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Want Your Wedding Business Seen By The Most Awesome Brides & Grooms EVER!?

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Er, of course you do! You may have read last week that I announced my stupidly exciting new venture, and today I wanted to tell you how you can get involved as a wedding supplier!

It’s all very well and good having the most amazing business idea ever, but if no-one knows about it, it might as well not exist. So if you make something awesome, or offer a killer service that you want brides and grooms to know about, then Rock n Roll Bride Magazine is the place for you!

This is your opportunity to place your product or service in front of the eyeballs of thousands of alternative wedding loving brides and grooms. Brides and grooms that are desperately and very actively searching for wedding suppliers just like you. Reading my magazine are the customers that you’ve always dreamed about having. So what are you waiting for?!

OK so maybe you always assumed that magazine advertising was super expensive? You know what, it really can be. I’ve seen first hand how much other publications have to charge to cover their costs, but not so with Rock n Roll Bride! As I said in my post last week, Gareth and I are going back to doing everything ourselves. Yes, it’s a lot of work (hard work has never scared me, ha!) but it means we’ve been able to slash our overheads significantly so that we can make our magazine ads INSANELY affordable.

Some people have told me I’m completely mental for making the prices so low… but I don’t care! I know how hard it can be for independent designers, Etsy sellers and indie businesses to get traction in this industry and I want to do something to change that.

For the next issue, adverts in the magazine will start from a teeny tiny £50!

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Big Magazine News!

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Take the leap and the net will appear” is a phrase that’s been going around and around my head over the past few weeks. If I’m being honest, it’s been quite the roller coaster but I am so stupendously excited to finally be able to share what’s been occupying my mind 24/7!

We’re having a baby… haha only kidding, sorry! But we are having a ROCK N ROLL BRIDE BABY because we are becoming our own magazine publishing company!! The response to the first three issues of Rock n Roll Bride magazine has been phenomenal. We’ve been sold-out, and out-sold much more established bridal titles – I was blown away when we were told our little magazine was the fastest selling new publication the distributors have ever worked with. Rare copies of issue 1 have already been selling for over three times the cover price on places like eBay – and there’s even a dedicated hashtag in our Facebook group to help brides track down the remaining copies in the wild! Like I say, it’s phenomenal.

Those first three issues were produced under the invaluable guidance of the guys and girls at Giraffe Media. While working with them we learnt what it takes to consistently produce a top quality magazine and get it to market. We’re grateful for their stewardship, but from issue 4 we will be bringing all the production back under the Rock n Roll Bride umbrella. In other words, we’re doing the whole thing ourselves!

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My babe Shauna of Branch is back on board doing all the design (yesssss!!) and Gareth is behind the scenes, dealing with print, distribution, legal and other fun ‘business stuff’. I’m obviously still doing all the editorial, and for now at least, dealing with the ad sales too.

So what does this mean for you? Well, the slightly bad news is that all this means there will be a delay on the next issue while we’re re-signing contracts and getting things organised at Rock n Roll Bride HQ. Issue 4 is now confirmed to hit the UK newsstands on Thursday September 3rd. I wish we could have made this transition more seamless for you guys, but I’m a firm believer that anything worth doing is worth doing properly.

However, you can pre-order the next issue RIGHT NOW! It costs just £4.99 and shipping to the UK is now FREE, holla!!

If you have an outstanding subscription via Giraffe Media, don’t worry – we’ll be in touch with you really soon. But feel free to send an email to magazine@rocknrollbride.com with your subscription details and we’ll make sure you’re on our list!

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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine Issue Three On Sale Today!

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YAY! Issue 3 of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine has finally hit the shelves. Goodness, doesn’t the wait between each one seem like a million years?! I really, really hope you love this magazine as much as I do. I’m really proud of how it’s all come together and this is totally the best one yet!

Can we just talk about that cover for one second too? Last month we had puppies and this time we have rainbows! Real life couple Maggie and Steven are looking freakin’ amazing and their full wedding, photographed by Matt Miller, is featured inside.

Here’s a little sneak of some of my favourite spreads…

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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine Issue Two On Sale Today!

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It seems like it’s been the longest two months ever waiting for the second issue of the magazine to hit the shelves. I know, because you’ve all told me, repeatedly! However I’m pleased as punch to let you know that your wait is finally over and issue 2 hits news stands up and down the country TODAY!

I loved issue 1 so much, but I have to say I think this one is even better. I mean just look at the cover! The pup on the left is cracking me up, he’s so damn happy! Now, I don’t know about you, but I would totally pick that off a shelf.

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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine ON SALE TODAY!

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Do you know what day it is today? ROCK N ROLL BRIDE MAGAZINE LAUNCH DAY!!!

The journey of this magazine from a small idea in 2011 to what it is now is quite a story. It actually started it’s life as a free handout that I gave away at a wedding fair, but it was so popular, and the reaction online so massive, that I went on to self-publish a yearly magazine. I did this twice, once in 2012 and again in 2013.

Then over the Summer last year, I got a call from a publishers who wanted to help me make it nationally available, AKA make it a bi-monthly mag and put it in real life shops all over the UK! This little baby of mine has all grown up and blossomed into a fully fledged, legitimate wedding magazine!

Oh and I’m in charge, which means inside it looks a little something like this…

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There’s no doubt about it, I love the internet and I love blogs. But when you get engaged, there is still something so special about going out and buying your first wedding magazine. That feeling of getting home, grabbing a cup of tea and devouring it in one sitting just can’t be beaten.

When I got engaged there were no wedding blogs, so I relied solely on magazines to help me navigate the muddy waters of planning a wedding. While I owe the ones I read a lot (our wedding wouldn’t have happened without them!) I was always left with a distinct sinking feeling when I turned over that last page. They were beautiful and all, but there was never really anything that unique or revolutionary within them. They were always full of things that were very pretty… but not very, well, me. They didn’t really represent the kind of wedding we wanted to have and they didn’t show any options other than the expensive, matchy-matchy, hyper traditional wedding day. This is why I started rocknrollbride.com in the first place. To plug that gap.

The fact that this blog has come full circle and I’m now the Editor in Chief (er what? That title is way too fancy!) of an actual real life print wedding magazine BLOWS MY MIND. My amazing publishers have also given me completely free reign to write whatever the hell I want and share the stuff I know my readers cry out for, which makes the whole thing even more unbelievably awesome.

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Wedding Planning Advice for the Newly Engaged

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You’re probably feeling a heady mix of emotions right now – excitement, anticipation, joy, terror!? While everyone you speak to will kindly remind you that this will be the happiest time in your life, you’ll soon be 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 on Earth do you even start to plan a wedding!? Yes, there is an enormous amount to do in a relatively short period of time but come on, if I can do it, you certainly can too.

The most important thing to remember is that this is just one day. Your wedding will not define the rest of your life. It should be a nice starting off point for your marriage. 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 guest lists, seating arrangements and finding that one perfect dress.

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 and blah blah blah. 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 the Rock n Roll Bride blog I’ve featured weddings that were planned in a matter of weeks and weddings that cost under £1000. So whatever your timeframe and budget, it can be done.

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Get Organised

What you do have to do, whatever your timeframe or budget, is get yourself organised. Now.

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 three 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 the venue, your photographer (and/or videographer, if you’re having one) and your dress. 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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Think about what kind of wedding you both really want. Will it be big or small, religious or civil, on a beach, in a marquee, a manor house or a pub? Do you want to hand make everything or is that your idea of hell? Do you want a big bridal party or do you want it to be just the two of you up there? What is most important to you both? What are your biggest priorities and what is completely non-negotiable?

Secondly, it’s time to think about the theme. Recently this has become a bit of a dirty word, but these days thinking about a theme doesn’t have to mean you should be picking accent colours or deciding whether you’re more of a glamorous, retro or modern couple. In fact I’ve lost count of the number of weddings I’ve seen recently where the couple say “Oh we didn’t really have a theme; we just had stuff we liked”. Perfect, great – that’s your theme then!

This is the fun bit. It’s time to write down anything, and everything, that makes the two of you tick. What is it that makes you both the unique little snowflakes that you are? Are you really into sci-fi, or gaming, or food? Have you always dreamt about getting married outside, or by the ocean, or in a cave? Is music your biggest passion? Are your pets the light of your life? At this stage, write down whatever you want on this list and don’t restrict yourselves. I always think that the most successful weddings are those that are really unique to the couple and a share a mash up of how they are in everyday life.

Of course when it comes down to actually putting things in the wedding, you don’t have to include everything, but making a list like this is a really good way to get those ideas flowing before you really decide what’s going to work for you both.

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Happy New Year! Rock n Roll Bride: An Overview

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I know many of you have been reading for a while, but with a new year rolling in it’s always nice to start afresh and take the time to reintroduce myself to anyone who might be new around these parts. I published an Idiot’s Guide to Rock n Roll Bride this time last year, so if you haven’t already you should definitely check it out to help you get your bearings. A few things have changed since January 2014 (and not just my hair colour!) so I’m quickly going to go over them now.

Blog schedule

During the week the blog is updated twice daily with lovely real weddingsadvice columns and general inspiration for alternative brides (and grooms!) There’s also a couple of updates over the weekend too.

My posts go up at 8am and 3pm GMT but I’d suggest subscribing via RSS or joining me (and 143,000 others!) on my Facebook page so you never miss a beat. You can also find me on all usual social platforms: Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Over the past few years I’ve also been actively writing about running your own small business in The Green Room area of my site. It’s been a blast and I’ve loved doing it, but I’ve decided to let it take a bit of a back seat for 2015. It’s not being scraped completely, but it will probably be updated a less often. Why? Well, because…

I’m publishing a magazine!

I am now the Editor in Chief of the UK’s newest wedding magazine! Over the past three years I’ve written and self-published an annual magazine, but it was recently picked up by Giraffe Media (who also publish Wedding Ideas Magazine) who are putting my baby into REAL LIFE SHOPS.

The bi-monthly mag costs £4.99 and will now be sold in WHSmiths, Morrisons and independent newsagents (with more to be added soon). For my readers that aren’t in the UK, or those of you that would prefer it to be delivered straight to your door, you’ll be able to buy a subscription online SOON. The details of this are still being finalised but I’ll share the link with you the second I have it – I promise! This is all HUGE and incredibly exciting and I can’t bloody wait for you to see it. Issue 1 is in stores on January 8th!!!!

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Here’s the cover of issue 1. Isn’t it AWESOME?! (If I do say so myself!)

Oh and there may well be a launch party at some point too! Would you want to come?!

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But that’s not all (yes, I’m a busy gal)! Alongside my besties Gala Darling and Shauna Haider, I am one of ‘the headmistresses’ of The Blogcademy. It’s a two-day workshop which helps aspiring bloggers and small business owners harness the power of the internet to turn their business dreams into a reality!

Since our launch in 2012 we’ve taught nearly 1000 people how to get started, make waves, live their passion and MAKE MONEY doing what they love… and we ain’t stopping yet!

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Thursday Treats: Times, They Are A-Changing

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The phrase “It’s been a whirlwind” were coined for weeks like this one. WHOA, you guys, WHOOOOOOAAAAAA!

So, in case you missed the news, on Monday I announced that Rock n Roll Bride print magazine is going national! Oh yeah baby, I’m going to be the editor in chief of an actual, legit wedding magazine, available in real life shops.

Since I spilled the beans there’s been a lot of recurring questions so I’ll do my best to address them all right now.

International availability: it’s definitely in the plan to distribute the magazine around the world, however print distribution isn’t that straightforward unfortunately. This may not happen right away, but its 100% in the grand plan. However, on launch there will be an iPad version for those of you that can’t get your mitts on physical copies! YAY!

Submissions: I will be dealing with real wedding submissions as usual. If you’d like to submit your wedding for either the blog or magazine, just follow my super-simple submissions guide.

Jobs & freelance writers: We are hiring for the magazine, so if you’d be interested in applying, please email your CV and a covering letter to rachelsouthwood@giraffe-media.co.uk.

Advertising: If you run a business that would be interested in advertising in the new magazine, you can email craig@giraffe-media.co.uk.

Stockists: If you have a shop and you’d be interested in stocking the mag, you can also email craig@giraffe-media.co.uk.

Subscriptions: Will you be able to get a monthly subscription and have the magazine delivered direct to your door? Short answer: HELL YES! More info to follow.

Launch date: I’ll be shouting (loudly!) when the first issue hits the shops, so don’t you worry. We are currently aiming for an October launch, which is SO SOON! I’m trying not to think about how much work I have to do between now and then!

Again, thank you SO MUCH for all your amazing comments this week. It’s made this bloomin’ exciting time even more exciting. I can not WAIT to see the first one on the newsstands. I’ll probably cry. So if you happen to shop in Morrisons in Reading, you might want to look out for a sobbing pink mess on launch day!

I think that’s everything for now. Again, thank you thank you thank you!!

Here’s what else has been going on around the web over the past seven days.

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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine Is Coming To A Store Near You!

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Last week I announced that I am going to stop producing new issues of the Rock n Roll Bride print magazine so that I can work on other exciting opportunities. Since then I’ve been flooded with messages from readers telling me how sad they are to read that news. Well, I’ve got a small, teensy confession to make… I haven’t been entirely honest with you.

The truth is I’ve been having exciting, scary, and every-emotion-in-between meetings with the amazing team at Giraffe Media, the publishing company behind Wedding Ideas Magazine. I am more than a little bit delighted to tell the world that Rock n Roll Bride Magazine will be hitting UK newstands in January!

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Issue Three

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Of all the projects and various off-shoots that I’ve taken on, none of them are as close to my heart as the print magazine. What started life as a 14 page brochure to hand out at a wedding show has now become an annually produced 84 page beast and a massive part of Rock n Roll Bride. In interviews, it’s always the first thing people want to know about – How did it come about? What’s inside? Where do I find the time to do it?

But this magazine has never been about me, it’s all about you and helping you to plan a wedding that truly encompasses you and your partner. From the pretty to the practical, the crazy to the creative, wedding planning can be a scary and daunting time. That’s why I wanted to produce something that is not only crammed with gorgeous, alternative inspiration and wedding planning advice but is something that you can keep and refer back to again and again.

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This year’s bumper edition boasts 84 pages of 100% exclusive content. Nothing inside has been shared anywhere online. There are five utterly gorgeous real weddings, a 14 page fashion editorial spread illustrating how you can have a beautiful and alternative wedding on a tiny budget, and three amazing but super simple (enough that even I could do them!) DIY tutorials contributed by some of the most creative babes in the business. Get ready to get your craft on!

Alongside all the pretty images and inspiration, this magazine is also overflowing with the advice I wish I’d heard when planning my own wedding. I’ve written a step by step action plan laying out the first things you need to do when you get engaged and an idiot-proof guide to choosing your perfect wedding suppliers. There’s an article that bulldozes through the crap that the wedding industry spouts about how brides ‘should’ look on their wedding day (and believe me, I haven’t held back!) and I share the best thing Gareth and I did before we walked down the aisle to really help nurture our relationship.

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Don’t Panic!

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Probably one of the biggest – and toughest – lessons I’ve learnt through running my own business is that things are never as straight forward as you think they’ll be. Last week, after returning from a fortnight away from the office, I was met with the news that there was a complication (which was our fault) with the printing of the magazine. It was looking like we’d have to redesign a whole section, rearrange a bunch of stuff and then resubmit the whole document for proofing and printing again. This was not only looking to be a pretty costly mistake but one that was going to delay the release date of the mag by at least a month.

I’m not gonna lie, I flipped out. I wasn’t angry with anyone, more frustrated that this had happened. I’m meticulous to a fault when it comes to keeping things on track and everyone organised so I was annoyed with myself that I’d let something so simple but crucial slip through the net.

After fighting off the tears and thumping the floor for a while, Gareth, Shauna and I were able to work through a solution that was not only much less labour (and cost!) intensive than we initially thought it might be, but one that was actually going to make the magazine much better. Plus it was only going to delay printing by a couple of days!

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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine… SOLD OUT!

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Goodness! Who would have thought that launching a magazine to compliment this little blog of mine would have been such a runaway success? Ever since we published issue 2 of this yearly magazine, waaaaay back in August last year, the orders have been coming in daily. Gareth, who packs and ships every single one by hand, has been a busy bee for sure, and a regular fixture at our local Post Office! He’s obviously been doing his job pretty damn well too, because he told me this week that issue two is now officially sold out. Whoa.

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However if you missed out and you’re now kicking yourself for it, don’t fret because we have a small batch of seconds (mags that aren’t 100% perfect) which we’d like to offer to you, with a massive third slashed off the original price. The imperfections are minimal, nothing more than a few lines of smudged text on the last page, but we were not prepared to ship them in less-than-perfect condition at full price. So, rather than wastefully destroying these slightly flawed magazines we agreed a massive price-cut is the best option for everbody concerned!

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Remember How I Published a Magazine?

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I’m sure most of you will already know this, but last Summer we published issue two of our print magazine. Since then, and every day with out fail, my poor suffering Gareth has been packing and shipping each copy that’s been ordered – by hand. There’s no fancy behind the scenes action in our operation believe you me. He’s become quite the regular feature in our local post office. I wonder if they take bets about what he’s sending out in those shiny pink envelopes with such regularity.

Other blogs may do online magazines, but we go at it proper old skool style. Sure, it’s more work (and a lot more expensive to produce) but even in this hyper-digital age, there’s something so special about getting a crisp print edition through your letterbox.

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