Category Archives: Beautiful Celebrations

All kinds of celebrations can happen at Atrium, not just weddings.

Real Events at Wedding Venues in Salt Lake City March 14, 2014

Relaxing bride at wedding reception utah offersAshley and Jared enjoyed their wedding celebration at one of Western Gardens wedding venues in Salt Lake City, Atrium Weddings.  As you can tell, Ashley found herself very relaxed and enjoyed her evening with her new husband Jared.

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Beautiful cakes at wedding places in utahHer classic colors of cream on white with an accent of peachy pink were elegantly reflected in her simple decorations throughout the reception center.  Ashley’s four-tiered round cake was cloaked in the same tones and embellished with the classic string of pearls.  The crown of the cake was a bouquet of pink and cream flowers.

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Congratulations to Ashley and Jared on a new beautiful life together!

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Wedding Venues in Utah with Real Events 05-02-2014

salt lake city wedding venues with decorating optionsI learned a new term today about decorating at wedding venues in Utah and using different mediums of fabric.  Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy, Utah, is a wedding reception center that includes many tables with base linens and toppers.  Brides can upgrade and order sashes to tie on chairs or use in their decorating according to their own style and flair.  Jessica and Mitchell celebrated their union at Atrium on May 2, 2014.  She ordered sashes and mixed up how she used them on her tables.

wedding venue centerpiece optionsBride Jessica chose Atrium’s standard candle centerpieces with  freshly sliced lemons propped against the candle inside the glass.  On some tables, she used the Atrium’s lemon leaf wreath and loosely ribboned the sash under the wreath.  On other tables, she used the base candle again with the yellow lemons, but wrapped the sash loosely around the base of the glass forming a light and airy “cloud”.  (see title photo above)  This “sash clouding” with a touch of coral rose petals upon the yellow linen tablecloth, gave such a delicate and soft touch to this Utah wedding reception center.

lemon drops and chocolate kisses at utah wedding receptionJessica continued her theme of lemons and the beautiful coral color throughout the reception venue with a candy bar containing jars of lemon drops, chocolate kisses, and her coral sashes.  Her sign “Sealed with a kiss” says it all!

self-catering at Utah reception centers like Atrium WeddingsFruit skewers for refreshments.Refreshments were self-catered and included refreshing baskets of vegetables, skewers of colorful fruit, and delicious chicken salad filled croissants.  An assortment of pastries were also provided.

wedding cakeMaie Flowers arranged Jessica’s floral needs.  They were simple and elegant consisting mainly of Coral roses and white baby’s breath.  Delicate yellow roses and coral hibiscus adorned her three cakes created by Granite Bakery.  Jessica and Mitchell’s friend Priscilla was their photographer.

bride and groom at Utah wedding places Western Gardens congratulates Jessica and Mitchell and all the couples who come to our Utah reception centers.

Real Events at Utah Wedding Venues 1-2-2014

utah wedding venues for the new year and new couplesUtah wedding venues like the Atrium reception center in Sandy host beautiful family celebrations all year round.  On January 1st, Brinley and Ross had a beautiful ceremony in the early evening and then enjoyed their Utah wedding reception soon there after.  Their family catered the reception with delicious homemade finger foods.  Some wedding reception venues in Utah don’t allow for self-catering.  Both of Western Garden’s Utah wedding reception centers do let family self-cater.  A favorite aunt created their beautiful cake and an aunt of the groom provided the flowers.  Their photographer was Jaffa photography.  What a beautiful couple and what a wonderful way to ring in the new year,….together!

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Real Events at Salt Lake City Wedding Venues – April 12, 2014

Salt Lake City Wedding Venues for real eventsA beautiful couple chose ivory, purple and mint green for their colors at their wedding celebration at Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy, one of the Salt Lake City wedding venues.  It was an all in the family occasion with delicious fruits, cheeses, and pastries catered by the bride’s brother David.  Their whimsical four tiered cake was masterfully created by a dear family friend and the flowers were provided by Harmons and placed by family members.  The evening was full of the traditional bouquet and garter toss, a lot of dancing, cutting of the cake, and culminated with the Atrium traditional magical sparkler send off.  Wedding reception centers in Salt Lake City like Atrium can be the perfect relaxed wedding venue for a family gathering that puts everyone at ease and doesn’t have to break the bank.  See many other photos of real events at our website’s photo gallery at http://www.atriumweddings.com/PhotoGallery/Photo-Gallery.aspx

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Whimsical cake created by close family friend.
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Simple flowers were supplied by Harmons and gave a delicate touch to the centerpieces.

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Real Events at Reception Centers in Utah – November 16, 2013

Popular Sliders at Utah WeddingsWedding reception centers in Utah like Atrium Weddings have as many unique weddings as there are brides.  Our Atrium bride Audrey had some very unique ideas and we deem them definitely worth highlighting.  Hopefully her ideas will inspire you with some of your own and help you with your wedding plans for your Utah wedding.

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Sliders from Utah Celebrations

An increasingly popular menu for Utah wedding venues has been Sliders and Fries by one of our preferred caterers Utah Celebrations.  These tasty little hamburgers are fresh from the grill but are not a big full meal.  They are indeed just the right size to slide down and still have room for some fresh fries and some wedding cake.  Utah Celebrations also brought one of their signature fruit platters that went right along with the meal.

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Popular Bottles of Pop

 

Along with the popular sliders, is the comeback of the bottle of pop.  Utah Celebrations offers this service as well.

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Delicious Homemade Family Favorite Cookies

A unique thank you for the guests at wedding reception centers in Utah is to do this warm inviting delicious idea.  At a designated table, the bride and grooms family members had all baked some of their favorite family wedding favors at reception centers in utahhomemade cookies.  There were platters, pedestals, and glass bowls full of so many delicious cookies that I imagine guests had a difficult time choosing just one or two.  I’m sure that three or four found their way into the provided white paper sack to take on their way home.  This gestured created a relaxed home kitchen experience and also a genuine feeling of gracious gratitude for the guests taking the time and effort to come celebrate the union of this lovely couple.

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Beautiful 4-Tier Cake by Heather’s Cake Cottage

 

We must mention the bride’s beautiful cake.  It was created by Heather from Heather’s Cake Cottage.  It is a sample of simple elegance.  The flowers were done by Chikay who actually is run by Heather’s mother.  They do beautiful work.

Audrey and Zach treated their guests to another fun popular memory maker of a photo booth.  What a fun backdrop they had.  A gentleman named Paul was their DJ for a fun dancing session after the traditional festivities.

Fun backdrop for a photo booth
Fun backdrop for a photo booth

Congratulations to this beautiful couple for beginning their new adventure together.  We wish you the best and we thank you for letting Atrium Weddings help you celebrate.  We are happy to be part of the premier wedding venues in Salt Lake City.  As a side note, though this event was in cold November, we are also one of Utah’s outdoor wedding venues.

Simple Love Story Plaque
Simple Love Story Plaque

Wedding Planners and Utah Wedding Venues

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A wedding planner and host can help with the little challenges at the moment

Weddings are celebrations filled with anticipation, excitement, and beauty.  However, they can cause a lot of stress and pressure to the bride and her family.  She dreams of having a wedding that is “perfect” and will tirelessly work to achieve that goal.  A wise bride will get others involved to help her, especially by soliciting help from a wedding planner.  Often, Utah wedding venues have in-house wedding planners that come with the booking, but some charge extra for this service.  One way to ensure that you can fully enjoy your beautiful day and minimize your stress and hassle of the preparation, organizing and coordinating the day itself, is to use the wedding planner.  It will be well worth your time and efforts.  Here are some specific reasons why.

Be in two places at the same time. There seems to always be little issues that pop up at the last minute that need attention by someone in charge.  You will be getting yourself all beautified for the day and don’t need the stress of dealing with those last minute tasks.  You can’t be in two places at the same time, especially when you should be walking down the isle!  The wedding planner will take care of little things that can stress you out such as a missing bouquet, a tear in the bridal gown or a stain on the flower girl’s dress. Remember Jennifer Lopez in the movie The Wedding Planner?  A good wedding planner and a good wedding venue will be ready with their own emergency kit.  Also, if you already have employment, you will soon discover that planning a wedding can become a full time job. A wedding planner will ease a lot of these demands. This way, you can even have time to pamper yourself before your big day.

Save money by going with a wedding planner. Even though you may pay a little more for a professional wedding planner, you could be saving money in the long run.  He or she has already established relationships with wedding providers such as wedding reception venues, florists, cake designers, and photographers. If she is already part of the booking fee at a venue, that is a bonus savings for you.  Wedding planners may possibly be able to get discounts on your behalf. A planner with integrity will have her bride’s best interest at heart and only recommend professionals that offer great product for a good value.

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Your wedding celebration will uniquely reflect your style and taste!

Save time with a wedding planner. Researching potential wedding providers can be time-consuming. Imagine the time it takes for you to choose the right florist, baker or caterer. With a wedding planner, you can already narrow down your choices as wedding planners have already proven these providers throughout their time in the business. Wedding planners also know where to find sources for  items you want included in your wedding – that means less time required for you to search out where to get that centerpiece you want or that cake topper you saw in a magazine.

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Planners can show you many options to fit into your budget and style.

Benefit from the knowledge provided by the wedding planner. Wedding planners can provide you with valuable input as you decide on important parts of the wedding. They have experienced hundreds of wedding events so they are already aware of what can possibly happen so that you can prepare for contingencies. Will a particular flower last the entire ceremony? How can you set up your wedding venue in Utah in case it rains? These are some of the things that a wedding planner can give their advice on.

Wedding planners have time-tested methods. If you are willing to admit that you’re not the most organized person, a wedding planner is essential. After all, they are making a living out of being organized – they have their own methods to ensure that things are planned and implemented well. Aside from these, wedding planners are also in the know with regards to the latest wedding fashions.

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Enjoy YOUR day!

You can hire a professional wedding planner separately or you can work with the wedding planner provided by many Utah wedding reception venues.  Booking your wedding celebrations at a venue that includes a wedding planner can mean savings for you.

Aside from an in-house wedding coordinator, Atrium Weddings, a premiere reception center in Utah, provides a full complement of wedding-related amenities such as a bride’s dressing room, buffet tables, tables and chairs for guests, an overall ambiance that’s romantic and also practical and much more.

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Don’t run yourself ragged on your wedding day. Stop and enjoy the memories with friends and loved ones.

Think ahead!  Don’t run yourself ragged and look stressed and tense up to the day of your wedding. Let a Utah wedding venues wedding planner worry about all those things.  Your wedding day is your day – you deserve to enjoy it to the fullest.

Wedding Venues in Utah Can Help Cut Your Wedding Budget

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Simple & Romantic flowers can help you stay within your budget

The most common challenge for most wedding couples is how to plan the celebration of their dreams while working within a tight budget.  There are a few Utah wedding venues that can actually be very budget friendly.  The following are some tips on how to cut your budget, including some ideas on what to look for before you choose your wedding venue.

  1. Don’t fight it!  Your budget can be viewed as a challenge to be met.  Make it a game!  It will not seem so overwhelming.
  2. Give and take with the choices that come before you.  Sometimes a little flexibility here and there will help you still achieve what you want, but for a little less money.
  3. Most wedding venues in Utah should provide you with a consultant for your celebration.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.  A wedding planner has been involved with huge budget weddings and small budgets.  She can give you a lot of ideas, if you choose.

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    Does your venue include beverage servers or do those cost extra?
  4. Your wedding venue is the first big cost you’ll spend.  Be sure to look for a venue that includes as much as possible for a reasonable price.  Some locations rent only the space and then add set up, tables, linens, chairs, etc. to your ticket.  In contrast, the receptions centers at Western Garden Centers, include just about everything a bride needs for a beautiful event in their venue – a lot of tables, linens, chairs, set up, and even beautiful and stylish centerpieces are included.
  5. Remember who this party is for…..YOU!  If you continually remind yourself of this, it can save funds for other things you really want for your celebration.

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    Who are the most important people you must invite?
  6. Now it is time to check your guest list.  Invite only your closest relatives and friends.  If you can cut the number of guests, you’ll be cutting your costs for food, flowers for tables, guest favors, invitations, and even the size of your cake.  In the past, some brides and grooms have tried to please their parents and invite the whole world.  It’s okay to keep it intimate, especially if you have to work within a tight budget.
  7. There are a lot of little details that can be done personally by you or by close family and friends.  Labor is one of the biggest expenses for wedding events.  Remember that you have a Maid of Honor and that is her job, to help you with whatever she can for your beautiful day.  You can create your own wedding favors, menu cards, table signs, Our Story banners, etc.  Again, labor is usually the biggest cost, so get your family and bridesmaids helping you!

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    Having your Ceremony at the same location as your reception or dinner, can save you money and time!
  8. Booking your wedding ceremony and reception at the same wedding location will help cut your costs.  Some venues simply add a minimal cost to add on a ceremony to your already booked reception or dinner.  Be sure to find out what that same-day ceremony includes – additional hours, set-up, etc.

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    Slimming your wedding cake to only two tiers is a good idea. Simple can be elegant. Then order a sheet cake for the guests!
  9. Another great idea is to save on your wedding cake budget by ordering a smaller two tier cake.  The more tiers, the bigger expense.  Consider purchasing a sheet cake to serve your guests.

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    Fresh fruits are less expensive than a main course meal
  10. Your food menu is another place you can spend wisely.  Finger foods and appetizers typically are less money.  Also, a handful of venues allow for self-catering.  With today’s options at warehouse stores, this has been a viable option for many wedding parties.  Does your venue allow for self-catering?  Can you bring in your own caterer?  Many venues require you to use their caterers, cake designers, and florists.  Seek a venue that gives you more leeway in these areas.

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    Beautiful bridal bouquet with roses and lilies tied with satin ribbon
  11. Last but not least, your flowers can be inexpensive if you are willing.  Simple flowers can have a stunning effect on your guests.  I remember one bride who used only red roses.  It was stunning and very romantic.  Even her bridal bouquet was a dozen red roses and white baby’s breath bound with white satin ribbon.  Using greenery and flowers that are in season can also cut costs.  Some wedding venues in Utah offer candle lit centerpieces that do not require any additional flowers.  Some brides have simply used rose petals scattered around an elegant candle centerpiece.

Wedding budgets can be scary but they don’t have to be.  Face it head on and meet the challenge.  Prioritizing the items that are most important to you, will help you see where you can trim and cut.  Your biggest challenge can be to find a venue that is a good value with many of the trimmings you would have to add yourself if at another venue.  Atrium Weddings and Ivy House Weddings are two wedding reception venues in Utah that include a lot of beauty for an affordable rental price.

Unique Wedding Cake at Utah Reception Venue

In June 2013, this bride and groom enjoyed their wedding ceremony out on Atrium’s Waterfall plaza and then later enjoyed their wedding reception inside their Utah reception venue. Their wedding cake is the most interesting cake I’ve witnessed; very clever yet elegant. I love how the designer made the cake literally appear that it’s fabric or veil (an elegant draped white fondant) is being delicately folded back to reveal beneath the most delicious chocolate on chocolate cake. The cake is so inviting that it’s difficult not to touch it to see if it is real fabric and to take a finger to the delicious chocolate.  This couple’s family chose to do self-catering which included a wonderful fruit display.  Guests enjoyed several hours of dancing to the couple’s hired DJ.  Another beautiful day at reception venues in Utah.

Cake Designer: One Sweet Slice

Caterer: Self-family

Floral: Every Blooming Thing

Photographer:  James Erik

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All photos by Atrium Photos

Western Garden's wedding reception venue in Sandy hosts beautiful outdoor ceremonies.Caterers love displaying their food at this Utah wedding center.Out door wedding ceremonies at a reasonable price.   DJ at Atrium Weddings reception center.

Wedding Reception in Utah with Lavender, Blue, and White Color Scheme

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All photos by One Take Photography

This was a beautiful wedding reception in Utah at Atrium Weddings (at Western Gardens Sandy).  The bride’s choices of lavender, blue, and white colors were striking and very fresh and clean.  The garden feel at this Utah wedding venue, gave a beautiful backdrop to the beautiful occasion.  The mother of the bride wrote “The night was lovely – Everything was beautiful and we had excellent help from you.”  (March 2013)    Excellent photos by One Take Photography

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Utah Wedding Receptions and the First Man in Your Life – Your Father!

Don't forget the first man in your life at your wedding reception celebration in Sandy
Photo by James Erick Photography

Your Dad!  He has been the main man in your life for many years.  He was the first man to love you and the first man you loved.  If at all possible, don’t miss out on a special moment with the first man in your life.   Many Utah wedding receptions include this tradition of wedding celebrations.  It becomes a tender moment and most memorable for the bride and her Dad, and her mother!  You don’t want any regrets of having this moment, if you have the chance.

I took liberty to ask some mothers and recent brides what they thought of this tradition.  For a mother in Draper, Utah, Sharae believes this moment is a “symbol of a father who has loved and taken care of his daughter for so many years,” and a beautiful way to say his goodbyes and send her on to the new man in her life.    My friend Carolyn from Holladay, Utah, never had this tender moment with her father.  Now that she has a daughter of her own, she wishes she had planned on that tradition at her wedding.  She says that “this special dance could have been a nice way to help my father let go and let me move on with the new man that I love.”  It probably would have been easier for him to have that little bit of closure of me marrying and moving away.

At your Utah wedding reception center, dance with your first love and the first man who loved you - your father!
Photo by Kulbacki

My mother did not have a dance with her father at her reception.  In fact, she said that she didn’t even think of having one.  It must have “skipped my mind” with all the other plans and she didn’t have anyone to help her be organized.  She wishes she would have had a wedding specialist help her with all those little details.  Her father died several years ago and when she goes to other receptions and watches the bride dance with her father, she regrets not having the same experience.

Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy and Ivy House Weddings at Western Gardens Downtown are two wedding venues in Utah that have perfect dance floors and wonderful sound systems for the bride’s tender dance with her father.  It is the icing on the cake, so to speak, the cherry on top, a very special touch that honors that man who has raised and cared for his little girl who is now a beautiful bride.