Category Archives: Family Gatherings

All kinds of family gatherings are extra special at Atrium.

Wedding Reception Centers in Utah Can Host Weddings with a Tongan Flair

Wedding reception center with Pacific Island style
Photo by IV Photos

This was one of the most unique and beautiful wedding I’ve been to.  Honoring the old traditions of Tonga with the modern traditions of today was fascinating.  This was a ceremony and wedding dinner event.  The ceremony was performed outside at the Waterfall Plaza at Atrium, one of Western Garden’s wedding reception centers in Utah.


The family first laid down a traditional mat for the bride and wedding party to walk upon to her future husband.   The best men and boys sat down on the mat to witness the union.  Even a couple of the women sat down on the mat to watch.  The most tender part for me was to watch the bride procession to the front.  She was escorted by one of her 5 brothers.  At the back of the guest seating, another brother stood up from the crowd and traded with her brother continuing her walk forward.  Several steps later, another brother took his turn and so on until the oldest brother walked her to her waiting fiancé.  Her father had passed away and it was so tender to watch those big brothers embrace her and walk with her to the front.  I shall never forget it.  After the ceremony, everyone went inside to enjoy a sit down dinner for about 140 guests.  Lani Kai supplied the delicious polynesian courses and a family friend created the couple’s cake.  There were smile around for everyone at this Utah wedding reception center.

    Black White and Red linens for wedding dinner at Utah reception venue

Dish-ware Packages Can Be a Valued Luxury at Wedding Venues Salt Lake City Offers

Outdoor ceremony at a wedding venue in Salt Lake CityThis bride looked at many wedding venues Salt Lake City offers.  She then chose Atrium Weddings for her outdoor ceremony and indoor reception dinner because of their flexibility, beautiful ambiance, and polite staff.  She also discovered that for a real value, she upgraded her booking to use stylish dish-ware that cost a fraction more than if they had chosen other plastic or paper alternatives.  After her outdoor ceremony and wedding-party photos at the waterfall, everyone came into Atrium’s indoor garden for a stunning sit-down meal.  The tables were pre-set by the caterers.  Misty chose this Salt Lake wedding venue’s stylish square dishes.  Traditional round plates are also an option.  The package includes several plates/dishes, goblet, several pieces of silverware, and a linen napkin.  For $1.50 per person (price subject to change), this is an added touch of class to make any sparkling bride’s wedding reception sparkle even more.

Stylish real dish-ware at Salt Lake reception center

One Wedding Couple Enjoys Two Wedding Venues Salt Lake City Offers

Wedding couple first dance at one of two wedding venues in Salt LakeThis charming wedding couple had their “experience of a lifetime” at not only one of the wedding venues Salt Lake City offers, but actually two beautiful reception halls.  Both venues built by Western Garden Centers were used for two different wedding celebrations of this beautiful couple. 

Ivy House Weddings at Western Gardens Downtown Ivy House ring ceremony as if in a large cathedral with a more home feel  Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens in Sandy  Indoor Garden reception at Atrium Weddings

Ivy House Weddings at Western Gardens Center Downtown Salt Lake was the back drop for their beautiful ring ceremony that the Bride planned for so many of dear friends and family.  The previous night, they were at the Ivy House for their ring ceremony rehearsal and dinner with the wedding party.  

The evening after the afternoon ring ceremony at Ivy House, the couple attended to their “garden” reception celebration at Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens in Sandy.   Ivy House already had an event scheduled for that evening, but she wanted her ceremony held there with it’s high vaulted warm ambiance.   At Atrium, almost 300 guests enjoyed the indoor garden celebration with plenty of finger foods (catered by Goodwood), a photo booth which even the bride and girlfriends enjoyed, Italian Sodas, and plenty of relaxing time to mingle with loved ones.  Her photographer was James Erick Photography which captured such beautiful moments of the festivities.  

Photo booth fun Cutting the Cake at Salt Lake City wedding reception

Salt Lake wedding venues are very many and this bride chose the company Western Gardens Centers to help her with two very beautiful celebrations with two different atmospheres.  It is as if they were married in a cathedral and celebrated in a garden.  These Salt Lake City wedding celebrations caused the bride to write the following:

“Everyone was wonderful to work with.  Everyone helped out to make sure our event was smooth.  This was an experience of a lifetime.  Thank you so much!”  Zack & Amy

Bride readying in Bride's room!  Enjoying dear family and friends.  The first bite!  Delicious!   

Elegant cake  Bridal