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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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Tips to a Perfect Winter Wedding

While winter weddings are beautiful no matter the season, a ceremony in the heart of winter can be truly magical. Read on for tips to begin planning your perfect winter wedding.

Cozy Up

As temperatures fall during the wintertime, you’ll want to ensure you and your guests will stay comfortable (and warm!) throughout the day. Be sure you and your bridal party have something to wear over your attire for any outdoor photos or traveling. A cozy shawl or luxurious fur coat atop your winter wedding dress can be stunning and dreamy, even if it’s only for the walk to your getaway vehicle.

Cooler weather provides the opportunity for a perfectly romantic and inviting reception. Warm it up with the glow of candles, hot beverages, and winter wedding favors that capture the season. Treat your guests to a hot cocoa bar filled with everything they need to craft the perfect cup; or give them a festive ornament or cookie-cutter to take home as a token of your appreciation.

‘Tis the Season

Although it may feel like your winter wedding is a holiday all its own, there are many actual holidays of which you’ll want to be mindful when choosing your winter wedding date. December is a busy month for nearly everyone, so expect to see a few more “not attending” responses on those RSVP cards if you do choose to host your winter wedding around the holidays. Calendars are usually clearer in the early months, so consider choosing a date in January or February for the best turnout.

As you plan, allow yourself to be inspired by the season as you choose your colors and décor; but don’t feel as though you have to choose a “winter wonderland” theme just because your winter wedding falls near the holidays or the season of snow. You may, however, find yourself falling in love with snowflakes, frosted branches and poinsettia – and that’s perfectly okay!

 


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Have a Summer Wedding in Winter

Planning a summer wedding in the wintertime may seem like an impossible feat, but dreams can come true! So how can you create a “summer wedding” in winter? Well, you won’t have to ship everyone down to a Caribbean island to get the best weather. Instead, you can hold your summer-type wedding in a beautiful environment at the Reception Center at Highland Gardens. You’ll love the gorgeous dual-atrium glass architecture and the lush, tropical gardens that will surround you and your guests – even in the middle of a snowy day!

In fact, you’ll discover that winter is actually a great time to plan the perfect wedding. Since spring and summer are busier times for many wedding venues, planners, caterers, and more; a wedding held in the winter months opens up a lot of options for you. In addition, you may find the prices are much better since the overall demand is lower.

The Reception Center at Highland Gardens provides everything you need for a stress-free wedding day. From large dressing areas for the Bride and Groom to a full-size kitchen equipped to handle any size guest count, the Reception Center offers more than a room for the wedding reception. In addition, there are plenty of various-sized tables and white padded chairs to accommodate everyone on your guest list.

If you decide to have your summer wedding in the winter, be aware that December can be a very busy month for a lot of folks. Consider a January or February wedding to maximize attendance and make everyone’s winter blues melt away.

So, imagine tropical gardens, lovely water features, and sparkling lights that whisk the bridal party, your family and guests off to an enchanting summer night. Everyone will forget the harsh weather outside as they dance the night away in the middle of tropical décor and dazzling lights. Years from now, people will still be talking about your amazing summer wedding in the middle of winter!

 


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How to Pick Your Groomsmen

Your wedding is fast approaching and it’s a pivotal moment in your life. You stand before family and friends to unite with the love of your life. You want to share in this special occasion with those who are close to you. One of your most challenging decisions will be choosing your groomsmen. Take some simple tips in order to make this monumental decision a bit easier.

It’s All in the Family
Take a look at most weddings and you will see that siblings are at the top of the list. If you have brothers and you have a solid relationship, you’ll want to include them in your wedding party. It will be up to you when it comes to the critical position of best man. It could be your big brother, your twin, or your kid brother that has been your shadow for most of your life. If you don’t have siblings, you may have cousins or uncles that have had a major impact on your life. You need to remember the ties that bind and make your family feel involved.

Don’t Forget Your Buddies
Your best friend is going to be at the top of the list when you need someone to stand up with you at your wedding. If you don’t have a brother, you already know who will be first in line for best man. When you have a group of really good friends, you can include them all as groomsmen or help them to feel included as ushers.

Don’t Forget Your Partner’s Family
In addition to your friends and family; don’t exclude family members on your partner’s side of the family. Whether you need to round out your group of groomsmen or simply want to show how important your in-laws are, you can always reach out to your partner’s brothers. You can also work with Highland Gardens to ensure everyone feels that they have an important part in your special day.

 


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Winter Wedding colors

Often, the first thing a bride thinks about when planning her wedding is the colors of her wedding. Some brides like to stick to the traditional black and white wedding, while others dare to be different, unique and bold. Here are a few suggestions that offer just a glimpse of the color themes you might choose for your winter wedding.
White & Green:
Neutral colors for a winter wedding create a classic look that can also be combined with other colors.

Pink & Yellow:
One of the most popular flowers from last year’s winter weddings was the Marble Star poinsettias, which not only bloom in pink and yellow, but are also full, and add the perfect seasonal touch to a wedding.

Pink, Red & Purple:
Different shades of red evoke a regal wedding that’s stately and elegant any time of the year, even winter.

Red, Plum & White:
This combination of colors is a refreshing change, especially when combined with white and silver, which makes it perfect for tables and other surfaces.

Red & Green:
Who could forget this perfect combination of colors when Christmas is right around the corner? These colors could be carried through to practically anything in the wedding, but if you plan on using them on tables, candles would make a nice addition.

Pink & White:
This is a nice combination if you are looking for something very feminine and you want to get away from the traditional winter colors.

Pink & Red:
These are more traditional colors that can make a bold statement when used together, wherever you want to use them.

Ivory & Brown:
Ivory has been a traditional but formal color for weddings for years, regardless of the season, but combined with brown, and you have a naturally complimentary twist.

Green, White & Black:
If you want to tone down the feminine angle and include more of a masculine touch, this combination of colors is perfect for achieving that at your wedding.

Highland Gardens offers complete facilities for all of your wedding needs. In fact, we offer one of the largest facilities for weddings and other events in the state. We take pride in being able to offer practically anything in the way of planning and executing your wedding or other special event.

For more unique, bright colors and ideas to use this winter, please visit us here!

 


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Pets And Utah County weddings

Pets make loving companions, and most pet owners consider them to be a member of the member. Some couples have even successfully opted to include pets in their Utah County wedding ceremony. Many of the nontraditional Utah County wedding venues like Highland Gardens are quite suitable for having your furry, four-legged best friend or other pet at the ceremony.

Some pets may be able to have a specific role such as ring-bearer or flower girl. The rings can be attached to the pet’s neck with a pretty ribbon, or she can wear a specially commissioned lei of flowers. But even if your pet would not be suitable for a part in the ceremony, there are other ways to include your best friend in your big day. Simply adorn him with a lei and a ribbon leash. Enlist a friend or family member to stay with your pet as an outside greeter. If even that isn’t possible, a creative photographer can suggest ways to include your pet in the Utah County wedding photos.

Keeping some important pointers in mind will ensure the success of including a pet in your Utah County wedding. First of all, consider your pet’s temperament. He needs to be comfortable around people, even if the crowd is small. If he is going to play a role, practice his part with him several times.

If your pet is a dog, it’s better to use a leash that is a little on the short side, especially if he is energetic or easily distracted. Consider any safety precautions that should be taken if your ceremony is to be held at an outside venue. Check with the florist that you commission to ensure that flowers and other plants she uses are not toxic to animals. Finally, hire a sitter for after-the-ceremony activities so that you are free to concentrate on your special day. A pet left on his own could result in a consumed Utah County wedding cake or any other such disaster.


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Have A Halloween Wedding

The romance of autumn is sorely underrated. The chill in the air, beautiful fall leaves, smoky air, and early evenings gives autumn a crisp feeling; perfect for a memorable event such as a wedding. If Halloween’s always been one of your favorite holidays, a Halloween wedding can be just as elegant and beautiful as a spring wedding. Unlike holiday weekends in May, June, and July, Halloween is a date that will be less expensive for airline travel and hotel accommodations. Plus, your long-distance friends and family will be less likely to have vacations already scheduled.

For a comprehensive Halloween wedding, pick colors based on the changing season. Look for jewel tones in orange, red, and purple for bridesmaid dresses, centerpieces, candles, and invitations. Pick bohemian-inspired fabrics like tulle, satin, and patterned cottons. Of course, black is the perfect accent color for every Halloween wedding outfit or piece of decor.

Your decorations should reflect why you love Halloween enough to base your wedding on it. If you love the way nature looks during Halloween, buy fake autumn leaves to scatter in your reception hall, and plan a bonfire for your post-wedding cocktail hour. If you love dark and Gothic styles, incorporate candelabras and Victorian themes into your ceremony’s decor. And if you’ve been competing with your friends for the best costume every Halloween since you were young, encourage your guests to dress up.

Don’t forget why both children and adults love Halloween: all of the sweets! Pack bags of candy for your guests to pick up before they leave, and make sure your wedding cake is perfectly Halloween-themed. (The bakery you choose will be thrilled to work on such a creative wedding cake.) You might want to consider having other spooky desserts as well, like orange-and-chocolate cake pops or cupcakes.

If you’re thinking about a Halloween wedding, look into booking with Highland Gardens as soon as possible; this holiday is quickly becoming a popular wedding date.

 


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Tips For Creating A Memorable Utah County Wedding Reception

While every wedding reception is memorable, perhaps you want your Utah County wedding reception to stand out a bit more over the traditional reception highlights of a beautiful dress, dancing, flowers, music, etc. You may want to make your Utah county wedding reception a little more memorable. To make yours stand out, create unique details that will be as memorable for guests as for you. Here are eight ideas for personalizing your Utah County wedding reception.

  1. Send a welcome postcard to out-of-town invites from the city that the reception will take place. It’s a nice touch that guests will save with wedding photographs.
  2. Leave the mom and dad of both newlyweds a note at their seat, which they will find when they arrive. Express appreciate for the love and support that they’ve shown and how it’s brought you to this day.
  3. Make the guests a small part of the wedding party with an “About Us” program. Letting them know the Best Man has been the Groom’s best friend since junior high or one of the Bridesmaids is a back-up dancer for a local celebrity will encourage interaction and interest.
  4. Start the reception at an off-time. 5:04, not 5:00. 1:37, not 1:00 or 2:00. In fact, if you can remember the exact time the engagement ring was put on your finger, use that time.
  5. Instead of an ice swan, go for something distinctive and different. If you have a bar, arrange for a martini luge. Everyone will be talking about it.
  6. Forget toasts, ringing bells, and clinking glasses. Set up a karaoke machine and let your guests sing songs of love and thoughtfulness to accent your special day.
  7. Instead of a guestbook, have everyone sign a curtain, bed sheet or tablecloth that you will use in your home.
  8. Create an album of guest memories: set disposable cameras or notecards at each setting. Pass around a large autograph book so that instead of just a name, you get a little advice or joke.

To find unique and special ways for your Utah county wedding reception to stand out, think outside the white box. Engage guests on both a group and individual basis.


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Have A Garden Wedding In Fall

We certainly hear enough about spring and summer weddings. But the fall season happens to be a wondrous time to tie the knot. To start, it hasn’t the popularity of those other seasons. This can be used to your advantage. During spring and summer, the more sought after venues are less likely to be available. Wedding planners, caterers, photographers, etc., will be busy, juggling multiple projects. In the fall, you will be able to plan the wedding of your dreams with little hindrance or adjustments to your vision.

Combine your fall wedding with a garden and you’re guaranteeing yourself a perfect picture of flirty pastel colors and careful breezes. Instead of sitting in uncomfortable heats, your fall garden wedding promises to be whimsical and playful. Guests may need to get out their scarves and sweaters, but they won’t mind. If anything, they will be more likely to embrace the range of colors and soft scents that can fill a garden during the season. Especially if you take advantage of the Reception Center at Highland Gardens.

Highland Gardens is proof positive that fall weddings do not have to be expensive, or subject to the weather. The Reception Center at Highland Gardens is an exceptional solution for a fall wedding. Surrounded by tropical gardens and glass ceilings, enjoy the beauty without concern for the weather. You and your loved ones can celebrate in style and with value. With over 10,000 square feet of beautiful lighting and exceptional design, your fall wedding will be everything you could imagine and more.

When planning your fall garden wedding, consider there are a range of important dates – Labor Day, Thanksgiving and several Jewish holidays – that could factor into your guests’ schedules. But don’t let that deter you or your dream plans. It is unlikely Uncle Sol would forego your wedding because he planned to go to Florida to play golf that weekend or watch the game. (Well, try and avoid the game!)

 


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Tis the Season for Hot Cocoa and S’Mores

The leaves are bursting with color and drifting on the wind, creating a mesmerizing scene everywhere that you go. The air is crisp, reminding you to grab that sweater or pull out your coat. You’re beginning to think about apple cider and pumpkin pie. It’s also the perfect time for hot cocoa and s’mores. You’re never too old to enjoy these favorites from childhood. Why not think cozy when you’re planning your wedding?

Give Your Guests an Inviting Treat
On the day of your marriage, you want to share the joy with everyone around you. When the vows are over and done, it’s time to celebrate with a reception that no one will ever forget. Make it even more memorable with those personal touches that will have people talking for days. You’ll really make a splash with a hot cocoa and s’mores bar, especially when your wedding falls during the brisk season when winter is just around the corner. Being able to have a taste of melted chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker is just divine, especially when it is accompanied by hot chocolate. You can really dazzle your family and friends when they can make additions to their hot chocolate with whipped cream, drizzled chocolate, and liqueurs to warm up their beverages even more.

Dare to Be Different
Everyone puts out hors d’oeuvres or breaks out the alcohol at a wedding. That may not be your style. When you want something unique that can appeal to all ages, think hot chocolate. S’mores are the icing on the cake, appealing to the sweet tooth in everyone. Whether your guests begin with this warming station as soon as they enter the reception or you choose this as a dessert option, it’s completely up to you. Tie it in with the theme of your wedding and create wedding favors, such as beautifully wrapped s’mores or gourmet cocoa packets to send everyone away with a smile.


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Fall Wedding Pitfalls: How To Avoid Them

 

You don’t have to let your guests sit in the summer heat.
There are beautiful colored leaves.
Even the most popular venues, caterers, photographers, etc., will likely be available. And even cost less than the heavily scheduled spring and summer seasons.

These are only a few of the reasons fall weddings are growing in popularity. But these events do come with their own seasonal obstacles. But like marriage itself, there is no impediment that can’t be overcome if you take advantage of the Reception Center at Highland Gardens.

Be prepared. Your plan for a natural foliage setting is suddenly hit by an unexpected cold front. This will not be a problem at Highland Gardens. Your fall wedding will be surrounded by tropical gardens, running water features and beautiful lighting regardless of what’s going on outside our glass ceilings.

Finding a convenient time. The fall is awash in holidays. Finding a convenient date that won’t interfere with anyone’s schedule is going to require a little due diligence. Talk with a wedding planner about the best dates. To take advantage of better weather, go with an earlier or mid-fall date. Remind guests that travel costs are cheaper in the fall to squash any whining about your date. Do be prepared for the fact no matter what day you select, someone is going to be unhappy about it.

You may not be able to decorate with the flower of choice. There are plenty of unique and elegant floral arrangements that you can use. There are asters, chrysanthemums and dahlias, among others, that will play up the season and beautify the surroundings. The professional florists at Highland Gardens will be instrumental in helping you find the flowers that best suit your plans.

Despite all the tradition behind weddings, more and more couples are seeing that their dream day should be engineered their way. Going for the fall wedding will have to be tweaked, but it has the potential to be as beautiful and memorable as any summer or spring event.


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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 Utah wedding reception center operations.


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