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Game Over or Game On?

Clever cake topper at wedding ceremony and reception in midvale utTalk about a spunky, fun, creative wedding and you must refer to Shellie and Kelly’s wedding celebration at Atrium Weddings reception center near Midvale, Utah.

This confident couple brought a whole lot of life, laughs, and love to our wedding venue as they celebrated their marriage with a ceremony and reception full of creative and unique ideas and activities.

We especially loved the invitation for guests to go on an “I Spy” photo hunt.  Guests were invited to search for romantic moments, dancing shoes, and funny faces, just to mention a few.  What a delightful idea for recording those special little moments in an interactive way!  This sort of activity wasn’t just fun for the adults but for the kids as well who were armed with parent’s cell phones and adventurous fun as they roamed through the wedding reception.  Game on!

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Guests found on their tables a list of items they needed to go snap photos of for the I SPY reception game!

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We also loved the super creative cake topper that Shellie and Kelly had for their wedding cake created by A Cake Affair.  There is no better way to bring personality to a wedding cake than with a customized cake topper of the bride and groom strutting their stuff and showing off their fun personalities.  This cake topper was more humorous than most as it displayed Shellie dragging Kelly away from his games and into their marriage.  What a humorous way to start a wonderful relationship full of love, laughs, and life.  We love it!

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Last but not least we thought the Italian soda bar was a nice way to top off the creativity and joy of this event.  Griffins Catering included a wide selection of flavors for the guests to choose from and enjoy.  What a fun beverage to match the creative mood!

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Thank you so much for bringing smiles and fun to the Atrium Wedding reception center in Sandy.  We had a blast hosting your event.  We wish you many many many more years of joy and humor with each other.

written by Katelyn Pettit

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Limousines for wedding venues in utah

pm Header AT white hummer onlyDon’t be caught in the wedding transportation blues and worries.  How you and your guests get from one place to another is important to consider when planning, especially if your ceremony and wedding venues in Utah are far apart.  You want to enjoy your day and not worry about your bridesmaids in their beautiful dresses and stilettos getting to the reception venue a mile or more away. Planning ahead will help you avoid these woes.

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Rather than the wedding entourage riding in private cars, some brides have hired a limo to drive them all to the wedding venue.  If your budget will allow this, go for it!  What a memorable gesture!  Can you imagine a stretched Limousine pulling up to the venue and bride with all her bridesmaids step out ready to assist the bride to get ready for her celebrations.  Of course, this is not mandatory, but if you choose this option, be sure to reserve your limo service well in advance.

Another great reason to work into your budget a Limo service is for that final departure from the day’s gala.  This is highlight of the festivities for you and your new husband to escape together and leave everyone behind.  If you can, you may as well do it in style, not worry about having a messy decorated car to deal with, and also not worry about driving if the weather is worrisome. Escape and enjoy the beginning of your new life together!  Hire a limo to take you away from your wedding ceremony and reception in Midvale or any corner of the Salt Lake Valley!

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Most Limo Salt Lake services charge by the hour.  Some do offer packages for blocks of time and some even offer discounts for several vehicles or more hours.  Whichever service company you hire, be sure to clarify what their quote includes.  Does it cover the chauffeurs’ gratuity, fuel costs, and any other costs?  Be sure to ask about additional hours, if needed.  However, the best thing here is to hire the limo for at least 1-2 hours longer than you think you will need. Delays at ceremony venues and receptions can happen and if the limo has another commitment with another client somewhere else, you will be frustrated when your time is up and you are left in a bind.  Plan ahead and have a buffer hour for such issues.  Make sure the company is completely transparent about the costs so you know what the real price will be.  Also, using good business practices of getting your quote in writing is always wise for you and for them.

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If you can’t afford a limo service, sometimes grooms borrow a sports car from a family member or friend, or swap cars so that no one knows what car they are in to avoid the car decorating mess.  Using your own vehicle is also perfectly fine.  Just be sure to clean it well, at least on the inside, so that when you do depart, you leave inside a clean environment!  No guarantee what the outside will look like!  You will both be exhausted from the days events and having it clean inside will be emotionally appreciated!


Be happy that you are planning now your wedding transportation needs for wedding venues in Utah.  It is a topic often neglected.  You will have a more stress-free dreamy day and at the end, you and your new husband will be relaxed and content as you ride off into the sunset!

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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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.

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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.

Utah Wedding Venue’s TUESDAY TIP – Get Organized

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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.

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Take a snap shot of the ideas you want to incorporate into your wedding celebration. (Photo by Swensen Photography)

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.

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Brides who are organized will find they have more time to do all they want and won’t be stressed at the last minute! (Photo by MLA Photography)

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.

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Use your organized smart phone to share your ideas instantly with your beau. Get him involved as much as you dare! (Photo by TJ Romero Photography)
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Let your bridesmaids help you by involving them too in your plans. An organized bride will send them photos and information to consider! (Photo by Lindsey Shaun)

Real Events at Wedding Reception Venues in Utah – April 30, 2014

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Color, color, color!  Wedding reception venues in Utah like Atrium weddings, allow brides to use their own florists, cake designers, and caterers for their wedding receptions. This bride introduced to Atrium the most vibrant color scheme to our wedding venue in the last seven years of countless celebrations.  The striking blue delphiniums and hydrangeas, coral and pink roses, yellow freesias and hydrangeas, deep orange alstroemeria, bright purple stocks, and lemon leaf greens came together to dazzle the eye.

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This color pallet was carried throughout the wedding reception hall with similar floral arrangements on the guest sign-in table and the beautiful flowers placed on the wedding cake.  The bride’s cake was a three tiered simple smooth white cake with tiffany blue satis ribbons accenting around the base of each tier.  Simple and so elegant!

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The bride chose Atrium’s tall silver candle stick centerpiece, which is one of the choices that comes with the basic rental package, which was placed in the middle of a lemon leaf wreath. Additional flowers of the same scheme were placed around and throughout the lemon leaves.

Wedding cake at wedding reception centers by Western Garden Centers So, brides, know that you can have just about whatever you wish when you book with Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens in Sandy.  Not all wedding reception venues in Utah believe like we do, that every bride should have the freedom to choose as much as possible, an important factor on creating YOUR day that will long be remembered by you and your new spouse.

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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.

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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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At Your Reception Center, Take a Thank You Photo

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While you are at your Salt Lake wedding reception center, here is a simple and clever way to express your gratitude to your wedding guests and to those who helped with the small technical parts of your wedding day. Many thank-you’s are in order after such a big celebration but with the bride and groom on their honeymoon and busy adjusting to married life, limited time is available for writing and creating countless thank-you notes.  This idea helps the bride and groom express their gratitude in a personal way, but not spend too much money or time in doing so.

A couple years ago my best friend got married and everything was absolutely wonderful about her wedding, but the part that stands out the most in my memory is the thank-you post card I received in the mail about 2 weeks after the wedding. My friend and her new husband had taken a picture of themselves on their wedding day at their wedding venue with a poster board in their hands. On the poster board they had written two simple words, “Thank You.” On the back of the wedding thank you postcard they had written a quick personalized note expressing their gratitude. The ‘Thank You’ postcard was simple but meant a lot to me.

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Since that time I have seen many other couples do similar as they pose for pictures to print on postcards.  So remember to take that one photo at your wedding venue in Salt Lake City of you and your beau expressing a joyous thanks to all of your loved ones.  I love this idea not only because it is simple but it is a great way to show your unique personality as you remind your guests of your gratitude on your beautiful day of celebration.     Let your imagination express yourselves!

There are many services that you can use to print your postcards.  Check out Zazzle.com, Shutterfly.com, Vistaprint.com, and many other companies that offer photo thank you cards or photo postcards.

Thank you from a couple at their Utah wedding reception venue
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Reception Centers in Utah that Naturally Create a Romantic Moment

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Photos by TJ Romero

Atrium Weddings is one of those reception centers in Utahthat creates romantic moments without a lot of decorating.  With all the green lush plants, water features, and garden furniture, the couple can feel like they are far away in an exotic comfortable setting.  This couple chose Atrium and as you will see from the photos, their ceremony and dinner was magical and so beautiful.  Their photographer is TJ Romero (RomeroPhotgraphers.com) who is lives in Denver, Colorado, but does a lot of work here in Utah.  His style is very clean and he has a knack of capturing those special moments.

Happy couple at their indoor garden ceremony at Atrium wedding reception center.

Michelle and Jeremiah were planning on having their ceremony outside, but due to a Utah heat-wave, the event was brought indoors to the air-conditioned main hall of Atrium.  With a touch of white sashes on some of the chairs, the setting was ready.  Their adorable children helped as ring boy and flower girls. 

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Mindy Mellenthin was their caterer for their wedding luncheon which was served buffet style.  The menu included pecan green salad, fresh fruit, and delicious home made rolls.  Guests could enjoy the sweet crystal candy sticks or their gift box of a mini wedding cake.  These were placed at each table setting.  Our Atrium wedding venue dish-ware package was used for the dinner before the reception.  















Her floral designs were by Skyline Flowers.  Simple vases of lilies and roses adorned the buffet tables.  Atrium’s wood bases were used for the guest tables along with Atrium’s boxwood wreaths.  The bride’s bouquet was created with elegant flowers in whites and creams.  A variety of textures were combined with the soft touch of lamb’s ear giving it an extra chic feel.  Boutonnieres were white roses with a touch of freesia.  












One Sweet Slice was the chosen cake provider at this Utah wedding.  This stunning cake was a majestic square three-tiered masterpiece.  One large fondant ribbon draped over the chic grey walls and the rows of pearls at the base of each tier.  Rose petals were scattered at the base over the Tiffany blue table linen.  Simple and extremely elegant is how I would describe this work of art.

Wedding reception centers in Utah can already have the atmosphere a bride needs without spending a lot of money on added flowers and decorations.  Atrium Weddings is one such Utah wedding reception venue.








Wedding Reception Centers in Utah Like Atrium Weddings Hosts Morning Wedding Ceremonies

Beautiful ceremony at reception centers in Utah like Atrium WeddingsAnother beautiful ceremony took place in one of Western Garden’s two wedding reception centers in Utah called Atrium Weddings in Sandy.  Two ceremonies took place that day.  This one was the morning ceremony with luncheon.  The weather cooperated and the guests and wedding party all enjoyed perfect morning temperatures.  

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The outdoor arbor was draped with white lace and purple ribbons.  Coupled with the waterfall in the background, the final touch to this romantic events was Misty and Louis saying their vows.  Even the bright yellow sunflowers in the Atrium gardens watched and added to the beauty of the moment.  

Atrium dish-ware package is an affordable option that adds a classy touch! 

Misty chose purple as her wedding color.  Inside this Utah wedding reception center, the table linens were striking with the white Atrium dish-ware option she selected.  A photo booth was supplied for all the guests to mark their congratulations and bubbles were available for a bubble send-off.  A unique feature of this event, was the large framed and matted photo of the couple.  The matt was such that guests could sign in to the event and leave a word of advice to the newlyweds.  

Guests sign in on a matted and framed photo of the newlyweds! 

Wedding reception centers Utah offers include the versatile and relaxing wedding venue Atrium Weddings located at Western Gardens Center in Sandy.   

Bubbles of Congratulations!  Utah wedding reception center congratulating newlyweds!  Sunflower greets the bride at Atrium Wedding venue!