Choosing flowers that are locally grown and in season will guarantee you the best quality and lowest price tag for your wedding day. Here in Utah we are lucky to experience all four seasons and surprisingly there are plenty of varieties to choose from all year long.
Best Spring Blooms
Spring is all about new beginnings so what better time to get married. Spring brides usually have the best options of blooms in season. Spring months include March April and May. Spring flowers are evoke bright and cheerful colors. Most spring flowers are known for their sweet, light, and lovely fragrance so are perfect for corsages and bridal bouquets. Flowers in bloom for spring include the peony, tulip, lily of the valley, garden rose, hyacinth, stock, freesia, sweet peas, and many more.
Best Summer Blooms
Summer weddings are romantic and carefree. They are defined by sunny skies, clear skies, and invigorating scents. The summer months include June, which is the most popular month to get married, July and August and are all perfect for out door weddings. Summer time is a time for over grown bright greens, buttery yellows, and electrifying purples. In season blooms for summer include the phalaenopsis orchid, freesia, poppy, rose, hydrangeas, snapdragon, and much more.
Best Fall Blooms
Summer has come to an end, rich reds, deep browns, fiery oranges and yellows are taking over. Autumn foliage and decor such as branches, oak leaves, acorns, crab apples mixed with season flowers are the centerpieces of fall wedding floral. In bloom flowers for fall include, dahlia, cock's comb, yarrow, rose, golden rayed lily, dried greenery, figs, and more.
Best Winter Blooms
Brides getting married often worry about the floral options, but there is nothing to worry about because there are tons of lovely and festive options available. Winter floral is all about deep reds, rich greens, and antique whites. These three colors can be accented with gold, silver and even hues of blush. Winter wedding colors and floral are glamorous, delicate, and classic. Winter floral blooms include the amaryllis, carnation, star of Bethlehem, gardenia, poinsettia, lambs ear, pine cones, and so much more.
Every bride wants to feel stunning and stand out on their wedding day and with the never ending list of things to do makeup is the last thing you want to worry about. From the subtle smoky eye to a glowing complexion nailing bridal glam isn’t as easy as it looks. It can be hard trying to find a balance of what will look good in pictures and what will look good in real life, but no worries, I’ve rounded up some of the best Utah based wedding makeup artist that will snatch you for your big day.
1. Peyton War
2. Alexa Kait
3. Marisa Rose
4. Emma Engilman
5. Chandi Featherstone
6. Trevor Butler
7. Jessica Craig
Flowers are wedding tradition, they are a must. You will have multiple bouquets, boutonnieres and decor to plan, but where do you begin? Where should you go? First and foremost, before ANYTHING, sit down and create a budget. Usually couples spend around 8% of their wedding budget on flowers. Once you create a budget you can now begin to gather information. This is important before meeting with a florist to make the process run more smoothly. Consider things like your color scheme, what flowers are in bloom during your wedding season, how much certain flowers cost, and find inspiration on Pinterest or social media. Now you are ready to meet with a florist! Here are my top 10 picks for Utah based wedding florist.
1. Bloom by Madison
2. Breezy Floral
3. Foxglove Flowers & Gifts
4. Leuca Floral
5. Bloomique Flower Studio
6. The Veranda
7. The Potting Shed
8. Campus Floral
9. Wright Flower Company
10. Bushel and a Peck Floral
Recycling fashion from past decades is not a new thing. The bridal world is constantly being inspired by the trends from past centuries. Let's go back in time and admire and find inspiration from the different wedding gown styles from the past decades.
This decade was all about an empire silhouettes and natural waistlines. Gowns had long sleeves, veils, and trains. Elaborately detailed fabrics like silk, velvet, and chiffon were draped and embroidered or decorated with intricate beading. As a finishing touch brides added orange blossoms to their sashes.
1930 wedding dresses were inspired by old Hollywood star glamour. Silky satin gowns in pastels, white, ivory, and jewel tones. They added to the style of dresses from the 1920's, making the gowns longer and adding a little sparkle and simplicity for a timeless classic look that is carried into today's modern fashion. The 30's were comfortable and fabulous.
The 90's left big behind in 80's for a more minimalist look. Tight and fitted silhouettes without embellishments of lace and beads. Simple, more straightforward dresses were what was hot. The decade was all about combining glamour with American style. Understated chic was the popular look for brides.
Strapless gowns, pick up skirts, and sashes were sweeping the wedding dress industry and every women wanted one for their special day. Veils were no longer the norm and neither were gloves. Women toped of there look with flowers in their hair or a tiara in on their head. Lace and beading were beginning to make a comeback. Dresses influenced by boho chic and were all about the brides personal style.
Modern brides are making a mark in the bridal world. It is all about pushing the limits, uniqueness, and curve hugging gowns. Gowns are covered in lace, crystals, and textured details, combined with capes and tiaras. Plunging neck lines and colors are the thing. Brides are daring to be different with their wedding day attire. It's all about empowering the woman and looking effortlessly flawless.
White Shanty Venue
Description: The White Shanty is a giant gorgeous white industrial barn perfect for big weddings and receptions. The area is lined with large picture windows letting in lots of natural light. The space is indoor and out depending on your presence and the weather. The cost of is very affordable for how high quality the venue is. The venue is chic, simple, and clean.
Description: Wadley Farms is the venue for you if you have always dreamed of a garden fairy tale wedding. The wood charm and the modern day elegance is are picture perfect. The farm offers three venues to choose from, the castle, the barn, and the railroad building. One of them is sure to satisfy your fantasy wedding. The venue is out door or indoor with beautiful garden grounds for you and your guest to explore and take pictures.
The Brick Room
Description: The Brick Room is perfect if you are having a more intimate wedding. This venue is sweet and hip with its brick wooden walls, wooden floors, and myraid. It's a great venue in a great location, located right on center street.
Sundance Mountain Resort
Description: Sundance Mountain resort gives you a unique mountain destination wedding. The resort is known for its glamorous log cabin ballrooms and gorgeous landscape. This venue is truly the full package. Have your celebration inside or outside among the towering pines. If you get married here this venue comes with vendors, a wedding planer, and they even do the cake.
Price: Starting at $8,000
Sun River Gardens
Description: Sun River Gardens offers you a garden reception year round in their atrium garden room. Enjoy the greenery and the myriad fountains. In the warmer months they open up there patio which is also overgrowing with greenery and twinkling lights. They offer wedding coordinators and tons of other amenities.
The Bright Building
Description: The bright building is an urban center event with open spaces to accordant even the biggest wedding parties. It has a industrial rustic feel with his warehouse look and brick walls. Its modern, simple, and spacious. I hear they are very easy to work with because they are all about customer service, which is huge when it comes to the stresses of wedding planing. Located in down town provo this is the venue for you. .
Price: Starting at $1,500
Sleepy Ridge Golf Course
Description: Sleepy Ridge Golf Course is a gorgeous venue that offers you multiple indoor and out door options depending on your preference. The venue has a very country club like feel to it. The grounds are open for guest and the wedding party to explore and take pictures and has full amenities. This is the venue for you if you are looking for an elegant, classy, boho chic type of vibe.
The Startup Building
Description: The Start up building offers a venue in an industrial space with warm brick, natural lighting, and exposed beams. Fun fact this venue was once a candy factory so it is extremely unique. It can accommodate up to 400 guest so if you are having a big fat wedding this is going to be the venue for you.
Price: Starting $1,600
Utah is anything but short on wedding photographers and good ones for that matter. With all that talent it can be over whelming when finding the right person to capture and create those precious moments that you will remember for the rest of your life. Here are my top 10 favorite Utah based photographers for your engagements, bridals, and wedding.
1. Corbin Ballard
Bio: Utah based portrait and even photographer + wedding videographer
2. Kierstin Jones
Bio: Utah based. Adventuring and capturing love. Available for travel.
3. Kenzie Dawn
Bio: SLC photographer. I go by Kenny or Kenzie.
4. Jordynn (Buehner) Christensen
Bio: Utah based wedding photographer. Traveling around the world to create timeless and sincere images.
5. Autumn Nicole
Bio: Utah based. Elopements + weddings. Your personal professional third wheel, traveling all over to capture big and little moments that matter.
6. Roxana B.
Bio: Utah based Wedding & Family Photographer
7. Ashley Zibetti
Bio: photo + film, weddings + elopements + love stories
8. Alyssa Ence
Bio: Utah based professional wedding & family photographer for 8 years.
9. Kendal Walker
Bio: Utah based. Capture the simple stuff. Specialize in weddings/elopements but I love it all. Travel welcome!
10. Meghan Godfrey
Bio: Wedding videographer & fine art photographer
1. The Cake Batter
Number 1 on our list is The Cake Batter. Located in Lehi Utah this cake lover, Rosario Amaya, handcrafts her cakes using a mix of modern baking with a pinch of Peruvian influence. Her cakes are gorgeous, on trend, and delicious.
2. Provo Bakery
I DIE over anything at provo bakery. They are professional, convenient, and know what they are doing. They make scrumptious cakes that will leave your stomach and wallet full after the wedding. They also offer many other sweets and treats for weddings. Check them out on instagram, @provobakery
3. Gourmet Cakes by Socorro
Gourmet is their name and gourmet is their game. Gourmet Cakes by Socorro is mother and daughter ran business and their cakes are above and beyond divine. Socorros cakes almost look too good to eat, they will be a show piece in them selfs at your wedding. Explore more of there work on Instagram, @gourmetcakesbysocorro
4. LUX Catering & Events
LUX is an international award winning catering and event company. They won Utahs Best in State award in 2017. Cakes are just on of their expertise's. They want to make your dreams come true through their stunning culinary creations. They know how to deliver. Explore more about them on their Instagram, @luxcateringandevents, or on their website, www.luxcateringandevents.com
5. Cake by Danielle
Danielle Jone's passion is cake design, and she puts love into everyone of her creations. Jone's oozes creativity and can make make your cake dreams a reality. Every cake is personalized and memorable with her variety of flavors and skill set. Her company is based out of Salt Lake. check her out on her Instagram, @wedding.cake.by.danielle or on her website, www.weddingcakebydanielle.com.
6. On a Whim Bakery
On a Whim is a columbian bakery that makes cakes that taste just as delicious as they look. Their goal is to combine your personal inspiration with their artistic talent to create a costume cake that will match your vision. All their cakes and fillings are made from scratch using only local and fresh ingredients. They are professional, flexible, and all about costumer service. See more on their Instagram, @thewhimbakery
7. Love Cake Bake
Mary Elizabeth is the owner of Love Cake Bake and has been making wedding cake since the age of 15, so this isn't her first rodeo. You name it, this girl can make it. Mary is a family oriented, professional baker, and blogger. She is an expert in making butter cream cakes from scratch. See more of her work on Instagram @maryelizabethhammond or on her website, lovebakecake.com.
8. The Mighty Baker
I saved the best for last with The Mighty Baker. Pete & Catrina are two time winners on the Food Networks Cake Wars and they are based right here out go Utah! All cakes are costumed designed using only the finest ingredients. You can dream it they can make it. Saying you will not be disappointed is an understatement. Their cakes are masterpieces that will blow you away. Check out their one of a kind cakes for any occasion on their Instagram, @themightybaker or on their website, www.mgihtybaker.com.
Wedding planing takes an enormous about of time and attention. It can require hundreds of decision big and small and with that, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. To help you avoid these problems here is a list of the the top 10 most common mistakes that brides make while planing their special day.
1. Doing anything before your guest list
There is so many exciting things a bride has to look forward too when planing a wedding, the cake tasting, the registry, and of course the dress shopping. These are all important elements but it is extremely important to first create your guest list. The guest list determines so many important factors of a wedding, the food, the venue, and the budget.
2. Over whelming your partner
The are so many decisions that have to be made and an overwhelming time that needs to be set apart for preparing and planing a wedding. It can get chaotic and exhausting. It will be easy to get moody. There is no need to drag anyone into something they truly don't care about or get upset and start a fight over over flowers. Keep in mind why you are doing it in the first place. It should be fun and exciting!
3. Not considering the weather
Rain is a game changer. Make sure that you check the wether if your wedding is going to be an out door event. Not planing for bad weather can be a very expensive result. Plan your budget for tents, umbrellas, or anything else that might help you prepare for the bad weather. Don't let it rain on your parade.
4. Assuming 10% of your guest will RSVP "no"
5. Skipping on a videographer
I know it might sound temping when trying to cut cost but I promise you nothing compares to being able to relive your wedding day in real time. Your wedding day is over in a blink of an eye and yes you have pictures but there is something so special about watching those candid, sweet, unrehearsed moments. Those are the details that make the pictures and solidify the memory.
6. Crash dieting
Attention, do not fall victim to crash dieting, it does not work. I know we all wish they did but they don't. The dress should fit you not the other way around. Make a commitment to eating healthy and exercising and make alterations if needed. Weight loss is a marathon not a race.
7. Hiring your friend instead of a pro
You are not doing anyone a favor by hiring your friends. I know they said they could dj or play photographer but it is a risk you should not be willing to take. People working weddings are usually under intense pressure and high stress. If something goes wrong it is easier to be straight forward as a client to a professional rather than trying to avoid conflict with a fiend. Plus you want your friends to be right there enjoying the wedding with you not worrying about getting pictures of everyone at the party.
8. Having a large gap between the ceremony and your reception
Neither you, your new husband, or your wedding party wants to be waiting around all day for the reception. You just got married, you probably don't even want to have a reception, you're probably just dying to get on your honey moon so you can have your new hubby all to your self. Make sure you plan your time appropriately.
9. Blowing your budget
Budgeting can be a nightmare no matter how much planing and research you do. Always try to put a little extra of your budget to the side for underestimates and emergencies. In case that you do underestimate your expenses don't panic. Take a deep breath, sit down with your partner and discus alternatives, items you can trade, and things you can live without.
10. Forgetting to have fun
If things don't go wrong when planing a wedding is it even a wedding? Don't sweat the small stuff. So often couples get so caught up in the minor details of everything that goes into a wedding that they forget they are marrying the love of their lives! It is a celebration all about the eternal love you have for each other. Make sure you enjoy it and make the best of every moment.