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Reception Center

The Utah wedding Reception Center at Highland Gardens offers elegance, style, and value. Located in a double atrium, you will find over 10,000 sq. feet of live tropical gardens, running water features, glass ceilings, and beautiful lighting. Both large garden rooms are yours for the entire day. Stay, celebrate, and enjoy the finest Utah wedding reception center of Highland Gardens!

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The Role Of The Wedding Planner

Every couple wants their wedding day to go as smoothly as possible from beginning to end. On the other hand, they also want to be able to relax and enjoy their festive day with friends and family. The solution? Engage the services of an experienced wedding planner. A wedding planner can help to clarify and complete an event, managing all the details so that the guests and hosts are free to celebrate!

One of the first tasks that a wedding planner can tackle is the design and preparation. Every couple is unique, with varied styles and interests. A professional wedding planner can help define the design of a wedding, whether it is a very formal gala or a laid-back family gathering. If the couple wants a special theme, favorite colors, or meaningful ceremonial rituals, the planner can bring them all together in a cohesive fashion, and arrange for setup.

A wedding planner develops contacts with other industry professionals, such as photographers, florists, and musicians; who can be recommended for service, saving the wedding couple time and energy. Also, the minute details of dealing with different vendors, deliveries, and arrangements can be left with the planner while the wedding party are preparing themselves.

In case of emergency, an experienced planner can account for disaster and improvise. Many pros keep “disaster kits” containing last-minute fixes for a dozen little mishaps that are bound to happen on any wedding day. A well-trained planner will also manage to keep the activities moving on schedule, and can offer guidance on etiquette in one of life’s trickiest social situations. At the conclusion of the festivities, arrangements can be organized for a getaway car, honeymoon transportation, accommodations, and cleanup.

So if your wedding is approaching, consider this: do you want to work your fingers to the bone managing your party, or do you want to sit back, relax, and make memories on your special day? Let a qualified wedding planner handle the stress!


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What Happens on the Wedding Day?

A wedding day is typically extremely busy and quite stressful, because there are so many things that happen on this day. There are many last minute tasks that must take place. These tasks include things that could not be completed at any time before the actual wedding day.

It is highly recommended that the bride prepare a timeline. These are prepared so that the bride can be sure everything is done and time management is maintained. The timeline will list all the tasks and events that must be completed throughout the day.

The first task of the wedding day is normally getting the bride and the bridesmaids ready for the ceremony. This takes a significant amount of time, because the bride deserves to look her best on her special day. Getting the bride dressed includes her hair, her makeup and the dress.

Following getting the bride dressed for the ceremony and transport to the venue, there is usually a photo shoot. This allows the bride some photographs that capture her beauty when it is fresh. The next event that takes place is usually the ceremony. The ceremony will last anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour.

Once the ceremony has ended, it may be followed by a receiving line. The receiving line is a way for the couple to thank their guests for attending. Following the receiving line is another photo shoot. This photo shoot captures photographs of the new married couple, the wedding party and the newly joined family. This event usually happens at the wedding reception center.

The final event of the night is the wedding reception. This reception is a party that celebrates the marriage that has just taken place. This is usually the most relaxed event of the day. During the reception, the guests receive the new couple and the couple has their first dance before cutting their cake. A bouquet toss, garter toss, father-daughter and even mother-son dance and final send off before the honeymoon will also take place during the wedding reception.

While there are quite a number of events that take place on a wedding day; it is important that the bride and groom remembers to enjoy every moment of their special day.


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Thank You Wedding Gift Ideas For Mom and Dad

Unquestionably one of the most sacred and illustrious milestones of their lifetime, a couple’s wedding represents the dawn of dreams yet to be realized; two souls, each with something unique to devote to the union. This day also marks a rare and special opportunity for expressing gratitude to parents of both bride and groom. They have likely bestowed a lifetime of lessons in love, respect and commitment. While nearly impossible to find an item or words that can adequately express appreciation for such a legacy, there are gestures that might come close.

The most essential wedding gift is consideration. Stealing moments with either bride or grooms parents; hugs, smiles, warm verbal exchanges and snapping informal photos shows them that this day is collectively special for your family and that they will forever remain an integral part of the union. This is a mental and emotional wedding gift, costs nothing and is perhaps the most critical. Remember, even on such a joyous occasion, for parents, it often embodies the process of letting go.

A strong loving sentiment can be conveyed by choosing a wedding gift symbolically connected to your nuptials. If it is within budget, what better way to thank Mom and Dad for being part of your special day than by giving them one of their own? A gift certificate for a weekend away, perhaps in celebration of their anniversary. Alternatively, a romance package with wine, candles, chocolate, fruit and a CD from one of their favorite musicians would do nicely as well. Include a heartfelt letter to each parent, expressing their individual significance to your enjoined lives. Another great wedding gift is to create a memory book for each set of parents. Include pictures with narratives that document memorable days. Lovingly detail what made the day special and how it may have helped shape your character, values and life interpretation.

Hold close at heart that experiences and gifts of self are always the most valued treasures for parents.


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Wedding ceremony Tips

As you plan for your wedding, you want everything to be just right. You expect this to happen once in a lifetime and it has to be unforgettable. As you prepare to unite with your beloved, creating a bond that’s meant to last forever, take some simple tips to make your wedding ceremony run smoothly.

1. Choose the Location that Works for You
When it comes to the place where you will say your vows, pick the location that speaks to you. This is not the time to try and please everyone in the family. While your parents and siblings may have gone with a traditional church, you may be interested in your partner’s church or a new venue entirely. You’re setting the stage for your special day. You get to decide.

2. Make it Inviting
Make everyone feel at ease on the day of your wedding ceremony. Simple amenities, like tissues, mints, and small bottles of water can be at the ready as your guests arrive. Be sure to have accommodations for anyone with special needs, such as individuals in a wheelchair. Everyone should be comfortable as they join you on this special day.

3. Think of Ways to Involve Others
Find ways for special people in your lives to play a role in the wedding. Your attendants or other close family and friends could do readings, sing or play music. Choose someone near to your heart to video tape. Ask an assortment of friends and relatives to document the day on their cameras. You’d be surprised at what wonderful pictures you will have from those who love you.

4. Get to Know Your Officiate
Get a good sense of your officiate and let that person get to know the both of you. Share highlights about one another to make the wedding ceremony as personal as possible. Your dream reception at Highland Gardens will cap off the day.

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Handle Any Wedding Problem Like a Superhero

When you’re planning a wedding, you hope everything will go off without a hitch. However, life doesn’t usually happen that way. Be prepared and you can roll with the punches. It will feel like your superhero cape is hiding under your wedding finery when you take everything in stride. Here are a few tips to ensure all goes well.

1. Have a Back Up Plan
If you are planning an outdoor ceremony, you need to have a Plan B in case the weather does not cooperate. Whether you opt for a tent that can be erected quickly the night before or you choose your ceremony on grounds that also have an indoor facility. The last thing you need is to feel like a drowned rat while saying, “I do.”

2. Think About Emergencies
You may have a diabetic in attendance or someone who tends to get overheated. Perhaps others are always getting butterflies in their stomach when they get overly excited. Have an assortment of odds and ends on hand. From juice and snacks for someone with low blood sugar, to mints, and a cold drink. Be sure to have plenty of tissues as well.

3. Don’t Forget a Sewing Kit
Sewing may be a lost art, but you don’t need to be a seamstress to perform simple repairs. Bring needles, thread, and scissors in the event that someone has a wardrobe malfunction. From a popped button to a simple tear, you can save the day.

4. Pick a Great Sidekick
Find that good friend who is great at keeping everything together. This can be your go-to source of aid when troubles crop up, allowing you to breathe a sigh of relief. You will be able to smooth out any wrinkles before heading to the reception center for the celebration.


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Tips For Writing Your Own Vows

Exchanging vows with your partner will be one of the most memorable and significant moments in your ceremony. While many other details will take priority before the big day, make the vow exchange much easier by taking a few steps to prepare beforehand.

Check First

Before writing your vows, make sure you have received permission from the official to do so. Some venues or sects prefer to stick to traditional vows from the Bible or other holy texts.

Start Early

Avoid postponing until the last days before the ceremony. You should be calm and clear-headed enough to give the vows the emotion they deserve. Write them when you have the free time to be relaxed and at ease.

Speak From the Heart

When expressing your heartfelt feelings, it is best to say how you genuinely feel. Don’t try to impress guests with cliché phrasing or over-the-top romantics during the ceremony. Speaking honestly will be easier to remember than reciting routine lines.

Keep it Short Enough

Keep in mind that you and your future spouse will have to memorize these vows. To make this easier, make sure to express yourself while keeping things quick enough to remember all you have to say. Also take consideration of the fact that your guests have to listen as well, so you want to avoid running so far that they lose interest in your words or the ceremony.

Practice Out Loud

You will have to speak in front of an audience, so it is best to not only memorize the words but to practice the oration as well to avoid embarrassing mistakes.

Consider Saying Your Vows on the Spot

Most people prefer to plan ahead of time so they can decide on everything they would like to get across. In contrast, other people may find it easier to speak based on their feelings at the time. It may be more genuine to speak from the heart this way.

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How to Choose Your Bridal Party Extras

When it comes to your wedding day, you’ll find a large cast of friends and family who would like to be a part of your special moment, even if they are behind the scenes. While you are limited in who can join you in your wedding party, you can still involve other important people in your lives. You’ll honor them and make them feel appreciated as they play a vital role in your day.

Pick a Greeter
Allow someone extra special to be your welcoming committee, the one that meets everyone at the entrance and wishes them well. Your greeter provides an inviting touch and can send guests in the right direction, as well as pointing out the location of the cloak room and the rest room.

Select Readers
When you have sections of the ceremony that involve readers, this is the time when you can give family members and friends the chance to shine. Consider having a portion of the wedding when several people share special anecdotes about you to truly make the ceremony a personal one.

Add Entertainment
If someone you know plays an instrument or has a beautiful voice, tap into that talent. Why hire someone if you can allow the people who care about you to add that special touch? It will be all the more personal when you work on song selections together.

Choose Someone to Smooth Out Any Wrinkles
If you know a great organizer, let that person be on call when there are any glitches along the way. It is an essential part to play that will make that person feel extremely important, sparing you headaches along the way.

When you plan with care and include others in your wedding ceremony, it will truly make the moment unforgettable for others. The spirit of joy and celebration will continue as you all head to Highland Gardens for the close of your day. Make every moment count.


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Ceremony Seating: Does It Matter?

With all of the details that must be sorted out before the big day, many of the less pressing issues are overlooked until the last minute. One such issue is the seating plan for the Utah wedding. The reception usually takes the focus in this area, but seating at the ceremony has its pros and cons whether taking the strict or relaxed route.

Benefits of Traditional Family Seating

Those that plan Utah weddings following standard traditions will likely want to continue this pattern with the seating. Traditional seating based on relationship to the bride or groom usually makes guests more comfortable. They get to sit and mingle with members of their own side of the family in addition to keeping parents and children together easily. Should a slight emergency arise, the guests in need will have no trouble relying on the immediate assistance, by lending a hand or recognizing any problem and clearing a path, of those that know them.

Why Assigned Seating Works

For brides and grooms that need order to feel content with the Utah wedding day, it is much more sensible to decide where attendees will sit beforehand. Having reserved seats for each guest allows ushers to quickly and efficiently get everyone seated without mix-ups and confusion. Any guests that arrive late can carefully slide into their spots without drawing much attention. Even if guests are not placed together based on family relationships, seat assignments provide much more organization.

Reasons to Let Guests Choose

Some brides and grooms (or their planners) will have strict rules in order for each aspect of the Utah wedding to be executed without a flaw. Others are more realistic and lax with requirements. For these types, it may be easier to let guests choose where to sit. For smaller ceremonies that won’t require as much seating, couples can avoid appointing ushers to direct traffic. Allowing both sides of the family to sit where they please also provides more opportunities for the newly united families to bond with one another.

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Indoor Or Garden Wedding?

For many couples planning a wedding, the first decision to make is location. That decision can be made even harder if they are trying to decide between an indoor or Utah garden wedding.

There are many pros and cons to having an indoor or Utah garden wedding. The most obvious is weather. The biggest benefit to choosing an indoor location is that the wedding can go on no matter what the weather is doing outside. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures are no problem with a ceremony and reception site that is indoors. In addition, an indoor site means the couple can plan their wedding anywhere they want at any time of year.

In contrast, choosing to have a Utah garden wedding means an added level of stress and worry as the couple wonders about the weather on their wedding day. Does a tent need to be purchased? What about heaters or umbrellas to ward of the elements for guests? The biggest benefit to a Utah garden wedding is the simplicity and beauty that comes from planning a wedding in a lush, garden setting. Money can be saved because couples can use the flora around them as their flowers. The setting is also perfect for a romantic, nature-based wedding that only a garden venue can provide.

That is what makes Highland Gardens the perfect location for a couple that wants a Utah garden wedding with the added benefit of being inside. The indoor garden wedding reception center offers an enclosed atrium full of lush and fragrant tropical flowers in the midst of several water features. The venue also includes a complete kitchen and the ability to set up tables and chairs, allowing guests to sit among the beautiful flowers without worrying about the weather. Another amenity Highland Gardens offers is the space to prepare. Just off the atrium are rooms for the bride and groom to get ready for the ceremony and reception, something many outdoor locations do not offer.

Eliminate the stress by choosing Highland Gardens for your next Utah garden wedding.


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How to Choose the Best Attire for the Groomsmen

The groomsmen are an integral and important part of the most special day of your life – your wedding. They’ll be very visible throughout the day in several photos and key video footage, so it’s essential that they look their absolute best. Traditionally, groomsmen’s attire has generally matched one another. But, why not try something a little different and more modern by dressing them in suits that don’t match but complement each other instead. Who says they have to match exactly? Keep the look uniform by simply matching one or two elements together.

Here are a few tips on how to pull the look together:

• Choose either tuxedos or suits for your groomsmen. It’s best to get their input and involve them throughout the entire process. Traditional 3-piece suits with slacks, vest, and jacket tend to look a bit more stylish than a tuxedo. But, it’s up to you which look you want. Although the cuts of the suits can differ if you like, keep the fabric the same color throughout.

• Pick out ties, shirts, and boutonnieres. Choose either a long tie or bow tie. Longer ties seem to be a more popular choice and make an appropriate selection for a suit. For their shirts, pick either classic crisp white or another color that complements the overall style and color of the suit. Boutonnieres should ideally correspond with some feature of the bride’s or the bridesmaid’s bouquets.

• Determine which features of the groomsmen attire you want to match with each other. It’s popular to match the vest, ties, or boutonnieres. If you want to match the vests and ties, it’s best if they’re the same color as the dresses for the bridesmaids.

• Combine certain elements of the groomsmen’s attire that don’t match the other groomsmen. For instance, if the boutonnieres don’t match, make the bouquet of each bridesmaid different so it corresponds with the groomsman she’s walking down the aisle with. If the ties or vests don’t match, make sure they at least complement one another.

Choosing the look for your groomsmen on your wedding day doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful; you just have to know what you want and be somewhat open minded.


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About Us

Our passion is quality flowers for all to enjoy.  As our slogan states, it’s in our nature to give a great product and great service.  We have been located in Highland Utah since 1992.  Read on to learn more about us and our operations.

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