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Sleep Improves Your Wedding

AUTHOR:   Samantha (Sam) Kent

Why You Need Beauty Sleep Before Your Wedding Day

There’s so much to do before you get married. Planning, parties, wedding prep, and DIY projects suddenly explode your to-do list. You may find yourself sacrificing sleep time to take care of wedding-related tasks.

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Sleep is critical to your mental and physical health and well being.  It also can affect the way you look.  You could end up looking less radiant at your wedding if you sacrifice sleep to stay up late working on wedding tasks.

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Sleep Can Make You Look More Healthy and Attractive

In a Swedish sleep study, researching found a difference in observers’ perception of the health, attractiveness, and tiredness of photos of people who were sleep-deprived and the same people when they were well-rested. Photos of participants were taken after a normal night’s sleep and after sleep deprivation, and observers rated their photos.

Observers categorized the participants in a sleep-deprived state as:

• More tired

• Less healthy

• Less attractive

This study does suggest we can detect sleep-related body cues.  With adequate sleep, you can keep these facial cues from being detected in your wedding photos.  Remember, you and many other people will view your photos for years to come.

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Premature Aging can Result With Sleep Deprivation

One night of sleep deprivation can make you look less attractive the next day, but making sleeping less a habit can affect your long-term attractiveness. Your sleep quality can impact your skin function and aging.

When you don’t get good quality sleep, your skin may show increased signs of aging. A clinical trial found that people who got less sleep had slower skin recovery from environmental stressors such as sun exposure.

How to Get the Sleep You Need to Look Your Best

Looking and feeling your best is critical on your wedding day and the events leading up to it. Follow these tips to get good sleep so you can be at your best.

• Plan ahead.

Start your wedding planning as early as possible and work ahead. Completing tasks long before your wedding day will lessen stress, anxiety, and last-minute details that can rob you of the sleep you need just before your wedding day.  Lack of sleep can leave you frazzled and looking less attractive than you would if you could get enough sleep. On the night before your wedding, don’t stay up late.  Put those finishing touches on your DIY projects with plenty of time to spare.

• Ask for help.

There are a lot of parts and pieces to a wedding.  In order to get those wedding tasks done early, reach out and ask for help from family and friends. Delegate tasks as much as possible. Sharing duties will cut down on your workload and may give you more time to sleep, and it can help family and friends feel more involved in your wedding. Also, the role of bridesmaids and maids of honor is to help the bride look her best of the most important day of her life. Let them help so you can get your sleep.

• Focus on getting your best quality sleep.

Healthy sleep habits are important to maintain. Maintain a regular sleep schedule and bedtime routine for consistency that will make it easier for you to fall asleep at night. Be careful to avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, heavy meals, or intense exercise late at night, as they can interfere with sleep. Make your bedroom a comfortable, quiet, and calm place to sleep. Check mattress reviews to make sure that yours is appropriate for your sleeping style and temperature. Make sure you don’t bring wedding work to bed with you, such as doing craft projects, working on your laptop, or checking in on your mobile device. Just relax and go to sleep.

• Avoid late nights prior to your wedding day.

Rehearsal dinners are common the day before your wedding, but be careful not to let the party go too late.  You need enough sleep for the next day.  Try to schedule the start time in the early evening so you won’t feel like you have to stay late.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Samantha (Sam) Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face. 

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.

 

 

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!

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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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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!

Real Wedding at Utah Wedding Venues – April 4, 2014

wedding reception centers with Joyful ceremonyOn April 4, 2014, Ashley and Andy were the honored wedding couple at Ivy House Wedding reception center, one of Western Gardens Utah wedding venues.  What an absolute gorgeous couple and beautiful ceremony and celebration.

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Andy and Ashley chose to have their ceremony in a traditional chapel style set up.  With 125 guest witnesses, their officiator Brian Arnett gave some beautiful advice to the couple soon followed by beautiful vows and pronouncement of man and wife.

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While the newlyweds were congratulated and then enjoyed their photography session with Cody Moffat Photography, Ivy House staff made the quick change from ceremony to reception table configuration.  Ashley chose a maize yellow base linen for her tables topped with silver pin tuck toppers.  The Ivy House tall silver candlestick centerpiece added that final touch of class and style.  Wedding venues in Utah that offer stylish and chic centerpieces as part of their package, are something to consider.

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The family chose to self-cater with a beautiful collection of tasty desserts. About 400 guests enjoyed the dessert buffet of everything from chocolate mousse, lemon tarts, eclairs, dipped strawberries., and the list could go on.  Now most Utah Weddings include the newest fad of a candy bar for the youngsters. Ashley and Andy were no exception.  Lemon drops, candy necklaces, gummy bears, and lollipops made the favorite list!

wedding places in utah for a romantic ceremonyAs part of the decorations that evening, but actually as a wedding gift to the new couple, the groom’s father presented one of his original oil paintings to the couple for the beginning of their new life together.  It was on display for all to admire as a symbol of his love for his son and new daughter.

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Ashley’s cake was created by Jill Taylor with Sprinkle Belle Cakes.  It was a three-tier masterpiece.  The florist was Skyline floral and their photographer was Cody Moffat.  They had hired a D.J. named Tommy with “Complete Music”.  Wedding reception centers with tall vaulted ceilings like Ivy House create big sound that resonates beautifully and makes and atmosphere that is a lot of fun for everyone, whether you are dancing or just watching!

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Wedding Venues in Utah with Real Events – December 12, 2013

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One of our recommended cake designers – Carrie’s Cakes

We allow our families to self-cater if they choose, but Genevieve chose to utilize our highly recommended vendors for catering and cake design. Utah Celebrations catered with fresh fruit, appetizers and hot drinks for the cold wintery yet romantic day! One of our favorite cake designers created her wedding cake.  Carrie’s Cakes does beautiful and delicious work.  They are truly works of art!  Bacchus was their certified bartender for light alcohol service.  Flowers were provided by Flowerama.  Beautiful Utah wedding locations like Atrium Weddings, are reasonably priced wedding venues that allow your wedding celebration reflect your personality!

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Utah Celebrations is one of our preferred caterers!

So many guests said how much they liked the venue.  Thank you so much!  ~ Peggy, Mother of the Bride.

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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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