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A Bride’s To Do List before the “I Do” at wedding receptions bluffdale

wedding couple kissing at wedding receptions bluffdaleHere is a look at the positive side of wedding planning at wedding receptions Bluffdale, Utah, or any wedding venue you choose.  I’m sure you’ve read about all the “don’ts” that you need to avoid.  Well, here is a simple list of the most basic of strategies that if you will “DO”, you will have greater chance of completely enjoying your spectacular day, no matter what comes!

#1 – Do take time to court each other during all the hustle and bustle of planning.  Remember, the wedding will come and go.  At the end of that wonderful day, all that will be left is you and him and your relationship.  May as well enjoy each other along the path getting there!  A special box of his favorite cookies, a gallon of ice cream and two spoons, a drive up the canyon – whatever it is, just do it!

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Do enjoy each other while planning. Be sure to play along the way!

#2 – Do Prioritize the elements of your ideal wedding – Make your wedding and reception what you’ve dreamed, but prioritize those dreams. Be prepared to compromise a little for your own sanity, your fiancé’s sanity, and a tad for your family’s sanity.  If it helps, write your list on paper and figure out the most crucial.  Do communicate what is most important to you.  Really, the most important!  Now take each item one by one and write down a plan of how and who can help make it happen.  Include help from your family and bridesmaids and even your groom and the groomsmen should be involved.  It is an honor for them to be in their position and they are with that title to help you make your day just as you wish.  Remember your priorities?  I imagine having your fiancé at the wedding ceremony venue would be the number one priority, the non-compromising item.  The entire world could fall apart and it wouldn’t matter.  It’s all about you and him.  Everything else on your list is to some extent negotiable!  Be happy!

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#3 – Do accept help from others.  As mentioned above with your prioritizing, you have bridesmaids and he has groomsmen for a reason.  Let them help you in whatever capacity they are able but be reasonable with your expectations.  You’ll want to be respectful of their time, but by all means, do let them play their role.  They will be coming to the reception centers too, so let them help make and deliver decorations, party favors, or whatever you need so that you don’t have one more little thing to think about.  You want to think about just you on your beautiful day!

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Let people help with the wedding reception food.
Let people help and be involved. They love you want to be helpful!
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Let your bridesmaids bring the decorations and do some of the decorating. Use their talents so you don’t have to be stressed with another thing to do!

#4 – Do consider the time your guests are taking out of their day to celebrate with you.  The maximum time between your ceremony and reception should be two hours which would include travel time if ceremony and reception are in two different Utah wedding venues.

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Be considerate of your guests time. Allow two hours maximum between a ceremony and a reception.

#5 – Do K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid (or Silly, if Stupid isn’t used in your household!)  Believe it or not, my mother taught me this one!  This ties into the prioritizing a bit, but I want to add that you don’t have to be a D.I.Y. bride on everything.  Sometimes doing everything yourself can be more headache and actually more costly than if you find something similar and just make the purchase.  Remember, you want to enjoy the path along the way.  Smell the roses to that final aisle where your new husband takes your hand and you do kiss the first time as man and wife!

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Personal comments from your guests are more memorable than some big program. You can keep it simple and very memorable!

#6 – Do pamper yourself the day before and get a good night’s rest.  You want fresh bright eyes for your wedding day photos!

Get plenty of rest for 3 nights before your big day
Get plenty of rest for 3 nights before your big day

#7 – Do smile and enjoy your day!  It is only but a beautiful fleeting moment. Savor every moment and do allow everything that happens that day, to be a cherished memory!

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Savor each tender moment of your beautiful day!
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Just SMILE and enjoy your day! Qué será, será! Whatever will be, will be! Enjoy!

 

Ten Wedding Flower Tips at Utah Wedding Venues

Wedding venues in Utah that give good wedding flower tips to followThe main focal attraction at your reception, other than the bride and groom, are your flowers!  Many utah wedding venues require that clients use their own floral shop, but Western Garden’s two reception centers believe in giving the bride full freedom in who she wants to do her flowers.  We recommend, but don’t require, Hillside Flowers. Whether you choose a professional or do your flowers yourself, be sure to read these top 10 tips to know and remember as you plan your beautiful celebration!

1.  The Basic Wedding Flowers – bride’s bouquet, groom’s boutonniere, corsages for mothers, boutonnieres for fathers.

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Photo by Bellisima Photography

2.  Beyond the Basics for Wedding party – Maid of honor’s or matron of honor’s bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, best man and groomsmen’s boutonnieres, hair piece and rose petals for the flower girl or girls.

Western Gardens has wedding reception venues in Utah with space to toss the bouquet.
A simple smaller bridal bouquet for tossing is a good idea so you can preserve your main bridal bouquet. (Photo by MLA Photography)

3.  Reception Floral needs – table centerpieces, simplified bouquet for the bridal bouquet toss, flowers on a guest book table, and cake flowers.   Floral arrangements for a food buffet table may be considered. wedding venues in utah with lemon wreaths 4.  Your theme and colors often can be incorporated in the flower selection process.  Consider the types of flowers, colors, ribbons, greenery and accents to be used.  Your flowers will reflect your personality to your guests.  A bridal bouquet is the final touch of the bride’s gown completing the look.  Flowers also help capture the theme of a wedding albeit romantic, elegant, rustic, modern, extravagant to simple.  Whether you choose unconventional orchids to classic roses, your flowers will communicate to your guests a lot about you.

5.  Keeping the flower budget reasonable can be done by remembering that it is less expensive to select in-season flowers and if possible, flowers that are locally grown.  You may need to improvise and compromise to work with the flowers and colors in the season of your wedding, but this may help you afford more flowers for your beautiful day or help you spend more money in another area that is more important to you.  Being open-minded and willing to work with your florist can save a lot of headache and money. Utah wedding reception hall with lots of greenery 6.  Considering your reception venue is important too.  Utah reception centers that already have some live greenery, won’t need as much floral design as a venue with only walls and floor.  Brides that book with Atrium Weddings and Ivy House at Western Gardens discover that they don’t have to spend as much on floral decorations as at other Salt Lake City wedding venues. This tends to please whoever is paying the bill.

Have your florist do ceremony and reception flowers at outdoor wedding venues Utah offers
Photo by MLA Photography

7.  Choosing a florist that will assist you for both the ceremony wedding venue and the wedding reception center for your celebration.   This will help you deal with one single florist who can create one cohesive theme for your entire day.  These professionals guide and advise you about the best flowers to suit your needs.  Another technique is to supplement flowers with additional less expensive greenery, feathers, pearls, or artistic elements. Wedding reception centers sometimes provide the vases. 8.  Don’t forget to ask about vases.  Do you rent them from your florist?  Do you purchase them with the cost of the arrangements?  This is important to know as some brides send floral arrangements home with guests or wedding party members as a gift.

9.  Who does the setting up of the floral pieces?  Is this included in the price?  Do you need to arrange for a friend to pick up and set up the flowers?  Do you get a discount if you do arrange a friend to do this part for you?  If the vases are rented, how do you return them after the event?  Does the florist come take down the floral arrangements?   It is very important to know these details ahead of time.

10. Many brides dry or preserve their bridal bouquets. Ask if your florist provides this service.  Inquiring ahead of time and planning ahead will help preserve the bouquet while it is still vibrant and fresh.

Flowers are a vital part of your Utah wedding celebration.  If you choose one of Western Garden’s two wedding reception venues in Utah,  you can use their recommended florist or use your own.  Some brides have an aunt or a dear friend that love to do flowers and that is fine with us.  But whether you choose us or one of the many Utah wedding venues that require using their in-house florist, take heed of these 10 tips for a less-stress wedding day!

Salt Lake City wedding reception venues that let you choose your florist.
Hillside Floral is one of our recommended florists.

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Unique wedding cakes at Utah weddings

Mary and Aaron enjoyed their celebrations at one of Western Garden’s premier wedding venues in Utah.  They elected to not use one of our reception center’s preferred caterers, but chose the delightful Cosmopolitan Catering.  They served a wide variety of pasta salads, breads, fruits and pastries.  Mary took advantage of the opportunity to hire a friend to do her floral arrangements.  Shelly Buckley did a masterful job of arranging pale pink roses mixed with various white mums, daisies, and other seasonal white flowers.  She also worked in vines to add to the spring feel of an April wedding.

Good wedding caterers at salt lake city wedding venuesThis bride designed a unique wedding cake of many tiers of earthy bundt cakes topped with white frosting piping creating a feel of spring trees and nests.  This was a distinct beautiful touch to the garden ambiance our wedding reception venue already creates.  The guests enjoyed the traditional entertainment of watching the newlyweds cut the wedding cake and later toss the bridal bouquet.  Of course, the groom had to retrieve the bride’s garter and flip it to the waiting bachelors in the room.  Soon there after the bride and groom shared their last dances with their father and mother and then romantically had their first dance together as man and wife.  What a beautiful couple!

At a relatively early hour, the guests sent them off with sparklers, not always provided by outdoor wedding venues in Utah, after a very long day of happy celebrations!

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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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Questions to ask Utah Reception Centers Before You Book

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Ask the right questions to find the venue just for you!

The man of your dreams asked, you answered, and now your wedding celebration adventure begins.  After you decide on a date or a couple of dates, you will want to begin your search the many reception centers in Utah for the perfect wedding location that matches your style and budget.   Begin your quest now, so you can book what you want and don’t have to “settle” for a venue that happens to be available for your date.  These are important questions to ask your Salt Lake City wedding venues as you search on the web and visit in person.

1. The first question a bride should ask a reception center is the availability of your chosen date or possible dates.  Save yourself pain by not falling in love with a venue that is not available.

2. What is the maximum number of guests can the venue handle?  If you are planning a sit-down dinner for 150 people, you need to first seek those venues that can host that many.

Breathtaking linens at Western Gardens reception venues in salt lake city3.  What do wedding reception places in Utah provide and what will you need to provide?  Make sure you know what is included for the price you will pay.  Many venues include a lot, some charge for their space only.  Find out!

4. How will you be able to decorate the venue to give it a touch of your own style?  How many color choices will you have to choose from for your linens?  Do they offer stylish centerpieces? Can you hang items from the ceiling? 

5. Do you have to use the venue’s own caterers, or can you bring in your own caterer?  Can you self-cater?  Does the venue offer good recommendations for other wedding vendors in a wide range of costs?

Preferred caterer at wedding venues in salt lake city6. What does the facility itself offer?  Does it have a dance floor, bride’s room, groom’s room, children’s room, good sound system, piano, food preparation room, ice machine, and so forth?

7. Does the venue offer a wedding specialist for help in planning and a wedding host for the event itself? Some centers only furnish the space only and offer limited help and guidance as you plan.

Bride at wedding reception centers in salt lake city8. What parking is available for you and your guests?  Does it cost more?  Is it close to the entrance of the reception center?

9.  Does the venue have an alcohol policy?  What is it?  Some Utah wedding locations do not allow alcohol except for champagne.  

10. Venue restrictions – Are there any and what are they?  Some venues can not allow open flames.  Are there any city ordinances on time restraints?  Noise restrictions?

There are so many reception centers Utah offers to Utah brides.  Be sure to find the one that will fit your needs and will aid, not deter from, your beautiful wedding day.

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