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Real Events at Wedding Reception Venues in Utah – February 15, 2014

utah reception centersThe mother of this bride deserves to be awarded this year’s most dedicated mother of the bride award at all wedding reception venues in utah.  Not only did support her daughter in all the stress and details of planning her daughter’s wedding, but she also dealt with the stress and time to make the wedding cake.  That in and of itself is enough to make any mother have her nerves completely frazzled and ready for a day at the spa.

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The cake is a solid four tiers of exquisite unique decoration styles on each level.  It appears to have a fifth tier made up of gorgeous coral & white roses and blue chrysanthemums.  She created a beautiful masterpiece that was the envy of any of any Utah wedding venues.

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The couple enjoyed a beautiful sit down dinner for about 100 guests of family and friends that was hosted by Utah Celebrations.  Their photographer was the wonderful local professional Margaret Evans.

Comments from Kate, the Maid of Honor, included “Everything was wonderful and everyone was very helpful.  The facilities are absolutely beautiful too.”   We invite you to check out wedding places in Utah like Ivy House Weddings for a stress free beautiful wedding celebration!

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Real Utah Weddings – May 9, 2014

wedding venues in salt lake city with simple beautySome Utah weddings are simple yet just as special and beautiful as those Utah reception centers that are extravagant.  That is one of the beautiful aspects about Ivy House.  A bride can dress is way up, or simply enjoy it as it is because it already has a stunning simple beauty and charm.

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Relaxed bride at slc wedding venuesThis event in May was a beautiful gathering with little fanfare but with a ton of love and happiness for this newly united couple.  Victoria and Christian celebrated their marriage with about 350 family and friends at Ivy House.  Our preferred caterers Utah Celebrations catered the event with delicious appetizers, sandwiches, and tarts. Cheers’n Swizzles was the alcohol provider and everyone sat back, relaxed and chitchatted the evening away.  Victoria chose a beautiful Royal blue base linen with an elegant black topper.  Along with our Chic mirror centerpiece with base candle, everyone was comfortable and enjoyed themselves.  Their photographer was Manuel Rascon who kindly shared photos with us and you can see that he does beautiful work. This is his second time shooting at Western Garden’s wedding reception venues in Utah.  He has been at our sister wedding venue Atrium Weddings in Sandy.

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Real Events at Wedding Venues in Utah 02-22-2014

Today Simple elegant wedding venues in UtahI’d like to share about this wedding celebration that took place in the cold of winter, but you’d never guess it.  Liz and Matt added their touch of style and personality to the classic lines of Ivy House, one of our wedding venues in Utah; thus creating a Utah wedding reception with simple elegance that reflected the love they share together.

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Liz chose beautiful pastel peaches and pinks and accented with golds, silvers, and ivory including a touch of lace.  It was elegant, warm, and inviting.  Not only was this Utah wedding reception a beautiful site, but even the sounds were elegant.  Liz and Matt invited a friend to come play the harp as background music before the dancing began with their iPod music.  The string instrument definitely added some class to the event that matched the classic charm of the style of this wedding venue.

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The tables were covered with ivory base linens and topped with gold pin tucked toppers.  Atop this was the centerpiece option of our tall Silver candlestick centerpiece to which Liz accents with color coordinated ribbons, a touch of mirrors, votive candles, and photos of her and Matt within beautiful silver frames.  Again, it was absolute simple elegance as you will see in the photos.

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We are one of the Utah reception centers that allow for self-catering and that is what Liz and Matt opted to do.  They brought in a variety of scrumptious desserts and platters of fresh fruit.  Loving neighbors kept the serving tables full for the guests.

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Simple elegance can include a lot of fun too.  They created their own photo booth with streamers in their wedding colors hanging from a garden harbor as the background and a few fun props.  These photos were glued into the guest book and signed by all their fun family and friends.

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Liz hired Natalie Gray of The Cake Market to create her exquisite cake.  It was a unique two tiered ruffly and pearled masterpiece with a beautiful rose bouquet on top.  The flowers were done by First Blossom, and her videographer was Dan Kettle with Elements in Motion.

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Cutting the wedding cakeSlice of wedding cake is goneUtah wedding venues are fortunate to have photographers like Lori Romney Photography and we were pleased to have her photograph Liz and Matt at Ivy House.  As you can tell, her work is beautiful and we hope she returns with another bride and groom to our reception
centers in Salt Lake City.

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Liz’s mother wrote:   “Wonderful venue!  It was beautiful.  All the staff was so helpful.  So glad we had it here!”

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Utah Wedding Venues Near Salt Lake LDS Temple

Reception centers in Utah that are close to Salt Lake Temple

If you are one of those beautiful couples who are coming to the Salt Lake LDS Temple to be married according to your faith and beliefs, you may be wondering what Utah wedding venues are close to the Salt Lake LDS Temple and won’t break the budget.  Discover one of the newest most chic wedding venues Salt Lake City now offers to Mormon newlyweds!  Discover Ivy House Weddings at Western Gardens Downtown.  We are located 1.8 miles or 7 minutes away from the Salt Lake Temple, making less than a handful of turns depending on where you exit temple parking.

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A short 1.8 miles from the Salt Lake Temple to your relaxing beautiful wedding venue Ivy House Weddings – a simple 7 minute drive. Easy access to I-15 freeway too.

Discover inexpensive elegance at our venue.  Not all Salt Lake wedding reception venues allow self-catering, but we do.  This is usually a big hit with the large but creative & helpful Mormon families that join in with the celebrations. Parking is plentiful and our space is intimate for “family”.  We even think of the little people involved providing a children’s room that has a dvd player and large TV on the wall to aid those parents with their tiny tots.

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Little people enjoy their own little room with chairs their size and TV/dvd. Parents like it too!

Our old world charm and cozy warm fireplace make it almost a home away from home.  Beautiful original artwork by local Utah artists adorn the walls and our warm and friendly wedding planner and event hosts will help as though they were welcomed relatives. Families have gathered around the baby grand piano for sing-a-longs, invited friends to play string instruments, or even hired a jazz band.  But many brides and grooms simply enjoy their personal playlist from their iPad or smart phone played on our wonderful sound system.  Any music you choose for your celebration sounds incredible in this high-vaulted stunning reception hall.

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Professional and kind staff are very helpful additions to help your day run smooth and peaceful!

Utah weddings at the Salt Lake Mormon Temple must consider wedding reception centers in Salt Lake City like Ivy House Weddings at Western Gardens Downtown.

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Bride ready to throw the traditional bridal bouquet from the top of the balcony to her family and guests below!
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This was a beautiful celebration of the union of a couple that made two families one!

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Tuesday’s Tip – Utah Weddings Wise to Heed Mother Nature

Utah Weddings Listen to Mother Nature

Utah is known for its fickle spring and fall weather phenomenons that can change hour by hour.  Utah also can have very hot summers.  Knowing this, brides planning Utah weddings would be wise to listen to Mother Nature if they want to optimize their success and pleasantness for all attending their special celebration.  Heeding weather warnings and planning ahead will help avoid potential annoyances.

Weddings in Utah weather plannerMany guests have been known to leave early from hot tent gatherings or wedding venues in Utah that don’t have good air conditioning.  Bugs at certain times of the year can also pose a problem if not attended to by the hosting venue.  Spring cloud bursts always seem to catch the unprepared wedding party at Utah weddings, especially those that think they can simply use their backyard garden.  Consider wedding venues that will give you a garden feel but you don’t have to worry about getting those emergency tents or canopies from neighbors and friends, or purchase lots of umbrellas and hire lots of neighbor boys to walk your guests from their cars to your home with umbrellas.  Wedding reception centers have done it all before and can alleviate your worries and actually can be more cost effective.

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In the well air conditioned Ivy House, the Groom and all the guests won’t be over heated as the party rages on during the heat of the summer!

A great tip is to check out the local news weather forecast history for your area.  Utah’s local KSL has a great service where you simply submit the date for which you are planning your event and up pops the information of the chance of precipitation for your given day, the average temperatures for that day, even average hourly temperatures.  You can also check out the sunrise and sunset so you can time saying your wedding vows at that perfect photo shot moment with a sunset behind the bride and groom.  It is KSL’s “Wasatch Front Outdoor Weather Planner” found on their website.

KSL Weather Planner

So remember when planning Utah wedding receptions, listen to Mother Nature and heed her weather tendencies by planning accordingly.  Utah weddings are so much more pleasant for everyone involved when this tip is followed!

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The climate is just right inside Ivy House while it can be storming a spring thunder burst outside! Peace and calm inside!

Tuesday’s Tip – Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Utah Wedding Venues

Utah Weddings bride ready to ask questionsYou have all kinds of ideas that you have been dreaming of and conjuring up for your perfect ceremony and reception at any of the many wonderful Utah wedding venues.  Your ideas are wonderful because they are yours!  After all, this is YOUR day, not your mother’s or your sister’s.  It’s your enchanting day at your wedding reception venue!

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This bride asked to create her own swag and decorations on the mantel to reflect her flair. Beautiful!

Some brides become too timid and are afraid to ask about doing certain things or using certain decorations and such at their venue.  Of course using proper etiquette and courteous tones, simply ask your Utah wedding reception center’s coordinator, wedding planner or vendor about your ideas.  Most times the ideas are wonderful and the vendor can oblige exactly as you envision.  Sometimes it can’t be done exactly the way you wanted, but something similar can happen.  Other times, it just is simply against a policy or a building code.  But why not ask?  The worst they can say is “no”.  Be brave.  This is YOUR special day.  Your reception needs to reflect your style and flair.  See some of the unique out of the ordinary styles that our Ivy House Brides have displayed over the past several years.  All they had to do is ask and we worked with them where possible.

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The wedding party wanted to hang lanterns and tissue discs. This is now allowed from our lofty chandeliers, so they created this stand to frame their serving buffet tables. Turned out beautiful!

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Wedding planners at Utah wedding venues should be your most-trusted experts that you will work with in this planning phase.  You should feel free to bounce ideas off her or him and trust that they are giving you honest answers and not just putting you off.  Having honest conversations with all your wedding reception vendors is crucial.  They should be helping you create a wonderful memory of a lifetime while helping you stay within your wedding budget.  So don’t hold back.  Be bold and ask them exactly what you are wishing for and how they can help you make it happen.  Remember to be flexible, but at least you’ve approached the ultimate request.

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Very carefully, this bride hung a wedding portrait from the mirror behind her wedding cake to add another dimension.

So, I encourage you to just ask about the possibilities at reception centers in Utah.  Usually the answer is “What a wonderful idea! We can do that!”  Plus be ready to be creative when compromise is called for.  What an exciting time!  Be brave and make it happen!

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Though most do not, some brides like decorating the spiral staircase with lights or flowers or ribbons. This bride chose ribbon and lights. Striking!
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Pasta bar chefs cooked up each guest’s pasta to perfection! This was a self-catered event.
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Brides have added decals to our front entrance doors for a special elegant touch.
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This bride hired a company to bring in a beautiful canopy to set up in the corner with a chandelier in the middle.
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Picture frames hanging from the balcony to “frame” the cake nook.

Wedding Venues in Utah Real Event – Daytime Ceremony

Salt Lake Wedding venues with daytime eventsWedding venues in Utah like Ivy House Weddings are busy with real events like this one.  This beautiful daytime event is worth highlighting again, especially now that the bride’s photographer shared many of the photos with us.    This bride chose to have a daytime ring ceremony for special family and friends.  It was simple and stunning.  One unique set up feature was Angela set up a guest sign in table in the middle of the room just a bit in from the main entrance.  Their guests could enjoy a piece of carmel taffy and write a special note of good wishes to the new couple.

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Simple, classic, and elegant colors

Angela kept the ambiance of this Utah wedding venue in the brown classic tones with an accent of ivory with sashes on the chairs, her wedding gown, and her elegant bridal bouquet.  The groom and his men were in brown suits and the bridesmaids were also in warm taupe summer dresses with elegant white pearl necklaces.  Very classy!  I believe that after the ring ceremony, the wedding party departed for a local favorite restaurant.  What a relaxing beautiful wedding day with close family and friends!

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Angela and Chase’s photographer is Lauren Adams of LaLas Lens Photography. If you like her classic style, contact her for more information at   www.lalaslens.com or lauren@lalaslens.com This event was on June 2, 2012.

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The old world charm of Ivy House Weddings
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Tuesday’s Tip at Reception Centers in Utah – Guests First!

Weddings in Utah Guest listAfter you’ve chosen a date, or a couple of optional dates, it’s time to get an idea of how many guests you envision and for what type of event.  Are you planning a sit-down dinner or traditional walk-through reception?  Some reception centers in Utah are very small and can not accommodate more than 75 guests for a sit down dinner, and other venues are so gigantic that it wouldn’t fit for a small intimate group.  So, you need to have in mind a rough idea of how many guests you envision as you visit wedding reception centers, and eventually settle on the one best for you!  Be sure to ask questions about the venue capacity for sit-down meals and for flow-through receptions.  How many chairs can be set up for guests to witness your ceremony?  The wedding planners at Ivy House Weddings at Western Gardens Downtown can also give you tips on how to stagger your guests for a walk-through reception style event.   As a general rule, for a sit-down meal, allow about 30 square feet per guest.  This allows for the space you’ll need for a band, dance floor, waiters, space for the tables, etc.

Also, be sure to ask about adequate parking at the venue and the price.  You and your guests will definitely appreciate a convenient parking experience!

If you like reception centers in Utah that have an old world charm, Ivy House weddings can host up to 125 people for a sit-down meal.  For flow-through traditional receptions, we handle up to 500 guests.  With a few highly recommended simple tricks that our wedding planners will share with you, you will have a pleasant less-conjested  evening.

Your adventure of planning your perfect day has begun!  Following some tips from those who have gone before you can save you time, energy, money, and frustration.  You will have a most beautiful relaxed and stress-free day as you newlyweds are honored at your wedding venue in Utah.

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Wedding Planners at Wedding Venues in Utah

wedding venues in Utah with wedding plannersBooking with wedding venues in Utah that have in-house wedding planners is worth it.  One way to ensure that you can enjoy your dream day and free yourself from the stress and hassle of preparations and organizing the day itself, is to hire a professional wedding planner or book with a venue that has one. Here are some reasons why a third party planner is worth the expense or better yet, worth booking with a venue that has one.

Two of you – You can not be in two places at the same time.  As talented as you are, you can’t be finalizing the last minute details or solving last minute problems while you are getting your hair done, doing the last minute makeup and hair touched up, or even walking down the aisle.  A separate coordinator, a wedding planner, can take care of all those little things so that you can focus just on you and your wonderful man!

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You have more competent hands available to help in those crunches just before the ceremony.

Time Saver – It takes time to track down ideas and combine all the details together.  Wedding planners at wedding places in Utah can help point you into the right directions for what you want.  They have already gone through the planning process hundreds of times, so they can help you cut the corners where you can.

Money Saver –  Wedding planners are familiar with other vendors in your area.  They know who offers a good product at a good value and who are professionals.  If your wedding planner is honorable, they don’t accept commissions from those vendors referred by them.  Their best interest should be in you, their client, as they are representing the wedding venues in Utah.

SONY DSCAdded Knowledge – Wedding planners can give you valuable input as you decide on important aspects of the wedding day.  They are already aware of what can possibly happen so that you can prepare for contingencies.  They are full of experience and advice, especially those wedding planners at wedding reception venues in Utah like Ivy House Weddings at Western Gardens Downtown.

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Your wedding planner can give you tips on all the choices you have to make so you get what YOU want!

Time-tested Methods – If you know that you’re not the most organized of persons, a wedding planner is highly recommended.  After all, they are making a living out of being organized — they have their own methods to ensure that things for your wedding reception are planned and implemented well.  Aside from these, wedding planners are also in-the-know with regards to the latest trends in a wedding.

SONY DSCDon’t run yourself ragged and look stressed and tensed up on the day of your wedding.  If you utilize a reception center with a wedding planner, you’ll be more apt to arrive at your wedding reception venue in Salt Lake City feeling gorgeous and relaxed for the best day of your life!  Your wedding day is your day – you deserve to enjoy it to the fullest!

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Utah Wedding Venues Can Help Save Your Wedding Budget

HEADER Wedding Budgets for wedding reception venues in UtahThe wedding budget is a common facet that nearly all couples have to consider when planning their celebrations and looking at Utah wedding venues.  Budgets are inconveniently real and can be intimidating and stressful.  If you let it, your budget can ruin the entire spirit of your beautiful day.  Don’t let it!  You can have a perfect wedding at one of Western Garden’s wedding reception centers.

SONY DSCPrioritize Your Utah Wedding Venue Needs – It is important to prioritize what items are the most important to you.  You may be able to cut costs on less important things so you can spend more of your budget on those things that are must haves.  Here are some tips to consider as you plan and work within your available funds.

wedding-reception-centers-in-Utah like Ivy House Weddings1. One way to look at your budget is to see it as a challenge before you.  It’s there to stay.  Make it a quest to work within your limits.

x Bridal bouquet toss at Utah-wedding-venue Ivy House Weddings2. Remain flexible about many of the choices you have to make.  Give and take along the way.  A lot of headache and stress comes when you insist and demand everything little thing.  After all, the most important part of your day will be when you look into the eyes of your man and say “I do!”  

dance floor included in some Utah wedding venues 3. Seek advice from a wedding event planner at the wedding venue you choose.  She has witnessed a lot of weddings and a lot of brides, some with big budgets, some with smaller.  She has lots of ideas to share.

SONY DSC4. The reception venue is the first major cost to incur.  Seek a venue that offers as much as possible in their base venue rental.  Ivy House and Atrium Weddings include just about everything you would need for the venue – linens, tables, chairs, centerpieces, cake cutting tools, beverage servers, parking, etc.  When you book with them, a lot of little details are already included.

sparkler sendoff can be included at wedding venues in salt lake city5. Once you have scoped out all the wedding reception centers and have booked, now it is time to look at your guest list.  You can quickly cut your costs if you invite only people that are your closest relatives and friends on both sides of the family.  If you can cut it down, you will be cutting costs for invitations, food, flowers for the tables, guest favors, and even the size of your cake.

SONY DSC6. Remember there are a lot of details that you can handle personally.  This will save a lot of funds for other things you may not be able to provide, possibly your wedding cake, wedding gown, or special gifts for your bridesmaids, etc.  

Romance 101 at Utah-weddings at Ivy House Weddings7. Don’t forget who this party is for.  You!  It’s to celebrate your union. Keeping this in mind will make it easier to reduce or remove some of the items that can greatly increase your costs. 

Utah-venues include Ivy House Weddings Mr and Mrs welcome8.  Most wedding venues in Utah can accommodate having your ceremony and your reception or dinner at the same wedding location.  This will dramatically cut your costs of paying the minimum for two venues.  This will also prevent the stress of transporting everything from one venue to the next.  Also, if you reserve wedding venues during off peak season or weekday rather than weekend, you can possibly save additional money.  Many brides have booked a daytime ceremony with nice luncheon.  

SONY DSC9. Another great idea is to order a smaller two tier wedding cake and then use a sheet cake to serve guests.  A gorgeous smaller wedding cake gets cut just as much as a larger one.  This is one simple area you can save your wedding budget.

SONY DSC10.  You can save a considerable amount of money when planning your dinner or refreshments.  Instead of a main course, try finger foods, appetizers and beverages.  See if you can self-cater and then have a good friend take charge.  (Your immediate family members will be occupied tending to you and guests, so don’t let an immediate family member take on this task.) A full bar can also take a lot from your budget, so consider offering wine and beer instead.

SONY DSC11. Your wedding favors, menu cards, table signs and escort cards can be handmade.  With today’s technology, these items can be created and printed very easily and look very professional.  Ask a bridesmaid to help you design your stationary needs.    

arranging flowers at reception venues in Utah 5-7-1412. Last but not least, making your own flower arrangements can save you money.  Simple flowers can have a stunning effect on your guests.  Using greenery and flowers that are in season, can also cut costs.  So there are a lot of the little details that you can do yourself or have family help you.  Remember that Western Gardens reception centers include a variety of candlelit table centerpieces as part of your venue rental.  You will not have to spend money on your table decorations.  Many brides add a touch of rose petals or a simple ribbon, or even simply place frames of photos of the couple around the centerpiece.

Sticking to the budget makes bride and groom smileEven when you are planning a wedding on a budget, you can cut costs and not completely destroy your style and flair.  Prioritize what you want your money to go towards, then fill in the rest with help from family and friends.  Choosing a venue that includes a lot in their base price will help save your budget for other items you want to have.  Let the wedding planners of Ivy House Weddings help you plan a memorable wedding.  This is a first step to making Utah wedding reception affordable and just what you have dreamed about.