Wedding Planning Basics

Focusing on the Bride at Sandy wedding locationThere are some basic steps that all weddings have in common.  Planning for a wedding may seem like an overwhelming task. With organization plus a checklist, planning a wedding is much easier to manage.  Break everything down into steps, and put them all on a timetable, so you can check them off as they are complete.

The first thing to do is to set up a wedding planner, which can be done the old fashioned way with a folder, or tech savvy people can use an online plan.  Using an online plan makes planning easier for other people to get involved, with many options offering real time changes with alerts to keep everyone that is involved in the loop.  Make a list of the different wedding ideas you have, and place them into the folder, or in the notes of your online planner.

The next thing to determine is the budget, because everything else in a wedding revolves around this factor.  When you know exactly how much money you have to spend on your wedding you can begin to make the other choices.  Almost half of the wedding budget is typically spent upon the Utah wedding reception.  This figure can be reduced if you look for Utah wedding locations that can act as both Utah wedding venues and a Utah wedding reception center, because you will be able to use the same flowers and other decorations.

The budget can also be reduced when you choose an outdoor wedding, or a place like the Atrium at Western Gardens in Sandy Utah, which offers the feel of an outdoor wedding in any weather with atrium weddings.  The reason you can reduce the cost, is because, with all the plants in the atrium, much of the decorating is already in place and part of the cost of the venue.  You will also be able to reduce the amount you spend upon the flowers, plus transporting everything from the plant locations to a Sandy Utah wedding reception center.

The next item to take care of is to choose the people that will participate in the wedding and reception.  This needs to be done as soon as possible, so these people can put the date on the calendar.  These people can also help with some of the planning choices, which can help lower all the planning stress. 

At this point, you will want to begin the guest list, which will depend upon the budget.  After you have checked the price of the venue, gown and additional wedding attire, invitations, flowers, music, pictures, and other incidentals, you will have a figure left to use on the reception.  This amount that is left will determine the number of people you can invite to the wedding and reception. 

If your budget permits, you can hire a wedding planner to help with all these details.  Wedding planners have built relationships with different vendors, to secure you a better price on some of the things for wedding receptions in Utah. 

Make reservations for wedding venues in Utah at this point, so you will have the date set.  Many times the date of your wedding has to be scheduled around the available dates of the venue you want to hold the wedding and reception at.  The choice of venue will also help determine the number of guests at the reception, because of the room available.  Choosing a place like the Atrium at Western Gardens is a great choice for wedding venues Utah, because it not only offers an outdoor feel in any weather, it is particularly spacious and can comfortable being one of the best reception centers Utah.

Now you will want to begin to interview and hire the different people that supply the music, food, flowers, and invitations for your wedding.  This may take some time, and can be accomplished with ease, if you delegate some of these tasks to different people that are involved in the wedding party.

Now it is time to throw the engagement party to celebrate the most significant day of your life.  The people that you will invite to the engagement party will be some of the same people that will be attending the wedding.  You will want the people that attend your engagement party to be your closest acquaintances; the people that you know will want to celebrate this momentous event with you.

Unique Wedding Extras That Will Be Cherished Forever

There are some unforgettable extras that can be added to a Sandy Utah wedding venue, to give you an extraordinary wedding reception.  The Atrium at Western Gardens offers a spacious,  Sandy Ut wedding reception venue, to hold memorable atrium weddings with an outdoor appeal.  The weather will not be a factor when using this wedding venue, and even a beautiful rain or snow storm can add a unique atmosphere to a wedding using this fabulous Utah wedding reception center.

When considering extras that can add a unique touch to your wedding, they do not have to increase the price considerably.  Your wedding day is one of the most spectacular days of your life, with memories made that will last a lifetime.  Giving the guests a gift that is out of the ordinary is a great idea, because this will allow more people to reflect upon the day of your glorious union.  Many times reception centers Utah can arrange and provide some of these unique extras.

Using a small herb plant as the place marker for every guess, is a gift that truly keeps on giving.  Having the name of each guest on the pot or on a marker that is stuck into each plant, personalizes and reserves the place for the guest.  An herb plant that is commonly used, plus easy to take care of, makes a great gift that your guest can use over and over again.  Your wedding guest can place the herb that is planted in a 6 inch pot home, and place it on their windowsill to clip fresh onto salads and food at mealtime.  Utah wedding venues like The Atrium at Western Gardens can handle this detail for you, to provide your guests with a memorable gift that would remind them of the wedding on a daily basis.


Adding illumination under the tables can provide an awesome effect during the reception, without a lot of additional cost.  The colored lights are placed under each table and provide a beautiful glow through the tablecloths.  Every table can have a different color, or the colors can be designated by giving the bride & groom a certain color with their family members being a different color, and the guests a final color.  Even the buffet tables and cake table can have lights added to the underneath, along with any other tables in the Sandy reception center.

Placing customized beverage and food bars can add a special touch to your wedding.  Some wedding venues in Utah can provide extras like an espresso bar, or maybe an herbal tea station.  The type of beverage bar you provide will depend upon the preferences of the guests that are attending the Utah wedding reception.  Specialty fruit, ice cream or frozen yogurt, popcorn and even sushi bars can add a flair to any Utah wedding locations.

A chocolate fountain could also be provided by wedding venues Utah, that many of your guests will love.  The chocolate fountain table could include a variety of chocolate choices, like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, even white chocolate.  Many weddings have shown that this is one of the favorite additions for a wedding, because so many of the guests like chocolate.

These are just a few wedding extras that can be added to any wedding receptions in Utah, to create unique memories of that special day.  With a little thought and consideration of what the guests that will be attending the wedding would enjoy, you can provide everyone with a wonderful experience they will never forget.

A Garden Wedding During The Winter


Ceremony in winter at Sandy wedding reception centerOutdoor weddings are so beautiful, and with a variety of extras that can be added to make them unique, they are an excellent alternative.  There are some issues with an outdoor wedding, though, with the main one being the weather.  Utah only has about 4 months that are freeze free, so people searching for Utah wedding locations should look for Utah wedding venues that provide atrium weddings.

With the amount of snow and cold weather that Utah experiences, you should consider a Utah wedding reception center like the Atrium at Western Gardens for their beautiful outdoor feeling facility.  All the plants that are part of the atrium wedding venues in Utah give off the outdoor feel of a garden wedding in any weather condition or temperature.  If it snows during the ceremony or reception, your guests will love looking out all the spacious windows of this Sandy reception center.

Choosing a facility that offers you a Sandy Utah wedding venue in the same location as your Sandy Ut wedding reception.  This will help keep the costs reduced because of a couple of factors.  The first being, many of the plants that are included in these type of wedding venues Utah will help add to the flower decorations, so you will not need as much money for the flowers.  Secondly, there is no need to transport decorations from the place the wedding is held, to the Utah wedding reception facility, or buy enough flowers for both venues.

When you use the Atrium at Western Gardens for your Wedding receptions in Utah, they can help recommend reputable vendors to handle with many of these added details.  The Atrium at Western Gardens also offers hundreds of styles of wedding announcements, with a 20% discount available when you reserve the atrium for your wedding.  There are many options available, such as the inclusion of a picture, inserts, or a thank you note.

Atrium wedding reception center in Sandy has a garden feel in the middle of winterPlants are a big part of The Atrium at Western Gardens venue, which supply an outdoor atmosphere.  There are so many places that will provide fabulous photo opportunities.  Leaving disposable cameras around for guests to take their own pictures, will provide you with wedding photos you will cherish forever.  Shots taken by a guest can catch the real wedding, beneath the posed photographs, with lots of photos you would not have without these impromptu photographers.

The food is a large part of the reception, which needs to be chosen to fit whether the wedding is casual or formal.  The budget will also play a vital role in this part of the wedding, because depending upon the choices, this is where manipulating the budget can have an impact.  The Atrium at Western Gardens has 2 catering partners that can provide a magnificent feast for any budget and type of wedding being held.

When you choose the Atrium at Western Gardens, out of all the reception centers Utah has to offer, you can have that garden wedding you always dreamed of without weather concerns.  It does not matter if your wedding is in January, during a snow storm, you can still enjoy a garden wedding at the Atrium.

Planning a Wedding On a Budget

Outside ceremony set up at Sandy wedding venue Atrium Weddings

Close up of ceremony arbor at Atrium Wedding reception center in Sandy UtahThere is a common underlying consideration that many of the couples looking for Utah wedding locations have to plan their wedding around, which is their budget.  Even with these growing economic concerns, you can plan the spectacular wedding of your dreams.  Remaining flexible about many of the choices you have to make, can prevent a lot of unwanted stress during the planning phase.

When using The Atrium at Western Gardens for your Utah wedding reception center receiving that perfect wedding is possible, because of the spectacular atrium wedding you can have.  The staff of this Utah wedding reception center can work with your budget, to provide you options that let you have a memorable wedding.

Luscious donuts from a self-serve wedding reception in SandyKeep in mind, that there are a lot of details you can handle personally which will save on your wedding budget.  When you plan your wedding as a party that you are having because of the joining of both the bride and the groom, it will be easier to reduce or remove some of the items that greatly increase the cost of the wedding. 

Once you reserve your Sandy reception center, you will know how much money is left for the rest of the wedding.  One of the quickest ways to cut costs, is to cut the guest list, and only invite the people that are your closest relatives and friends on both the bride and grooms side of the family.  You will save on the food, flowers for the table, guest favors, size of the cake, plus invitations, for every guest you cut from the list.

Reserving your wedding ceremony venue, plus using the same venue as your reception center, can save on your budget.  You will also prevent the stress of trying to transport everything from one venue to the next on your wedding day.  If you reserve  the Salt Lake City wedding venue during off peak season, you can possibly save money on the venue and other wedding services.

Inexpensive lollipops was a nice touch at this Utah wedding venue, and nice on the budget

Some details that are easy plus can cut wedding costs, include ordering a smaller 2 tier wedding cake, and use a sheet cake to serve guests.  Another place you can save a considerable amount of money on, is the dinner, try finger foods, appetizers and beverages, instead of a main course.  A full bar will also add to the wedding budget, so you could offer wine and beer instead.  Skipping the champagne toast will also cut down on some of the extra cost to your wedding budget.

You can always make your own wedding favors, menu cards, and escort cards, along with lots of other details that you can handle yourself, which will save on your wedding budget.  Making the table decorations, and flower arrangements can save you money on your wedding budget.  Use greenery, and flowers that are in season, leaving out the more expensive flowers and include non floral decorations to save money.

Family and friends make for a fun serving and bussing team and gets everyone involved in your beautiful wedding receptionEven when you are planning a wedding using a budget, you can use these tips to still have the wedding you have always thought about having.  Let the staff of The Atrium at Western Gardens help you plan a memorable wedding, by using your budget to reserve a Sandy UT wedding reception at the Atrium.

Event on 3-12-2011 Featuring Family Musicians

We had a great night!  What stands out to me most of all from this night is the live music.  We had performances from both the brother and the sister.  The sister played our new piano that has a great sound.  Our hope is to always have someone playing our piano it is always fun to have live music.  Also the brother of the bride sang and played the guitar using our sound system.  What a talented group of people, and what a great night!