All posts by Wendy Pettit

real utah wedding Samantha and Kade 10-11-2018

romantic lighting at utah wedding receptionFall in love all over again as we remember this beautiful Utah wedding celebration of Sam and Kade. Their reception last fall was one of our most favorite events. What a lovely true-love couple with two beautiful families, as you will see in the photos.

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True-Love Waits

First, this couple had some extraordinary patience before they finally tied the knot! In the summer of 2014, Kade and Sam met at Sevens Peaks Water Park. Only two days later, Kade departed on his LDS mission. For two years, they kept in contact through letters. Upon Kade’s returned home, they dated for a month before it was Sam’s turn to serve her 18-month mission. Once again, letters were their form of constant communication. Sam completed her service, and dating resumed. They were married eight months later. Now that is true love!

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Inclusive Utah Wedding Reception Venue

For the desired elegant look, Sam chose three different base colored linens – slate blue, celadon, and navy blue. White topper toppers draped over each table with a crown centerpiece of the Ivy House standard candle hurricane with their boxwood wreath. Ivy House has several real candle options to choose from or the bride may bring her own. Ivy House employees set up tables, chairs, linens, and centerpieces before the wedding party arrives. One hour before the event, the families added a touch of twinkling mini-lights around the wreaths. That was it, simple, dainty, and elegant. Sam accented everything with other aspects of her dream wedding – red roses, burgundy and navy attire on immediate family, and mint green on the bridesmaids. One of Sam’s dear neighbors Julie Giddings, created the floral arrangements. It was all stunning as you can see from the photos.

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Utah Wedding Caterer and Baker

Delicious sliders were provided by Black’s Sliders Food Truck, who source everything local, antibiotic & hormone-free, and fresh! Sam’s cousin Megan Hall created the stunning cake. As head pastry chef at Naborhood Bakery in Gardner Village, Megan does incredible work; likewise, fresh and delicious tarts and other sweets delighted the guests as well. 

Idea for Little Ones

Here is a fun dual purpose idea for the little ones and older ones alike. Provide for your guests shot glasses full of M&M candies. These were a hit for the small children at the celebration. Plus they kept busy counting, sorting, and eating while their parents also enjoyed the little tribes. Many fun memories with cousins and friends will be remembered.

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Traditional

This adorable couple chose to do the traditional wedding activities of tossing the bouquet (love those photos), finding and flipping the garter, cutting the cake, and the first dance. Then the entire wedding party broke out into a lot of dancing to the bride and groom’s chosen playlist over the impressive Ivy House sound system! Everyone had a great time, as demonstrated in the photos.

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The Perfect Utah Wedding Dress

Sam found her dress at The Perfect Dress in Holladay, Utah. The sweet baby’s breath tucked into her hair was the perfect accent to her perfect dress. Sam made her bridesmaid’s headbands with silk flowers from Michaels. How creative is that! The couple’s rings are from the E-Wedding Band jewelry store in Provo. Kade’s ring is cobalt with rose gold, and Sam’s is rose gold with a glistening black sapphire.

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Utah Wedding Photographer

If you are looking for a unique and exquisite photographer, check out Parker from Pure Light Photography. Romance was abundant as Sam and Kade danced, backlit with their shadows across the wood dance floor. His work is crisp, and he loves capturing the unique point of view. 

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We wish Samantha and Kade many years of joy and happiness as they begin their life’s eternal journey together. Thank you again for letting Ivy House Weddings and Events be part of your Utah wedding!

Photographer:  Parker from Pure Light Photography @purelightpho

Videographer: Jenny with Happily Ever After Video in Sandy

Catering:  Black’s Sliders Food Truck @blackssliders

Cake and Tarts: Megan Hall – Naborhood Bakery in Gardener Village

Flowers: Julie Giddings

Wedding Gown:  The Perfect Dress @theperfectdressbridal

Rings:  e-Wedding Bands  @eweddingbands

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Notice the simple baby’s breath adorning Sam’s hair.

 

 

6 Utah WILDFLOWER OPTIONS FOR YOUR WEDDING

utah wedding wildflowers for your reception venue

 

Author: Emma Bishop

Are you looking to go a little wild with your wedding? A Utah wildflower or two is a great way to reflect some of the state’s natural beauty in your nuptials. Most Utah wedding venues are perfect for the wildflower look. Here are our top six native wildflower picks for you to include in your wedding arrangements.  Because it is illegal to pick wildflowers from public lands, find many of these blossoms in yards of friends and family involved with your wedding plans. You could also seek a special permit for picking wildflowers in Utah.

1. Anemones

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These beautiful wildflower blossoms are a wedding favorite, but you’ll have to go a bit off the beaten path to find the wild variety. Find these gems at your local garden center.  If you don’t have time to plant and grow them, seek friends and neighbors who may be willing to give you some blooms for your wedding.  There are several different types, with some blooming in the spring and others in the fall. Colors include white, red, pink, and yellow, and they make a charming addition to any bouquet. Pasqueflower (or anemone patens) is native to Utah, and it’s one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the spring.

2. Blazing Star or Liatris Wildflower

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You can find blazing stars growing wild in meadows and prairies across Utah. It is such a beloved native Utah plant that it has found its way into many Utah gardens, probably in your neighborhood.  Ask around!  The feathery purple flowers bloom in summer on the plant’s long and stately spike. It’s a popular wedding flower since it adds vertical interest to bouquets, centerpieces, and other arrangements. Dried blazing star works beautifully in floral crowns, wreaths, and garlands.  Again, many Utah gardeners use this in their perennial beds.

3. Sunflowers

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The common sunflower is one of five species of sunflowers native to Utah. It’s also the one that produces those favorite seeds on which we enjoy snacking. If you get engaged in winter or spring, and are planning a fall wedding, pick up a packet of seeds to plant, and you’ll have lots of blooms in time for your celebration. Western Gardens has a wide array of seeds that do well in our Utah climate and soil. A word of warning: These wildflowers depend on bees to pollinate them and produce sunflowers. You’ll often find male bees resting on the flower heads, and it’s the females that sting.

4. Western Coneflower

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Coneflower – Echinacea – Rudbeckia – Photo by Rhododendrites

This member of the sunflower family grows in Utah’s mountain meadows. It has a brownish-dark purple cone with green leaves at the base. Use it as a unique touch for taller arrangements or to add a rustic flair to your bouquet. It blooms from midsummer to fall and will hold its looks for a long time as part of a dried arrangement.  Many Utah gardeners plant varieties of this in their gardens.  Also known as Echinacea which comes in various colors.  The most common is the Purple Coneflower.  A quality local garden center like Western Gardens carries a good selection in different colors – white, orange, red, yellow, and of course, purple.

5. Yarrow Wildflower

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Yarrow is a perfect match for almost any type of flower. It features small, flat heads of tiny flowers and fern-like green foliage. We see a lot of the non-native baby’s breath at our wedding receptions, but white yarrow could be a wonderful substitute. The most common colors are yellow, white, pink, and red. Yarrow can last up to five days after it’s cut. It’s heat tolerant so that it won’t wilt during outdoor ceremonies and receptions. According to folk legend, hanging the yarrow used in your wedding above your bed will ensure lasting love. Yarrow is also a hypoallergenic wildflower because it produces less histamine than other blooms. Your local independent garden nursery should have a good selection.

6. Sego Lily

Photo by Matt Lavin – Flickr
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Utah’s state flower is the perfect choice to show your state pride and give your wedding a homey touch. However, this is a true wildflower since it doesn’t transplant or grow well in lower altitudes. These sweet blooms are difficult to find, but you may see them along the arid West roadways and mountain valleys at altitudes between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Because they are not common, leave the plants in nature. The bulb does not like to be disturbed and will die; therefore, the Sego Lily can be tough to grow in the garden, but you can try by seeking seeds from some native-plant societies and other online sources. The sego lily prefers hot, dry conditions and sandy soil.

Final note:

While Utah is the beehive state and we welcome pollinator-attracting flowers in the garden, you probably don’t want bees buzzing your wedding. You may want to choose flowers that either don’t attract or repel bees. Roses and Red Penstemon work well.

Native wildflowers are an eco-friendly choice for your festivities because many thrive here naturally. Since they don’t need to be cultivated in a greenhouse or shipped from far away, they could also save you money. Check with your family and friends about their yards to see if they would donate to your beautiful day. 

So let loose and embrace a bit of your wild side by going native with your wedding flowers.

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About the Author:

Emma Bishop is a lifestyle and design writer, and mother of two beautiful girls. She is a social butterfly and loves to entertain guests at home with beautifully decorated spaces for any occasion.

 

utah wedding venues Do’s Before the I Do’s

Wedding venues in Utah - Do's before the I DO's

Discover the positive side of wedding planning at Utah wedding venues.  You’ve probably read the list of DON’Ts that you must try to avoid. Well, here is a simple list of the most basic “DO” strategies that will give you greater chance of completely enjoying your spectacular day!

#1 – DO take time for courting.  Do step back from the hustle and bustle of planning and remember, the wedding will come and go.  After that day has ended, all that will be left behind will be wonderful memories of the day, but the only thing you’ll be able to cling onto is each other.  It’s just you and him and your relationship.  Enjoy each other along the path getting there!  Little simple thoughts like a shoebox of his favorite cookies, a pint of ice cream with two spoons, a drive up the canyon, will keep the flame very much alive before and after the wedding day.  Whatever you want or have time to do, just do it!

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#2 – DO prioritize the most important details of your ideal wedding – Make your wedding and reception what you’ve dreamed, but prioritize those dreams. Take a deep breath now and be ready to compromise for your own sanity, your fiancé’s sanity, and your family’s sanity.  Some find it easier to do by writing your wishes as a list on paper and then rank them as most to least crucial.  Get your man involved as well.  He has thoughts and dreams too.  Do communicate what is most important to you and see how you and your family or bridesmaids can help make it happen.  I imagine having your fiancé there at the wedding would be the number one priority, the non-compromising item and everything else is in some way negotiable!

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Prioritize your wants, needs, and energies.

#3 – DO accept help from others.  You are loved by many who want you to have a beautiful day.  Bridesmaids and groomsmen are there for a real reason, not just to cost money and look nice!  Let them help you how they are able while being reasonable with your expectations.  You’ll want to be respectful of their time, but by all means, do let them play their role.

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Let your bridesmaids help you!

#4 – DO consider your guests.  The time your guests are taking out of their day to celebrate with you is valuable to them.  Be mindful of their time.  For example, 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 wedding locations in Utah.

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#5 – DO K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Silly.  Believe it or not, my mother taught me this one!  This ties into the prioritizing but also applies to the bride that thinks she has to do everything or make everything.  You don’t have to be a D.I.Y. bride on everything.  Sometimes doing everything yourself can be more headache and more costly than if you find something similar and just make the purchase.  Remember, you want to enjoy the path along the way to that final aisle where your new husband takes your hand and you do kiss!

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Let those who love you help you!

#6 – DO pamper yourself the day before.  And at all costs, get a good night’s rest.  You DO want fresh bright eyes for your wedding day photos!

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#7 – DO smile and savor every moment of your beautiful day!  If the cake topples over, so what!  Just smile, laugh and take lots of photos of you and your man posing beside it!  Your day will be over before you know it.  The wedding reception center’s lights will go out and it will be just you and him driving off on your honeymoon, forever!

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Jumbo sparklers wedding send off at Ivy House Weddings is part of your package with us!

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Avoid 4 Flower Mistakes at Wedding Venues in Utah

wedding venues in utah with wedding flower suggestionsHere are 4 common mistakes that Brides often make – Don’t fall into the trap!

Utah reception centers that let brides do their own flowers

Mistake #1 – Miscalculating the Cost

Realize that there are more to flower needs at wedding venues in Utah than just the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonnière.  There are bouquets for bride’s maids, corsages for mothers, grandmothers, boutonnières for uncles, groomsmen, flowers for centerpieces, throwing bouquet, buffet table and the list could go on.  See basic lists of wedding floral packages here.  Also, our prior Flower Basics blog post gives a lot of ideas as well.   Whether you go extravagant or simple, don’t forget the costs of the vases for your flowers, the labor to create them, and any accents including pearls or simple ribbon.  It is not just buying a bouquet from a big box store and plopping them in a jar.  At least a little time, effort, and resources must be dedicated to it.  If you do not hire a professional, then at least put a trusted family member or trusted friend in charge of all the flower needs.

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Mistake #2 – Forgetting that it’s YOUR wedding, not a wedding found on Pinterest!

Don’t get too set on what you find on Pinterest and similar sites.  A few photos to your designer is a wonderful way to capture the overall feel of what you want for your wedding.  But allow your designer to make it personalized for you.  Think of ways you can put your own style into your flower designs or let them run ideas past you.

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From this Pinterest feel (above) to this Ivy House reality! (below)

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Mistake #3 – Being stubborn and Insisting on Out-of Season Flowers!

Flowers can be seasonal.  It is very common for brides to have favorite flowers they want for their weddings.  Pink peonies are a good example. There are times in the year that a florist can absolutely not get any or enough of them delivered for an event.  You either need to change your wedding date to accommodate the flowers you desire or be willing to compromise a little with the local flower shops.  Seasonal flowers are not only less expensive; they are easier to obtain.  Click here to find out what flowers are in season during your wedding month.

 

Mistake #4 – Considering only the Appearance of the Flower

Some flowers are incredibly beautiful but have an odor that wouldn’t please your guests.  For example, Paperwhite or Narcissus is a very popular spring forced bulb, but some people find the odor quite offensive and gives them headaches in enclosed areas.  Guests at wedding venues in Utah wouldn’t enjoy that!  There are so many flowers that have sweet scents on their own. Other flowers have complimentary scents when grouped together. Your professional florist will know.  Consider all the senses when choosing your flowers.  One bride invited her aunt to supply flower bouquets at Ivy House.  She simply used pink & white lilies cut from her garden with greenery.  The reception hall was filled with the beautiful refreshing sweet fragrance of lilies.

Odor of paper whites can be offensive in wedding venues in Utah

 

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Romantic in Red reception centers in salt lake city

Reception Centers in Salt Lake City with Romantic Red roses

Recently the newlywed Anderson couple had their classy and stylish reception at the Ivy House, one of Western Gardens wedding reception centers in Salt Lake City.

Since the Ivy House is paired with Western Garden Centers, many of us employees have a particular love for plants, which extends to our observation of some of the floral arrangements that come through the reception center.  I would like to personally compliment the Anderson couple on their taste in florals.

One can never go wrong with a classy and romantic red rose.  The red rose has been a symbol of romance and deep love since the ancient greeks.  Perhaps the rose holds this meaning because of how long the blooms of a rose last into the fall. Or perhaps it is how the beautiful color of love is held so delicately above the thorns and hardship beneath, symbolizing that even through hardship and trial, love can prevail and bloom.  The red red rose is truly a metaphorical embodiment of the saying “Love Conquers All”.  What a glorious declaration for a reception!

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We absolutely loved how the Anderson couple chose a classic color arrangement (black, white, and red) and gave it a fun modern feel.  The red, which usually tends to overwhelm this color arrangement, was used in such moderation that it created a glorious and stunning punch to the feel of the reception center.  Plus, by displaying the red purely through roses and petals the effect held the complexity of the roses symbolism, but also held the simplicity of modern design.

To the Anderson newlyweds, we wish you an eternity of deep love and time together, red roses and wonderful memories.  Thank you so much for making the Western Gardens family of reception centers in Salt Lake City part of your rose red memories.  We at Ivy House Weddings wish you all the best!

written by Katelyn Pettit

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Hiring a Limousine for Wedding Reception Centers in Utah

Getaway cars for wedding reception venues in Utah

Wedding transportation is important to consider when planning your wedding day, especially if your wedding ceremony and reception centers in Utah are far apart.  Many brides overlook a plan to graciously get family and friends from point A to point B until all of a sudden, you are not enjoying your day, but worrying about how your bridesmaids in their stilettos and grandmas are going to get to the reception which is a mile or more away.  Avoid these worries about your family and guests and plan ahead. Will everyone go in private cars and with who, or do you want to treat them to a memorable wedding day ride? While you and your new husband ride in your own private classy limo, treat your closest family and friends to a stretched limousine ride. If your budget allows, offering rides between the ceremony and reception venues is a very nice gesture, but not mandatory.  But you must remember that limos are not limitless and need to be reserved far in advance if you want to go this route.

There are also other reasons to hire a limo service. Imagine the excitement for you and all your bridesmaids being picked up at your home or other meeting place and stepping into a stretched limo and riding to your wedding venue for your ceremony and celebration.  There your trusted entourage are all there to help you with your dress and final touches in a spacious bride’s room and any other preparations, readying you to walk down the aisle.  That unique ride all together first thing would be a classy way to start your celebration close to your best friends.

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Of course, there is always the Bride and Groom departure getaway vehicle.  Here is where you plan and do exactly what you both want.  This is YOUR time to escape from the crowd and begin your honeymoon!  Limousines are often hired for this special romantic departure from most reception venues in Utah.

Most Salt Lake City Limo Services charge by the hour.  Some offer packages for blocks of time.  Whichever company you choose, be sure to clarify what their quote to you includes.  Does it cover the chauffeurs’ gratuity, fuel costs, and any other costs?  Also ask about additional hours if needed.  However, you be wise and book additional time knowing that you may not be able to keep the vehicle longer due to the other clients who have have already booked for their events.  Always book at least 1-2 hours more than you think you need.  Make sure the transportation company is completely transparent so you know what your real cost will be.  Using the good business practice of getting your quote in writing is also very wise.

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If your budget doesn’t allow for hiring a professional car service, some couples are able to borrow a fancy sports car from a family member or friend, or swap cars so that no one knows what car the couple is using which helps to avoid the car decorating mess.  If you use your own vehicle, make sure you and your fiancé wash and vacuum your car so that you will have that new beginning when you finally escape and run away!

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Be happy that you are planning now about your wedding day transportation to any of the many reception centers in Utah.  You won’t be caught in any awkward predicaments the day of your wedding.

reception centers in utah, smartphones and smart brides

Get organized before looking at reception centers in utahBefore you begin searching all the reception centers in Utah and other wedding vendors, be the smart bride who gets organized and then begins the wedding planning.  Wedding celebrations can become very complicated.  With your smartphone in hand, planning Utah wedding receptions can be such a breeze.  Save yourself headache and frustration from not knowing what you’ve done or need yet to do as the big day draws closer.  Stress is the last thing a bride needs on the day before her wedding or even on her wedding day!

The Wedding TO DO lists – There are many organizational apps to help with the seemingly never ending wedding tasks.  I used to just keep all my notes in “notes” but that became ridiculously long and difficult to find a particular list in mind.  My daughter introduced me to the app WunderList.  It is indeed wonderful!  It lets you prioritize, reorganize, share with others, email, and even print the list for an older person who just can’t break away from the pencil and paper.  Check out your app store.  The key is to find something that works for you.  There are many other apps just for wedding planning as well.  Find one that will work for you.  I like WunderList because you can still be organized with your other-than-wedding life plus you’ll continue to use it even after the wedding!

Organization apps for helping plan your wedding
WunderList is one of many apps that can help you be organized and efficient. Find the best one for YOU.
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Manipulate your To-Do lists to fit your needs.
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You can have sub-tasks, set due dates & reminders, share, prioritize, move, print and email your information.

Separate Wedding Email Address – Another great suggestion is to create a separate email address for use only for your wedding vendors and other wedding communications.  All your many reception centers in Utah, florists, cake designers, etc. can communicate directly with that designated email address.  Add that address to your smart phone with folders and sections to hold their contact information so you don’t have to look up their information again and again as you zero in on who you choose to hire.  Over several months, you’ll be gathering all kinds of information that you won’t want to misplace and the smart phone is a perfect little file cabinet for a bride.  Remember to take photos of your favorite cake designs, the flowers you like, even the style of boutonniere you want to see on your husband. Your wedding ceremony and reception ideas will be blended to create the Utah wedding that is uniquely and perfectly you.

Photos, Photos, Photos – I find myself taking photos of products with their sizes & prices, schedules, menus, plates of foods, little girl dresses, photos in magazines, people on the street, mannequins in a window, and the list goes on. Everything is at my fingertips when I have a moment to plan and work with my budget. I can look items up and make educated decisions as to what will work for my style and my budget.

Wedding cake topper that doubles as our treasured china piece.
A few years ago, a friend of mine took a photo of my wedding cake topper that has been on our hutch for 28 years now! I still love it. I still love him!
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My daughter liked her cousin’s idea of sharing the history of the pretzel love knot with her guests. This was a cute simple bag she made and filled with chocolate covered pretzels as wedding favors for her wedding guests.
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Take a photo of photo ideas you want to do at your own celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes you will find yourself without your phone and an idea presents itself. I still jot it down on a receipt, scrap of paper, etc. But my advice is to quickly get the note into your phone as soon as possible, even if you simply take a photo of the note when you get your phone in hand again.

Give The Photo – Finally when your decisions are made of items you want created for your special day, you can print a 4×6 copy of particular products and leave the photo with the vendor so they know exactly what you have in mind.  Or they may appreciate a digital version instead. Remember the adage “A photo is worth a thousand words”?  Actually it was originally stated as “a photo is worth ten-thousand words” in 1927 by a Fred Bernard. The point being that your photo will help your vendor more successfully help you achieve your dream.  The smartphone now helps brides accomplish that task much easier.

Photos will help you get your wedding reception centers in utah looking just the way you want.
A photo from a magazine with the colors and feel wanted for the Florist to create! This picture is worth 10,000 words!

Your wedding ceremony and reception will be so much more enjoyable for you and your guests if you’ll take some time now to get organized and stay organized.  Also, look for those wedding reception centers in Utah like Ivy House Weddings that provide wedding planners that will help you make sure you remember all the little details for your celebration at their wedding venue.

Utah Wedding Venues Give Bride’s Choices

Choose your caterer at utah wedding venuesLexi and Connor had had their gorgeous wedding reception at one of Western Garden’s Utah wedding venues, Ivy House Weddings.  Their base linens were Ivory topped with a navy topper linen.  Atop this, the bride chose the reception center’s standard candle with their vibrant boxwood green wreath.  This set a happy yet cozy mood reflecting the couple’s zest for life.  Their guests were invited to put on fun attire and take memorable photos in the groom’s changing room where a photo booth was set up.  The groomsmen were in charge of this activity and they had a blast doing it.

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Ivy House is one of the reception centers Salt Lake City offers that has Cold Stone Creamery (Draper store) as one of their preferred caterers.  Lexi chose to use them rather than self-cater, which is allowed by Ivy House.  Along with the high quality ice-cream, the family provided several sheet cakes to serve the guests.  A family friend created the masterpiece wedding cake which was displayed in the cake nook upon the Ivy House cake pedestal which is available if the bride is bringing her own cake rather than use one of our recommended cake designers.

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Lexi and Connor hired Chelsey Rae Photography as their photographer who took beautiful photos of the couple outside before dark and of their special first dance as husband and wife in front of the romantic fireplace.  Their evening culminated with the traditional Ivy House sparkler send off and with such a big crowd of family and friends, extra sparklers were brought in.  The wedding venues Salt Lake City brings to our Utah brides are many, but few are as classic and easy to work with as Ivy House.  As you view the many happy faces of the guests, you can see that Salt Lake City wedding venues like Ivy House are happy places to be.

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Special Guests at Wedding Venues in Utah

Wedding places in Utah with Elvis showing upIt’s not every day that wedding venues in Utah can enjoy the appearance of a very special guest who comes to honor a beautiful bride and groom.  We have photos to prove the visit of Elvis to Lara and Korey on May 10, 2014.  He attended their romantic Utah wedding reception celebration at Ivy House Weddings and played a significant role in their farewell from the event.

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This couple chose to have a simple ceremony with about 25 guests followed by a small reception for the closest of family and friends.  Lara chose the stylish black and white Damask linen table toppers and runners over a hot pink base linen.  These were included in her venue rental price.  These colors set off the green boxwood wreath topped with hot pink rose petals with the classical tall silver candlestick centerpiece.  With real candlelight and the fireplace, the ambiance was romantic and intimate.  She used the Ivy House table ware package and self-catered with sandwiches and salads made by dear family and friends.  Utah weddings can be affordable when the wedding venue allows the bride to make choices like these for her celebration.

Beautiful cake by Granite Bakery at Salt Lake wedding receptions

Lara and Korey’s beautiful three-tiered cake was created by Granite bakery.  The middle tier was lined with fully opened roses.  The base tier was lined with seemingly perfect rose petals each delicately cascading over the one below it.  Again the cake was in shades of pinks and whites set upon the black and white table linens.

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Skyline Flowers created the bride’s bouquets, the boutonnieres, corsages, and simple rose petals for the tables.  With close friends taking all the photos to document this momentous occasion, the wedding party of about 150 enjoyed simple socializing and the traditional bouquet and garter toss along with the bride and groom cutting the cake.

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After a dazzling sparkler send-off, Elvis was their chauffeur driving the newlyweds away in his vintage pink cruiser!  What an enjoyable and one of the most memorable departures from Utah reception centers!

Reception Centers in Utah and Clever Love Story Display – 2.21.2014

Utah weddings with clever display of love stories

Wedding reception centers in Utah typically don’t have wedding celebrations quite like the one that Ivy House experienced on February 21, 2014.  This wedding reception was completely and solely about honoring the bride and the groom.  Many very clever and unique ideas were shared with their guests that must be mentioned here.

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First of all, above their beautiful cake (created by a dear friend), the couple had strung ribbons with photos and short synopsis explaining each step of their romantic beginning and the fun along the way.  Everyone that waited in line to wish them well, was entertained by not only admiring their three-tiered simple elegant cake, but also could see the fun and love Erika and Jonathan already share.

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Things You May Not Know About Him or Her

Another unique idea that I have not seen before were two 8×10 frames containing “Things You May Not Know About Him” and “Things You May Not Know About Her”.  They were fascinating to read, and I don’t even know these two lovebirds!  Again, it was all about honoring the highlighting this beautiful new union!

WM 2.21.14 5 Erika’s favorite book is “Gone With the Wind”.  On display was a copy of the classic opened up with a photo of Jona and Erika on a romantic candlelit park bench.  It could be where he proposed to her.  With their names written in the book, it was another beautiful statement highlighting this couple at one of our Utah wedding venues.

WM IH 2.21.14 13The table centerpieces consisted of red roses with blue delphiniums and white baby’s breath in simple vases.  These were arranged by the groom’s father. These sat atop a stack of books wrapped in book covers of bright red, white, and blue.  A few red rose petals were scattered across the blue tablecloths and among the several votive canoes.  It was simple and again reflected the fun spirit of this beautiful couple.

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