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Hitched in GJ Bridal Experience returns to western Colorado

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
Hitched in GJ Bridal Experience is set for Saturday, Oct 18, from 2-6 p.m. Tickets cost $8 at the door, and the first 350 attendees receive a goodie bag filled with coupons and more.
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WHAT: Hitched in GJ Bridal Experience

WHEN: 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18

WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton, 743 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction

COST: $8 at the door

INFO: http://www.HitchedInGJ.com

FIRST TIME TO A BRIDAL SHOW?

Recently engaged, or know someone who is? Once the initial excitement wears off you will shortly realize that planning your wedding is no easy task to undertake. Venues, photographers, florists, caterers, bakeries, DJs, day-of coordinators, invitations, wedding favors … It’s exhausting, and we’ve barely scraped the surface! What about finding your perfect dress?

Attending a wedding expo is the best bet for the bride, groom, bridesmaids or moms for getting information and savings all in one place, on one day. Follow these tips to make the most of your Bridal Experience:

1. Make a day of it and bring your backup. We always suggest bringing at least one person to help you gather information, whether it’s your fiancé, mom or your bridesmaids. Come together and make a day of it. Talk to all the vendors, get to know their business, what they offer and their personalities.

2. Who’s the bride? We suggest the bride make herself be known to the vendors. Wear a shirt that says “bride” or a cute veil in your hair. This message will help the vendors know who to talk to which will help all parties manage you and their time better.

3. Register online before the show for more chances to win prizes. Make sure you visit every booth as they typically do special giveaways. Play the games to win extra entrants into raffles or instant win prizes. Follow up after the show by liking us on Facebook or following our blog. If you don’t win at the show, don’t despair, we are constantly running contests online for more chances to win.

4. Grab a goodie bag. Aside from the vendors at the show, there are plenty of coupons and savings in the goodie bags you get after registration. Don’t forget to grab yours!

5. Don’t stress. Our show is designed to be stress free and fun! Games to gowns, wedding-themed cocktails, live music and more make this more of a date with your groom to be or a girls day out with the added bonus of getting some or all of your wedding planning out of the way.

Source: Heather Murphy, Hitched in GJ

Grand Valley brides, it’s never to early to start planning your big day. Gather your girlfriends, fiances, moms and grandmas and head to the third annual Hitched in GJ Bridal Experience.

It is set for Saturday, Oct. 18, from 2-6 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located at 743 Horizon Dr., in Grand Junction. Online registration costs $6 or it’s $8 at the door. The first 350 attendees receive a goodie bag filled with samples, coupons from vendors and more.

“This year is looking scary good,” said Christina Pope, an event organizer and one of Hitched in GJ’s founders.



Heather Murphy, another event organizer, said more than 250 attended last year; and this year she expects around 350-400, with most coming from the Grand Valley.

More than 40 vendors — from photographers to bakeries to venues in all price ranges — will provide an experience for brides attending the show, each having an interactive display.



“Brides can see, smell, taste or touch instead of just getting a flier,” Pope said.

Pope also suggested attendees hang around the whole time for drinks and cocktails, live music and giveaways from each of the vendors. A grand prize will be provided by Absolute Prestige and includes a wine tour a goodie basket.

“The vendors really go above and beyond to impress the brides,” she added.

ABOUT HITCHED IN GJ

Pope was in the business of creating veils and other pieces for brides. Through her business she met Michael Murphy, a graphic designer who created invitations and save-the-date announcements. Together they joined forces to create http://www.HitchedInGJ.com, after quickly realizing western Colorado needed a hub to promote regional wedding services.

Then three years ago, Hitched in GJ took over an existing bridal show, growing it exponentially since procuring it.

According to Murphy, its size has more than doubled between the first and second year.

“We are able to make it bigger and better this year because of some local sponsors,” Pope noted, including Monument Photography and Absolute Prestige.

For more information, visit http://www.HitchedInGJ.com.


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