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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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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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A Candy Bar Utah Wedding Reception

If you have a sweet tooth, then having a candy bar at your Utah wedding reception might be a great idea. A candy bar is a great way to bring your guests together and make for a memorable event. You can use your candy bar to reflect your personal taste in candies from chocolates to sour candies. You can even use the candy bar as part of your wedding favors. Here are some tips to making the candy bar at your Utah wedding reception great.

Design
You will want your candy bar to stand out and draw attention. A great way to draw attention to your bar is to add height in places and use a variety of vases, bowls and jars. You will want to sort candy by color or by theme. If your Utah wedding reception has a theme, you will want to carry them over to your candy bar. You can even weave decorations throughout the display jars of candies.

Take Away
Your candy bar is a great way to give your guests a gift to take home. At one end of the candy bar, organize a variety of bags and boxes that your guests can fill with candy and take home as a party favor. If you look, you can find Chinese take-out cartons in a variety of colors that will match your wedding to encourage guests to take them home filled with sweets and happy memories.

Special Messages
On each jar of candy, you can add a label with the name of the candy and a special message to your guests. Perhaps, you shared a bag of M&Ms on your first date with your groom. You will want to write a note about the “perfect first date” snack on the jar.

Getting It Out
When planning your candy bar, do not forget one of the essential elements, the tongs and scoops. You will not want your guests dipping their hands into the candy, getting chocolate on their fingers and leaving germs behind. Make sure that you have all the scoops and tongs that you need with a few extras for any accidental droppings.

Having a candy bar Utah wedding reception is a great way to bring sweetness to your wedding. If you provide a large enough selection, there will be a favorite for all of your guests.


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How To Choose The Best Bridesmaid Dresses

Deciding on the attire for your Utah wedding party is one of the most important decisions to make when planning a Utah wedding. It’s important that the bride and groom are comfortable and happy with their attire, but it is equally important that the rest of the party looks and feels their best as well. Attention to detail is key in wedding preparations, and with attire there are often fitting deadlines to think about as you make these decisions.

Keeping The Theme

Everything about your Utah wedding should complement the couple making vows. From the colors of the flowers, attire, accessories, and even the reception, it should all flow well together. If the bride’s dress has purple accents and there are purple flowers everywhere, the bridesmaids will look out of place in blue dresses.

When the bridesmaids are dressed and ready for the ceremony, it should be clear to an outsider that they are part of the ceremony. They should look, and feel, like part of the wedding. Simply put, they are one of the most important elements in your Utah wedding. They should fit into the theme and everyone should be able to tell that they are a part of your Utah wedding party.

Knowing Your Bridesmaids

The women you choose to stand with you during that life-changing event should feel just as beautiful as you, and they should feel as confident and secure in how they look as you can possibly achieve for them. Of course, it is your wedding, and the decision for dress designs is yours alone to make. However, you chose these particular bridesmaids for a reason (presumably because you wanted them to be a part of that occasion and move into the next phase of your life with you), so taking their opinions and feelings into consideration will only make your job easier–and your friendships stronger.

For example, if one of your bridesmaids is uncomfortable showing a lot of skin, you don’t want to pick dresses that will reveal too much flesh. Her discomfort will show, and your guests will notice. If a certain color looks abysmal on one of your bridesmaids due to complexion or hair color, consider choosing a different color or shade for the dresses. If a certain cut flatters one bridesmaid but causes another one to look frumpy, it’s probably best to keep looking. Another great idea is choosing different designs, all of the same color, for each of your bridesmaids; maybe allow them to choose the design, while you choose the color.

The idea is to keep everyone comfortable and happy–especially you. Nothing is more uncomfortable on your wedding day than a bunch of unhappy bridesmaids. There are so many designs to choose from when picking dresses that finding a fit for your bridesmaids might take time but it is far from impossible.

Consider the Future

For some women, dresses just won’t do. They will wear the dress once, and stuff it away in a closet somewhere, never to be seen again. This is an expense that they often weren’t anticipating, and even if they have adequate time to save for the dress, it can still seem like a large expense with not a lot of reward. If possible, try for dresses that can be worn again for other special occasions.

Try to keep the cost of your dresses down to a minimum. If your entire party is composed of women that tend towards jeans and t-shirts, perhaps offer to pay for the dresses yourself, or find a dress shop willing to rent the dresses to you for the occasion. Alternatively, maybe your other bridesmaids would be willing to split the cost of one extra dress with you for the one woman that doesn’t usually wear dresses and would never wear the bridesmaid dress again.

Be Open and Be Honest

Honesty really is the best policy with your bridesmaids. Remember, they love you and want the very best for you on your big day. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have agreed to stand beside you on such a wondrous occasion. Be honest about what you want them to wear, and remember that it is ultimately your decision. As your friends and/or family, they should be willing to respect whatever decisions you make.

Also, be willing to yield a bit to the opinions of the group. Try to be open about their input. Besides, they know their bodies better than you, putting them in a better position to decide what suits them best.

It’s Just a Dress

It may seem like you’re just picking dresses, but it really is one of the most important decisions for that day. It’s all about you, and your partner, so make sure you take the time to understand what’s really important. At the end of that very hectic day, the only thing you’ll care about is the fact that you’re finally there…you’re finally married to the one you love. And your bridesmaids can go on about their lives–in their fabulous dresses–while you slip off into the sunset.


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Wedding Reception Do’s and Don’ts

With your wedding fast approaching, there are so many things to consider from flowers and food to dresses and gifts. You want your special day to go off without a hitch and those celebrating your special day with you to have a time to remember. Here are some simple dos and don’ts for your wedding reception to keep in mind.

Do consider having your ceremony and wedding reception in the same location. Many times you can save money by having the ceremony and reception under one roof. Also, there will not be a lot of wasted time as guests leave one location and drive to another. It will help ensure that guests stay for both events.

Do seat your older guests away from the music. If the music is loud and popular, your older guests might not have the same appreciation for the tunes as you and younger guests do. Seating them away from the music will allow them to talk amongst themselves and better enjoy their meal.

Do add a vegetarian dish to your available meal choices. Many people these days are on special diets that will make a vegetarian entrée their best choice. Your guests will also appreciate the option and your thoughtfulness.

Don’t invite people that you do not like to your wedding reception. If someone’s friend’s father rubs you the wrong way, do not feel you need to invite them, even if it might cause hurt feelings. This is your day, and you do not want to spend it avoiding certain guests.

Don’t spend a ton of money on wedding favors. It is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of buying from flowers to table runners. In many cases, two weeks after your wedding your guest will have no idea where that flip-flop shaped key chain is. Do concentrate on party favors that guests can enjoy at the wedding like disposable cameras, flip-flops for dancing and sweet treats.

Perhaps most importantly, don’t forget to invite the minister or officiate to the wedding! These men and women are there to help you celebrate your joy, and will want to share in your special reception as well.


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What to do with Leftover Wedding Food?

A wedding feast means that there will be plenty of leftovers. Some may find the amount of food to be slightly daunting. It need not be. Wedding leftovers should be seen as a welcome part of your special day.

Wedding cake leftovers are possibly the easiest to handle. New couples often save the top tier of the cake to be eaten during the first night in their shared home. It is considered to be the ‘lucky’ tier for this reason. Other cake leftovers can be sliced and sent home with single friends and family. It is an old-fashioned way to send wishes of joined happiness to others. A more modern way to deal with leftover wedding cake is to bring it to the after-party or serve it at the morning after brunch.

Most of your food leftovers will probably be small finger foods or items from the buffet tables. These foods can be packed up and eaten at the after party or the next day. If there are too many leftovers for that, ask your guests to help themselves to some free food for later. Most people will not turn away professionally prepared and scrumptious snacks!

Large dishes of uneaten food such as main entrées or pasta dishes can be easily refrigerated and served at a later time. They are great to have on hand at later gatherings to save you some time and money. If there is no planned later gathering, simply have your guests take home a portion.

Your party may have included bottles of wine or other refreshment. Re-cork the wines or other beverages for enjoyment later in the evening. Bottles can be gifted to members of the wedding party as an enjoyable party favor for later.

Leftover wedding cake and food can also be taken home for those who were unable to make your wedding. Whether a friend of family member missed the opportunity to celebrate with you due to timing or health, the wedding cake and leftover food is a great way to help them enjoy your special day and adds a personal touch to shared stories and photographs.


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Weddings In Today’s World

Brides and grooms no longer need to adhere to the set wedding rules that guided their parents through their special day. Today’s weddings are more about the couple’s individual style and taste, and not about the list of things that you should do. Couples should feel free to break from the traditional wedding mold.

To wear white or not to wear white

As weddings continue to change, so does the traditional wedding gown. Even though most brides still tend to wear the traditional white gown, there are many other choices too. Gowns are adorning the runways in a variety colors. It is not unusual to see gowns in pink, champagne, or even black. The dress is now one area that a bride can truly express her personality.

Mix and match

No longer does everything need to match. This includes the number of people in the wedding party. Just because there are five bridesmaids, there does not need to be five groomsmen. This mix and match mentality can be carried over to the Utah County reception center as well. Plates and serving pieces do not need to match. A mismatched table creates a more casual atmosphere.

Less is more

There is no longer a fast rule that says you need to use different flowers at the Utah County reception center that was used at the wedding. Why pay for wedding flowers twice? Flowers from the wedding can easily decorate the Utah County reception center as well. Favors that do double duty are a great choice too. For example, place card holders such as paper weights can be a very nice way to say thank you to your guests.

Weddings are no longer all about traditions and rules. They are about a couple being able to combine their individual styles and tastes to make a day that is truly theirs.


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Utah Wedding Superstitions

The wedding day is a day of celebration and love. The bride and groom go to great lengths to insure the day is perfect for them and their guests. Those planning the wedding want to make sure that nothing, including Utah wedding superstitions, gets in the way of a happy day for all who attend. Even those who do not believe in superstitions take great care to avoid problems by keeping certain traditions intact.

Popular Utah Wedding Superstitions

Groom sees the bride before the ceremony- This superstition began when arranged marriages were all the rage. People believed that if the bride and groom saw each other before the wedding, they might change their minds about the wedding. The act of the groom not seeing the bride prior to the Utah wedding ceremony is still upheld by those who wish to continue on with the tradition.

Something old, something borrowed- This tradition requires that the bride carry something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. This superstition says that if the bride carries these things from someone who is already happily married, the luck of that marriage will fall on the bride and her groom. It is a fun tradition that many brides continue to uphold.

Groom carries bride over threshold- In Medieval Europe; it was believed that the bride might be carrying evil spirits on the soles of her feet. The groom would pick her up and carry her through the entryway of their new home in order to keep those spirits away. Though many people do not believe in the evil spirits theory, they find this one of the most fun traditions to keep.

Bride wears a veil- Romans believed that the bride was not safe on her wedding day because evil spirits were jealous of her happiness. In order to keep the spirits from taking away her happiness, she was hidden behind a veil. This tradition is often still used by first time brides; however, many brides opt out of the tradition for more modern Utah wedding attire.

A wedding day should be full of love and happiness. Keeping with tradition can help make the day shine, and it might just ward off a couple of evil spirits in the process. These Utah wedding traditions are enchanting and a fun addition to the day and guests are sure to take note and discern whether the bride and groom will have a happy marriage based on those facts.


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Utah Wedding Photography

When it comes to your wedding, few things are as sacred as your photos. One of the few elements of your day that will last a lifetime, your wedding photos are a reminder of the love that you and your spouse shared on the day you joined your lives. Hiring a Utah wedding photographer can seem like a daunting task, and it is indeed an important one in the Utah wedding planning process. By following a few tips, you can hire a photographer that will capture your memories for a lifetime.

Get Referrals

The best way to get the best photographer is to ask for referrals from recently married friends. They are the best source of information about the quality of the photographer’s work, and can give you honest opinions about their professionalism.

Interview Your Photographer

The initial interview with your photographer is about more than just discussing times and rates. This meeting will give you an idea of how well you mesh with the photographer’s personality. Remember that this person will be following you around the entire day, and you will have to trust him to capture you at your best. Schedule your interview as early as possible to make sure you are a good match.

Schedule an Engagement Session

An engagement session will allow you to get a feel for your photographer’s work before the big day. Schedule your engagement session a few months before your Utah wedding so that you will have time to discuss what you liked best and what you would like to change for your Utah wedding. The engagement session will also allow you have photos to include on your invitations or to display at your wedding.

Get a Signed Contract

A signed contract protects both you and the photographer. Make sure your contract spells out the terms of your agreement including the time the photographer will arrive, contingency plans and deadline for delivery of photos.

Your wedding photos are priceless. Find the right photographer to capture all the memories of your big day.


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Wedding No-No’s

Weddings are a time of fun, laughter, and love; but it is all too easy to put a damper on this happy occasion with a few ill-advised actions. This article will explain several social faux pas and how to avoid them when attending any wedding.

Don’t Stray From the Schedule
Time is of the essence when involved in a wedding, so don’t be the person to make everyone late! If you are attending a wedding, make sure you are on time and seated well before the bride walks down the aisle. There is nothing quite as intrusive as a late arriving guest squeezing down the aisle right before the bride.

Don’t Wear White [Unless You Are the Bride]
White is the bride’s color for the day so make sure that you choose a different pallet. You might have an awesome white dress, but do you really want to be the person that everyone looks at as stealing attention away from the bride?

Don’t Get Drunk
This is probably one of the biggest faux pas at a wedding. Getting too drunk may cause you to say or do things you don’t mean that hurt the bride and groom’s feelings on their special day. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions, which means that you are more likely to say exactly what’s on your mind. This could prove to be dangerous at a public celebration such as a wedding. Control the amount of alcohol you drink. Have a glass or two of wine, but spread the drinks out over several hours. If you are unsure how much alcohol you can handle while still acting appropriately, don’t drink at all.

Don’t Complain About the Food
Although the food at a wedding is a highlight for many guests, make sure to be gracious even if your meal is subpar. The newlywed couple likely put a lot of time and thought into the dishes that they chose for the menu and, even though it might not be your taste, you should be conscientious of their feelings.

In conclusion, weddings can be a lot of fun for both the wedded couple and their guests. Make sure to focus on the bride and groom and avoid the abovementioned no-no’s to steer clear of an awkward situation that could lead to hurt feelings.


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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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