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Simple or Elaborate receptions at Atrium.

February 24, 2012 – Winter Garden Reception

Bride and groom at Salt Lake City wedding reception in SandyThis bride looked at many wedding venues Utah had to offer for her late-winter reception.  After consideration of location, size, ambiance, and pleasant staff, she chose Atrium wedding reception center for a garden wedding in the winter.  Walls of lush green plants line a main hall where guests gather to sign the guest book, greet the wedding party, and linger enjoying delicious refreshments.  The newlywed couple was greeted by guests in front of a beautiful cozy fireplace and hearth.  Elegant chandeliers hang down from tall ceilings which creates a beautiful warm and pleasant atmosphere for all in the celebration. Family in a lush green Salt Lake City wedding reception  

Salad buffet at Utah weddingThis Sandy wedding on February 24 was one of the largest Atrium has hosted thus far.  Up to 550 guests leisurely enjoyed their time talking with family and friends.  This bride chose to serve a large  fresh salad, warm rolls, and other delicacies accented with sparkling punch.  Even a hot-cocoa bar and a purple candy station were set up in different locations from the salads so everyone found a delicious goodie to tickle their tastebuds. Weddings in Salt Lake City can take on a summer feel in the middle of winter in beautiful Utah wedding locations like Atrium Weddings. Happy bride and groom at Atrium Weddingscake at Salt Lake City wedding Happy child on garden benchHappy guests at garden wedding venue in Salt Lake CityGreen garden entrance to Atrium Weddings in Sandy

Unique Wedding Extras That Will Be Cherished Forever

There are some unforgettable extras that can be added to a Sandy Utah wedding venue, to give you an extraordinary wedding reception.  The Atrium at Western Gardens offers a spacious,  Sandy Ut wedding reception venue, to hold memorable atrium weddings with an outdoor appeal.  The weather will not be a factor when using this wedding venue, and even a beautiful rain or snow storm can add a unique atmosphere to a wedding using this fabulous Utah wedding reception center.

When considering extras that can add a unique touch to your wedding, they do not have to increase the price considerably.  Your wedding day is one of the most spectacular days of your life, with memories made that will last a lifetime.  Giving the guests a gift that is out of the ordinary is a great idea, because this will allow more people to reflect upon the day of your glorious union.  Many times reception centers Utah can arrange and provide some of these unique extras.

Using a small herb plant as the place marker for every guess, is a gift that truly keeps on giving.  Having the name of each guest on the pot or on a marker that is stuck into each plant, personalizes and reserves the place for the guest.  An herb plant that is commonly used, plus easy to take care of, makes a great gift that your guest can use over and over again.  Your wedding guest can place the herb that is planted in a 6 inch pot home, and place it on their windowsill to clip fresh onto salads and food at mealtime.  Utah wedding venues like The Atrium at Western Gardens can handle this detail for you, to provide your guests with a memorable gift that would remind them of the wedding on a daily basis.


Adding illumination under the tables can provide an awesome effect during the reception, without a lot of additional cost.  The colored lights are placed under each table and provide a beautiful glow through the tablecloths.  Every table can have a different color, or the colors can be designated by giving the bride & groom a certain color with their family members being a different color, and the guests a final color.  Even the buffet tables and cake table can have lights added to the underneath, along with any other tables in the Sandy reception center.

Placing customized beverage and food bars can add a special touch to your wedding.  Some wedding venues in Utah can provide extras like an espresso bar, or maybe an herbal tea station.  The type of beverage bar you provide will depend upon the preferences of the guests that are attending the Utah wedding reception.  Specialty fruit, ice cream or frozen yogurt, popcorn and even sushi bars can add a flair to any Utah wedding locations.

A chocolate fountain could also be provided by wedding venues Utah, that many of your guests will love.  The chocolate fountain table could include a variety of chocolate choices, like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, even white chocolate.  Many weddings have shown that this is one of the favorite additions for a wedding, because so many of the guests like chocolate.

These are just a few wedding extras that can be added to any wedding receptions in Utah, to create unique memories of that special day.  With a little thought and consideration of what the guests that will be attending the wedding would enjoy, you can provide everyone with a wonderful experience they will never forget.

A Garden Wedding During The Winter


Ceremony in winter at Sandy wedding reception centerOutdoor weddings are so beautiful, and with a variety of extras that can be added to make them unique, they are an excellent alternative.  There are some issues with an outdoor wedding, though, with the main one being the weather.  Utah only has about 4 months that are freeze free, so people searching for Utah wedding locations should look for Utah wedding venues that provide atrium weddings.

With the amount of snow and cold weather that Utah experiences, you should consider a Utah wedding reception center like the Atrium at Western Gardens for their beautiful outdoor feeling facility.  All the plants that are part of the atrium wedding venues in Utah give off the outdoor feel of a garden wedding in any weather condition or temperature.  If it snows during the ceremony or reception, your guests will love looking out all the spacious windows of this Sandy reception center.

Choosing a facility that offers you a Sandy Utah wedding venue in the same location as your Sandy Ut wedding reception.  This will help keep the costs reduced because of a couple of factors.  The first being, many of the plants that are included in these type of wedding venues Utah will help add to the flower decorations, so you will not need as much money for the flowers.  Secondly, there is no need to transport decorations from the place the wedding is held, to the Utah wedding reception facility, or buy enough flowers for both venues.

When you use the Atrium at Western Gardens for your Wedding receptions in Utah, they can help recommend reputable vendors to handle with many of these added details.  The Atrium at Western Gardens also offers hundreds of styles of wedding announcements, with a 20% discount available when you reserve the atrium for your wedding.  There are many options available, such as the inclusion of a picture, inserts, or a thank you note.

Atrium wedding reception center in Sandy has a garden feel in the middle of winterPlants are a big part of The Atrium at Western Gardens venue, which supply an outdoor atmosphere.  There are so many places that will provide fabulous photo opportunities.  Leaving disposable cameras around for guests to take their own pictures, will provide you with wedding photos you will cherish forever.  Shots taken by a guest can catch the real wedding, beneath the posed photographs, with lots of photos you would not have without these impromptu photographers.

The food is a large part of the reception, which needs to be chosen to fit whether the wedding is casual or formal.  The budget will also play a vital role in this part of the wedding, because depending upon the choices, this is where manipulating the budget can have an impact.  The Atrium at Western Gardens has 2 catering partners that can provide a magnificent feast for any budget and type of wedding being held.

When you choose the Atrium at Western Gardens, out of all the reception centers Utah has to offer, you can have that garden wedding you always dreamed of without weather concerns.  It does not matter if your wedding is in January, during a snow storm, you can still enjoy a garden wedding at the Atrium.

A Petal-Filled Flower Wonderland

Sandy Utah wedding venue, recommends Hillside Floral for their intricate designs and creations.

There are several things a couple should take into consideration when setting a floral budget. First, using flowers that are in season and do not require importation will be far less expensive than exotic flowers that are not locally in season. Exotic flowers in non-exotic locations can be very expensive. Flowers help set the theme and tone of the wedding. From the simple calla lily, which radiates a refined elegance, to the exotic playful orchid that highlights a tropical playfulness, flowers help define a wedding’s theme.

Several arrangements are traditionally required in a wedding ceremony. They include the bride’s bouquet, maid of honor’s/matron of honor’s bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, groom’s boutonniere, best man’s boutonniere, groomsmen’s boutonnieres, mothers’ corsages and fathers’ boutonnieres. Additionally, if a wedding party has a flower girl, she typically has an assortment of hair flowers, including a basket of petals she lightly tosses down the aisle. A bride typically wants to retain her actual bouquet to have it preserved, so often florists will make a throw bouquet. Sometimes guests give their grandparents or other close family members corsages or boutonnieres to wear. All these are important to factor into the budget.

Centerpieces should also be included in the flower budget. Different options can be incorporated to help supplement flowers, including greenery, windy limbs, ferns, berry-type plants, feathers, pearly vines, etc. Often times these small details can help tie ceremonial flowers and décor to the Utah wedding reception. Florists typically rent the vases to couples but it is important to inquire if guests can take the flowers in the centerpiece home as a gift. Florists typically set up the flowers for the ceremony, distribute boutonnieres, bouquets, set up the reception area, etc. Hiring a Utah florist to complete these tasks helps make the momentous day less stressful.

A bride’s bouquet compliments her gown and is a stunning accessory that does not overpower her stature and size, but allows the radiance of her attire to glow. Often times incorporating certain colors, ribbons or pearls into the bouquet can help tie the dress to the bouquet and make it a flowing accessory.

Not only should the reception area have centerpieces, but also couples should consider adding colorful flowers or exhibits to the gift and wedding guest book table. Adding a variety of colorful potted plants, twigs or other nature-filled displays will also help tie the room together, making it feel as though the tables, walls, and surrounding perimeter flow into a cohesive magical theme.


Memorable Reception Catering

Atrium reception center in Sandy, Utah works with an exceptional, highly qualified caterer that helps make a couple’s dream reception a reality. While not required to use a recommended caterer, Heritage Gardens Catering, is an excellent choice since they are familiar with the facility and layout.

There is a variety of options available for serving guests. If a couple’s wedding is on a tight budget, it might be best to serve hors d’oueves. Serving small appetizers and beverages is a cost-effective way to satisfy guests yet allow mingling and introductions. If the budget has more flexibility, a formal sit down three-course meal is advisable. A sit-down meal typically allows the option of a beef or pork tenderloin, chicken, salmon and a vegetarian dish. Giving guests the opportunity to select their menu choices ahead of time allows them to choose something that fits into their dietary preferences. It is important to remember that while couples invite their family and friends, they do not know the dietary requirements of all guests in attendance. Another excellent option is a buffet-style meal that allows for a variety of dishes, does not require people to select specific meal options ahead of time and helps promote mingling while people stand in line. It is important to consider space requirements, size of the room and the number of guests when considering what type of meal is served. If the room is an odd shape, it will be more difficult for guests to mingle in a buffet line. If the room is large, a buffet line might help draw people together by promoting conversation.

Buffets are an outstanding option for a luncheon reception. It helps give the reception a lighter, less formal feel, while allowing guests to comment on the wedding ceremony and catch up with one another.

Couples should confirm that the caterer is responsible for setting up the meals and cleaning up at the end of the event. This is another benefit of hiring a professional caterer; it will help streamline a couple’s special day.

Typically, catering companies also provide waiters and beverage servers. It is vital to make sure a catering company is on top of guests’ needs and requests, as this helps ensure that guests have a memorable evening. It is essential that food be served when the beverages begin making their way to guests. To help avoid an embarrassing event, guests should have a full stomach while partaking in alcoholic beverages.

Working with professionals at Sandy reception center helps ensure that the couple has a stress free event, focusing on their memorable day. Atrium Weddings has an outstanding Utah wedding reception center in Sandy, Utah.

Fun Wedding Receptions

So the “formal” and “serious” part of the wedding is over. The bride has marched majestically along the aisle. The couple has said their vows. The minister has pronounced them as man and wife. Now, it’s party time!

Yes, that’s what wedding receptions are. Although the wedding ceremony is undoubtedly beautiful and emotional, it is during the wedding reception that guests really get to mingle with each other and enjoy each other’s company over some good food and drinks. This is also where guests (including Grandma!) can party and boogie the night away in the wedding reception venue’s dance floor.

Everyone knows what happens during the usual wedding reception program. If you don’t want to go by this clichéd route, you can put a twist on the usual reception program and make it more fun and enjoyable with wedding games. Some well-selected wedding reception games (and guests who are eager and willing to join) can effectively break the ice and charge up the atmosphere. If your wedding reception location provides for a DJ or if you have assigned someone to act as the reception emcee, they can be the ones to facilitate these games.

Before you get into any of these games, make sure that the reception center has given prior approval to the games and the materials/props to be used. When you work with the wedding reception center, their assigned event coordinator can help get you the things you need and ensure that the games go smoothly. Choose games that encourage audience participation so as to get your guests out of their chairs and having a bit of fun!

Here are some games you can try:

–          Variations of the garter toss. Are the men in your wedding party avid football fans? Then take a football and place the garter around it. The groom gets to toss the football and whoever catches the football wins the garter. Another variation is for the male volunteers to do a “sexy dance” – the best “sexy dance” is the one who ends up holding the garter. Again, make sure that your wedding reception center allows these games.

–          “How well do you know your bride”. Line up volunteers – men and women, young and old – along with the bride. Have them sit down. Blindfold the groom and have him identify his bride from the lineup – only by shaking each volunteer’s hand (tame version). For more racy versions, have the volunteers kiss the groom or have the groom feel each volunteer’s legs.

–          “Feed me”. With this game, the bride and groom take turns feeding each other. The groom is the first one to be blindfolded. He is to feed his new wife with a food item (preferably one that will not mess up the bride’s makeup or dress). He will feed the bride using only her directions. After this, it’s the bride’s turn. The bride is blindfolded and given a slice of the wedding cake (preferably one topped with whipped cream). The bride is to feed the cake to the groom.

–          Getting the newlyweds to kiss (variations). Eschew the usual tapping of fork to glasses and add a new twist! For instance, get people to wear a lei and do the hula hoop for at least 30 seconds if they want the couple to kiss. Or, assign couples (male/female or male/male) to kiss at various points in the program. The newlyweds must lock lips the same way these couples do! Encourage the volunteers to provide racy versions of “the kiss” that the newlyweds must do. One other option is to have a putting green and a golf club. Anyone who wants the couple to kiss should get the golf ball into its hole.

–          Balloon Pop. Get a balloon between the bride and groom. Cheer them on as they try to pop the balloon in any way possible without the use of their hands or feet.

When playing games where participants are blindfolded, make sure that there is someone on hand to prevent any accidents or spills. Also, before you select your games, be sure that your wedding reception venue has the materials and space you need for the game.

When having your reception in Sandy, Utah, one excellent choice would be Western Gardens’ The Atrium. The Atrium is a Sandy, Utah wedding reception venue that provides a wide range of facilities that are ideal for wedding reception games. The Atrium is equipped with an excellent audio and video system, a dance floor, an event coordinator to help you and so much more.

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Using a Catering Service for Your Wedding Reception

Planning a wedding can seem an overwhelming task; there is so much to decide!  Perhaps you want a seasonal theme, marking the occasion of spring.  Should you go with a lilac or rose colored scheme, chrysanthemum or geranium flowers, a traditional white dress with delicate frills and a long train, or a trendy, modern style?  What about aura, ambience and décor?  Which of the wedding venues in Utah fully meets your needs and desires?  The list seems to grow and grow as you envision this special and unforgettable hallmark of your life.  One aspect of wedding planning that will take an enormous amount of time, meticulous planning, organized preparation, and seamless execution is food.

The kind of food service that will be featured at your selected Utah wedding reception center is a big decision to make.  The choice of catering can easily consume more than half of your wedding budget.  Furthermore, the quality of food and service at your reception will be a big factor in the success of your event.  You ideally want an experience that will leave a lasting impression on your guests.  The type of food and style of service will influence the mood, tone and feeling of your reception.  You will have to consider how formal or casual you want your reception to be.  Do you desire a cozy, warm, family feeling or the most exquisite dining experience?  How will the reception tie into your overall wedding theme, will a five-meal course be appropriate, which desserts will add the perfect sensual element, what time of day will it be?

It may help to keep a running list of your ideas.  Freely explore your tastes, fantasies and varied options, but strive for a workable balance and keep within your budget.  You may go after exotic flavor but be sure to have customary options that can keep everyone happy.  Think about serving styles.  Seated meals are considered the best choice for a very formal wedding while buffet style may be perfect for a more relaxed, casual and festive atmosphere.  Keep in mind that buffet-style receptions can still be formal with the choice of servers filling plates.  One particular advantage to the buffet style is that guests can pick and choose exactly what they would like on their plate.  A passed-tray service style, where the waiters walk around serving cocktails and finger-food from trays, may be more appealing for shorter or evening receptions.  It is also important to remember your variety of guests with different needs, like vegetarians or elders, and the size of your guest list.    With a catering service at any Utah wedding reception center, taste, variation and presentation are optimal.

Hiring a catering service is a convenient, hassle-free choice for providing food for your event.  The last thing you want to worry about after you have said “I do” is whether the salmon turned out alright.  Wedding caterers already have the experience required to pull off a successful event.  In addition, you do not have to think about obtaining all the necessary catering supplies and equipment needed to prepare food for a large group of people, or worry about delegating kitchen responsibilities.  There are many intricate details that you might not have even thought of that may require your attention in the course of preparing for an event.  Having a catering service manage all of these tasks for you can reduce an enormous amount of stress and anxiety.  On the big day, all you should have to do is bask in the dream-like glow that will certainly surround you.

Another good reason to hire a catering service is to ensure the food and service leaves a truly one-of-a-kind impression.  A catering service often offers exquisite dining options with chefs that have years of experience in preparing high-quality, delectable servings with unique taste and presentation.  The right catering ingredients may turn out one of the loveliest wedding receptions in Utah.

The Atrium, Western Gardens’ beautiful Sandy reception center, offers the convenience of its own catering service.  You may select from a series of diverse buffet options: Garden Buffets, Celebration Buffets, Bow Tie Buffets, Classic Buffets, White Tie Buffets or Dinner Buffets. Each buffet style has further options to refine your style and taste.  From the Atrium’s signature wedding menus you may choose your preference of hot and cold hors d’oeuvrs, desserts, salads, sandwiches, pies, cakes, entrees and beverages.  Review the Atrium’s wedding menus to compare and contrast the long list of appetizing choices.

Your wedding will be one of the most memorable occasions in the storybook of your life.  Do not hesitate to get the help you will need planning all the wondrous details.  A catering service may be a wise choice to ensure the smooth outcome of your reception.  As you gear up for the big day, explore your choices, be creative, and have fun!

Hiring a Professional Company for your Wedding

Weddings can become such grand productions! There is a long list of details to be decided upon, tracked and monitored to ensure that these arrive at the right time and at the right quantity, as well as look (or taste) the way you want it.

Some brides want to be involved in every tiny detail of the wedding while others prefer to get a little help with the planning and organizing. Needless to say, a wedding will surely need a lot of hands to help out for it to come without a hitch.

There are also wedding reception venues that offer complete packages. Aside from the wedding venue for the ceremony and/or the reception, you can also avail of other arrangements for important details such as the catering, floral arrangements, photography and videography, invitations and the wedding cake.

Here are some benefits of hiring a professional company to help with your wedding:

A wealth of experiences. You’ve made extensive research and read up on how to plan and implement your dream wedding. However, there may be some things you may have failed to foresee during your planning. Remember Murphy’s Law? Things that can go wrong may go wrong at the time you least want it to. Now, it’s not being pessimistic, but it helps to be prepared for these. A professional company will have a wealth of experiences and have seen a lot of weddings. They can already foresee what things can go wrong and head these off before they even happen.

Less pressure and stress for the bride and the entourage. During the day of the wedding, the bride’s most important job is to look the part – a radiant bride, beautiful and resplendent in her gown. Her second important job is to enjoy every moment of the event and ensure that her guests do as well. Having a professional to take care of the details will help ensure that the bride is relaxed and at ease during her wedding day. The same goes for the weeks and months of preparations. With someone helping out, the bride does not have to spend time rushing about, trying to complete everything according to the timeline.

Cheaper to go by the package. Getting things as a package may actually cost you less than getting every detail one by one. For instance, a reception venue in Utah, The Atrium, offers 20% discount on invitations when you book with them. Packages also have add-ins that, when bought or rented separately, may add a considerable amount to your budget.

Saves time. Imagine all the time you’ll save by not having to run around and getting everything yourself. A professional company that offers complete wedding packages will mean you will not have to make separate appointments for the venue, another for the catering, and so on.

Trends. A professional wedding coordinator or wedding reception location is more aware of the current trends – what’s hot and what’s not. The persons who had their eyes glued on the television during Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding were the wedding coordinators. They can give valuable input on your key choices.

Sourcing. Professionals have their sources. Rather than running around and doing research on the internet for that particular item you want included, you can simply ask your wedding coordinator and he or she may know where to find it. They also can give suggestions on a wide variety of options: Fresh flowers or silk flowers and where to get them? What wedding favors to give? Where to find those gorgeous centerpieces you saw in a magazine?

Has the resources and equipment. This is particularly true for reception centers in Sandy, Utah. These are already equipped with furniture, enough seating capacity, video and audio systems, lighting systems, parking and so on. Western Gardens’ The Atrium is a Sandy, UT wedding venue that is equipped with such and even has other add-ons to make your wedding extra special such as a baby-grand piano, dressing rooms for the bride and groom, enough parking spaces and so on.

Lastly, professionals are, well, professional. You will have a contract to hold on to so that things are done according to what you both have agreed upon. This may not be particularly true if you ask a non-professional to do the work for you. Many a bride have been left hanging and distraught a few days before the wedding (and even on the day of the wedding itself!) just because a non-professional was not able to deliver. This kind of stress can be avoided by going with a professional.

As you can see, professional companies such as wedding locations in Sandy, Utah, can provide more than just a venue in which you can hold your wedding ceremony and reception. They can provide invaluable help to ensure that your wedding is truly a dream come true.

Dream Weddings at The Atrium

A wedding is one of the happiest occasions in a couple’s life. As people witness and celebrate the union of two people, this should be made beautiful and unforgettable. The venue of the wedding is an important factor in ensuring that your wedding is set in the paradise you have dreamed of.

Creating the Right Ambiance

The Atrium at Western Gardens is a reception center at Sandy, Utah. It provides a lush and romantic Eden with all the amenities you will need to make your wedding all the more memorable. You can choose to hold your wedding indoors or outdoors. You can create the perfect ambiance with charming waterfalls, as well as decorative elements such as chandeliers, fireplaces and wooden chairs.

If you want your wedding indoors, the people at the Atrium can fill the area with plants and flowers. With the combination of the venue’s glass elements, twinkling lights, lush plants and spacious ceilings, you can be sure of magical moments that are sure to be picture-perfect. The Sandy reception venue also boasts of a grand piano. Dance the night away at the reception hall’s spacious ballroom.

For outdoor weddings, you can say your vows with the waterfalls as a backdrop and under a gazebo bedecked with the flowers of your choice. Or, you can choose to combine both indoor and outdoor settings by having your ceremony outdoors and your reception indoors, or vice versa.

Taking Care of the Details

The Atrium wedding venue in Sandy, Utah also offers complete packages to take out the hassle in your planning. These details can spell a huge difference in making sure that you are relaxed and at ease at the day of the wedding. You don’t have to worry about how well the tables and chairs are set up, how the flowers are arranged to your liking and whether there are enough linens for the guests.

Here are some of the details provided at the Atrium:

Cakes. Enjoy the cake tailor-fit for your wedding. Choose from a wide variety of designs, flavors, number of layers and embelishments. You can opt to adorn your care with fresh flowers and leaves, sugar flowers, fruits, edible pearls and so on.

Catering. The menu can include your choice of hot or cold hors d’oeuvres, salads, breads or pasta, meats, cakes and pastries, desserts and drinks. These are usually served buffet-style. If you want to serve your own food or have your own caterer, you are free to do so. Buffet display tables, a cake display table and linens may be provided.

Linens. Basic linens are provided with an Atrium Wedding package. These usually include polyster toppers, chairs and linen for 11 guest tables, as well as base linens and polyester toppers for the buffet tables. You can also choose to add bows and covers for an extra-special touch. You can also upgrade from polyester linen to organza linen.

Floral arrangements. The Atrium works with Hillside Floral for your floral arrangement needs. Packages can include the bridal bouquet, bouquests for the female entourage, boutonnieres for the groom and male entourage as well as reception centerpieces.

Invitations. Enjoy great discounts on your wedding invitations and announcements when you book your wedding at the Atrium. This can include the invitation, notes, inserts and any anouncements.

Other ameneties. The Atrium also provides a dressing room for the bride to prepare. There will also be a host to help during the event. We can also provide you with assistance with regards to other items of your wedding such as the photography and videography.

A Personal Touch

The Atrium reception center in Sandy, Utah also provides that personal touch with our wedding coordinator. She will guide you through the whole process beginning from the planning stage. The team will make sure that the event goes smoothly and without a hitch, ensuring that you can concentrate on the moments of your wedding instead of worrying about all the other details.

The Atrium makes your wedding dreams come true. It is one of the reasons why The Atrium is considered one of the best wedding venues in Sandy, Utah.