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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!

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Wedding venues in Utah like Atrium weddings allow the bride to choose many of their own vendors like caterers, florist and wedding cake designers.

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Megan and Miguel chose a special family friend to create their beautiful two-tiered square wedding cake.  It was trimmed with simple pearls and swirls.  Atop was a clever and most delicious cake topper for the couple to devourer together!  The topper consisted of two plump strawberries dipped in white and dark chocolate and decorated representing a bride and groom.  Clever and romantic!

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Megan stayed with the popular and elegant deep eggplant purple colors for her wedding.  With ivory accents and the greenery background of the Atrium wedding venue, it was a striking celebration.  They entertained approximately 200 wedding guests who enjoyed plenty of soft self-serve ice cream with fruit, traditional wedding couple cake cuttiing and bouquet/garter toss and a lot of dancing with a family friend D.J.   Their florist was one of Atrium’s highly recommended vendors Hillside Flowers and their photographers were Micah & Karina from “Our Little Studio”.  We can offer high recommendations for cake designers and photographers, videographers, music DJ’s, bands, and piano accompanists.  Your personal event coordinator will share many options with you, but the choice is yours!
Brides continue to enjoy those wedding venues in Utah that allow the wedding couple the most flexibility to stay within their budget yet have a beautiful wedding celebration with their loved ones.  Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy is one of those Utah wedding venues that brides discover such freedom.

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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.

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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.

Utah Wedding Venue’s TUESDAY TIP – Get Organized

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photo by TJ Romero Photography

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)

Forget-Me-Not Reception Centers in Utah – Real Event 05-21-14

Forget-me-not weddings Utah will rememberAt one of our reception centers in Utah, Forget-me-not flowers surrounding the “Around You” Willow Tree Cake Topper sent a powerful romantic message to all the attending guests at Atrium Weddings.  This is Western Gardens reception venue that has an indoor garden ambiance without the worry of the weather!

Their cake was simple yet made a powerful statement.  Here basic white two tiered cake with tantalizing dripping chocolate fondant, was created by Sugar Kisses Cakes.  It was topped with a beautiful Willow Tree figurine by Susan Lordi.   As one of the artist’s Cake Topper collection called “Around You”, it was perfect for this cake poised amid dainty little forget-me-not flower blooms.  The flower blooms are a pretty blue that tied in with Kaitlyn’s choice of Royal Blue table linens.  With a touch of yellow daisies, this indoor garden reception venue was a beautiful and inviting celebration for all the attending guests.

self-catering at wedding reception centers in Utah self catering at utah wedding venuesThe families decided to self-cater, which not all Utah wedding venues allow.  They served a wide variety of cupcakes, mini-cheesecakes, and fresh seasonal fruit.  Kaitlyn chose the venue’s tall silver candlestick centerpieces with the lemon leaf wreaths.  Her bridesmaids accented the wreaths with the yellow and white flowers and a shimmering yellow ribbon.

wedding venues in utah with lemon wreathsThis is a reception that guests and family will not soon forget, and Kaitlyn and Kevin will remember forever! reception centers in Utah with Forget-me-not flowers


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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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Tuesday Tips from Wedding Venues in Utah 7-1-14

Listen to Mother nature for Wedding Venues in UtahNew to Utah?  All brides need to realize that if planning a spring wedding, expect capricious Utah weather and plan accordingly.  Look at wedding venues in Utah that have options to hold your ceremony inside if a sudden thunderstorm develops during your wedding reception.  Believe me as one who grew up here in the valley and tried to hold her son’s wedding in our own back yard, spring storms can develop quickly here along the Wasatch Front. Therefore, following some tips here will help you avoid some annoyances and help insure a happy, dry, and cool event!

wedding venues in salt lake city with dancingSudden rain is not the only Utah weather phenomenon a Utah bride needs to consider.  Utah is in a desert and the heat can dampen a spring or summer celebration.  You may be one of those guests who have skipped out of a Utah wedding reception that was inside a tent or a reception center that was too unbearably hot for guests to enjoy.  And I have heard of a bride who fainted from the heat at her reception.  We all must admit that it isn’t any fun to be hot and sweaty at an elegant occasion, especially if there is dancing and toasting to be done.  It is well worth it if you can find wedding reception venues that have central air conditioning and good air movement.

Snow on mountains above wedding reception venues in utah Another great tip is to check the weather history along the Wasatch front.  Our local news station KSL has a great service to plug in a date you are considering for your outdoor wedding reception or any outdoor event.  Their program does the searching and then gives you the average information for that day in history.  Find out the average temperatures – highs and lows, the chance of precipitation, and even learn the sunrise and sunset.  Knowing when the perfect time to say your vows with the sun setting behind you would be fun to time for a gorgeous photo opportunity.  Find their “Wasatch Front Outdoor Weather Planner” on their KSL website.

weather planner for receptions centers in utah If you have always loved garden weddings but don’t want to worry about the weather, find those wedding venues with the garden feel indoors like Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy.  You don’t have to plant flowers, weed, or even water the place.  Just show up, do minor decorating to give it your own touch, and enjoy!  Let the storms rage outside the doors and watch the rain fall down the glass windows!  When there is a break in the storm, venture outside the waterfall plaza for some beautiful photos with your photographer, or simply take them inside with all the indoor greenery!

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Let the storms rage on outside while you and your guests enjoy yourselves inside!

Wedding venues in Utah can be a real blessing when it comes to Utah’s fickle weather in the spring and summer.  Listen to Mother Nature and heed her warnings so that you can plan wisely for your incredible day.  You, your family, and your guests will have the wonderful day that you deserve!

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When the sun comes out, go outside to the waterfall plaza for beautiful photographs.


Tuesday Tip from Wedding Reception Venues in Utah – Your Guest List

Wedding Reception Venues in Utah Tip about Your Guests

After you have set a date, the number of guests you anticipate inviting is your next quandary.  You must have a rough idea of your guest list so that as you research and visit the many wedding reception venues in Utah, you’ll make a wise choose that will accommodate your needs.  Depending on what type of event you are envisioning, will depend on how much room you’ll need.  If you want a simple sit down dinner with close family and friends, typically you should plan on about 25-30 square feet per person.  This allows you plenty of space for the dance floor, tables & chairs, cake display, set up for a band, etc.  As you visit the many Utah venues, be sure you inquire how many people they can accommodate for sit-down meals.

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Sit-down meals are usually a small additional fee to an already booked event at a reception center.

If you are envisioning a flow-through reception, you can invite many more guests.  But still you’ll need to inquire about the capacity of the venue.  Consider parking for you and your guests and the flow of the room and space.  If your venue has a wise event planner, they will be able to make suggestions to you about how to stagger guests arrival as to avoid congestion in the line.

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Flow-through style reception line

Many couples are now choosing to wander around the reception venues in Utah rather than stand in a line.  This is a new popular trend that allows the youthful couple to spend more time with their dear friends and family and allows their parents to spend more time with their close friends and family. Every event is different and you can make yours uniquely your own. It’s your day so plan it the way you want!

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Bride and Groom may wander through their guests at their leisure

Some wedding venues in Utah, like Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens in Sandy, have hosted hundreds of events over the years and are so happy to share tips with you to help you save frustration, time and money.  But no matter the venue you choose, be sure to have in mind before you begin your venue quest a rough estimate of how many guests you anticipate.  Have your guest list in hand and ask about the capacity details.

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Your guests will love your event because they love you!

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.