Wedding Dirt


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 Bride: The bustle was very complicated, and took three months to complete.

Flowers: Reception flowers (royal purple and champagne) were handpicked from Dahlia Farm in GJ (Paul and Ann Sparks 243-6537) Cost: $2 a stem, $40 total!  Jimmy’s Flowers in Fruita did the bouquet. They  turned out gorgeous!
Veil: David’s Bridal, Cost: $175
Shoes: JC Penny’s gold wedges, Cost: $40. They were so cute she wore them many times after the wedding!
Nails: Nail Focus
Hair and Makeup:  Hope Carlton did the airbrush makeup (Makes you look beautiful and glowy on your wedding day!) Hair by Glory at Revolution Salon. Bride bought new extensions, 2 sets 18 inch $180
Invites: My design from, Cost: $1.20 per invite
Photography: Steve Boyart (wedding photos), Cost: $1000 including copyright. John Redding (engagement).
DJ: KB Entertainment, Cost: $750
Rentals: Five Star Event Rentals pipe and drape to cover pro shop in reception area, Cost: $88
What’s the Function Grand Junction for rental chairs for reception (they set up and tear down), wine glasses for center pieces and disposable champagne glasses, Cost: around $450
Cake: City Market on 1st and Rood. She brought a picture for inspiration, Cost:  $140 which feeds 75-100 people.

*Call a week before your 1st anniversary and they’ll make you a small cake inspired by your wedding cake.


Candy Buffet: Doubled as a wedding favors for guests. She got the candy on sale after

Easter. She got all of the glass vases, canisters and glass candle holders from Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Total cost of glassware: $170. One pound custom made M&M’s with engagement photo on them, $170-$190.
Catering: Cowboy and the Rose served brisket, chicken, two sides, salad and water service for $24.50 per person with a set up fee of $200. * Bride said set up fee was well worth it! “They did everything! Set up, clean up and they send home the left over’s with you which is perfect for feeding your visiting family.”Cost:  $2,100 including $25 a piece for her special table cloths.
Alcohol: $500 bar tab for cocktail hour, beer and wine only. She ordered two cases of wine from Carlson Vineyards which Included the her favorite white and red wines.
Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse, Husband $150 rental and Groomsmen $150 rental. Discount Tuxedo on North for a Camo Vest for the Father In Law the day before the wedding.
Flower girl dress: Bought online after Christmas on clearance, Cost: originally $175, on sale for $45.
Wedding Party Gifts: The bride had wine glasses hand painted by Inspirational Perspectives for her MOB and bridesmaids.
Extras: Paid two teenagers to babysit at their house after 9pm and two teenagers as DD’s. Cost $250
Nontraditional element:  She didn’t do a guest book. The bride had a custom frame made for their engagement photo and had guests sign the frame with a fabric pen. It’s hanging in the couple’s room.
Must have wedding tradition: The bride wanted certain music played at certain times during the wedding. She had certain songs in mind for her first dance, cutting the cake and walking down the aisle. She still thinks of her wedding day whenever she hears those songs.
Most stressful part of planning: Alterations and finding the right table cloths.
Best part of wedding planning: Shopping and taking her time to find a good deal. She loved getting beautiful things for the absolute best price.
I’ll always remember: Her husband is very reserved but was so excited on their wedding day that he busted out some break dancing moves on the dance floor. The bride was shocked and said she had never seen that side of him before and would never forget it!
Something old and new: Husband bought her a 4 ½ carat Morganite stone from an antique shop in Europe.  A lady bought it and had a ring made in the 1920’s but never wore it. The bride now wears it every day.
Something Borrowed: Moms perfume, Estee Lauder Beautiful
Something Blue: She painted her toenails sparkly blue
Wedding Splurge: She spent more money on the table cloths than she wanted but says it was worth it.
Wedding skimp: Cocktail hour. She says they felt they didn’t need to feed everyone twice.
Service that must be done by a pro: Hair and Makeup, Photography.
Honeymoon: Booked through Brenda at Travel Connection. The couple went to Riviera Maya, Mexico for 8 days and 7 nights with airfare, food, drinks and activities for $2,700. The bride says the travel agency will take payment s and there are tons of discounts and benefits to booking through a travel agency.
Wedding theme: Fairytale classic elegance
Advice from the bride: Take the time to enjoy the planning instead of rushing and stressing out.
Contributions by family: $3,000
Total actual cost to bride and groom: $20,000
The bride saved ALL of the money before the wedding. Everything was paid for in cash! She set up a separate bank account used specifically for the wedding costs. What a Savvy Little Bride!


*These are the recollections of a bride after the planning of her wedding is done. The details including pricing may not be exact. The opinions and advice included in “Wedding Dirt” are the brides alone and in no way reflect the opinions of Hitched in GJ. We love our brides and hope the details they share are insightful and inspiring. Thanks for reading!