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The Atrium at Western Gardens: Wedding Décor for Every Budget

Many details go into decorating for wedding décor. Often time’s couples feel they can tackle this task themselves, only to later realize that hiring someone is much less stressful. The Atrium Sandy reception center offers assistance with décor, helping couples achieve the vision they seek while maintaining track of their budget.

Flowers are the visual center for the reception. It is important that the ceremonial theme carry over into the reception, so the wedding itself feels cohesive and well planned. Flower themes include colors, types – ranging from the exotic to common, greenery and even potted plants.

Many couples choose to focus on lightening as well. Soft tea lights casting shadows around the reception area is warm and inviting, giving guests a comforted feeling. Tea lights are also an inexpensive, yet elegant, way to add warm light, flickering ambiance and easily incorporate into flower centerpieces.

Often times linens help create the base canvas for a theme. Selecting simple white linen to selecting bold linen, this helps create a vision for the reception. The Atrium provides base linens, polyester toppers and chairs. Upgrade options are available including organza toppers, bows, chair covers, table runners, etc.

The selection of plates, silverware and glassware are also an extension of the wedding theme. If the theme were simple, then restaurant-style white plates and elegant crystal-style glasses would be complimentary. If the theme were artistic and whimsical, it might be best to select vibrant glassware to compliment simple plates and silverware, yet perhaps impart a stylish flair into a cloth napkin or table runner.

Many couples opt to display pictures of their courtship, when they were young, growing up and pictures with family members. Pictures are a fun way to help guests mingle and introduce themselves to one another. Pictures can easily be a conversation opener, giving guests the opportunity to recall fond memories of the couple, remember years’ past, discuss how they met the couple or know their families, etc. If a couple’s family has not previously met, pictures are also an excellent way for them to get to know each family better, promote flowing conversation and help everyone feel comfortable and at ease. Nothing is worse than an uncomfortable wedding where people do not mingle or speak to one another. It is important that the décor and surroundings reflect the couple’s personalized style, imparting warmth and helping guests feel comfortable and have an enjoyable experience. 

The Atrium reception centers Utah is able to assist couples in the process of décor and reception decorations. Using them is a valuable, timesaving resource as a couple will have many things on their plate on their important day, including photos, introducing family members and entertaining guests. Having one’s mind at ease that the Sandy Utah wedding venue has everything covered, is well worth working into one’s budget. 

Wedding Vows 101: A guide to Promises of Forever

Wedding vows… do they leave you stumped? Your promise to your future spouse may be one of the most important things you will say. And if does not make this daunting, the prospect of having to say these words in public have you all but petrified. But with a little help, you can get a head start in writing your wedding vows. We’re here to help.

Here are some tips to help you write your vows:

–          Decide if both of you want to say your own vows. This may be deeply personal so you and your future spouse need to agree that saying your personalized vows is what both of you want. Your future spouse may prefer using the traditional vows, which are also beautiful. You also need to agree if you will have the same vow as a couple or if you want different vows for each of you.

–          Decide on your style. Would you like your vows to be romantic, funny, deeply personal or formal and traditional? Choose the style you are most comfortable in.

–          Decide on your vow’s content. The key elements in a wedding vow include: your promises about your marriage, a statement of love and something personal (but not too personal). Choose words that emphasize what you want to happen in your marriage: respect, fidelity, the promise of starting a family and your commitment to mutual happiness.

–          Avoid generalizations, be specific. Stay away from words such as, “I will forever love you.” It’s better to add personalized touches by sticking with simple, everyday ways you can show your love.

–          Choose your words carefully. Use strong action words such as “promise”, “cherish”, “honor”, “delight”, “prize”, “treasure” and so on. Carefully chosen words will add that “oomph” to your vows.

–          Short and sweet is the best way to go. Remember that a few carefully chosen words are more effective than a long-winded speech. So try to keep your vows to up to 3 minutes.

–          Consider the line: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Explore your feelings about your future spouse, your relationship and your marriage. Ask: what about your fiancé do you love most? What made you decide that he or she is “the one”?

–          Look at examples. Promises are for poets and lovers. So take a look at what poets have to say. There are volumes of Bible verses, poems, famous love lines and passages that you can look at and even quote in your vow. You can even choose to incorporate words from your love letters.

–          Listen to your vow. Now that you have written your vow, be sure to “test” it by reading it aloud with someone you trust. This will help you pick out areas for improvement. There may be some areas that don’t sound right so this is your chance to change it.

–          Write it down. You can try to memorize your vows but be sure to have a copy of it handy in case you blank out while you’re saying your vows.

–          Speak from your heart. This is perhaps the most important of all. Your words should be an outpouring of what you feel, know and believe about love and your relationship as man and wife. Don’t speak to impress other people watching – speak to your spouse.

Your vows tell your partner what you personally think and feel. The exchanging of vows is an important part of the marriage ceremony.

As you have given a lot of thought to your wedding vows, you should also give careful thought about other elements of your wedding. This includes the wedding ceremony, the wedding décor and your wedding location.

Your choice of wedding venue is an important aspect that will set the tone of the entire ceremony, including your exchanging of wedding vows. We at Western Gardens understand this and we offer you one of the best wedding locations in Sandy, Utah. The Atrium provides a beautiful backdrop as you recite your vows to each other.



Questions to Ask When Choosing your Wedding Venue

So your boyfriend has popped the question and you have tearfully yet eagerly said “Yes!” Now comes the nitty-gritty of wedding preparations. Once you have set the date, one important thing to book is your wedding and reception venue. You need to book early to ensure that your selected venue is still open for your wedding date. This is especially crucial for wedding to be held in the “peak” months, such as December or June.

However, as much as you want to book a place as quickly as you can, you need to choose the wedding venue that is right for your theme/motif and your budget. So here are some questions to help you choose your wedding venue:

  1. Is the venue still open for your wedding date? If not, are you willing to change your wedding date to book the wedding reception center? Remember, the venue should be booked well in advance and before you  can move on to other items in your wedding to-do list, such as printing and sending out the invitations.
  2. What is the venue’s capacity? How many guests can they accommodate? If you do decide to have your wedding ceremony and reception in one location, will the venue have enough space for this?
  3. Does the venue’s overall look match the kind of look you want for your wedding? What are the decorations in the venue? Are they able to provide you with additional decorations if you want to go for a themed event? Or, are you willing to spend for the additional decorations so that it will match your wedding colors or theme?
  4. Does the wedding venue provide for other wedding-related vendors? For added convenience, you can choose to work with in-house vendors for your catering, floral arrangements, your cake and linen. Working with in-house vendors provides a distinct advantage in that the provider is already familiar with the place, its people and facilities and so things can go more smoothly. The Sandy, Utah wedding venue, The Atrium, provides in-house wedding-related vendors so that you can easily deal with these all under one place. However, be sure to check that the vendors are up to your standards. Have a taste test with the caterer and the baker. Ask for samples and photos from the florist.
  5. What are the venue’s facilities? Does it have enough bathroom and coat check facilities? Does it have wheelchair lamps to provide easier access to disabled guests? Does it have dressing rooms for the bride and groom (which can also serve as the children’s playroom, in case you have some children in your wedding party)?
  6. Does the facility serve alcohol? It is important that the facility holds a state liquor license if you want to serve liquor during your wedding reception. If you plan to bring your own wine and liquor, you should ask if there are applicable corkage fees.
  7. How are costs computed? What is the fee for renting the venue? You should ask for a detailed list of what the rental entails – what facilities are made available to you, how much time is provided for you to decorate the area and how much time is provided for the event itself. Watch out for hidden charges such as service fees, taxes, insurance costs and gratuities. You should also ask if there are additional fees for overtime use. Also, before you sign the dotted line, determine the payment schedule – the deposit as well as when final payment is expected.
  8. How much space is available to you? Does the wedding location have a dance floor and space for the band?
  9. How much parking is available? If you know that most of your guests will be going by car, you should ensure that they have adequate parking. You should also note if valet parking is available and if there are additional fees for parking.
  10. How much staff is available on your wedding day? It is important to know if there is someone on hand to help out and troubleshoot, particularly on the day of the wedding. There should be someone behind the scenes that will mind the details even as you enjoy your special day. How many of the venue’s staff will be there to help?
  11. Are there restrictions? There may be some limitations as to what you can do. Some venues don’t permit the use of candles or open flames. It is important to know ahead of time whether there are restrictions, especially if you want something unique in mind for your wedding.

If you are planning to have your wedding and reception in Sandy, Utah, be sure to drop by Western Gardens’ The Atrium and you will see how ideal the venue is for a momentous event such as a wedding.

Wedding Caterers: What you want to know

Before saying “I do” to a potential wedding caterer, you need to know some crucial things about that caterer. After all, catering will eat up a large portion of your wedding budget. You don’t want the disappointment of having to eat rubbery chicken with a soggy side salad, do you? Knowing important details about your caterer will help avoid that huge let-down, especially during an important day such as your wedding. It is also helpful to know what you require beforehand so that these are clearly lined out and agreed upon by you and the wedding caterer.

But first things first. You need to determine whether your selected wedding reception venue allows you to hire an outside caterer. Some venues have their own in-house catering service.

If your reception center gives you the go-ahead, here are some things you need to know about your personal requirements and how your prospective caterer will deliver that according to your budget:

–          Type of wedding catering required. A five-course sit-down dinner or buffet? It depends on what you want for your reception. Of course, each type of catering will have its own requirements.

–          Catering staff. Does the catering staff simply serve your guests or are they trained to explain what is on offer (particularly for a buffet) in a professional and respectful way? Will the drinks and hors d’oeuvres be served to the guests or will guests need to go to a station for these?

–          Appearance of the staff. Ask how the wait staff will look during the event. Their look should, of course, match what you are going for in your wedding reception. You don’t want wait staff walking around in slacks when you are having a formal affair.

–          Reputation. What do other people say about the caterer? Ask around for recommendations and as the prospective caterer to give you referrals.

–          Food quality and availability. Book a food tasting session with the caterer. Don’t just consider the taste, but also the presentation of the food. Ask what cuisine the caterer specializes in and whether he or she is able to accommodate special dietary requirements such as service kosher food to some guests.

–          Costing. The quote provided should include a listing of the food cost, plus other charges – staffing costs, service charge, taxes, corkage, setting up and clean up fee, fees for drinks, delivery fee, fees for rented equipment and so on. You will discover that the quoted cost per head is actually lesser when you add up the extra charges. Having a listing of the costs will help protect you from any hidden costs that may come as an unpleasant surprise when the final bill is presented to you.

–          Package offering. Also, get a list of what is included in your package. Check whether items such as tea or coffee, wine and other add-ons are already included in the package or will cost you extra. Be sure to ask for a separate package for your kids.

–          Ratio of staff to guests. The caterer should be able to provide you with the number of team members who will serve during the catering event. Make sure that there is a comfortable ratio and that there is enough wait staff to serve your guests’ needs.

–          Familiarity with the wedding reception center. Has the prospective caterer worked with your selected wedding reception center? This will help ensure that things go more smoothly since the caterer already is familiar with the venue and knows just what to expect. They can bring in additional equipment that are not readily available in the reception venue. They also have a better idea of the best ratio of staff to guests since they have already taken into consideration distances from the guest tables and the kitchen.

–          Work load. Check that your prospective caterer has a reasonable work load. Ask how many catering jobs the caterer has accepted for the month and day of your wedding. You don’t want other jobs to “compete” for the caterer’s attention during crunch time. You also want to be sure that your contact will be present at the wedding reception location on the day of your wedding to manage things.

–          Payment policy. How soon will the deposit be required and how much is required? When will the full payment be due? Does the caterer have a refund policy in case something unavoidable happens and the wedding is cancelled?

Western Gardens’ Sandy, Utah reception venue, The Atrium, The Ivy House, has a list tried and tested caterers that have worked with them. This means that you can easily cross out one important item off your to-do list of choosing the right caterer for your needs. Aside from this, The Atrium also provides an excellent set of facilities for your dream wedding. If you are planning a wedding in Sandy, Utah, be sure to visit The Atrium and ask about their caterers.

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.

Planning your garden wedding? Here are some tips

Planning your dream wedding at your parents’ spacious backyard? This provides a personal touch to a deeply personal occasion. In addition, it can also save you a considerable amount of money, money you save by not renting a wedding reception venue.

However, there are some considerations you have to make if you plan to have your wedding on your own backyard:

–          Planning and organizing. You will need to carefully plan and organize not just your time but also the amount of space you need to work with. Please remember that having your wedding or your wedding reception at your own backyard will mean a lot of work and will require a lot of hands to pitch in. You will need to make sure that the decorations and equipment are in place, plan space for important aspects of the wedding such as a dressing room for the bride and the entourage, space for the caterers to work with, and so on.

–          Equipment rental. Even if your backyard has ample space, you still need to rent a lot of things. This include your audio system, chairs, gazebo (if you want one), plates and linens, lighting system, dance floor, tables and more.

–          Weather. When planning an outdoor wedding, it is best to also make provisions in case the weather makes a turn for the worse. You can cross your fingers and earnestly hope that it doesn’t rain on the day of your wedding. But sometimes, hoping may not be enough. Does the house have enough space for all the guests in case it rains?

–          Decorations. A lot of work will need to go with the set up and decorations. Even if the caterer is on hand to prepare the tables, you will want to have your wedding venue ready for those photographs and videos. Some areas to consider will be the guests’ entrance, the venue where the ceremony will be done, centerpieces, lighting (to set the right mood) and the restrooms. Another consideration may be that due to the limited space, you may have to have your wedding ceremony and reception on the same spot. This will take some organizing and work since you need to set up the chairs for the ceremony then the tables for the reception – with a bit of space for those in the mood for some dancing.

–          Food preparations. If you are self-catering, please recognize that the standard kitchen may not provide ample space. And if you get someone to cater, make sure that they have enough space for the food preparations (plating, heating, etc.).

–          Availability of parking. You may need to sweet-talk a lot of neighbors to allow your guests to park in nearby spaces. You may need to provide valet parking to ensure that there is minimal inconvenience for both your guests and your neighbors.

Having you wedding at your own backyard may be a wonderful thing, but you must also be prepared to organize, plan and work to make it the kind of wedding you want.

Now, you can also consider renting a wedding reception location in Salt Lake City, Utah to rid yourself of the additional hassles of setting up, organizing and preparing. Western Gardens’ The Atrium is a wedding reception venue in Sandy, Utah that can provide you with the amenities that can serve all your wedding requirements. Wide, open spaces, a baby grand piano, ample parking areas, a dance floor and more.

As far as reception centers in Sandy, Utah go, The Atrium is an excellent choice. These are equipped not just with what you need in terms of amenities but also create a romantic ambiance that is perfect for weddings and other special occasions. With such a wedding location in Utah, you can enjoy your wedding without having to worry about every tiny detail.