that my book finally comes out!
The build up to this has been such an exciting few months, teasing bits and pieces on my social media and seeing all those pre-orders come in. Between announcing and now we actually sold out of the stock we ordered from the publishers (TWICE!), which is quite frankly AMAZING (don’t worry we ordered more right away so you can still grab one!) I can’t believe how many of you have pre-ordered a signed copy from us, thank you SO MUCH.
If you did pre-order and you are in the UK then your copy should arrive with you in the next few days (check your email for a dispatch notification) or in a week or so if you’re abroad.
So, what exactly is the book about?
Rock n Roll Bride: The Ultimate Guide for Alternative Brides is everything I know about planning a wedding, extracted from my brain and beautifully presented in a completely gorgeous, hardback coffee table book. I’ve answered pretty much every question I’ve ever been asked about creating an alternative wedding within these 208 full-colour pages.
This book will help you navigate the muddy waters of planning a wedding that goes against the grain. It’ll help you with everything from figuring out timelines and budgeting, setting your theme, choosing your dress, finding suppliers who ‘get’ you, dealing with difficult family dynamics and coping with the post-wedding blues. This book features gorgeous imagery to inspire you, but most importantly, it’s packed with practical advice that will help you plan your wedding in your own unique way.
This book is for everyone who’s ever considered themselves an outsider, a weirdo, someone who doesn’t quite fit in. Being Rock n Roll is not about being rebellious or even thinking of the
most out-there ideas that you can, it’s simply about planning a wedding that reflects you, your partner and your love.
I have been obsessed with writing and publishing wedding content for over a decade. I love sharing inspiration and planning advice every day on this website and in each issue of our print magazine. When people ask me what I do for a living I usually reply by saying I’m a magazine editor and blogger but from today I’m now able to add something else to that list – published author!
YES, THAT’S RIGHT, I ONLY WENT AND WROTE A BLOODY BOOK!
If you’re wondering how this all came about then let me rewind for a minute and start the story from the beginning… Believe me, keeping all this quiet for the past six months has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do!
I have secretly wanted to write a book for a very long time. I first started thinking about doing it around five years ago. My plan back then was to self-publish, but the enormity of the task overwhelmed me so it never got off the ground (remember this was before we had the magazine so I knew literally nothing about offline publishing). For the last few years the book idea has been stuck in the back of my mind as something I’d like to revisit again one day, but without an agent, or any real knowledge of the book publishing world, I had no clue where to begin. Let’s face it, I’m a busy girl, and the thought of having to write and pitch a book that may or may not even get picked up felt a bit soul-destroying.
Then, early this year I received an email from Ryland, Peters and Small, inviting me to meet with them to pitch a book idea to ME! Serendipity was clearly on my side this time as I’d just signed with my manager who would be able to help me navigate the negotiations and all that slightly scary stuff too.
Long story short, not only did the team at Ryland, Peters and Small totally ‘get’ the Rock n Roll Bride brand and ethos but they loved all my content ideas! Their books are completely stunning and really visual with lots of gorgeous photographs, which I’m sure you know I am ALL about too. They were happy to give me almost entire creative control but using their experienced team to make it a reality – AKA the dream scenario! It was a match made in heaven and I was so excited to get started.
Jay and Rachael described their wedding as bookish and happy. They refused to get suckered in to following the standard wedding template and made sure the every detail was something that was special to them.
“The inspiration for our wedding was our life”, said the bride. “Our story is a bit different and we wanted that reflected in the day. We met 20 years ago, separated due to youthful emotion, pined for 14 years, reconnected and instantly fell back into insane love. I got cancer, recovered and fulfilled my dream to open a bookshop, hence the book theme of the wedding.”
“The venue, the rings, the ceremony, the music – everything was chosen because it meant something to us. We wanted it to be completely special and representative of who we are. Furness Abbey, where we got married, isn’t a wedding venue so we begged English Heritage to give us permission to use it!”