Are you planning an alternative wedding? Meet Kat Williams of Rock n Roll bride – queen of all things quirky!
Tell us a little bit about Rock n Roll bride
Rock n Roll Bride is a wedding blog that showcases anything and everything to do with alternative weddings. In 2015 we launched a bi-monthly print magazine that is sold in WhSmiths, Sainsbury’s and newsagents up and down the country! Our team is small (I like it that way!) The business is run by myself and my husband Gareth and we work with a couple of super talented freelancers to make the rest of the magic happen.
Why did you start the company?
It completely happened by accident. My blog was never meant to be anything other than an embarrassing hobby. I started the site in October 2007, when I was engaged, as a way to document my wedding planning. At the time there were no other UK wedding blogs and just a couple had started to spring up in the US. Once we were married I decided to carry on blogging about weddings, but morphed the site from a place where I talked about our wedding, to one where I shared other people’s big days and cool wedding stuff that I’d uncovered online. Over time, it naturally progressed into just talking about alternative weddings.
After a few years, probably around mid-2009, the blog was starting to get a decent readership and photographers and other wedding suppliers were not only submitting me their weddings to feature them, but they started to ask about advertising too. It all took off from there.
It eventually started to get to the point where I was focusing more on the blog than I was on my ‘real job’ and I was actually earning just as much from blogging as I was from selling Egyptian cotton towels on the telly. I quit my shopping TV job in January 2010 and I’ve never looked back!
What trends have you seen coming through this year?
I personally dislike the notion of wedding ‘trends’ and I always encourage my readers to plan a wedding that feels like an authentic expression of themselves. However there are some things you can’t help but see cropping up over and over. I think DIY and outdoorsy, festival style weddings are only going to get more popular for example.
I did see a lot of recurring themes in bridal dresses at The White Gallery this year too. There was LOTS of floral patterns and lots of lovely coloured dresses (muted pinks, blues, greens) which I’m obviously thrilled about!
What’s your all-time favourite Rock n Roll wedding?
The one I always come back to is Ainsley and Sebastien’s epic Las Vegas elopement. I love Vegas, I love elopements, I love sequins… How could I not be obsessed with it?! It’s definitely one of the most popular weddings I’ve ever featured too.
What’s your top wedding planning tip?
Plan the wedding YOU want, not one that the magazines, blogs or your parent’s want you to have.
Don’t get into debt for one day, but similarly don’t feel guilty if you want to spend a lot of money! You don’t have to have a budget wedding to be alternative. Book the very best photographer you can afford and if need be cut corners elsewhere to be able to have them there. After the wedding you won’t care if your flowers came from a supermarket, your dress was second-hand or your cake was homemade, but you’ll regret it if you’re photos are terrible.