Is planning your wedding turning out to be a massive drag? Are you struggling to choose your suppliers, arguing with your family over your ‘wacky’ ideas and tearing your hair out wondering how the hell you’re going to get all those DIY projects done on time?
No matter how chill you might be in everyday life, there’s just something about planning a wedding that makes even the coolest of babes have at least one meltdown. And it’s not your fault! It’s a stressful time anyway but the majority of wedding media only perpetuates that myth that this needs to be “the happiest day of your life” and that if it’s not perfect you’ll regret it forever.
This is exactly why I started Rock n Roll Bride in the first place – to cut through the bullshit and share ideas and advice that would actually help you plan your wedding.
Here’s what some of our readers have to say about Rock n Roll Bride magazine:
“I honestly wish I found this magazine sooner. I always knew my wedding would be different and that there were aspects of the traditional wedding that I wanted to reject and it’s been the best tool for inspiration in my planning process. Wedding magazines became my guilty pleasure once we started planning a wedding but so many magazines focus solely on white, heterosexual couples with massive budgets advertising everything from fancy fountain pens for your guests to sign your guest book to monogrammed suitcases for your honeymoon.
When I found Rock n Roll Bride, I cannot tell you how much it meant to me to find a magazine with quirky couples that focused more on the couple and what they wanted than the concept of spending so much to impress other people. My cousin is also planning a wedding and, since she’s the digital content editor for ELLE magazine I thought she’d be diving head first into the mainstream bridal magazines – however I found she was having the same experience as me. These mainstream bridal magazines just didn’t resonate with her either. Your magazine stands out in so many ways and is so refreshingly different from everything else on the stand. I’ve converted quite a few brides already!
It also honestly means so much to see queer representation in your magazine. For us, same sex marriage hasn’t been around long and other areas of the industry are still trying to catch up to this. So few magazines feature same sex couples and so I knew this was the magazine for me.
Thank you so much for all you do – from a fellow cat owner and renovator of a newly purchased house. Even when I’m a wife, I’ll still be picking up copies.”Gabrielle Leimon
“As a plus-size future bride, I struggled with trying to find wedding magazines that weren’t focused on thin brides, and there was always a guaranteed three-page spread on ‘shredding for the wedding’. That’s until I discovered this magazine! Not only does it include all body types, but the diversity in other areas is out of this world! I don’t think I ever could have felt accepted as a bride if it wasn’t for Rock n Roll Bride. I’d call it a ‘magazine’, but this is a movement. Thank you Kat, Gareth and the whole Rock n Roll Bride team!” Sam Leigh
“Rock n Roll Bride is definitely the best bridal magazine around! When I first got engaged, a friend bought me a couple of wedding mags and as much as I loved her for thinking of me, I HATED the mags with a passion. They weren’t me, there was nothing in them that excited me and I just felt so out of place, as if I wasn’t a real bride or I’m odd because I didn’t want to do certain things.
I then stumbled across Rock n Roll Bride, it’s completely changed my outlook on wedding mags! I’m always so excited to go out and buy my copy, and my fiancè loves it too! It’s great to find a mag that focuses on the grooms and same sex weddings too! Everything about it, from the colourful weddings to the hints and tips, even the ads, are brilliant! It really focuses on the fact that it’s your wedding – you do it your way.
Kat is wonderful, she asks opinions, and actually listens to the feedback that we offer. She’s on the same page as us, as she’s been in our position and it’s so refreshing. It’s completely changed my wedding planning experience and I’m so thankful I accidentally found this magazine.”Dannielle Robertson
“Rock n Roll Bride magazine has actually brought me and my fiancé closer together. He loves reading it too, and we find all sorts of great ideas. It also gives us a lot to think about after reading the real wedding articles. You grow up thinking weddings are a certain way, and that’s just how they are done, but reading Rock n Roll Bride has inspired us to discover that weddings can be whatever we want them to be! The thing I love about it the most is that there is something in there for the men too, as I feel they can be so excluded and removed from this side of marriage. I feel like part of a wider community with Rock n Roll Bride, it’s made wedding planning really fun!”Nicola Burke
What’s up, babes!? Today’s the day that our brand new issue goes on pre-sale and as ever I’m so excited I could burst! Let’s get right down to it shall we? I know you’re just here for the previews!
Oh HELL yes, the texture on the masthead is meant to look holographic, how COOL are we? And don’t even get me started on this cover photo because, believe me, I could bang on for days and days about just how much I love it. The utterly beautiful Natalie of Style Me Sunday modelled for our editorial shoot this month and I knew as soon as I met her that I wanted her to be our cover star. She just SCREAMS Rock n Roll Bride and I adore her.
Here’s a little sneak of some of the real wedding pages inside too. We’ve got a super eclectic mix of styles this issue so whether you’re having a colourful summer bash, a fashion-forward urban adventure or a Halloween extravaganza I GUARANTEE you’ll find some much needed inspo for your own wedding within these pretty pages.
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.
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.
Oh my goodness, this cover. Some of you may already recognise this total fox as Sophie from Crown and Glory. My BFF, my collaborator and an all round wonderful human. Being her maid of honour in September was one of my highlights of 2017 and so OF COURSE we had to feature her wedding in the magazine and stick her pretty face on the cover. Thank you to Devlin Photos for totally nailing this shot.
WHAT. A. BABE.
I’m pretty darn excited for you to see this issue. Not just because it’s packed full of the 11 exclusive real weddings, a stunning sequin photo shoot shot at Dreamland and advice a-plenty to help get you amped up and inspired to plan your wedding in your own way… BUT one of my favourite body positive role models has written you a little sommat sommat too.
I’ve been obsessed with Megan Jayne Crabbe (aka @bodypositvepanda) ever since I discovered her. I bought her book as soon as it was available and reading her words never fails to make me feel GOOD. And she must be doing something right because she’s amassed nearly ONE MILLION followers on Instagram!
So obviously, she is a super busy and in-demand lady so I wasn’t sure she’d even reply when I messaged her to ask if she’d be interested in writing a piece for the magazine. If there was one person I wanted to pen something about weight loss and weddings for our January issue it was her. Now not only did she reply right away, BUT SHE SAID YES. The article she’s written is INCREDIBLE, inspiring and the perfect antidote for all the weight loss/ detox/ new year new you bullshit that is heading our way as soon as January 1st rolls around.
The illustrations in her article were created for us by the super talented Jasmine Floyd (I love them so much I might have to get them printed out to hang in my office). I can not wait for you to read this one.
Who wants a little cheeky preview of what else you’ll find inside the issue? Oh go on then…!