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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!

Play along the way while planning your wedding reception in Sandy
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 with the wedding reception food.
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!

Get plenty of rest for 3 nights before your big day
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!


Blog Calendar for Wedding Venues in Utah

What wedding information do you want to read about?  Take a look at the following Calendar of Topics for Atrium Weddings, one of a few indoor garden wedding venues in Utah.  The calendar outlines several topics I will write about in the next weeks on Atrium’s Blog.  Periodically I will ask your opinion what you want to learn about in the wedding planning world.  I’ll research some ideas and pass the information to you.

Topics that will be covered for the next six weeks include Traditional Christmas Touches, A Thanksgiving Wedding, Winter Wedding Wonderland, Inexpensive Decorating Tips, Avoiding Long Guest Lines, The Bride’s Photographer, Time Lines for your Ceremony and Reception.

Beginning in January, I am hoping to focus on ideas about Spring Weddings in Utah.  Like our Facebook page Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy and list the topics you want to know about!  Your perfect wedding celebration is important to us!  We don’t want to be just one of the many Utah wedding venues.  We want to be YOUR celebration venue!


View future blog topics on this calendar for this wedding venue in Utah


Wedding Planning Basics

Focusing on the Bride at Sandy wedding locationThere are some basic steps that all weddings have in common.  Planning for a wedding may seem like an overwhelming task. With organization plus a checklist, planning a wedding is much easier to manage.  Break everything down into steps, and put them all on a timetable, so you can check them off as they are complete.

The first thing to do is to set up a wedding planner, which can be done the old fashioned way with a folder, or tech savvy people can use an online plan.  Using an online plan makes planning easier for other people to get involved, with many options offering real time changes with alerts to keep everyone that is involved in the loop.  Make a list of the different wedding ideas you have, and place them into the folder, or in the notes of your online planner.

The next thing to determine is the budget, because everything else in a wedding revolves around this factor.  When you know exactly how much money you have to spend on your wedding you can begin to make the other choices.  Almost half of the wedding budget is typically spent upon the Utah wedding reception.  This figure can be reduced if you look for Utah wedding locations that can act as both Utah wedding venues and a Utah wedding reception center, because you will be able to use the same flowers and other decorations.

The budget can also be reduced when you choose an outdoor wedding, or a place like the Atrium at Western Gardens in Sandy Utah, which offers the feel of an outdoor wedding in any weather with atrium weddings.  The reason you can reduce the cost, is because, with all the plants in the atrium, much of the decorating is already in place and part of the cost of the venue.  You will also be able to reduce the amount you spend upon the flowers, plus transporting everything from the plant locations to a Sandy Utah wedding reception center.

The next item to take care of is to choose the people that will participate in the wedding and reception.  This needs to be done as soon as possible, so these people can put the date on the calendar.  These people can also help with some of the planning choices, which can help lower all the planning stress. 

At this point, you will want to begin the guest list, which will depend upon the budget.  After you have checked the price of the venue, gown and additional wedding attire, invitations, flowers, music, pictures, and other incidentals, you will have a figure left to use on the reception.  This amount that is left will determine the number of people you can invite to the wedding and reception. 

If your budget permits, you can hire a wedding planner to help with all these details.  Wedding planners have built relationships with different vendors, to secure you a better price on some of the things for wedding receptions in Utah. 

Make reservations for wedding venues in Utah at this point, so you will have the date set.  Many times the date of your wedding has to be scheduled around the available dates of the venue you want to hold the wedding and reception at.  The choice of venue will also help determine the number of guests at the reception, because of the room available.  Choosing a place like the Atrium at Western Gardens is a great choice for wedding venues Utah, because it not only offers an outdoor feel in any weather, it is particularly spacious and can comfortable being one of the best reception centers Utah.

Now you will want to begin to interview and hire the different people that supply the music, food, flowers, and invitations for your wedding.  This may take some time, and can be accomplished with ease, if you delegate some of these tasks to different people that are involved in the wedding party.

Now it is time to throw the engagement party to celebrate the most significant day of your life.  The people that you will invite to the engagement party will be some of the same people that will be attending the wedding.  You will want the people that attend your engagement party to be your closest acquaintances; the people that you know will want to celebrate this momentous event with you.

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.

Planning Beautiful, Low budget Weddings

Weddings need not cost an arm and a leg for it to be beautiful. Remember, the beauty of a wedding rests mainly on the moments (where love just flows and is felt by everyone present) in that wedding. And this does not necessarily come with an expensive price tag.

Here are some tips for planning a beautiful wedding on a budget:

–          Choose the time and day. Weekends and evening affairs cost more. If you can, go for a weekday for your wedding date and an afternoon or morning reception instead of dinner. Also, peak seasons for weddings are from May to October, as well as December, so you can do well to stay away from these months.

–          Choose a good wedding venue.  A Sandy, UT wedding venue that provides a comprehensive package will cut a lot of corners. Choose a wedding venue that already provides a good sound system (as well as a video system, if you need it), enough seats and tables (as well as linens – a number of wedding locations offer standard linens free of charge) and other necessities such as parking spaces, room for the bride to dress and decorative elements that make the wedding all the more beautiful.

–          Borrow or rent. You don’t have to buy some of the necessities in your wedding. Look to relatives and friends who recently wed. Chances are, they already have what you need – the flower girl’s baskets, the ring bearer’s pillow, cake topper, cake cutter and server and toasting glasses. And the bride’s outfit includes something borrow – so borrow your wedding jewelry, as well as your headpiece, veil and even the gown!

–          Forego the dessert section. Instead, get a small wedding cake for display and enough sheet cake in the kitchen to be served during dessert time. This will complete your meal without necessarily eating a lot in your budget.

–          A buffet is more economical than a sit-down dinner. This means you will need less servers (and thus, less tips). If you want a sit-down dinner, you may think about trimming one or two courses out of the five-course meal.

–          Cut down on printing and mailing costs. For instance, include the information for the reception on your invitation so that you won’t have to spend on reception cards. Rather than sending your save-the-date reminders through the mail, consider sending them via e-mail. When choosing your type of invitation, go for standard sizes. Oddly-shaped or over-sized letters may cost more to mail.

–          Go for simple flowers. Choose flowers that are available locally and that are available in season. Your floral arrangements need not be expensive to be beautiful. When decorating with flowers, add more of the greenery (to add volume) and incorporate fewer flowers.

–          Set a realistic budget and stick to it as much as possible. You can play around with your budget – but you can do so by cutting corners on other items in your budget. That way, the total won’t be much affected.

–          Go DIY. If you have plenty of time or have an extra pair of hands to help, you can go the do-it-yourself route for much of your wedding items – invites, favors, jewelry for the entourage and so on.

–          Vendors? Consider your family and friends. You can cut costs by looking towards friends and relatives to act as your photographer, wedding planner or caterer. Also, instead of getting a DJ or a live band, use your iPod or computer and setup a playlist that a friend or a loved one can cue at the right moments. You must, however, weigh the savings against the risks. You may not necessarily get what you expect, especially if you plan to work with amateurs instead of professionals. If you don’t want to take the risk with the photos, you can consider hiring a professional photographer to take your formal wedding shots prior to and during the ceremony. Then, have family and friends who are camera-loving enthusiasts to take the pictures in the wedding reception venue.



Picking the Invitations and Thank You Cards

Now that you have booked your Utah wedding venue and picked out the date that your ceremony and reception will take place, the next important step is making sure your intended guests know that they are invited. Selecting the right invitation for your Sandy, Utah wedding reception and ceremony will let your friends and family know that this is an event that they will not soon forget and have them RSPVing in droves.

When picking out invitations take care not to forget to decide on the equally essential Thank You cards. Choosing the right Thank You card to send to your guests will garner you a spot in their heart for quite some time to come. Thank You cards are not a dying breed and they can be just as stylish and personalized as your invitations.

Color Schemes

Settled on the main color palette for your Sandy, Utah wedding venue? Tying these same colors into your wedding invitations and Thank You cards will give a solid flow of accord in your total wedding design. You can use the colors boldly as the main paper color or as a pleasant touch in the ink used to print the design and font of the invites and cards.

Picture or No Picture

If you happened to have an engagement photo taken for your engagement announcement consider implementing this into your invitations. Including this portrait will give your invites a personal flair that will undeniably set your invitation apart from all others your guests may receive. If you would prefer to not have your picture printed directly onto your invites consider inserting a small individual copy into each guests’ invitation as a keepsake for them.


Is your wedding day going to be one of absolute elegance or an event that is both calm and casual? In picking the font on your invitation you can imply the type of occasion your nuptials are going to be. For a timeless wedding a decorate script font would match wonderfully, but for a beach wedding using a more modern font that is fresh and informal would be splendid.


You can choose to keep the wording traditional and simple by including the typical day, time and location of your Utah wedding venue. But take into account that you can say more than just this basic information in your wedding invitation. Go an extra step and add a creative and inspirational passage or give additional details about your wedding day that might be beneficial for guests to know. With your Thank You cards it is always important to maintain room to hand write a personal message of appreciation, though having them printed with one of your favorite moving quotes will give your card an extra sense of specialness.

Paper and Envelope Type

Sending out your invitations and Thank You cards in bland envelopes and printed on flimsy, unappealing paper can send the wrong message to your guests. Picking a well crafted paper and envelope will ensure that your invites and cards hold up well in the delivery process and immediately grab the attention of your friends and family when they see these sitting in their mailbox. The use of visually appealing paper and envelopes will tell your guests that this is an important event.

If you are carrying out your Sandy, UT wedding reception at the Atrium they can not only aid you in making a decision on invitations and Thank You cards but also order them for you as well. All of the invitations that they offer are completely customizable to make your invite as unique as you.