4/11 Real Bride Katie: At the End of the Day, We’re Married!

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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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Katie is a Real Bride Contributor for The Broke-Ass Bride. She is also a lawyer, an actor, a creep, a burlesque performer, a stage manager, and a writer - and that's just the things she gets paid for! In the rare moments that she is off the clock, she enjoys reading, TV both trashy and legit, movies, and hanging out with her fiance, two cats, Pip and Muffin, and a rescued German Shepherd named Spark.