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Wedding Venues in Utah Can Help Cut Your Wedding Budget

Wedding Venues in Utah help with wedding budgets
Simple & Romantic flowers can help you stay within your budget

The most common challenge for most wedding couples is how to plan the celebration of their dreams while working within a tight budget.  There are a few Utah wedding venues that can actually be very budget friendly.  The following are some tips on how to cut your budget, including some ideas on what to look for before you choose your wedding venue.

  1. Don’t fight it!  Your budget can be viewed as a challenge to be met.  Make it a game!  It will not seem so overwhelming.
  2. Give and take with the choices that come before you.  Sometimes a little flexibility here and there will help you still achieve what you want, but for a little less money.
  3. Most wedding venues in Utah should provide you with a consultant for your celebration.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.  A wedding planner has been involved with huge budget weddings and small budgets.  She can give you a lot of ideas, if you choose.

    salt lake wedding reception venues with no-charge beverage servers
    Does your venue include beverage servers or do those cost extra?
  4. Your wedding venue is the first big cost you’ll spend.  Be sure to look for a venue that includes as much as possible for a reasonable price.  Some locations rent only the space and then add set up, tables, linens, chairs, etc. to your ticket.  In contrast, the receptions centers at Western Garden Centers, include just about everything a bride needs for a beautiful event in their venue – a lot of tables, linens, chairs, set up, and even beautiful and stylish centerpieces are included.
  5. Remember who this party is for…..YOU!  If you continually remind yourself of this, it can save funds for other things you really want for your celebration.

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    Who are the most important people you must invite?
  6. Now it is time to check your guest list.  Invite only your closest relatives and friends.  If you can cut the number of guests, you’ll be cutting your costs for food, flowers for tables, guest favors, invitations, and even the size of your cake.  In the past, some brides and grooms have tried to please their parents and invite the whole world.  It’s okay to keep it intimate, especially if you have to work within a tight budget.
  7. There are a lot of little details that can be done personally by you or by close family and friends.  Labor is one of the biggest expenses for wedding events.  Remember that you have a Maid of Honor and that is her job, to help you with whatever she can for your beautiful day.  You can create your own wedding favors, menu cards, table signs, Our Story banners, etc.  Again, labor is usually the biggest cost, so get your family and bridesmaids helping you!

    salt lake wedding venues to fit a wedding budget
    Having your Ceremony at the same location as your reception or dinner, can save you money and time!
  8. Booking your wedding ceremony and reception at the same wedding location will help cut your costs.  Some venues simply add a minimal cost to add on a ceremony to your already booked reception or dinner.  Be sure to find out what that same-day ceremony includes – additional hours, set-up, etc.

    wedding cake at slc wedding venue
    Slimming your wedding cake to only two tiers is a good idea. Simple can be elegant. Then order a sheet cake for the guests!
  9. Another great idea is to save on your wedding cake budget by ordering a smaller two tier cake.  The more tiers, the bigger expense.  Consider purchasing a sheet cake to serve your guests.

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    Fresh fruits are less expensive than a main course meal
  10. Your food menu is another place you can spend wisely.  Finger foods and appetizers typically are less money.  Also, a handful of venues allow for self-catering.  With today’s options at warehouse stores, this has been a viable option for many wedding parties.  Does your venue allow for self-catering?  Can you bring in your own caterer?  Many venues require you to use their caterers, cake designers, and florists.  Seek a venue that gives you more leeway in these areas.

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    Beautiful bridal bouquet with roses and lilies tied with satin ribbon
  11. Last but not least, your flowers can be inexpensive if you are willing.  Simple flowers can have a stunning effect on your guests.  I remember one bride who used only red roses.  It was stunning and very romantic.  Even her bridal bouquet was a dozen red roses and white baby’s breath bound with white satin ribbon.  Using greenery and flowers that are in season can also cut costs.  Some wedding venues in Utah offer candle lit centerpieces that do not require any additional flowers.  Some brides have simply used rose petals scattered around an elegant candle centerpiece.

Wedding budgets can be scary but they don’t have to be.  Face it head on and meet the challenge.  Prioritizing the items that are most important to you, will help you see where you can trim and cut.  Your biggest challenge can be to find a venue that is a good value with many of the trimmings you would have to add yourself if at another venue.  Atrium Weddings and Ivy House Weddings are two wedding reception venues in Utah that include a lot of beauty for an affordable rental price.

Last Kiss at Wedding Venues in Utah

This wedding couple took this cute photo of their last kiss before becoming husband and wife.  The groom still can’t see the lovely bride, but they figured a way to kiss each other good luck for what was about to happen!  What a beautiful couple that proved, where there is the will, there is a way!  See what is around wedding venues in Utah so that you can make it happen!

Last kiss before their ceremony at one of Utah's wedding reception centers. Outdoor ceremony on waterfall plaza at Salt Lake Wedding venue.

Utah Wedding Receptions and the First Man in Your Life – Your Father!

Don't forget the first man in your life at your wedding reception celebration in Sandy
Photo by James Erick Photography

Your Dad!  He has been the main man in your life for many years.  He was the first man to love you and the first man you loved.  If at all possible, don’t miss out on a special moment with the first man in your life.   Many Utah wedding receptions include this tradition of wedding celebrations.  It becomes a tender moment and most memorable for the bride and her Dad, and her mother!  You don’t want any regrets of having this moment, if you have the chance.

I took liberty to ask some mothers and recent brides what they thought of this tradition.  For a mother in Draper, Utah, Sharae believes this moment is a “symbol of a father who has loved and taken care of his daughter for so many years,” and a beautiful way to say his goodbyes and send her on to the new man in her life.    My friend Carolyn from Holladay, Utah, never had this tender moment with her father.  Now that she has a daughter of her own, she wishes she had planned on that tradition at her wedding.  She says that “this special dance could have been a nice way to help my father let go and let me move on with the new man that I love.”  It probably would have been easier for him to have that little bit of closure of me marrying and moving away.

At your Utah wedding reception center, dance with your first love and the first man who loved you - your father!
Photo by Kulbacki

My mother did not have a dance with her father at her reception.  In fact, she said that she didn’t even think of having one.  It must have “skipped my mind” with all the other plans and she didn’t have anyone to help her be organized.  She wishes she would have had a wedding specialist help her with all those little details.  Her father died several years ago and when she goes to other receptions and watches the bride dance with her father, she regrets not having the same experience.

Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy and Ivy House Weddings at Western Gardens Downtown are two wedding venues in Utah that have perfect dance floors and wonderful sound systems for the bride’s tender dance with her father.  It is the icing on the cake, so to speak, the cherry on top, a very special touch that honors that man who has raised and cared for his little girl who is now a beautiful bride.

Smart Brides Ask for Help From Their Wedding Venues in Utah

Self catering at this wedding reception in Sandy Utah
Photo by IV Photos

A well-planned wedding reception in a high-quality venue provides you not only with the chance to celebrate your wedding, but also to mingle with cherished friends and family members. At the Atrium at Western Gardens, we can meet the needs of any size or type of wedding reception. Our full service reception center in Sandy offers a variety of venues to provide the setting for an indoor or outdoor wedding reception. The team of experts at the Atrium will help you plan a great reception and make sure it is a success, from start to finish. There’s no need to research several wedding venue locations and halls in Utah. The Atrium at Western Gardens can help meet all of your wedding reception needs.

Depending on your neighborhood, there seem to always be women and men around who are willing to help with anything they can.  In my neighborhood, every young woman in the area was given a bridal shower from the neighbors.  People helped make food and even served at the wedding celebrations.  I had a friend who lost her mother about a year before her wedding.  Knowing of her loss and her upcoming big event, a few women showed up at her door and asked how they could help.  My friend didn’t even know what she was supposed to be doing, let alone give tasks to others.  These women jumped in and kindly helped her get organized and plan her day the way she desired.  It soon became a big neighborhood project for this young woman who was so grateful for the love others demonstrated.  A couple of women made alterations to her bridal gown.  Another checked out the prices for the menu items the bride was wishing for.  One spouse of those women is a graphic designer and he designed the invitations to her fancy.  Others gathered frames for the couple’s photos to display on the tables at their reception.  There are many tasks that many others can do.  The bride does NOT have to do it all.  A smart bride won’t do it all!  My friend not only received much help with her wedding, but she also learned a very important lesson about the human soul.  We love to feel needed and helpful.

Bridal toast in Bride's room at Salt Lake Wedding reception centers
Photo by MLA Photos

Therefore, as you begin those steps of planning your wedding, remember that there are many, many people in your life that will be more than willing to help with whatever you need.  If you have your event at wedding locations in Utah like Atrium Weddings, you will have the option of self-catering too.  This can save money and provide a wonderful opportunity for others to help with your beautiful wedding day.

Reception Centers in Utah Will Not Let You Get Caught in the Rain

Utah wedding venues can look like an indoor garden
Photo by TJ Romero Photography

I had always wanted a spring garden wedding reception so my fiancé and I decided on a date in mid May. His parents had the most gorgeous back yard that I thought would be absolutely perfect for the event. They agreed to host the event, but brought us to look at Atrium Weddings, one of Western Garden’s reception centers in Utah, just to be sure we didn’t want to use a venue that we would not have to worry about rain. I was adamant about having the reception in the backyard. The Atrium was beautiful but just not what I wanted. So it was settled, we would have the event in the backyard and pray for no rain.

We spent the following months planting new flowers, new grass seed and making sure the yard looked just right. I dreamt of where everything would be placed and where we would stand. We all prayed for the weather to cooperate. As the day speedily approached, everything was in order and the weather was beautiful. We checked the forecast daily just to be sure the day would be perfect. The week before there was no chance of rain but as the days went on the chance of rain increased. I prayed, no pleaded, that there would be no rain, with no luck. Two days before the wedding we were forced to come up with a change of plans. The day before, we set all the tables and chairs up inside. We set large white canopies up outside to accommodate the line. All I could say was “oh well” because there was nothing I could do at that point. 

The day of the wedding was just as predicted by the weather man. It poured rain. I have never seen so much rain in Utah in my life. We were lucky enough to get some outdoor pictures while the rain took a little break, but other than that hour, the rain did not stop all day long. Although the day was not quite like I had hoped or dreamed, it was the best day of my life and the rain made it very memorable. Also, just so we never forget, it has since rained on every one of our anniversaries. 

Daddy daughter dance at Salt Lake Wedding receptions by Western Gardens
Photo by James Erick Photos

If you are planning a spring wedding and do not want to get caught in the rain as we did, I hope you will be wiser than me and consider using the Atrium, one of Western Garden’s gorgeous wedding venues in Utah. The Atrium has the feel of a garden reception without the chance of rain.

Indoor garden wedding ceremonies and receptions in Utah
Photo by TJ Romero Photography

Wedding Venues in Utah That Give Bride’s Choice

Beautiful ceremony at a wedding reception center located in UtahThis simple ceremony was a family affair with plenty of family to enjoy the union of the couple.  Brides enjoy wedding venues in Utah in which they can choose their own cake designer and caterer.  You find that at Atrium Weddings.

Tom Catrow was their caterer who served his own delicacies including puff pastries, sandwiches, fruit kabobs, and an assortment of cheese and crackers.  A close friend created the flower arrangements and Granite Bakery created their cake.  With a touch of beach style, the tiers of cake sat upon glass vases filled with sea shells.  Seashells also dotted the table centerpieces.

Utah wedding groom enjoys his wedding cake too!Notice the groom’s cake.  Obviously Rubics Cubes are big with this groom.  He cut one perfect square out of it and shared with his new wife.

Ryan Cummings was the photographer at this Utah wedding.  He is a local photographer who teaches at Salt Lake Community College.  He enjoys photographing brides in Utah wedding reception centers like Atrium Weddings.

   

 

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

 

Western Garden’s Wedding Venues in Utah Allow Self-catering As Seen at This Celebration

Newly united family at a Utah wedding venue!

Western Garden’s wedding venues in Utah both celebrated wedding ceremonies and receptions on a beautiful day in August.  Atrium Weddings’ outdoor waterfall plaza was the setting for the ceremony of Steve and Cari and their wedding party.  

Self-catering is allowed at a few wedding venues Utah offers.

This dashing couple enjoyed the warmth of the sun and the trickle of the waterfall as they exchanged vows and rings at this Utah wedding venue.  After congratulating the newlyweds in an informal line on the plaza, everyone came inside and enjoyed dinner which was self-catered by the family.  Costco sandwiches, fruit, veggies, cheese, crackers and sheet cake were all on the simple and delicious menu.  Atrium allows self-catering, especially during these trying economic times.  

Beautiful cake made by a friend!   Happy young lady by garden center flowers!

The wedding cake was created by a friend of the bride and the floral bouquets and boutonnieres were fashioned by this Utah wedding venue’s preferred florist Hillside Floral.  A dear friend John was the couple’s photographer. 

Proud and happy mother in short wedding line outside prior to dinner! Exchanging rings at Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy

Reception venues in Utah are lucky to have a wedding place like Atrium Weddings that recommends great partners, but is versatile to allow a bride to stay within her budget.  This indeed was a beautiful celebration of love and joy!  

Beautiful wedding venue space at Atrium Weddings!  Utah wedding venues with outdoor ceremony plaza!

Western Flair at Wedding Venues in Utah

Wedding Venues Utah offers can create a relaxing western feelI am excited to share with you about this wonder wedding celebration that had a Western theme.  Wedding venues in Utah that can lend itself to a variety of themes, like Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy, are perfect for those brides and grooms that want to let their personalities radiate to their guests.  This couple chose such a wedding reception in Utah and put on a wonderful event.  There were several unique features that really are worth writing about. 

 

Jezria and Robbie had been married a week or so before their celebration.  This worked perfect for them because they were at such ease and relaxed as they spent quality time with friends and family.  A western theme permeated Atrium weddings with such clever style.  First of all, Jezria chose the unique table topper linens of brown burlap.  How unique and perfect for the celebration.  Atrium’s standard glass candle holder was tied with a simple orange ribbon and rested on top of the burlap.  Simple, classy, and comfortable!  Simple blue sashes were tied with a simple knot on every other chair around each table.  The groom wore a western blue shirt and the bride wore a casual white sundress with blue stoned cowboy boots.  What an adorable couple.  

Simple decor with burlap toppers from our linen provider!

Utah wedding venues are perfect for Cold Stone ice cream.  Yum!Cowboy boots and shirts were common as their guests were served up their choice of ice cream catered by ColdStone from Draper.  A variety of toppings were offered including M&M’s and nuts.  Guests could also choose a cookie from Atrium’s dessert server and enjoy drinking refreshing orange water.  The western theme filled the reception center with popular country songs playing on the great Atrium sound system.  A few simple flower bouquets in wood branch vases dotted the hall.  I loved the carved heart on some of the vases.  

Utah wedding receptions at Atrium Weddings make brides happy! 

Utah wedding receptions invite a lot of personality to a party!This couple was not planning on a wedding cake, but the groom’s sister surprised them with one of her new creations.  She is beginning her own cake baking company.  She has a very nice talent in her creations and we want to share her information here.  Bindy Dumas of Cutting Edge Cakes, bindy@CuttingEdgeCakesUtah.com.  One of the three layers of the cake was the flavor of Maple Bacon.  It was a hit!  Check out her new venture!

This wedding reception Utah hosted was very clever with carved hearts in vases. 

The main UNIQUE FEATURES of this party at this wedding reception Utah experienced were:

1 – The burlap table toppers.  – very striking and clever.

2 – The clever wood branch flower vases with carved heart.

3 – overall Western Theme.

 

Atrium 3-tiered dessert server available at no charge!Enjoy the photos of this couple’s professional photographer Tom of GarzandPhotography.com.  He was very creative in his photos out at the Atrium waterfall plaza.  His work is beautiful and worth checking into. 

Happy times at Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy Clever idea for cards for the newlyweds  Refreshing water outlook to Atrium main space!

This was a very memorable, stress-free, and wonderful celebration honoring this beautiful couple.   Their country flair will forever be burned into the memories of this Utah wedding venue.

Wedding venues in Utah include Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy

Mother of Another Steps in to Save the Day at Reception Centers in Utah

Newlyweds at reception center waterfall in UtahReception centers in Utah include the beautiful Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens in Sandy.  It was the backdrop for a gorgeous ceremony and wedding dinner for this beautiful couple.  With Western Garden’s waterfall as the setting, they started their lives together.  After the ceremony, the couple stayed for photos in the lovely setting.  This is one of the most beautiful wedding places in Utah.  Inside the beautiful garden setting of Atrium, guests enjoyed a delicious meal that had been self-catered by the family and friends.  

 Walking back from the ceremony at Utah wedding venue

Everyone jumped in to help in the sandwich making line.  Atrium provides plenty of area for the family to set up and create what they choose, if a preferred caterer is not hired.  Others tossed a salad and set out previously prepared cupcakes and freshly cut fruit.  

 Helping hands to prepare food at wedding venue in Salt Lake City Delicious dinner at Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy

 Guests enjoying a meal in one most beautiful of wedding venues in Utah  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone was very helpful, especially because the woman who was in charge of the food, was last week confined to her bed with her pregnancy.  Her dear mother, another friend of the bride, flew down from Washington and stepped in to complete her daughter’s wishes.  The bride and groom didn’t see all the workings behind the scenes, and everything came off beautifully, …and deliciously.  

 

Utah wedding venues are fortunate to have a beautiful reception center such as Atrium Weddings that can adapt to whatever the bridal party needs.

beautiful cake at Atrium weddings at Western Gardens Sandy cake for the guests  Couple in front of waterfall  The space at this wedding reception center in Utah is beautiful