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The Atrium at Western Gardens: Helping Design Dream Wedding Cakes

The Atrium at Western Gardens Sandy, Utah wedding reception center is an exclusive wedding and reception venue. The employees at Atrium weddings strive to make a couple’s experience as personal and simple as possible. Their goal is to help a couple achieve long-lasting memories of their wedding day and give guests a lasting impression of the reception.

Selecting a wedding cake is the centerpiece of the Sandy, UT reception, whether it is round, square, multi-tier or personalized mini-cupcakes. The most important aspect of selecting a cake is the flavor. Often times this is overlooked as a couple focuses on the external beauty of the cake, but it is important to select a flavorful cake that satisfies guests. The Atrium works with an exclusive baker that has more than 25 years of experience. While couples are free to select their own baker, the Atrium’s has more than 50 varieties and styles they regularly work with to help couples design the custom cake of their dreams. While vanilla, chocolate, raspberry filled, carrot cake and even cheesecake are popular cake flavors, selecting the base flavor is the first step. Second, a couple must select the type of icing, as that literally makes the cake. Vanilla, chocolate, butter cream and cheesecake are all popular icing flavors. Fondant is a type of sugar icing dough that rolls out and fits to the cake’s form, giving it a seamless appearance. While some people feel that fondant lacks flavor, it does give an unparalleled external beauty to the cake, seamlessly blending the layers.

It is important to take into consideration that couple’s freeze the top layer of their cake, only to thaw it and eat it on their first anniversary. This customary tradition, helps invoke fond memories from a year gone by. Some cakes will freeze well while others will not. It is important to discuss this with a baker, as couples may opt for a special cake flavor for the top tier to accommodate a one-year deep freeze.

Cakes are available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 12-inch, 9-inch and 7-inch to 14-inch, 10-inch and 7-inch tiers. The number of people attending the wedding determines the size of the cake. Often times couples opt for cake decorations, albeit it simple or a vivid, colorful artistic theme. Fresh flowers are a common addition, as are pearls, leaves and fruit.

Tradition dictates that couples are the first ones to slice the cake and feed each other a piece. This ritual shows the promised bond that the husband and wife will always be there for each other, and help feed one another.

Ivy House Weddings, Utah wedding venues, is a sister company to the Atrium, and can also help provide cake selection services by coordinating with their baker as well.

Special Ceremonies You Can Add To Your Wedding Ceremony

Special ceremonies give your wedding ceremony that extra oomph and say a lot about you, your beliefs and what you hold dear. The roots of these “special ceremonies” may be traditional or cultural.

Here are some special ceremonies that you can add to your wedding:

–          Unity Candle. This is perhaps one of the more popular unity ceremonies used during weddings. At the beginning of the ceremony, the mothers or parents of the couple each light one candle – one representing the bride and one representing the groom. This symbolizes the bride and the groom’s lives as individuals. After the vows are spoken, the bride and the groom each get their respective candle and light the larger unity candle. Then, they blow out the smaller candles they are holding. This symbolizes their union – they are no longer separate, but united as one. Before deciding on this ceremony, inquire from your wedding location if lighting candles are prohibited or not.

–          Breaking the Glass. Just as broken glass has a finality to it (you can’t put it back to what it was before), so is marriage. The breaking the glass ceremony highlights the symbolism of how two individuals have said goodbye to their past and look forward to the future with their partner. This ceremony is Jewish in origin and is usually added after the officiant has pronounced the couple as man and wife. The glass is wrapped in cloth. The groom steps on this on the floor while the audience cheers on and sing Mazel Tov. Take note: again, be sure to ask from the wedding venue if this is allowed.

–          Jumping the broom. This is also ideally placed after the pronouncement of the couple and after they have kissed. The couple is given the opportunity to jump over a broomstick to symbolize how the broom will clean away “bad luck” and each other’s past. The broom symbolizes a clean, new start for the couple. This is African in origin.

–          Circling the groom. This is right after the bridal march. The bride, upon reaching the end of the aisle, goes to the groom and circles the groom seven times. This is reminiscent of the creation of the earth, where God created the world in seven days. Circling the groom symbolizes the couple making a new “world” for themselves when they marry.

–          Coin ceremony. This symbolizes the financial union of the marriage. This tradition is Spanish in origin. Here, the groom gives his bride 13 gold coins. This symbolizes how the husband is to provide for the family and how the wife is to be the steward of the family’s finances. In modern ceremonies, after the groom pours the coins into his wife’s hands, the wife then pours the coins into the groom’s hand. This shows that the couple is mutually responsible to provide for and be stewards of their family’s finances.

–          Handfasting. This is an ancient tradition with Celtic origins. Handfasting can be used to celebrate a betrothal (where the couple is traditionally engaged for a “year and a day” and married after). It can also be used during the wedding ceremony. Here, the bride and the groom’s hands are bound together by colorful cords while the officiant explains the significance of the ceremony and while the couple recites their vows to each other. It symbolizes the union of two people (body, mind and spirit).

–          Honoring the mothers. This is usually done before the bride is presented to the groom (after the bridal march) or before the recessional. The bride takes two pieces from her bridal bouquet and gives each piece to her mother and her mother-in-law. The flowers (may be a single rose) are given with a kiss. Some brides hold a variation of this, where they have their bouquet fashioned into three smaller bouquets. Before the bride goes to the altar with the groom, she divides the big bouquet into three and gives two of these to her mother and her husband-to-be’s mother.

–          Releasing of the doves. Doves are loyal mates – once they have a partner, that partner is for life. Here, the bride and groom release two doves. This is ideally done after the kissing of the couples or during the recessional. Again, make sure to ask the wedding hall or location whether releasing doves are allowed.

–          Rose ceremony. This may be used for the husband and wife. The couple exchange roses as their first gift to one another. This exchange is to symbolize one’s love to the spouse. The officiant may also encourage the couple to continue exchanging a single rose during anniversaries to remind them of their marriage vow.

–          Salt Covenant. During the wedding ceremony, the bride and the groom each hold a pouch of salt and they pour it into one container. The container is then shaken. Salt is used to seal a promise during Biblical times, when salt was considered a precious commodity. Each time a covenant is made between two parties, these two parties each get a pinch of salt from their pouch and place it in the other party’s salt pouch. This marks the finality of the covenant. To break a covenant, you have to retrieve your grains of salt from the other’s pouch and the other party has to do the same from your pouch. As one’s grains of salt cannot be identified and retrieved from the other party’s pouch when the salt has already mixed together, it is also impossible to break the covenant.

–          Sand ceremony. The sand ceremony is a variation of the salt covenant. Here, the bride and the groom hold vases filled with colored sand, one color for the bride, the groom and the officiant (optional). The officiant pours his colored sand into a larger vase, which acts as a base for the other sand. In religious ceremonies, the first base symbolizes the presence of God in their marriage. Then the bride and the groom alternately pour layers of their colored sand into the vase. Lastly, they pour the rest of their colored sand together. This symbolizes the couple’s life as an individual and their life together. Other variations include members of the family (such as the couple’s parents, or any children each may have had prior to the marriage).

Adding these special ceremonies provide additional layers to your wedding ceremony, making it all the more beautiful. But before you decide on including these in your ceremony, remember that your ceremony is a reflection of who you and your spouse-to-be are. You should both be comfortable with the ceremony.

Another thing to consider is your wedding and reception location. Your choice of wedding location will help set the mood of your ceremony. If you are planning to have a wedding in Sandy, Utah, be sure to drop by Western Gardens’ The Atrium, which provides a gorgeous setting for a wedding with its well-appointed and well-thought out facilities and equipment.



Selecting your Wedding Venue? Here are some things you should consider

Dream weddings also require dream locations…and more. Just because the place looks romantic and just right for your motif does not mean that that wedding venue is the best for you. There are also practical considerations to think about to ensure that you have what you need for the wedding ceremony and reception to run smoothly.

To help you determine how you should choose your wedding venue or wedding reception venue, here are some things you should look into:

  1. Kind of ceremony or reception. What kind of ceremony and reception do you want? Would you like to have different venues for the wedding ceremony and reception? Your choice of reception venue should then be near the church or wedding venue since you will have to consider travel times between these two. Or, if you want to save money, you can also think about having your ceremony and reception in one location. This will also be more convenient for you and your guests as it limits the amount of traveling they will need to do. The Sandy, Utah wedding venue, The Atrium House, has the facilities and space for you to have both your ceremony and reception in one romantic backdrop.
  2. Size of the wedding. How many guests are you planning to have? Of course, you need a wedding venue that will accommodate the size of your wedding party. Will the venue also be able to have more space for last minute additions? What if 15 unexpected guests pop up on the day of the wedding itself? Another consideration is the kind of wedding reception you want? A sit-down dinner will need more space for the same number of guests than a stand-up buffet.
  3. Facilities. What kind of entertainment are you planning for your reception? Will this include dancing to the music of a live band? Then you will have to select a location that has a dance floor and space for the band. You should also consider the wedding reception center’s facilities for children and disabled persons. Are the facilities child-friendly – does it have a romper room for children to play in? Is there a wheelchair ramp? How near is the reception area from its parking space? Other convenient facilities you should look into are the bride and groom’s dressing room, a good sound system and enough chairs and tables.
  4. Wedding location staff. Does the staff seem professional and customer friendly? Will the wedding location provide a coordinator to help troubleshoot during the day of the wedding?
  5. Restrictions or limitations of the wedding venue. Some places (particularly historic venues) don’t allow guests to wear high heels. Others, such as museums, limit flash photography. Consider these restrictions in light of what you want to happen in your wedding.
  6. Accessibility. Is the place easy to find for those who will be driving? How about those who will come through public transport? Are there hotels near the wedding venue for you and your guests?
  7. Photo Opportunities. Does the wedding location provide a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos? An ideal wedding venue should have a lot of natural light for daytime photos and romantic sparkling lights for nighttime photos. It should also have decorative elements such as water installations/waterfalls, chandeliers, glass ceilings to make your photos more beautiful.
  8. Budget. Of course, this will be an important consideration. You would want a location that meets your budget and can offer you excellent packages for floral arrangements, catering, wedding invitations and stationery and linen. You should also check the fee schedule and any extra charges (such as charges for overtime, cake cutting or corkage fee should you decide to bring in your own wines).


Western Gardens’ The Atrium House takes all these into consideration to provide you one of the best wedding and reception venues in Sandy, Utah. When you are planning a wedding in this area, be sure to make a visit to The Atrium House to see how well it will suit your needs for your dream wedding.

Wedding Planner 101: What to Know About Your Wedding Planner

The wedding planner may very well be a lifesaver – especially when you’re bombarded by all the things that clamor for your attention and decision. This makes hiring a wedding planner one very good idea – it can ease out a lot of stress and pressure. Remember, the wedding is your special day – you don’t have to spend it being all stressed out. Rather, you’d want to enjoy the day and let someone else handle the nitty-gritty details.

A wedding planner may be as involved in the planning and execution as you want him or her to be. They can coordinate and work with vendors so that all you have to do is to make decisions as to which designs to go with. The wedding planner can take care of ordering the wedding favors, dress, cake and floral arrangements and ensure that these are delivered on time. They can also be there in the wedding location to help supervise the decorations and even stay after the wedding to look after the clean up.

Indeed, the wedding planner may help you keep your sanity, ensure that the wedding is a success and kept well within budget. That said, you need to be careful in your choice of your wedding planner, since he or she plays such a crucial role in your wedding.

Here are some things you’d want to know with regards to your wedding planner:

–          Availability. First, determine whether the planner has an open schedule for your wedding date. You need to know if he or she has other clients booked for that day or for the days leading up to your wedding day. You’d want to have a wedding planner that is fully committed towards your event and will not give only half of his or her attention to it due to the fact that he or she also is juggling other events. Another important thing to check is whether the planner is doing wedding planning as a part-time or fulltime career. Having one that works part time will mean that he or she is only available for calls or meetings during certain days and times.

–          Communication. How will you and the wedding planner communicate – by phone, e-mail or both? How quickly can you expect the wedding planner to respond? How easily can you contact him or her and how often will you meet during the planning stage? Remember, some wedding planners will only provide you with a limited number of phone calls/meetings per week and may charge extra for more frequent calls and meetings.

–          Services provided. Essentially, wedding planners will adjust themselves according to the level of involvement you want them to have for your wedding. There are some brides who prefer someone who will do the planning and coordinating with the vendors, choosing the wedding reception center and other items such as wedding favors, invitations and so on. There are also some brides who enjoy planning the details and doing the legwork of the wedding and simply need someone behind the curtains on the day of the wedding itself. Ask the planner if the wedding planning package being offered includes helping plan the bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner or honeymoon.

–          Experience. A wedding planner’s particular niche should match with what you have in mind for a wedding. Wedding planners who are used to big-budget and elaborate affairs may not be a good fit for a wedding with a small budget. Someone who specializes in formal and church weddings may not have the experience to coordinate a destination wedding. Be sure that the wedding planner you choose has the experience to handle your kind of wedding. You should also ask for referrals for previous clients.

–          Vendor network. A good wedding planner can actually help you save money or stretch your budget even further due to the fact that he or she can negotiate with vendors and work out deals so that you will enjoy more bang for your buck. Be sure to ask if the wedding planner can help you stick with your budget.

–          Cost. Of course, it is important to discuss how much a wedding planner’s services will cost. Some wedding planners charge a flat fee while others tack on a percentage of the wedding’s total cost.  Before you sign the contract, be sure to know the details of the costing – what services are included and what extra charges may be added.

A wedding planner gives you something precious you can enjoy – peace of mind. There are also some wedding venues that provide an in-house coordinator for your wedding day needs. This way, you have someone to go to for any needs you may have during the day of the wedding.

One such wedding reception venue is Western Gardens’ The Atrium in Sandy Utah. Aside from an in-house coordinator, this Sandy, Utah wedding venue offers a wide variety of facilities such as in-house vendors, beautiful backdrops for both indoor and outdoor weddings, a lovely water installation and much more.

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.