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!

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 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!

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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!