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Is Print Advertising Dead?

Print advertising used to be the go-to avenue for wedding industry advertising. Nowadays though, many companies might worry that ‘print is dead’ and that consumers are no longer engaging with magazines like they used to.

There’s little question that overall the number of readers of print media has declined, however Rock n Roll Bride magazine was specifically created after unprecedented demand from our online audience for a print edition! We launched with an audience already ready to buy which is why we’re bucking this trend.

Print ads have a larger impact on the consumer

Print ads are much more likely to stick with a reader. You generally have more space to create an impactful ad design than you do with an online banner ad, and people reading magazines are MUCH less distracted than those browsing online. They’re not simultaneously chatting to their friend on Facebook, browsing ASOS or scrolling through YouTube as they’re reading a magazine. The magazine has their full attention which means they’re much more likely to notice and pay attention to your advert.

It’s tangible, and therefore more trustworthy

The internet is flooded with fake advertisements that can lead you to getting a virus or signing up to a dodgy subscription website. Print advertising can’t do any of this, so people don’t view them as potential scams like they might do with some internet ads. Print advertising has been around forever and so people have no reason to mistrust it. There’s more of a barrier to entry for a company to advertise in magazines, over just being featured online, which creates an automatically higher level of trust between you and your potential customer. Being featured in a magazine also still conveys a certain level of professionalism. If you want to be respected, print is still one of the higher quality mediums.

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Making History: Rock n Roll Bride at the Natural History Museum

OK hear me out, while 2020 sucked in many, MANY ways, also, it was kind of amazing. We got to spend time at home, we started to appreciate the small things, we realised just how lucky we are to have the NHS and we got to revaluate what is really important to us, too. While having to postpone your wedding was obviously a massive suckfest, it did give you more excuses to buy more issues of Rock n Roll Bride magazine soooooo who can really be mad about that!?

You may have gone into wedding planning thinking it was all going to be about dresses and flowers and champagne breakfasts (believe me, it’s not, even if you don’t have a worldwide pandemic to contend with!) But I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all realised what the true meaning of weddings, and marriage, is over the past nine months.

Love.
Commitment.
Standing up in front of your loved ones (even if that is over Zoom!) and saying “YOU ARE THE ONE I CHOOSE; YOU ARE MY PERSON.”

That, my friend, is why you chose to get married in the first place, and that will never, ever change. Even if your wedding ended up looking a bit different to how you expected, or its going to happen a little bit later.

At Rock n Roll Bride magazine, 2020 was also the year that we made history…. naturally! (see what I did there?) by being the first bridal magazine to be invited to shoot an editorial at the Natural History Museum in London. It was closed to the public due to Covid and we were given the run of the place. I mean… WHAT!?

It was a dream come true and a huge “OMG how the FUCK did we get here?” kind of day and I am so flipping excited to share the final results with you. Obviously this had a huge spread in our Nov/Dec issue (you can still order a copy here if you missed it), but there were SO MANY more amazing photos which we just couldn’t fit in. I’m really excited to be able to share even more of this magical day with you.

When putting together this shoot, we knew it was time to go big or go home, so we partnered with Browns Bride, who seek out and stock some of the most beautiful wedding dresses in the world, to shoot some of their stunning designer collection. We even got to shoot dresses by my all-time favourite designer, Vivienne Westwood, too so yeah… it was more than a little bit special.

The day was exhilarating, creatively stimulating and the MOST FUN EVER. To see all the behind the scenes action, check out the video by our epic video-making BFFs, Loved Up Films.

The Natural History Museum museum offers exclusive hire of their magnificent spaces, including Hintze Hall, with incredible Victorian architecture and soaring arches which provide a truly remarkable backdrop. There are actually twelve galleries in the museum that are licenced for weddings, both big and small. If you’ve ever dreamt of taking wedding photos like this then this is your chance! To enquire about this just drop their events team a line via their website contact form or give them a bell during office hours on +44 (0)207 942 5434.

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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine Issue 36 is On Pre-Sale Today

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Cover Photos: Devlin Photos, Styling: The Bijou Bride, Art Direction: Kat Williams, Hair: Rebel Rock Hair & Makeup, Makeup: Shani Mushingon, Dress: The All White Necklace: Abbie Gaiger Earrings: The Vamoose

I think it’s pretty safe to say that very few of us will be sad to see the back of the year 2020. For most of us it’s been painful, its been stressful and it’s been life changing. Things that we took for granted now feel like luxuries and things we assumed would be a given just, well, weren’t.

Wedding postponements, businesses closing, the ever-changing government guidelines – there’s been a lot to deal with in the wedding world particularly, and while it would be all too easy for me to regurgitate the clichés about love not being cancelled and us all being in this together, I think it is important to acknowledge that for many of us, this year has been one of the hardest of our entire lives.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve personally loved seeing how people have been adapting to this ‘new normal’ with their weddings (and wedding businesses) and in many ways this year has forced us to take it all back to what a wedding should actually be about. Getting married is not about spending an amount you really can’t really afford; it’s not about caring what other people think of your decisions and it’s not about having a guest list of 200 people.

Sure, a big wedding is absolutely awesome, and if you plan to have the large celebration later next year, more power to you. BUT if you were only doing those things because you thought you ‘should’, well, 2020 has been the perfect opportunity to do a complete 180.

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A Proposal at Home with Rock n Roll Bride Magazine!

Call us vain, but we love hearing how Rock n Roll Bride magazine has helped with your wedding planning, but this may be a first! When Kirsty proposed to Vicky last year she used a copy of the magazine to do it!

She told us all about it, “On Sunday 17th November 2019, we were preparing to celebrate our one year anniversary. Vicky was keen for us to do a cute couple’s photo shoot (I do a fair bit of modelling so photo shoots are a fairly regular occurrence for me). I decided to take this idea and run with it, going all out with hair, makeup and wardrobe to give her the full VIP experience.”

“I knew I wanted to propose, and had actually bought an engagement ring several months earlier and had hidden it at my friend’s house! I’d also been meeting up in secret with my photographer friend Debbie to plan how best to capture the moment. I’m naturally quite a showboat whereas Vicky is a little more private so a photo shoot in our beautiful home seemed like the right balance of intimate and ostentatious! To give the proposal a strong element of tradition, I’d discussed my plan with Vicky’s parents who were quick to give their enthusiastic approval.”

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Living Art: An Art-Inspired Editorial for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Featured inside and on the cover of issue 34 of the magazine, the inspiration for this shoot was to find the art in the everyday, to remind us that life is beautiful and creativity is everywhere – we just have to know where to look for it. Whatever craziness the world throws at us next, there will still be art, love and creativity to inspire us.

I commissioned original pieces of artwork by my super talented sister Rachel Underwood (you can find her on Instagram and yes, she takes custom orders!) to create original pieces of art which we projected on the wall behind our model Jay, as well as adding them over some of the other images in Photoshop afterwards.

The incredible illustration meets painterly makeup look created by Shani Mushington was trippy in person but we loved how it turned Jay into a living piece of art.

If you’d like to see the behind the scenes action, the superbly talented Loved Up Films was there too and captured the magic on film!

As always, there was many, many beautiful images that didn’t made the final print spread, and here are some of my favourites!

LOOK ONE

Dress & Sleeves: Katya Katya London
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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine at the Natural History Museum: Issue 35 is Now Available for Pre-Order!

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£4.99 9.95
Cover Photo: Devlin Photos, Styling: The Bijou Bride, Art Direction: Kat Williams, Hair: Jo Irving, Makeup: Shani Mushingon, Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Browns Bride, Headpiece: Saint Beth Official, Location: Natural History Museum, London

It’s here, it’s finally here! Our last issue of the year is now available for your reading pleasure and we only bloody shot our editorial at the Natural History Museum! Yeah you will absolutely KICK YOURSELF if you don’t order this one.

When the events’ team at the museum reached out about wanting to work with us I just about fell off my chair. With the museum being closed due to Covid, we had the run of the place, making all our fairytale fantasy wedding dreams come true.

And before you ask, yes, you can get married here too! The museum offers exclusive hire of their magnificent spaces, including Hintze Hall, with incredible Victorian architecture and soaring arches which provide a truly remarkable backdrop. There are actually twelve galleries in the museum that are licenced for weddings, both big and small AND they currently have a very special offer valid for weddings until the end of the year, where you can hire the space for £5000. If you’ve ever dreamt of taking wedding photos like this then this is your chance! To enquire about this just drop their events team a line via their website contact form or give them a bell during office hours on +44 (0)207 942 5434.

To see the full shoot then order this single issue here, or you can subscribe so you never miss an issue!

But that’s not all, as usual this issue is PACKED with 165 thick, glossy, delicious pages of alternative wedding awesomeness. From real weddings to fashion and style inspiration, thoughtful essays and advice articles a-plenty…

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