Broke-Ass Tag: wedding


Hello, everyone!

It’s been just under six months since my wedding day, and I’m finally back to do a recap. You’ll see my pro pics soon, but I thought I’d share some of the moments captured by friends and family here.

What a crazy weekend it was! Friends and family started pouring into town Friday morning, and we had our rehearsal dinner that night. We weren’t able to do a rehearsal at our venue, so I just drew a picture and did a quick walk-through (Spoiler alert: everything went fine! Don’t panic if you can’t do a rehearsal, or everyone can’t make it. This stuff isn’t rocket science!).

I chose to bring a group of my favorites through the haunted house I work at most Octobers. It was a blast! It was such a great opportunity to share something I love with people from out of town, and it was a great way to shake off some stress. Then it was off to bed to get good sleep before the big day.


I had a bit of trouble sleeping, just because of nerves and adrenaline. I woke up and hit the cooling mask hard!


But it must have worked, because soon I was ready to be styled.


The morning was hectic — way more hectic than I planned. Through a series of miscommunications that I haven’t bothered to track, my mom ended up playing babysitter when I had been counting on her to help setup and my other go-to, my stepmom, must not have thought I needed her and went out to sight-see with my dad. Planning fail! Thankfully, a group of people from my stepdad’s family joined my fiance’s mom to get it all done. Phew!

Real Bride realness here: they didn’t set things up the way I envisioned them, and when I saw what they did, I was a little disappointed. But I’m really proud of myself for recognizing that what they did was just fine too, and ultimately everything would be beautiful. If you think this would cause a meltdown for you, PLAN BETTER THAN I DID. Seriously.



I felt pretty chill most of the time, once I knew I had people getting everything set. I did start to get a little nervous when we were hidden away in a back room, waiting to go down the aisle. My little sister teased me because my voice was getting a little high and crazy.

I won’t say everything went perfectly, because that would be a lie (I broke a champagne flute on my first table visit. Yep, that happened.).

But the Cubs won, the Blackhawks won (so we got our DJ to play both Go Cubs Go and Chelsea Dagger!), our ceremony was beautiful and we got to spend the night partying with so many of our loved ones in one place.

And look at these faces! That’s what matters, right?


Thanks for sharing your Real Bride journey with us, Katie!

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  • 11/27

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    Skip the lines and take advantage of Target’s doorbuster deals from the comfort of your couch.

    Got a geek on your gift list? Get 40% off 75 gifts at ThinkGeek.

    For the makeup lover, Julep is tossing out its Holiday Collection at 75% off.

    Stock up on stunning dresses for the holidays (or any time, really) with 25% off at Adrianna Papell.

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    Thinking of having a candy bar at your wedding? It’s Sugar is taking 20% off all orders with code THANKS20.

    Whether you are still coveting something from your registry or you’re just a foodie, head to Le Creuset to get up to 70% off + receive a free gift and get free shipping on orders over $50.

    Love some trendy jewelry? Get 30% off at BaubleBar with code THX.

    As if they weren’t cool enough, Urban Outfitters is taking an extra 30% off sale items and has tons of other great deals.

    Stylish clothes are even better when they’re on sale: Free People is knocking 50% off on select styles.

    Shopping for dudes can be tricky sometimes. Menkind makes it easier with 50% off.

    Love yoga, hate going to classes? Get Yoga Download’s Monthly Elite package for just $9 — 50% off regular pricing!

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    For the oenophile, take 15% off wine gift assortments with code BLKFRIDAY at Wine of the Month Club.

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    Give a gift, get a gift. Send a 2-month (or more) wine club subscription as a holiday gift and get a $32 bottle of multiple gold medal winning wine for yourself at The California Wine Club with code BLACK15.

    Get some cute gifts at 15% off or save 20% on orders over $150 at Minted with code BF2015.

    Calling all crafters! Get online classes for $19.99 at Craftsy.

    One of our very favorites, ModCloth, is offering 40% off new and favorite styles.

    If you’ve been slacking on getting prints of your wedding pics, now’s your chance! Get a gorgeous Montage photo book and take 35% off.

    Got some kids on the list? Tea Collection has great deals sitewide.

    For the curvy ladies, Kiyonna’s $40 doorbuster dress sale is going on now! This only happens once a year!

    Guys, get your duds from Bonobos at 25% off $150 or 30% off $250 with code FRIDAY.

    Bridesmaids and brides rejoice! Kennedy Blue is taking 15% off + free shipping with code GOBBLEGOBBLE.

    Get shapers and support for 20% off at Hourglass Angel with code HGABF2015.

    Score cute sale items with an extra 25% off at Stella & Dot.

    Accessorize yo-self and take 20% off sitewide at Benique with code THANKS.

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    Stock up on cute unmentionables and get an extra 40% off clearance at Aerie.

    There are a ton of great deals over at Bed Bath & Beyond.

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    Donna Morgan is knocking 20% off her bridesmaid dress collection.

    Fab, of course, is having fabulous deals across the site.

  • 8/4

    In just over one week, Jersey and I will be cheesing it up in front of our photographer for our engagement shoot. No need to remind us that it's only been ... oh, NINE months since we got engaged and we are just now getting this done. Trust me, we know. Our schedules have been impossible to coordinate, but at this point I'll be happy if…

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    After I got engaged, one of the first things I did was find someone to do pre-marital counseling. At the time, I felt very strongly about it, and after almost completing all of our sessions, I feel even more strongly that all couple should do some sort of pre-marital counseling. Melvin E Via Flickr Creative Commons At first, I was a bit stuck, as I…

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    I am admittedly not the craftiest beaver on the block; and it's true, many a craft has beaten my ass to the ground and screamed in my face "Martha Schmartha, yo!" But that doesn't, for some reason probably linked to estrogen and my passion for all things glittered, squelch my lofty craft ambitions and attempts at greatness. Or, more accurately, attempts at not-complete-failure. I used to be…

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  • 4/21

    Often times, when we're in the throes of wedding planning, we forget what's on the other side of the tulle, peonies, Champagne and sparklez. We forget that there have been fights, anxiety, uncertainty ... and there will be more of those. Because marriage takes sweat, fortitude, compassion and sometimes fear. As this post from Momastery points out, sometimes we lose the butterflies, and it takes work to…

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    I was over the moon when Jessica emailed me to say that she'd won free wedding photography from Beyond the Ordinary Photography's contest because she'd read about it in our newsletter, because it's always exciting when the work I've done has helped to make a real difference in someone's life. If you're already subscribed to our newsletter, you know that Beyond the Ordinary Photography is…

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    Your "I dos" are a moment of gravitas, a quiet but weighty culmination of your decision to spend your lives together. In honor of their serious decision to make this commitment, Destry and Lanny decided on a similarly intimate wedding ceremony and reception: 40 invited guests, immediate family and the closest of friends. By this decision, they were able to spend more time with the…

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  • 2/21

    Y'all, I love me some ModCloth. Like, it's a little ridic. And when I found out they were rolling out vintage-inspired wedding styles, I straight swooned. While there are some short dresses, some long dresses and some dresses that aren't white at all, there are also glorious accessories and enough glittery, sparkly goodness to last me a lifetime ... or at least this wedding season.…

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