As soon as possible, a wise bride will first focus on getting her wedding plans organized. Get your smartphone organized right off the bat as you plan for your wedding reception! Before you are tempted to visit all the many utah wedding venues to find that perfect one, some brides find it very useful and less confusing to create a special email address dedicated to only your wedding communications. As you search for wedding venues in Utah or cake designers or whatever vendor you are needing, they can communicate directly with that designated email address. Create those folders and sections on your phone to hold all the vendor names, phone numbers, addresses, and details that you will be gathering for the next several months. Remember to take photos of those cake designs or floral arrangements that you hope to be replicated for your own wedding celebration.
Some brides still find it useful to use the old style paper file or three-ring binder. Have pockets to place photos and ideas that you come across. Tear sheets from magazines you want vendors to see! A picture is indeed worth a thousand words, especially when you can leave an actual photo with the vendor so they have a reference photo when they create your cake, or floral arrangement, or dress, etc.
Your wedding ceremony and reception will be a lot less stressful if you will take a few moments in the beginning to get organized and stay organized. Also, some wedding venues Salt Lake City offers like Atrium Weddings provide wedding planners that will help you with the details you need to remember for the celebration at their wedding venue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.