Are you running an alternative wedding business? Are you passionate about what you do but are struggling to find the right customers?
Does it feel like you’ve tried everything to get the word out but you keep coming up against brick walls?
If so, Rock n Roll Bride is here to help! I think a lot of artists make the same mistake – they figure if they build it they will come. Now I love Field of Dreams as much as the next child of the 90s, but when it comes to running a business, that theory rarely pans out. People aren’t just going to magically wake up one day and find you. Without marketing, your wedding business is nothing more than an expensive, all-consuming hobby. Without targeting your ideal clients your business simply will not survive. But I get it. You’re just starting out and money is tight. Which is why I am committed to making the advertising packages in Rock n Roll Bride magazine stupendously affordable for people just like you. Our ads still start from just £50 for classified spots, and only £200 for full page placements! If you’re stuck with the design, we can help you with that as well. Not only do we have easy to use templates available, but if need be someone from our team can work with you to create your advert from the ground up. 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 our magazine are the customers that you’ve always dreamed about having. So what are you waiting for?! We are currently taking bookings for issues 18 (Jan/Feb), 19 (Mar/Apr) & 30 (May/Jun). Please drop us an email (direct link in profile) and we can send your our shiny newly designed media pack. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you make 2018 the year your business really starts to rock (and roll)!!! #rocknrollbridemagazine
ON THE BLOG: Pin up model @sabinakelley's INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL Thailand beach wedding. People said she couldn't wear black... People said she shouldn't wear heels... People thought they should do their wedding a certain way but they ignored everyone and did things to make them happy!
Renovation pro tip: If you want to get your significant other to step up their DIY game then plan a photo shoot in your building site of a home as a matter of urgency!
A few months ago I booked a collaboration with a super cool wedding brand (more on this soon!) and had the idea to shoot some of their products in our house. At the time I figured that surely by November the rooms we wanted to shoot in would almost be finished… or could at least be passable for the purposes of some staged shots.
WELL my friends, any of you that have embarked on your own renovation project will know that this was potentially one of the most stupid and stress-inducing ideas I’ve ever had. A week before the shoot and we still had the old curtains (that came with the house and looked like they hadn’t been updated since 1987) up, no skirting boards, power sockets hanging off the walls and a whole heap of junk in the corner. Brilliant.
Luckily I am married to a man who works best under a very specific set of criteria – the foremost of these being A DEADLINE. I’m the kind of nerd who did her homework at least a week before it was due, Gareth’s the kind of infuriating bastard that would do his on the bus on the way to school and still get straight As. Give Gareth a hard and fast deadline and he shines…. Be it all at the last possible second.
So three days before the shoot, Gareth comes to me and says “Hey, wouldn’t the shoot look better if we had a fireplace in the room?“ “Er yes, yes it would”, I replied, not thinking he’d actually tackle such a massive task with just 72 hours to spare. But deadline-loving Gareth not only got on with it, he got the project done in record time… even if he was still painting the walls 30 minutes before the photo shoot crew were due to arrive.
Click the link in my profile to read the whole story + Gareth's tips on how you can knock through your own fireplace (oh, and by the way, it only cost us £19!) #rocknrenovation
When we were doing The Blogcademy we met up every 6-8 weeks and travelled the world together! That time was insanely busy and while I'm now much happier having my feet firmly on the ground, I do miss seeing this little weirdo all the time!
Luckily we chat over email nearly every day as she's the design genius that makes #rocknrollbridemagazine look so good! Without her the magazine would be a nothing but word documents and images in folders on my computer. She better never leave me!
We live on opposite sides of the world so may only be able to see each other once a year at the moment, but when we met up in Marrakech it was like nothing had changed. Can't wait to go on another random adventure with you again next year @nubbytwiglet!
No matter how many times I tell him Maine Coons aren't supposed to be lap cats, Henry just won't listen. Literally every time I sit down somewhere now he's on me in a matter of minutes. He never used to be so needy!
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Found my perfect doorway down a random side alley in Marrakech and as I was having my photo taken these kids were walking past and trying to get in the shot... So I invited them in to pose with me Always making friends!
Reading your own magazine sure is funny.
Also, HELLO, can we all take a second to appreciate this giant K that arrived the other week from @hellodorisloves!? HOW COOL IS THAT!? It's battery operated (meaning the fact that our electrics aren't quite done yet doesnt really matter) and it lights up AND flashes! SO GOOD!
Sorry not sorry about continuing the Marrakech spam all the way through this week..I have SO MANY PHOTOS I want to share with you guys. It really is the most magical, beautiful place.
A few of you have asked about recommendations/advice for your own trips there. WELL I have written a couple of blog posts in the past about it previously (head over to the site and search for 'Marrakech' and you should find them) but if you have any specific questions about it pop them in the comments and I'll try my best to help!! Photo taken with my travel goth partner in crime @nubbytwiglet at @bemarrakech. My dress is @nextofficial
I am so so soooo tired!
After a week away, a long journey home, getting back at 1am Friday then getting up at 7am Saturday to get the train up to Birmingham to spend the weekend at a wedding fair... I am BEAT. I don't have a blog post scheduled to go up this morning (first time I can actually ever remember skipping a day) but rather than freak out about it I'm choosing to allow myself to lie in for a few more hours then start tackling the week this afternoon.
My to do list is enormous after being away but GAHHH I'm only human right? I have such an intense need to always been on top of my shit but right now I just need to hibernate for a bit. Normal service will resume soon.
Im not sure these ramblings even make sense but does anyone else ever feel like this?
Featured Sally's AMAZING Deftones & skulls themed wedding in issue 17, then spotted her modeling at @allaboutewe so of course I had to grab a photo of her with the feature. What a BABE #rocknrollbridemagazine
How adorable is this Labyrinth worms wedding cake from @cherrycakeco!? Excited for day two of @allaboutewe at The Bond in Birmingham today. At a loose end? Come along from and say hi! Show is open from 11am-4pm. It's the best alternative wedding show EVER. I promise you won't regret it
Bathroom goals at @darjaguar.
Gareth and I very rarely automatically agree on *anything* to do with home decor, but shockingly we both independently decided we wanted a copper bath when we redo our bathroom! This GOLD one at the riad I just stayed in has given me serious inspo. Would it be totally nuts to also paint the bathroom black? #gothforever#rocknrenovationc
I've had the most magical few days in Marrakech with my partner in crime @nubbytwiglet. The highlight of this trip was definitely finding @bemarrakech on the recommendation of one of my followers. THAT TILE. Heading home this evening but I still have wayyyy more photos to spam you with, whether you like it or not! #cantstopwontstop