Planning Tips & Articles

We’re Excited…Are You?

Tuesday, October, 29th, 2019 at 2:27 pm by Heather Murphy

This years Bridal Experience is gearing up to be a fantastic event. With over 50 Wedding Vendors including photographers, DJs, Photo Booths, Wedding Gowns & Tuxedos, Venues, Florists and so much more, it will be easy to plan your whole wedding in one day. Here are some tips to make the best of your Bridal Experience! Bring Support – whether it be your fiance, mother or all of your bridesmaids, it’s easier to make decisions [Read More...]

2019 Bridal Experience FAQs

Thursday, August, 8th, 2019 at 1:12 pm by Heather Murphy

FAQs We often get questions leading up to the wedding expo, we’ve created this page to answer some of those questions upfront. How many people can I register for? As many as you want to bring to help you plan your wedding! The more the marry-er 😉 How do I receive a Goodie Bag? If you register online you are guaranteed a Goodie Bag at check in (first 300 registrants!). If you register the day [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Passion Weddings Colorado LLC

Thursday, March, 14th, 2019 at 5:14 pm by Heather Murphy

Name: Megan Davis Company: Passion Weddings Colorado LLC When did you start your business? 2018 How did you start your business? I studied at the New York Institute of Art and Design. I started my business November 2018, and it took off! I do all my own advertising until now, design my ads, business cards, website, etc. Advertising is key! What do you love about weddings? Love, all the designs, the spark you see in the couple, how [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Cake Creations by Morgan

Tuesday, February, 26th, 2019 at 10:43 pm by Heather Murphy

Name: Morgan Martinez Company: Cake Creations by Morgan When did you start your business? 2016 How did you start your business? I started out creating cakes for my children’s birthdays in 2009, then decided I’d love to do this for other people! What do you love about weddings? I absolutely love every single thing about weddings!!! What is the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing the happiness people get from cake! What is the most challenging part of your job? Honestly, being [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Skin Deep

Thursday, February, 21st, 2019 at 10:41 pm by Heather Murphy

Name: Jo Ann Seele Company: Skin Deep When did you start your business? 1995 How did you start your business? From the early age of 19, I had suffered with acne for several years and just knew there had to be a better way to treat my skin. I was frustrated with dermatologists and harsh treatments. Early on I became obsessed with naturalistic health and skin care and I understood that skin was my largest body organ.  At this [Read More...]

Raise your hand if you’re newly engaged! 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

Tuesday, February, 19th, 2019 at 9:13 am by Heather Murphy

Congratulations!! Now, take your eyes off that shiny new ring for a few moments so we can get real. What’s the first thing you need to do if you are newly engaged?! You’ve got two options: Book your venue OR Pick your date If you have a specific venue you are interested in call them ASAP to see what openings they have. If you have a specific date you want then you may have to [Read More...]

Save the Date ~ 8th Annual Wedding Expo

Wednesday, February, 13th, 2019 at 3:09 pm by Heather Murphy

The 8th Annual Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience is on the books! The Deets: Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 2-6pm at the Doubletree by Hilton, Grand Junction This year we’ll be making some fun changes to the way the show operates. Including a VIP Bride Sign up. We’ll be offering awesome giveaways, door prizes, goodie bags and of course so many vendors offering their wedding services to you! Check our Bridal Experience Page for updates, [Read More...]

Wedding Venues In Montrose CO

Getting Over the Flower Girl Nerves

Thursday, January, 31st, 2019 at 8:53 am by Heather Murphy

An Ancient Tradition Having a flower girl at your wedding is an old tradition which began in Ancient Rome. The flower girl would carry wheat and herbs to bless the bride and groom with fertility and prosperity. More recently the idea has changed to throwing flower petals out before the Bride walks down the aisle, with the petals representing fertility. Some older ideas are that the petals were used to ward off evil spirits. With [Read More...]

Wedding Venues in Palisade CO

Welcome 2019

Wednesday, December, 26th, 2018 at 8:19 am by Heather Murphy

The holidays are over, you may be newly engaged which means you are probably saving for a wedding in 2019 or 2020? It can be a little daunting once the initial excitement has worn off. Here are some tips on not getting stressed out as well as some apps that may help you save without even trying! Don’t stress! Make a realistic budget for your wedding or hold off a few more months until you [Read More...]

Wedding Inspiration

OMG…You’re engaged!

Wednesday, October, 10th, 2018 at 8:44 am by Heather Murphy

OMG…You’re engaged! There are so many details of a wedding that can be expensive and stressful, attending a wedding expo is the very best way to start organizing your wedding so it’s fun instead of frightful! You have registered online which means your name will be on a list at the first table you see on the day of the event. Your name will be checked off and you can enjoy the show! By registering [Read More...]

Six Easy Ways to Save!

Friday, March, 23rd, 2018 at 11:03 am by Heather Murphy

Nobody wants to start their marriage out with wedding debt. It’s important to save cash for your wedding so you aren’t stressed afterwards. Here are a few ways that we love saving money all the time but can definitely make a difference when you are on a budget! Ibotta – Get rebates on groceries, personal care, online shopping, etc. This only works if you are buying stuff you would normally buy though! Don’t buy stuff [Read More...]

Holiday Weekend Wedding – Do or Don’t?

Wednesday, March, 14th, 2018 at 4:00 pm by Heather Murphy

There are some great aspects to planning your wedding on a holiday weekend! Typically have an extra day or two off of work Allows for more travel time for out of town guests Allows for more visiting time with guests Easy to remember your wedding date! A fun way to celebrate your wedding and the holiday. But there are many more things to consider when planning your Big Day around a holiday… Vendors may charge [Read More...]

Haggling with Wedding Vendors…yes or no?

Friday, February, 23rd, 2018 at 6:27 pm by Heather Murphy

We all love a good deal, me especially. My father in law likes to comment that my uncle and I invented copper wire by fighting over a penny. I love bargains, I love manager’s specials and I love walking away from a transaction with no buyer’s remorse. But knowing when it is okay to ask for a discount is like a fine art. Your wedding is one of the most expensive days, possibly years of [Read More...]

Cake Lady Creations

Highlighted Vendor – CakeLady Creations

Sunday, February, 18th, 2018 at 12:07 pm by Heather Murphy

Company Name: CakeLady Creations Name: Margo Langdon How long have you been in business? 6 years How did you start your business? I retired from the cake business in Denver. We moved here shortly after they passed the cottage food act. After about a year I missed decorating so we started Cakelady Creations! I decorate, my husband Gary does all the baking! What do you love about weddings? The challenge, loving what I do! I love weddings! Making the bride [Read More...]

Past to Present Imaging

Highlighted Vendor – Past to Present Imaging

Sunday, February, 11th, 2018 at 11:54 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Past to Present Imaging Name: Laurie Purcell How long have you been in business? 21 Years How did you start your business? I have been a photographer for the past 32 years, but we actually started our own business 21 years ago. We started out transferring old films for people and progressed to photography, videography, slideshows and video production. What do you love about weddings? Ah, weddings. Such a happy event, filled with happiness and love. I absolutely [Read More...]

DJ Ryan Griz

Highlighted Vendor – Griz Entertainment

Sunday, February, 4th, 2018 at 7:49 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: DJ Ryan Griz Entertainment Name: Ryan Gruwell How long have you been in business? 12 Years How did you start your business? Ryan’s professional career began right out of college. After finishing up at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in 2004, he accepted a full-time position at MBC Grand Broadcasting. Little did he know, he would spend over a decade there gaining experience in music programming, commercial production, sports broadcasting and as an on-air talent. [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Carrie Swails Photography

Sunday, January, 21st, 2018 at 9:13 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Carrie Swails Photography Name: Carrie Swails How long have you been in business? About 10 Years How did you start your business? I have an art degree and started using a camera to take reference photos for art pieces, and just for fun. I ended up kind of starting on a whim and having no idea what I was doing or the journey I was about to go on. I’m so glad it all happened because it’s [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Rodan + Fields

Sunday, January, 14th, 2018 at 1:47 pm by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Rodan + Fields Name: Kathy Dalton How long have you been in business? 4 Years! How did you start your business? I started my skincare business as a Consultant by purchasing an R+F Enrollment Kit that contained all the products I needed to display and demonstrate key R+F skincare products. I then studied the product information and business opportunity information through our online business library, received upline team training, and attended corporate and local business trainings to [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Pure Romance by Mattie

Sunday, January, 7th, 2018 at 9:41 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Pure Romance by Mattie Name: Mattie Erickson How long have you been in business? 1 Year How did you start your business? I first was introduced to Pure Romance through attending parties! I started to go to so many, that I owned almost all the products!! Then, I decided I wanted to empower, educate & entertain women as a private consultant! What do you love about weddings? I love how weddings make everything way more magical! Getting ready, [Read More...]

Decadence Gourmet Catering

Highlighted Vendor – Decadence Gourmet

Monday, January, 1st, 2018 at 9:11 am by Heather Murphy

Company: Decadence Gourmet Name: Lee Mathis How long have you been in business? 11 Years How did you start your business? I had gone back to college (after a … few years away..) and had just started at the Culinary Program at Colorado Mesa University (then Mesa State) and during the first two weeks, a lot of the other students were bringing in cookies and such that they made. I brought in a Vermont Maple Cheesecake that I have [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Sip Mobile Coffee Company

Tuesday, December, 26th, 2017 at 9:03 am by Heather Murphy

Company: Sip Mobile Coffee Company Name: Karen Mahoney How long have you been in business? 4 Years How did you start your business? We started as a mobile coffee truck serving events in the Grand Valley, last year we sold our truck and designed our coffee cart. Our coffee cart allows us to be more involved in private events and to be able to work year round! What do you love about weddings? I love working with our couples to [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Colorado Wine Country Inn

Monday, December, 18th, 2017 at 9:57 am by Heather Murphy

Company: Colorado Wine Country Inn Name: Victoria Surroz How long have you been in business? 9 Years How did you start your business? The Tally family’s love of Colorado and Wine lead them to Palisade, Colorado, the heart of Colorado wine country. Once here, they realized their dream of opening a boutique style wine themed hotel. What do you love about weddings? My favorite part of weddings is when the pomp and circumstance is over and done with and the [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – The Baker’s Boutique

Sunday, December, 10th, 2017 at 10:41 am by Heather Murphy

Company: The Baker’s Boutique Cakes and Cupcakes Name: Callie Ash How long have you been in business? 4 1/2 Years How did you start your business? I went to culinary school to be a better cook for my family. I discovered that I had a talent for making gourmet desserts so I got a job as a pastry chef and baker. After a few years I opened a baking supply company and cupcake bakery. People loved my gourmet cupcakes [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction

Tuesday, December, 5th, 2017 at 8:28 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction Name: Kimberly Alderman How long have you been in business: I have been the wedding specialist here for 4 years. How did you start your business? I was a long time event planner/manager with a local company prior to coming to the DoubleTree, once I was asked to join the team as the onsite Wedding Specialist at such a lovely property I jumped on the opportunity right away! What do you love [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Kena Iversen Photography

Sunday, November, 26th, 2017 at 8:58 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Kena Iversen Photography Name: Kena Iversen Photographer Since: 2013 How did you start your business? I started this business with passion and a lot of work. It’s something I love to do! You simply cannot pick up a camera and be amazing at taking a photo, you have to practice and practice a lot. This is what I did and with the passion behind it I have continued the work. What do you love about weddings? I love [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Carved Tree Photography

Thursday, November, 16th, 2017 at 9:31 am by Heather Murphy

Company: Carved Tree Photography Name: Jordan Perry Photographer Since: 2010 How did you start your business? I have a Bachelors Degree in Film from the University of Utah, and I was a film editor for 10 years in Salt Lake City before I moved to Grand Junction. In that time, I won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Utah Broadcasters Association for my film work. When I moved to Colorado I decided to start my [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Amanda Matilda Photography

Monday, November, 6th, 2017 at 9:18 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Amanda Matilda Photography Name: Amanda Helmick Photographer since: 2011 How did you start your business? I started out like most people, taking pictures of everything on my point and shoot just for fun. In college I took some classes that developed my interest in pursuing photography as a career. I began second shooting for established wedding photographers and doing a lot of learning before stepping out into the wedding world myself! What do you love [Read More...]

Bridal Experience Giveaway Descriptions!

Tuesday, October, 10th, 2017 at 9:37 am by Heather Murphy

Bridal Experience Giveaways! We at Hitched In GJ try our very hardest every year to make the Bridal Experience a one of a kind experience. This year, we have a few different grand prize giveaways that will be happening with participation throughout the show. It is important to visit all vendors, play the games and be interactive. Here are some more details regarding our Grand Prize Giveaways! Valley Surgical, Aesthetics & Vein Care Giveaway: VSC Brightening [Read More...]

Plan your wedding at the 2017 Bridal Experience

Monday, October, 2nd, 2017 at 6:32 pm by Michael Murphy

Want to plan your wedding all in one place, all in one day?! Now you can! At the 2017 Bridal Experience by Hitched In GJ you can have a fun time with friends, family and your fiance. This year’s show features ways to plan your wedding that will keep you organized while you have some fun. Hitched In GJ is the leading resource of it’s kind on the western slope. Our website offers tips to [Read More...]

2017 Bridal Experience

What’s Up with Wedding Expos?

Friday, August, 18th, 2017 at 8:58 am by Heather Murphy

You said “YES”! Before committing to the rest of your life, commit to a few hours at the Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience! If you’ve never been to a wedding expo you are surly missing out. Maybe you’ve never had the need to go to one, maybe you don’t like crowds, maybe you don’t like awesome deals. I have a feeling the last one is not true for anyone, because who doesn’t like an awesome [Read More...]

A Very Green Wedding Theme!

Sunday, February, 26th, 2017 at 8:45 am by Heather Murphy

Pantone’s Color of the year for 2017 is Greenery (Pantone 15-0343). What better way to kick off 2017 then with a gorgeous green wedding shoot in Colorado’s Western Slope! Check out some of these gorgeous photos taken by Above Alpine Photography for some wedding inspiration! Jewel tones are perfect for setting a romantic and luxurious wedding vibe… Paired with several natural textures such as moss, wood, and metals, making a scene to be remembered… Considering [Read More...]

Gorgeous Model…Fresh Snow…and a Wolf!

Tuesday, February, 7th, 2017 at 6:41 pm by Heather Murphy

What happens when you have a gorgeous model, fresh snow, and a wolf in Colorado’s High Desert? Epic happens…Epic! What do you think about when considering Colorado for an amazing place to get married? Ski Resorts and Pine Trees? Rocky Mountains and Coors! All great things, but Colorado has so much more to offer, from high deserts, to wineries, to rivers, to barns! Check out some of these amazing shots taken in Glade Park, CO [Read More...]

DIY Wedding Napkins!

Monday, January, 30th, 2017 at 6:37 pm by Heather Murphy

I think most of us love the idea of doing some sort of DIY at your own wedding. Of course the idea of DIY is to save money, but it will not save time. I have a simple little DIY craft that anyone can do as long as you have access to a sewing machine (and we all know someone who has a sewing machine!) What you’ll need: Fabric: if you are making 100 10×10 [Read More...]

Wedding Day Splurge!

Thursday, January, 26th, 2017 at 4:11 pm by Heather Murphy

Planning a wedding is tough. There are so many elements that are sort of a must. Dress, venue, officiant… but what about the thing you want but don’t necessarily need? If I was to get married again my splurge would absolutely be a videographer! Now a days there are so many beautiful elements to a wedding that sometimes it’s hard to capture it only in photos. The emotions, the fun, the spontaneity. Check out some [Read More...]

Plan your Wedding around Grand Junction Events

Tuesday, January, 24th, 2017 at 5:26 pm by Heather Murphy

If you aren’t set on having a particular date, try to plan your wedding around events in the Grand Valley.  You may want to avoid such times if all of your guests are local but it may be beneficial for those traveling from out of town to be able to enjoy some of what Grand Junction and the Western Slope has to offer. Let them make a vacation out of it instead of just a [Read More...]

Wedding Vendors in Grand Junction CO

Who’s Paying for Your Wedding?

Tuesday, January, 10th, 2017 at 8:49 am by Heather Murphy

We now live in a day where these things are not as clear as they used to be…dowry’s are a thing of the past (and good riddance!) So how do you ask your family if they will/can pitch in for your Big Day? Some family’s plan for this and are forthcoming with what they will provide. When I got married my family handed me an amount of cash to do whatever I wanted with, whether [Read More...]

First Things First!

Tuesday, January, 10th, 2017 at 8:24 am by Heather Murphy

So you’re newly engaged, you’ve told everyone you know, you’ve posted pictures of your gorgeous ring all over social media and you have never been happier in your life! So…now what? First things first… sit down with your amazing fiancé and talk about a budget. This may be a difficult first step but it’s imperative that your expectations for the big day and essentially the rest of your life are matched. Each of you need [Read More...]

November Instagram Favorites!

Wednesday, November, 30th, 2016 at 3:42 pm by Heather Murphy

Finding inspiration for weddings and events is so easy now with Instagram, but can also be extremely overwhelming! Here are some of our favorites from November! Follow us on Instagram!   AMAZING CAKE by @xlauralismorecakesx ….. Image by @jakabiphotography #weddingcake #cake #cakelovers #flowerstagram #weddingsofinstagram #cakesofinstagram #caramelcake #sweettooth #wedding #weddingday A photo posted by Dinah Taylor Floral Design (@dinahtaylorfloraldesign) on Nov 30, 2016 at 12:15pm PST SUITED UP ?? A photo posted by Tess Garland (@inlyevents) [Read More...]

Get your Bridal Body…

Wednesday, June, 22nd, 2016 at 3:28 pm by Heather Murphy

…or any body for that matter! I recently came to the realization that my body doesn’t bounce back the way it used to. It also doesn’t bounce easliy what so ever, and when it does more bounces than I intended. I was fortunate to meet Brianna with Kaia FIT Grand Junction and she has changed my life! In a few short weeks, and only going to classes 2-3 times a week as my schedule allows, [Read More...]

Open house!!

Monday, October, 26th, 2015 at 11:45 pm by Heather Murphy

We love a good open house! They can be so inspiring, informational and fun! Last weekend we checked out the Open {ware} House put on by R&R Events and Design and Stonewood Vintage Rentals and Designs, with Some appearnaces by Simply Cakes by Camberly and Kimberly Weber Photography! It was a warehouse full of some amazingly talented women! Check them out on Facebook and their personal websites, you will not be disappointed that you did! [Read More...]

Register for the 2015 Bridal Experience

Tuesday, October, 6th, 2015 at 2:46 pm by Michael Murphy

Location: Double Tree by Hilton Date: Saturday Oct. 17 2-6pm Admission Fee: $6 Online & $8 day-of at the door Highlights: $1000 cash grand prize, $1000’s in savings, The Grand Valley’s Best in wedding planning and services, ManCave & Cigar lounge sponsored by Rem’s Place. Register Now!! Here’s some of the fun from last year’s event.

Bridal Beauty Tips

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:13 pm by Heather Murphy

WATER As grandma always said, “Are you drinking enough water?!” Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day will not only make you more beautiful, but have more energy and help flush out all those yucky toxins caused by pre-wedding stress. HAIR Start getting deep conditioning treatments and regular haircuts. Keep a little folder with hairstyle ideas to show your stylist when you go for a consultation.  IF you really want your hair to look gorgeous [Read More...]

Budget with Hitched In GJ

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:10 pm by Heather Murphy

You can use our budget form to help plan your perfect day!  

Diamonds…what to know

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:05 pm by Heather Murphy

Here’s a little info on diamonds…cuz we all love diamonds! CARAT The mass of the diamond CLARITY Clarity measures the internal defects found in any diamond ,also known as inclusions. FL:FLAWLESS Describes diamonds in which a gemologist under favorable lighting conditions, cannot see any inclusions at ten power magnification. IF–INTERNALLY: FLAWLESS Describes diamonds which have no internal characteristics observable under the the same conditions as (FL), but which have minor surface blemishes that do not [Read More...]

Getting your Passport in Grand Junction

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:03 pm by Heather Murphy

The passport office is located inside of the post office. United States Post Office 241 N. 4th St. Grand Junction CO 81501 Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm 970-244-3402 Costs: Photo: $15 Passport: $135 Renewal: $110 Expedited fee: $60 It takes 4-6 weeks unless you choose to get it expedited in which case it takes 7-10 days.Bring your driver’s license and birth certificate. Want to save $15 on the photo fee? Follow this guide provided [Read More...]

Name Change & Marriage Certificate

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:02 pm by Heather Murphy

Some of us have personally experienced what a pain it can be to deal with getting your marriage certificate and legally changing your maiden name to your married name. There’s a lot of paper work involved and visiting of government buildings. If you have the correct paperwork and you go to these places in the proper order, it will be far less painful. Here’s some helpful information: Note: Though it might be tempting to use [Read More...]

Hitched in GJ’s Wedding Checklist

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:01 pm by Heather Murphy

Download our checklist here! 12-9 months before ☐ Announce your engagement! ☐ Buy a wedding planner/organizer. ☐ Start a wedding collection on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. Follow us! ☐ Sit down with your fiancé and anyone contributing to the wedding and work out a budget. See our Interactive Budget Worksheet.  It helps if everyone is on the same page from the very beginning. ☐ Hire a Wedding Planner (optional) ☐ Reserve your Venue (Your date [Read More...]

Tips on Tipping!

Sunday, March, 15th, 2015 at 1:31 am by Heather Murphy

Let’s be honest, service is key when deciding on how much to tip. When you go to a restaurant standard tip is 15%, and 18% for 6+ people (which is often added to the bill). My husband and I like to tip a little higher so standard for us is 18%-20%, if the service is bad we keep it at 15%. Remember that servers often work for less than minimum wage and have to split [Read More...]

Budgeting for the Big Day – Wedding Budget

Wednesday, March, 11th, 2015 at 2:02 am by Heather Murphy

For some people budgeting may seem like a task too hard to undertake, for others a lifestyle change they are unwilling to make, but the simple fact of the matter is when you are planning a wedding the budget is a must. Unless of course money is no object in which I think you have stumbled upon the wrong article and you were probably looking for the article about releasing jewel encrusted doves at your [Read More...]

Wedding Day Traditions & Superstitions

Wednesday, March, 4th, 2015 at 1:49 am by Heather Murphy

We’ve all heard the “Something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new” rhyme and we all know that the groom shouldn’t see the bride before they are at the altar. What about tossing rice at the newly married bride and groom or even having a flower girl; we’ve all heard it, we all do it, and we all love it. But where did these traditions come from and what do they mean for the outcome [Read More...]

Non Traditional Bachelorette Party Ideas

Friday, February, 27th, 2015 at 1:40 am by Heather Murphy

10 Ideas for Your Non-Traditional Bachelorette Party Tour the wineries with your girlfriends Grand Junction has SO many amazing wineries that you may be feeling a little tipsy after the first few stops. Make sure and play it safe by arranging transportation ahead of time. Absolute Prestige Limousine Service offers bachelorette wine tours! Wine tasting at home! Can’t afford a limo for your bachelorette party? No worries! Invite 6-16 people (have more, give them a [Read More...]

Gifts & Gift Registry

Tuesday, February, 24th, 2015 at 1:32 am by Heather Murphy

Ahhh, the Gift Registry…an exciting time for you and your husband to be (yes, he should be involved!), to imagine your home with all new stuff in it! How fun! But before you get ahead of yourselves here are a few tips to starting your registry out right. Register Early! Right after you have announced your engagement you should begin registering. That way if you have an engagement party and/or bridal shower you will be [Read More...]

Everybody loves a wedding expo…

Friday, January, 30th, 2015 at 11:45 am by Heather Murphy

We love going to the other Wedding Expos on the Western Slope. We get to meet a lot of people and get a lot of new ideas. It’s fun just to mingle, and see all the people and great decor that the vendors provide.   However, there is a lot of information provided at these expos and can be quite overwhelming. We like to pull everything out of the goodie bags and organize them by [Read More...]

Heather’s Top 10…

Tuesday, January, 27th, 2015 at 9:45 pm by Heather Murphy

What to Register for… The age old question…what should you register for? Your husband to be most likely wants either the newest gaming system available or something camo, but what do you really need?! My husband and I are coming up on our 10 year anniversary (WOW!) and here are my top 10 things that I think are priceless! Crockpot/Slowcooker: I use mine religiously! It’s probably my favorite kitchen accessory besides my coffee pot. Coffeepot: [Read More...]

Adventures in Waxing – Part 1

Thursday, January, 15th, 2015 at 4:06 am by Heather Murphy

Today I got my very first waxing, and I did the whole shebang! Full legs, Brazilian (Yikes!) and Eyebrows! It was a lot to take on for my first time but I think well worth it. The lovely ladies at Wax It in Grand Junction were very helpful and full of information. More to come on the wax and their services but I wanted to mention a new product that they offer which is perfect [Read More...]

Wedding Favors: Tips & Ideas

Thursday, September, 11th, 2014 at 2:35 pm by Heather Murphy

In other cultures and countries Wedding Favors are/were used to present status of the couple or to wish good fortune to guests. We typically use them as an extra “Thank You” for attending the wedding. Even in the US, Wedding Favors are not as common as you may think but it has been a growing trend and most couples at least consider the idea during their planning and budgeting. Ideally, you don’t want to spend [Read More...]

Winter Wedding Date & Planning Tips!

Wednesday, September, 10th, 2014 at 7:10 pm by Heather Murphy

So what’s in the meaning of a Wedding date? Some brides and grooms have no meaning and then others it is all about the date! Like the upcoming date, 12/13/14. That date is easy to remember, Right!?! And it is also fun to have a wedding date that you can theme some ideas around! Here are some examples to have fun with!  Winter Wedding (date is DECEMBER) Having a winter wedding is very romantic! Plus [Read More...]

Seating chart DIY

Saturday, August, 16th, 2014 at 11:14 pm by Michael Murphy

What a great idea for a seating chart! Gotta love the rustic repurposing of this old window.

Wedding Dirt

Wednesday, July, 2nd, 2014 at 4:52 pm by Heather Murphy

Code name: Stress Free Wedding Age: 25 Born: Craig, CO Met Fiancé: We met through work. Bride works: Oil, gas and mining industry. Groom works: Assistant Manager in sales The Dirt Venue: Monument View $1600 Dress: Serena Wedding dress designed by Maggie Sottero, purchased at Victoria Rose Bridal. $1500 Alterations: Hem House through Victoria Rose Bridal, $45. The dress fit practically perfect and needed very few alterations. Flowers: Julie Powell, $632 for all flowers. She did an amazing job. I was looking for someone who [Read More...]

Maine to GJ

Wednesday, July, 2nd, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Heather Murphy

My husband and I got hitched in an apple orchard in Maine before moving to Grand Junction. We had planned for our big day for 8 months beginning soon after the romantic mountain top proposal. There were moments when 8 months seemed to be 8 years, and other days where the 8 months was feeling like 8 weeks! We lightened the burden of immense planning by splitting up the tasks (yes I know I’m a [Read More...]

Wedding venue Road trip!!!

Saturday, February, 22nd, 2014 at 8:36 pm by Heather Murphy

We are rolling down the road towards Ridgeway to see the Chipeta Solar springs! Can’t wait! We found this neat antique shop along the way. They had tons of cool old stuff. It’s so nice to just getaway from it all. I’m definitely ready for a nice soak in the solar springs!

DJ Ryan Griz

Wedding Entertainment is Key

Thursday, February, 13th, 2014 at 4:41 pm by Heather Murphy

They say that any wedding with “down” time can bore your guests… …and have people wondering when you’re going to just cut the darn cake so they can leave! Our DJ was awesome, and kept us on point the entire time, keeping things moving pretty quickly.  He was the one whispering that it was time to move onto the next table and to report straight to the food and directly back to our table-without any [Read More...]

Controlling Your Inner Bridezilla

Tuesday, February, 4th, 2014 at 9:05 am by Heather Murphy

As a little girl you dreamed of wearing a beautiful wedding gown and marrying the perfect man (hopefully a prince). All of your life you’ve waited to find that person that really understands you and loves you even though you’re weird. It’s ok because he’s weird too! Now that you’ve snagged your soul mate it’s time to start planning your wedding. In the early stages of planning all you think about is trying on dresses, ‘cuz [Read More...]

Wedding Dirt

Sunday, February, 2nd, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Heather Murphy

  Code name: Savvy Little Bride Age: 26 Born: Laramie, WY Met Fiancé: Through a mutual friend Bride works: Self Employed Groom works: Operations manager for an oil and gas company Children: Boy, 4 years old The Dirt Venue: Adobe Creek Golf Course, Cost: around $1,100.00 included tables and chairs for inside. Plus a $150 deposit. Ball gown from David’s Bridal, Cost: $795. The bride only tried on 3 other dresses. Alterations: David’s Bridal, Cost: $1,400, $20 a snap in the train. *Note from [Read More...]

Money Saving Tips

Friday, January, 31st, 2014 at 10:30 pm by Heather Murphy

So you have that shiny rock on your finger and now you’re ready to start planning your special day. Maybe you’ve looked at wedding gowns and picked out some wedding colors. This is the fun stage of the wedding planning process. When you start looking at venues, and talking with caterers you realize you must be living below the poverty level because you just can’t afford the gorgeous center pieces and high dollar wedding decor [Read More...]

Highlights from today’s bridal show

Sunday, January, 26th, 2014 at 9:25 pm by Heather Murphy

I had so much fun walking around at the Two Rivers Bridal Show today! The vendors went all out on their booths . Here are a few of my favorites: Above: Fantasy Flowers Above: on the list salon Above: Brides and bloom Above: Design Against The Grain Above: Elite Events Above: The Studio Above: The Cake Cottage Above: the interior of Absolute Prestige’s stretch hummer

Is there a RING under your tree?

Monday, December, 16th, 2013 at 8:09 pm by Heather Murphy

  Holiday Engagements I have a feeling some of you may be getting a compressed lump of coal this year. I meant a diamond! And not just any diamond, THE DIAMOND! I can’t wait to hear who gets a big fat rock under the tree. So if you’ve been a really good girl(friend) this year read on.. Here are Hitched in GJ’s Do’s and Don’ts of getting engaged over the holidays: DON”T share the news [Read More...]

To Plan or Not To Plan – Should you hire a wedding planner?

Wednesday, October, 2nd, 2013 at 12:50 am by Michael Murphy

For some Brides to Be, you’ve been planning your Dream Wedding since you were little girls. The dress, the shoes, the theme…all you had to do was wait for your Prince Charming to pop the question. Planning your wedding will become the whole of your existence, and everything will be perfect no matter how Bridezilla you get on your fiance, bridesmaids, mother, etc. Then there are those Brides to Be that the very thought of [Read More...]

2012 Wedding Trends!

Thursday, February, 9th, 2012 at 1:35 am by Heather Murphy

Photo Booths WE love photo booths and so will your wedding guests!  If you can afford a photo booth in addition to (not instead of) hiring a professional photographer we suggest Lifestyle Studio Booth or 970 Photo Booth Company Birdcage Veils Fashion forward brides are skipping the cathedral length wedding veils and going with a vintage looking birdcage veil instead.  You can find these in local bridal shops.  If you’re feeling crafty check out our birdcage [Read More...]

Book Early!

Sunday, January, 15th, 2012 at 1:53 am by Heather Murphy

Book Early & Enjoy Your Day So, it’s now January 2012 and can you believe the busy wedding season is 3 months away?! It’s true, Pinterest is a buzz with all things wedding, color palettes are popping up everywhere and the expos are in full swing. Now is the time to book your wedding vendors before someone else snatches up your ideal match. Weekends fill quickly and more often than not, the planner, florist or [Read More...]

Nail “Tips” For Your Wedding Day

Friday, November, 11th, 2011 at 1:59 am by Heather Murphy

Don’t allow yourself to be frazzled by the wedding jitters. Give yourself a break and Be-Dazzled with a relaxing pedicure. Don’t try to cram it into your agenda. Select a real get away time to relax in the pedi-spa. It’s your day-allow others to help you get it all together. Your chosen wedding  slippers may not show your toes but you and your new husband can share the beauty of your feet (You may even consider [Read More...]