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Ten Basic Flower Tips for Celebrations at Wedding Venues in Utah

utah wedding receptions flower tipsFlowers are an important focal attraction of a wedding celebration.  Many wedding venues in Utah require brides to use their in-house florist for the event’s floral needs; however, Western Garden’s two wedding reception centers do not require but only recommend their favorite wedding florist.  As a courtesy to our brides, we recommend Hillside Flowers.  (Click to see their sample pricing)

Whether it is Hillside or other chosen florist, or even if you do your flowers yourself, here are 10 basic tips to know and remember.

1)  The Bare Basics include:  bride’s bouquet, groom’s boutonniere, corsages for each mother, boutonnieres for each father.

2)  Additional flower needs for the wedding party – Maid of honor’s/matron of honor’s bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, best man and groomsmen’s boutonnieres, hair piece for the flower girl and rose petals for the flower girl to gently toss down the aisle.

3)  Wedding reception flower needs include:  table centerpieces, customary bouquet that the bride throws, flowers on a gift/guest attendance book table, and cake flowers.   Flowers for a food buffet table may be considered.

4)  The wedding’s theme and colors can be incorporated in the flower selection process.  Consider the types of flowers, flower colors, ribbons, greenery and accents to be used.  Your flowers can be a beautiful reflection of your personality for all your guests to witness.  A bridal bouquet reflects the final touch of the bride’s gown and is an accessory that completes the attire.  Flowers also help capture the theme of a wedding albeit romantic, elegant, rustic, modern, antique to simple.  Exotic orchids to timeless calla lilies, your flowers can tell your guests a lot about you.

5)  To keep the flower budget reasonable, it is less expensive to select flowers that are in season and locally grown if possible.  You may need to improvise and coordinate colors and flowers around certain seasons, but this means you may be able to afford more flowers.  Being open-minded and willing to work with your florist so you don’t have to import flowers will save you a lot of money.

6)  Consider your reception venue.  Utah reception centers that already have some greenery, won’t need as much floral decoration as those that have none, containing only walls and hard decor.  Brides that book at Ivy House and Atrium find that they don’t require as much floral design as other Salt Lake City wedding venues.

7)  Coordinate with a florist that can accommodate you for both the wedding venue for the ceremony and the Utah wedding reception center for your celebration.   This will help you deal with one single florist who can create one cohesive theme for your entire day.  These professionals are able to provide guidance and advice to you about what flowers will work best for your needs.  Sometimes they can even supplement flowers in bouquets and centerpiece with more greenery, feathers, pearls, or artistic elements.

8)  Inquire about vases.  Does your florist rent them to you?  Are they purchased by you as part of the cost of the arrangements?  This is important to know.  You will want to know if  you can send floral arrangements home with guests as a gift?

9)  Does the florist set up the floral pieces?  Does the florist take down the pieces at the end of the reception if the vases are rented or do you do this and return the vases?  These little details are important to know ahead of time.

10)  Many brides want their bouquets professionally preserved.  Some florists provide this service.  Inquiring ahead of time will help save you significant time and help to preserve the bouquet while it is still vibrant and fresh.

Flowers are a vital part of your wedding celebration.  Whether you choose one of the many Utah wedding venues that require the use of their in-house florist or use one of Western Garden’s two wedding reception venues in Utah where you can choose your florist or do it yourself, take heed to these 10 tips to have your flowers be the final accent to your beautiful celebration.

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Reception Centers in Utah are Fortunate to Include Ivy House Weddings

Wedding reception centers Utah's Western Gardens offers to wonderful families like these.Surely you have been to many reception centers in Utah, and if you were at Ivy House on May 5th, you were one of about 350 guests that enjoyed a beautiful celebration honoring a beautiful couple.  I loved taking photos at this festivity as I witnessed two wonderful families brought together for a joyous occasion.  There was so much love and harmony at this event.

Couples enjoy the sound quality of live or iPod music at Ivy House Weddings - one of Western Garden's wedding reception centers in Utah.

Children, and a few dads, enjoying a movie in the children/groom's room.
Many young children were planned for, all enjoyed eating dinner and watching cartoons in the groom/children’s room before the guests arrived. Even a few dad’s were entertained in there as well.

Utah Celebrations preferred caterer finger sandwiches Signature fruit platter

The bride chose to use our preferred caterer Utah Celebrations.  They served refreshing sandwiches and an array of fruits.  Also served, was a tossed green salad with candied walnuts.  Individual salads were served in fun goblets.

Simple elegant tastes for the eyes and pallette!  Simple elegant ribbons with yellow rose petals

Weeks before the wedding, the bride’s family worked tirelessly to make homemade dipped chocolates and butter-mints.  These were placed in crystal bowls and plates for guests to enjoy.  The father of the bride offered a sampling to me, and both delicacies melted in my mouth.

Decorations were simple and stunning.  Blue ribbons adorned Ivy House tall silver candlesticks and yellow rose petals lay about with the chocolates and mints.  Many photos of the bride and couple were spotted throughout Ivy House Weddings, one of a few stunning and economical wedding reception places in Utah.

Cake masterpiece by Bride's friend WhitneyThe cake was an elegant 3 tiered square cake adorned with vibrant yellow lilies and blue ribbons.  A friend of the bride created the masterpiece.  Again, the theme of yellow rose petals lay at the base.

Another dear family friend was in charge of the floral pieces for the evening, composing of the bridal bouquet, corsages, boutonnieres, cake flowers, and, of course, the scattered yellow petals.

Dave Murphy Band and singers  Happy bride and groom at Ivy House Weddings at Western Gardens Downtown

Not only did guests enjoy visual and tasty indulgences, but also live entertainment.  The father of the bride is himself a musician in a local jazz band.  One of his friends also has a band which came for all to enjoy.  The Dave Murphy band included two singers and the repertoire included everything from old popular dance songs to current popular tunes.  I was most impressed with the love the couple portrayed in their first dance.  The groom had so many tender sweet kisses for his new bride that all who viewed had no doubt that he was truly in love with his Queen.

Everyone dancing and having a good time at Utah wedding  Everybody dancing at one of Western Gardens reception centers in Utah

After the bride and groom’s first dance and the parent dance, everyone joined in for a delightful happy dance session.  Everything from the tango to YMCA was enjoyed by all.   Utah wedding reception centers are fortunate to have Ivy House Weddings as one of their nicest venues for the community.  And I’m fortunate to be able to witness such beautiful happy affairs on a regular basis.

Happy bridal parents at wedding reception in Utah - Here come the newlyweds!

 

Both Western Garden’s Reception Centers in Salt Lake City Hosted Two Celebrations for One Couple in One Day

Salt Lake City wedding gets sealed with a kiss!Having two separate celebrations lent itself to choosing two different wedding venues in Salt Lake.  This bride had the best of two worlds.  Ceremony in a large majestic elegant room and an indoor garden reception.  She used Western Gardens two reception centers in Salt Lake City – Ivy House Weddings in Downtown and Atrium Weddings in Sandy.

Ivy House Host and groom beginning the rehearsal! Step by step rehearsal to calm the nerves! Marry me, tomorrow!
On Friday evening, the couple and their close family and friends, who also were part of the wedding party, celebrated at Ivy House Weddings at Western Gardens Downtown.  After running through a rehearsal of the next day’s ceremony, the group enjoyed a sit down dinner.  Family and friends relished a delicious meal catered by GoodWood.   Guests enjoyed several choices – salad, prime rib, pineapple chicken, shrimp, fluffy potatoes, and steamed asparagus and another medley of cooked vegetables.

Enjoying dear family members at Utah wedding! Goodwood CaterersShrimp and Salad

Flower girl and little boy Father and bride at one of Salt Lake's wedding venues

Saturday morning, the wedding party returned for the real thing at this wedding venue.  The bride and her bridesmaid prepared in the spacious and elegant brides room.   This bride was elegantly adorned with a cream colored wedding gown which fit beautifully with the decor of Ivy House.  Everyone was stunned at her poise and radiance as her father escorted her down the isle.  Purple sashes accented several of the chairs along the way.  Her bridesmaid’s wore purple and black attired and all carrying bouquets with a touch of purple with yellow, white, and deep red.

By early afternoon, the couple was on their way to another celebration with a different flavor.  The wedding party would soon enjoy another one of Western Gardens wedding reception centers in Salt Lake City, Atrium Weddings further south in Sandy.  Being done by 2pm allowed Ivy House staff to prepare for a different event booked at Ivy House the same evening.

Elegant bride in Salt Lake wedding reception center  Purple sash on Ivy House Weddings chair  You may now kiss the bride!Simple love!  Happy mother of Bride!

Enjoy many beautiful photos taken by James Erick Photography and by Ivy House Staff.

Mr. and Mrs.

 

 

March 10, 2012 Wedding Reception in Utah of Yellow Roses and Blue Ribbons of Joy

Groom kissing his bride at a Utah wedding venueWedding receptions in Utah are beautiful and memorable in Ivy House Weddings at Western Gardens Downtown. This bride used pastel blue ribbons and yellow roses to accent this celebration of their love.  Her yellow rose bouquet complimented her elegant dress and the sparkle in her eyes even though the groom teased by pretending to eat the bouquet.   Ivy House Silver candle holder for table centerpieces

For her table centerpieces, a simple blue ribbon adorned Ivy House’s tall candle sticks.  This wedding reception in Utah enjoyed background music of a local harpist.  The ambiance was classical and joyful as guests greeted the lovely newlyweds.

Little yellow dressed girl at a Utah wedding

Guests enjoyed chocolate and vanilla mousse which was embellished with whipping cream and delicate chocolate letters of “M” and “L” indicating the couples initials.  Lemon kissed water fit right in with the yellow trim and was refreshing.  Utah wedding receptions are beautiful celebrations of love at Ivy House Weddings.Wedding cake at Ivy House Wedding venue in UtahGuest at the food service tableChocolate and vanilla Mousse with chocolate initials of the couple!

Cousins bussing the tables!

A harpist accented the beautiful visits of family and friends!